Parent Blog: Andrea and Zac Smith

Charlotte Smith portrait

From the minute he arrived, he was so impressed with Iowa City and how they handled the situation and continued to keep us updated with Charlotte’s progress.

Giving Kiersten hip care to keep an active life

sprinter in starting blocks

“I told Dr. Willey I had a goal to get back to dance, do track, and play softball. He was great to me. He told me if I followed his orders, I would get back and do those.”

Families in central Iowa now have access to pediatric kidney care close to home

UnityPoint Health® – Blank Children’s Hospital and University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital have collaborated on providing full-time pediatric nephrology (kidney) care in Des Moines.

Helmet helps Riverside teen avoid serious injury when bike collides with truck

Cyclist wearing a helmet

An avid mountain biker, Elisha sensed instantly that his brakes weren’t going to stop his momentum in time. Impact came seconds later.

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Ranks in U.S. News & World Report 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals

For the tenth consecutive year, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country, and the only one in Iowa nationally ranked for pediatric care, for 2018-19. The hospital ranked nationally in pediatric cancer, neonatology, pediatric nephrology, and pediatric orthopedics.

Celebrating 20 years

Patient room

Established in 1998, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and Family Advisory Council (FAC) have made a significant impact on UI Stead Family Children's Hospital.

Sugar in sports drinks

illustration showing two bottles

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?’”

Researchers seek clinical trials participants for rare disorders

Ongoing and upcoming clinical trials are testing new therapies, including oral treatments, for genetic disorders such as Gaucher disease, Fabry disease, Pompe disease, and mucopolysaccharidoses.

Can probiotics prevent deadly infections in preemies?

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Iowa Public Television

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.

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