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New specialists join the CHoR team

Join us in welcoming three new specialists to the CHoR team!
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CHoR establishes new Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

CHoR's Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program welcomed its first two fellows, Ashley Litchfield, MD and Deanna Willis, MD, this month.
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CHoR named one of nation's best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has placed Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU in the new 2017-18 Best Children's Hospitals rankings.
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Enhancing pediatric care for the future

We are actively engaged in a strategic implementation process, with teams focusing specifically in the areas of education, research and clinical care.
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Arjun's Story

After meeting Thomas Yeh Jr., MD, PhD, FACS, Director of the CHF Heart Center and Chief of Cardiac Surgery, CHoR, Arjun's parents said they knew their son would receive the best care for his congenital heart condition in Richmond.
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Sextuplets successfully delivered at VCU Medical Center

The babies ranged in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces to 2 pounds, 15 ounces. All six are doing well at the Children?s Hospital of Richmond at VCU neonatal intensive care unit.
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Pediatric Clinical Decision Unit now open

CHoR's new Pediatric Clinical Decision Unit offers care for children with specific conditions that typically require less than 24 hours of observation.
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Asthma program helps Richmond families, earns EPA recognition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized CHoR for our coordinated asthma care.
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Five new specialists join growing CHoR team

Join us in welcoming five new pediatric specialists to CHoR!
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Celebrating one year in the new Children's Pavilion

We're celebrating the kids and families who have benefited from coordinated outpatient care in the Children's Pavilion in just one year, and the exciting advancements to come.
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Celebrating advances in heart care

Two new heart procedures are combining research, technology and collaboration, and resulting in less-invasive options for patients.
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Annual grants fund fresh ideas for advancing children's health

The Children's Hospital Foundation Research Grant Program addresses the problem of how medical professionals with new ideas can develop the experience and data that provide sufficient justification for major research sponsors to invest in their research.
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Latest treatment for neuromuscular diseases available at CHoR

The FDA has recently approved two drugs for rare neuromuscular diseases and access to the new treatment is available at CHoR.
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New Pediatric Clinical Research Unit opens in Children's Pavilion

The PCRU is a reflection of CHoR's dedication to support compassionate clinical care with innovative research. The new pediatric-only space is staffed by pediatric trained team members and is designed to enhance the patient experience by making clinical research appointments more comfortable and efficient for families.

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We're growing: New specialists join team

Join us in welcoming Drs. Al Saif and Accardo to CHoR. They bring increased access and expertise to our genetics and developmental pediatrics teams.
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Children's Urology of Virginia joins CHoR

Children's Urology of Virginia has joined CHoR. The community-based pediatric urology practice includes board certified urologist Dr. John Edmondson, and two certified pediatric nurse practitioners. CHoR's growing network of specialists and expanded capabilities advance children's health in community.
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We're Growing: New Pediatric Specialists Join Team

Join us in welcoming 16 new pediatric specialists to CHoR!
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Celebrating Milestone for New Mental Health Facility

CHoR topped out its new Virginia Treatment Center for Children, marking the placement of the facility?s last steel beam. The new 120,000-square-foot pediatric mental health facility is under construction on the Brook Road Campus and is scheduled to open in summer 2017.
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Celebrating the new Children's Pavilion

The Children's Pavilion is more than just a new building. It is designed to meet the unique health care needs of children such as 10-year-old Brianna Burke, who travels from Hampton, Virginia, to receive life-changing care at CHoR and whose life will be significantly improved by the added convenience and accessibility of the new facility.
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NEW Children's Pavilion - Helping Children Get Well and Stay Well

At CHoR we know that anything we can do to reduce the time a sick child spends in the hospital makes a big difference for them and their family. That's why we're building the new Children's Pavilion - an outpatient oasis dedicated to helping children in our community get well and stay well.
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Significant Results - Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU's nationally accredited Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program shows significant results in weight loss, psychological benefits, and improvements in medical conditions associated with obesity.
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2015 UCI Road World Championships

The UCI Road World Championships are in Richmond Sept. 19-27, with race courses running through and around our Brook Road and MCV Campuses. Plan ahead and visit navigate.vcuhealth.org for routes and road closures.
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Five New Pediatric Specialists Join Team

Join us in welcoming five new specialists to CHoR!
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Nationally Ranked Nephrology Care

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU ranks for third year in a row in U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals rankings.
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Pediatric specialty care expands closer to home for Tri-Cities families.

