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March of Dimes honors CDC Director for work protecting moms and babies from Zika

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Dr. Frieden, Dir. CDCToday, Dr. Frieden received the March of Dimes President’s Leadership Award for serving as a champion in the fight against Zika. This award is given to acknowledge very high levels of achievement in preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Dr. Frieden is receiving it for his outstanding leadership in combatting Zika and raising public awareness of its threat to newborn health.

The March of Dimes and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been working together for many years to protect moms, babies and families from diseases and to promote good health. Since the Zika outbreak, March of Dimes and CDC have joined forces to spread the word about the devastating impact of this virus on pregnant women and babies.

Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, Director of the CDC, is at the helm focusing national and global attention on this virus. Zika can cause microcephaly and other brain problems, and is linked to miscarriage and stillbirth.

Dr. Howse, President of March of Dimes says “We’re giving Dr. Frieden this award to show our gratitude for his dedication to preventing Zika virus infection during this epidemic. His decisive actions and strong voice for protecting women and families from serious birth defects caused by Zika are at the heart of our mission.”

Thank you Dr. Frieden. Together we will continue educating the public on how they can protect themselves from Zika.

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Finding pediatric specialists

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

baby-and-doctorThere are many different kinds of doctors who treat babies, children and teens. In last week’s post, I gave brief descriptions of 26 medical specialties. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also provides a thorough description of each kind of specialist. Just click on each specialist to learn how each doctor can help your child. The AAP also offers a physician locator to help you find a specialist in your area.

For the times when your child’s illness or injury is baffling, complicated or severe, your child’s primary health care provider (a pediatrician or family doctor) may wish to have your child seen by a specialist. Each pediatric specialist has undergone rigorous medical or osteopathic school training followed by years of study in a particular pediatric sub-specialty.

What is the difference between medical school and osteopathic medical school?

A doctor of medicine (MD) went to a traditional four year medical school. A doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) went to an osteopathic medical school – a slightly different kind of four year medical school. Both graduates are qualified to apply for and attend residency programs and pursue medical specialties. The major difference between an MD and a DO is that a doctor of osteopathic medicine focuses on treating the whole individual, and receives additional training in a hands-on approach to care (literally).  A DO may manually manipulate (gently) your child’s body in order to encourage his body to function at its best, which will help to promote healing. Both MDs and DOs are highly trained and skilled physicians and often work together to treat challenging cases.

Who should coordinate care?

To get the most out of treatment (and to be sure the right hand knows what the left hand is doing), it is best to let your child’s primary care provider coordinate his care. Much the same way a general contractor is in charge of a huge project but enlists the help of many sub-contracting specialists, the pediatrician or family doctor should be at the helm of your child’s care and coordinate the specialists. The result is a safe, thorough approach. If your child sees a specialist, ask the doctor to send his findings to your child’s primary care provider so that he has a complete picture of your child’s health. To find a MD or a DO in your area, you can use the American Academy of Pediatrics’s tool. 

Note: This post is part of the weekly series Delays and disabilities – how to get help for your child. You can see more posts in the series, here. As always, we welcome your comments and input.

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