Children and Teens

Kids Get Arthritis Too!

By Joan G. Calkins, MD Juvenile arthritis (JA) describes many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions but can also describe pediatric rheumatic diseases that affect nearly 300,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 16. JA targets the musculoskeletal system and muscles. Most types of JA share symptoms including pain, joint swelling, redness, and warmth. Some types affect the musculoskeletal syste... »

Little red hats to be given to hundreds of newborns

The Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) and Catholic Health are teaming up for Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week, February 7-14. The two groups will host a press conference and photo opportunity on February 13th from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. at Sisters of Charity Hospital, 2157 Main Street in Buffalo, to highlight “Little Hats, Big Hearts,” a national pro... »

HOPE Buffalo Partners with Buffalo Public Schools

The Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) Office of Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting (T3P) has embarked on a mission to reduce teenage pregnancy and improve academic and social outcomes for parenting students and their children by the end of 2020. This New Education Bargain at BPS has been fortunate to partner with HOPE Buffalo, a project of CAI Global and the Erie County Department of Health. The H... »

Medical 411: Bronchiolitis

Parents have likely heard about bronchitis. But another respiratory infection, bronchiolitis, gets far less attention. According to Dr. Joan Calkins of Village Pediatrics and Rheumatology in Hamburg, bronchiolitis is an infection of the small tubes inside the lungs (bronchioles) caused by a virus, that generally affects young children during the autumn and winter months. During normal breathing un... »

Anti-Drug Challenge Encourages Students to be Part of the Solution

(Family Features) Prescription opioid misuse and heroin use have reached epidemic levels in the United States. Now, students have the opportunity to compete for prizes as they engage in a national challenge to communicate messages to their peers about the dangers these drugs pose. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the DEA Educational Foundation and Discovery Education, a lea... »

Local Facilities Cited for Tobacco Sales to Minors

Niagara County Department of Health Cites Facilities for Tobacco Sales to Minors Since 1999, the Niagara County Department of Health and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office have collaborated to conduct tobacco compliance checks throughout Niagara County. The goal of the program is to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use among persons less than 18 years of age. Every facility selling tobacco ... »

Help Your Child Eat Healthy At School

Courtesy of Independent Health’s Health Promotion and Wellness Department At the beginning of each school year many parents struggle with deciding whether to have their child bring a bagged lunch from home or buy lunch from the school cafeteria. Whenever possible, we encourage parents to pack their kids’ lunches so they know what their children are eating. The most nutritious lunches include foods... »

Adolescent Substance Abuse

By Annette Pinder Being a teenager these days isn’t easy — nor is it easy being the parent of a teenager. And with illicit substance use becoming more prevalent, the challenge has become even greater. Fortunately, according to the American Association for Family Therapy, most adolescents who experiment with drugs do not progress to become adult drug abusers or addicts. However, substance use (alco... »

Village Pediatrics & Rheumatology

Village Pediatrics and Rheumatology is proud to celebrate twenty years of serving families in the Town of Hamburg and surrounding communities. Dr. Joan Calkins and her staff have maintained a record of excellence through quality patient care and continue to be recognized as a top rated provider in Western New York. “At Village Pediatrics & Rheumatology, our team works together to deliver excel... »

Peak Season for Children with Asthma

Peak Season for Children with Asthma A spike in asthma symptoms and flare-ups among children who have asthma is expected to start in late August and continue through the end of September, according to a review of past claims data and public health records by Univera Healthcare. “An increase in the number of children’s asthma-related medical visits, asthma attacks and hospitalizations occurs each y... »

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