Pediatric specialty care is now available closer to home for families in the Tri-Cities with the addition of pediatric surgery to CHoR's MCV Physicians at Temple Avenue location.
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CHoR Docs Named in 2015 'Top Docs' Survey

Over 60 Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) doctors were named 'Top Docs' by their peers in Richmond Magazine's 2015 survey.
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CHoR Services Expand in Fredericksburg

Pediatric specialty care expands closer to home for Fredericksburg families.
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New Turner Syndrome Clinic Provides Comprehensive and Convenient Care

CHoR's new multidisciplinary Turner syndrome clinic combines the expertise of an endocrinologist, adolescent gynecologist and cardiologist in one convenient appointment.

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Three New Pediatric Specialists Join Team

Join us in welcoming three new specialists to CHoR!
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CHoR Services Expand in Fredericksburg

Pediatric specialty care expands closer to home for Fredericksburg families with the addition of Drs. John Fortunato and Narendra Vadlamudi to CHoR's Fredericksburg Multispecialty Center.
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Globetrotting: CHoR Faculty and Staff Develop International Partnerships to Advance Children's Health

From emergency medicine specialists traveling to Albania to teach emergency resuscitation - to discussing international research partnerships with a children's hospital in China - CHoR faculty and staff are traveling the globe to advance children's health.
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CHoR Services Expand in Chesterfield

Pediatric specialty care expands closer to home for Chesterfield families with the addition of Drs. H. Joel Schmidt and Anne Marie Irani to VCU's MCVP at Chesterfield Meadows location.
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Five New Pediatric Specialists Join Team

Join us in welcoming five new specialists to CHoR!
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CHoR Announces $28 Million Gift to Develop Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center

Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University (CHoR) on Tuesday announced an unprecedented $28 million gift from Children's Hospital Foundation, the single largest gift to pediatric health care in VCU's history and one that will establish a pediatric cardiac surgery program in Richmond.
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Sickle Cell Program Receives $50,000 Grant to Support Vital Transition Programs

CHoR's sickle cell program has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Shelton Short Foundation to support educational and vocational resources for patients with sickle cell who are transitioning to adult care.
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Transitional Care Unit Earns Recognition for Quality Care

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU's Brook Road Campus Transitional Care Unit has been recognized as a Tier lll facility by the American Health Care Association (AHCA). This honor is designed to recognize nursing centers that demonstrate attainment of one or more of the AHCA's four quality initiative goals.
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VCU Begins Construction of New Children's Psychiatric Facility

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System broke ground Thursday on the new Virginia Treatment Center for Children pediatric psychiatric facility that will provide increased access to clinical care for children from across the state.
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2nd Annual Best Bedside Manner Awards Honor 32 CHoR Providers

The 2014 Best Bedside Manner Awards, presented by OurHealth Richmond magazine, honor medical providers who were voted by the local community for their kindness, empathy and attentiveness.
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Children's Pavilion 'Topping Out' Marks Construction Milestone

With the highest beam in place, CHoR is one step closer to the completion of the region's most advanced outpatient facility dedicated to children. The $168 million, 640,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2016.
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TOP 10: Best Hospitals to Work for in the Northeast

As the pediatric arm of VCU Medical Center, CHoR is proud to be named among the Top 10 Best Hospitals to Work for in the Northeast.
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16th Annual Faculty Excellence Awards

Awards Program honors faculty for their contributions to the education of medical students. Nine CHoR faculty and one community pediatrician were among the honorees.
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CHoR Physician Leads Pilot Program to Enhance Medical Student Education

VCU is one of 10 academic medical centers across the country chosen by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) to pilot curriculum related to the Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency.
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New Inpatient Healthy Lifestyles Center Consult Services

