Conditions We Treat

What Are Stem Cells

Stem cells are special human cells that have the ability to develop into many different cell types, from muscle cells to brain cells. In some cases, they also have the ability to repair damaged tissues.

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What Are White Blood Cells?

Think of white blood cells as your immunity cells. In a sense, they are continually at war. They flow through your bloodstream to battle viruses, bacteria, and other foreign invaders that threaten your health.

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What Is Plasma?

White blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets are essential to body function, but plasma also plays a crucial, and mostly unrecognized, job. It carries these blood components throughout the body as the fluid in which they travel.

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What Is Sports Medicine

Sports medicine healthcare providers have special training to restore function to injured patients so they can get moving again as soon as possible. They are experts on preventing illness and injury in active people.

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Wheat Allergy Diet for Children

Detailed information on wheat allergy, a type of food allergy, including how to read a label for a wheat-free diet.

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When a Baby Has Difficulty After Birth

Some babies may have difficulty at birth. These include babies who are born prematurely, have a difficult delivery, or have birth defects. Here's what you need to know.

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When to Call Your Child's Healthcare Provider

Detailed information on when to call your baby's physician

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When to Get Emergency Care for Your Child

In general, take your child to an emergency room after an injury any time you think the problem may need urgent care.

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When to Seek Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling gives you information about health concerns that run in your family.

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When Your Baby Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery

Talk with your baby's healthcare provider about being present as much as possible for the test or procedure. Child development experts say it's best to keep to a minimum the amount of time your child is separated from you at this age.

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When Your Teen Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery

During the teen years, abstract thinking begins and teens can fully understand how parts of the body function, the medical problem they have, and the reason for the test, procedure, or surgery.

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When Your Toddler or Preschooler Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery

Helpful tips on how to prepare your toddler or preschooler child for a surgery, test, or procedure.

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Helping Hands Patient Education Materials

Written and illustrated by medical, nursing and allied health professionals at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Helping Hand instructions are intended as a supplement to verbal instructions provided by a medical professional. The information is periodically reviewed and revised to reflect our current practice. However, Nationwide Children's Hospital is not responsible for any consequences resulting from the use or misuse of the information in the Helping Hands.