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September is Childhood Cancer and Sickle Cell Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Cancer and Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Dr. Kim Whelan talks about the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, and its impact on patient care in the state of Alabama and across the country. Together, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Children's of Alabama are one of only 19 sites nationwide to participate in the Children's Oncology Group phase one and two consortium which allows our families to have access to the newest drugs...


Suicide and Depression – Let’s Talk About It!

Contrary to popular belief, talking about suicide doesn’t make teenagers more apt to attempt suicide. An open dialogue can help tweens and teens work through some of their toughest moments and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Pediatric psychologist Dr. Dan Marullo shares how to recognize depression, how to raise a more resilient child and how important role models can be. Let’s get rid of the stigma and treat mental health issues for what they are – physical illnesses that can be...


Restoring Balance: Improving Treatment for Vestibular Disorders

When a child complains about words “swimming” on the page of a book or feeling dizzy when they stand up or walk down the stairs, it could be a vestibular problem happening deep within the inner ear. Traditionally these vestibular and balance disorders have been a challenge to diagnose. Until now. New testing equipment can help pinpoint the problem and help therapists customize treatment for the patient. Having audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine,...


CBIT Program Led by Occupational Therapists Helps Patients Control Their Tics

Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is a non-drug treatment administered by occupational therapists at Children’s of Alabama. CBIT consists of three components – training patients to be more aware of their tics, training patients to use “competing behavior” when they feel the urge to tic and making changes to everyday activities to help reduce the occurrence of tics. The CBIT program at Children’s/University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of five academic institutions...


Oncolytic Virotherapy Ushers in New Era of Cancer Treatment

Oncolytic Virotherapy is a form of immunotherapy that is now being tested on malignant brain tumors in children. Dr. Gregory Friedman is the principal investigator for the first-ever pediatric trial of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV G207) in children with recurrent or progressive brain cancers. The herpes virus, which typically causes cold sores, has been engineered to be safe for normal cells, but can infect and kill cancer cells and stimulate the patient's own immune system to attack the...