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    Parents: Why it’s important to look at quality scores when choosing a heart program for your child


    Each year in the United States an estimated 40,000 parents learn their newborn has a heart defect. The news triggers a whirlwind of critical decisions to be made—and the sooner the better. Does my baby need heart surgery? Who is the best surgeon? Do we need to travel for care, and how will we deal with this financially?

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    Making the transition from a pediatrician to an adult doctor


    Unfortunately, only about 15 percent of youth receive the support they need in making the transition to adult health care, according to a 2016 report from the National Survey of Children’s Health. In response, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), along with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians (internal medicine doctors) have updated their recommendations for this important first.

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    How to protect yourself and your children during peak flu season


    The flu is upon us. Le Bonheur Pediatrician-in-Chief Jon McCullers, MD, discusses prevention and treatment.