Building Update

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University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is designed as a healing environment that improves the health and well-being of children and their families. Plans include expanding existing programs and developing new services on-site and throughout Iowa to meet the current and future needs of Iowa’s children.

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Sugar in sports drinks

Skipping the soda and reaching for popular sports drinks may seem like a healthy choice, but most sports drinks are only slightly better than soda in terms of sugar and calories.

Family advocates for lawnmower safety after accident

On Aug. 30, 2017, life changed for Ryan Manahl and his family (Cedar Falls, IA) when his three-year-old son, Tate, was accidentally run over with a lawnmower. “I tried to keep him calm but I kept thinking the worst—‘Is this really it? Is my son going to die in my arms right now and he hasn’t even started to live his life?’”

Watchful parents assist with eye tumor diagnosis

Alexandra Vaughn and Benjamin Hoy noticed a difference in the reflections between their young son's left eye and right eye. Getting him quickly to a pediatric eye specialist may have saved his life from an aggressive tumor.

Can probiotics prevent deadly infections in preemies?

Babies who receive antibiotics have an increased risk for developing NEC—whereas breastmilk, which is teeming with live bacteria, dramatically protects preemies from the disease.