As part of CHoR's global effort to provide comprehensive services for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, several new providers have been added to our Healthy Lifestyles Center (HLC) team and we have expanded services to the inpatient setting.
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New Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program

CHoR is pleased to announce a new two-year pediatric hospital medicine fellowship program, the only of its kind in Virginia. The training program will emphasize clinical, teaching, quality, research and administrative excellence in concert with the national curriculum for pediatric hospital medicine fellows.
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Frequently Asked Questions - Enterovirus D68

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) and other local health systems are seeing an influx of children with severe respiratory illness, possibly due to enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). This FAQ will help you understand respiratory illness, EV-D68 and steps you can take to keep your family healthy.

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Five New Specialists Joined Team in August and September

Join us in welcoming five new pediatric specialists to the team at CHoR.

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Pulmonary Medicine Now Available in Fredericksburg


Dr. Michael Schechter now sees patients at the Fredericksburg Multispecialty Center in Fredericksburg, Va.

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Allergy and Immunology Services Now Available in Chesterfield

Drs. Wei Zhao and Santhosh Kumar now see patients in Chesterfield at MCV Physicians at Chesterfield Meadows.
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CHoR Adolescent Medicine Specialists Collaborate with Carilion's Pediatric Residency Program

Dr. Richard Brookman, professor and chief of CHoR?s Division of Adolescent Medicine, has been named the adolescent medicine rotation director for the Carilion Clinic/Roanoke Memorial Hospital Pediatric Residency Program.
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Five New Specialists Joined Team in July


Join us in welcoming five new pediatric specialists to the team at CHoR.
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Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program Receives National Accreditation

CHoR's adolescent bariatric surgery program has received accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications. CHoR is the only accredited adolescent bariatric center in Virginia.
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Register for Patient Portal

Have you signed up for the MyVCUHealth patient portal? Check your test results, request an appointment, message your doctor and more all from your smartphone or computer!
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CHoR once again ranks in nephrology in U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals


Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) ranked No. 28 in nephrology.
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Dr. Judy Voynow Awarded Commonwealth Health Research Board Grant

Dr. Voynow has been awarded a prestigious Commonwealth Health Research Board (CHRB) grant for $266,000 to study the effect of a new inhaled therapy to prevent progression of cystic fibrosis lung disease.
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JACKS Summer Scholars Program


Inspiring future generations of pediatric clinician researchers through practical training.

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Welcome New Residents!

Please join us in welcoming our new pediatric and medicine-pediatrics residents!
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Hematology and Oncology Prom

Dancing, laughter, music and smiles filled the transformed jungle-themed MCV Campus cafeteria for Hematology and Oncology Prom on May 31, 2014.
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Children's Hospital Foundation Research Fund - Over $52,000 in Funding for New Grants

Through the generous support of Children's Hospital Foundation, a new program has been developed to foster early stage research projects at CHoR.
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CHoR Research Study Earns National Media Attention


Cold medicine ingredient no better than placebo, study finds
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CHoR Physicians Named 'Top Docs'

Congrats to our Top Docs - Richmond Magazine's "roundup of the noble and the notable, including the region's best doctors as voted by their peers."
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CHoR Opens New Therapy Center in Stafford, VA

CHoR has opened a new therapy center to meet the demand for physical, occupational and speech therapy in the Stafford community and surrounding areas.
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Five New Specialists Join Team

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is dedicated to recruiting and retaining nationally recognized clinicians, outstanding educators and innovative researchers. The following specialists joined CHoR this winter to help advance children's health and increase access to specialty pediatric care for children in Central Virginia:
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NIH Funded Study for Parents Concerned About Their Child's Weight and Eating

Concerned about your child's eating and weight? Looking for ways to help?
We're here for you and your family! CHoR is recruiting parents concerned about their child's eating and weight for an NIH funded study called NOURISH+.
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Have a Healthy Year: Minimize Ear Infections

As a mother of three children, CHoR pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist Dr. Kelley Dodson knows firsthand how difficult it can be when a child isn't feeling well. Ear infections are one of the most worrisome illnesses for parents and children to endure. To help prevent ear infections and ensure they are treated as soon as possible, Dr. Dodson shares the "top five" risk factors and symptoms to look for
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"Roar" lip dub

Patients and staff at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) spread hope and cheer and show their inner "champion" in their lip dub performance of "Roar" by Katy Perry.

Check out our Performance!

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NEW After Hours Allergy Clinic

Sneezing, wheezing and itching, oh my! We're excited to announce after hours (5-7 p.m.) allergy clinics for Drs. Kumar and Zao. Appointments are available at both the Nelson clinic and Children's Pavilion. Please call 804-828-CHOR (2467) for more information or to make an appointment.
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CHoR Advancements: Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

At CHoR's Healthy Lifestyles Center (HLC), a team of dietitians, pediatric specialists, surgeons, nurses, exercise specialists and psychologists provide comprehensive lifestyle management for the treatment and prevention of obesity and weight-related medical conditions. Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) may be considered as a supplemental treatment option for older adolescents with severe obesity and significant weight-related medical conditions.
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2013 Spirit of Advocacy Award Winners

As a parent or health care provider, you probably have strong feelings about issues or causes that have a profound impact on the health and safety of your children or patients. We're pleased to announce the 2013 Spirit of Advocacy Award winners, community members, CHoR patient families and CHoR faculty/staff who are actively advocating for children's issues in Virginia, and beyond.
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Five New Specialists Joined Team in August

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is dedicated to recruiting and retaining nationally recognized clinicians, outstanding educators and innovative researchers. The following specialists joined CHoR in August 2013 to help advance children's health and increase access to specialty pediatric care for children in Central Virginia:
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We're Growing! Six New Specialists Joined Team in July.

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is dedicated to recruiting and retaining nationally recognized clinicians, outstanding educators and innovative researchers. The following new physicians joined CHoR in July 2013 to help advance children's health and increase access to specialty pediatric care for children in Central Virginia:
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Community Meetings on Proposed New Freestanding Children's Hospital

Community meetings are being hosted by the Strategic Advisory Committee of the VCU Health System to engage with and inform key stakeholders of the proposed freestanding new children's hospital. At each
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Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Recognized as Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center

The American College of Surgeons named Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University as Virginia's first Level I pediatric trauma center. It joins 39 other such centers across the country that demonstrate the highest level of patient care, education and research.
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Advancing Children's Mental Health

The Virginia Commonwealth University Health System is planning to seek building approval for construction of a new pediatric psychiatric facility to provide state-of-the-art clinical care for children from across the state.
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CHoR Awarded National Ranking by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has named Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) among the top nationally ranked pediatric nephrology (kidney care) programs in the country.
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VCU Health System Presents Plan for a New, Free-standing Children's Hospital

The proposal was developed following an extensive analysis that was requested by the Authority board. The proposal represents the next phase of a multi-year plan to advance children?s health and is built on a solid foundation of top pediatric talent, comprehensive pediatric health programs and facilities dedicated to the unique needs of children.
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Road Closure Due to Construction of NEW Pavilion

11th Street between Broad and Marshall streets will be closed for construction from June 17 to August 30. We're taking steps to help you find your way. Current valet and self parking options will not change. For more information on route changes, visit navigatevcumedical.com.Thank you for your patience as we advance children's health in our region!
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CHoR Physicians Separate Second Set of Conjoined Twins

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU physicians separated 6-month-old conjoined twins, A'zhari and A'zhiah Jones in first-ever, phased separation of twins joined at the abdomen and heart.
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NEW Children's Pavilion Coming Summer 2015

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU is building a multi-story, high-tech ambulatory pavilion for pediatric services. The new facility will meet the growing need for outpatient services for children in our community.
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April Showers Bring May...Sneezes!

Spring is finally here. Flowers are starting to bloom and the weather is getting warmer; welcoming outside activities such as picnics and playing in the park. But spring also brings a relentless pest...seasonal allergies. Dr. Santhosh Kumar, an allergy specialist at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR), suggests some tips on how to discover what specific allergies may be affecting your child and how to best treat them, while still letting kids be kids.
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