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June 2008 Newsletter

June 2008 Vol. 3 , No. 2   
September-2010-deirdreDear Friends,  
Summer is here again, and for many of us, that means time spent outdoors with the kids in our lives.  This is also a popular time for camp physicals and back-to-school checkups.  If you’re planning on visiting your child’s pediatrician, check out our Green Pediatrics article from Dr. Lawrence Rosen, Medical Advisor at our Center, for tips and a link to green pediatricians around the country.  
As you enjoy the outdoors, take along some healthy summer fare.  Holistic nurse Karen Overgaard, LPN, offers inspiration with nutritious ideas for feeding your kids well.  
Also in this issue, learn about the Kids Safe Chemicals Act, why we’re supporting it, and how you can, too.  With all the buzz in the news this past year about lead and PVC in children’s toys and toxic baby bottles being pulled off shelves, we’re ready as a nation to embrace change for the better.  We must demand safe products for our children, and this legislation is one of the best ways to achieve this.  Quite simply, our children are counting on us. 
And while your mind may be far from school, our children are always learning.  For those undergoing cancer treatment, “chemo brain” and cognitive late effects can impact children’s abilities to keep up with their studies.  As the mother of a leukemia survivor who helped develop a pediatric patient and family advisory council at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Cyndi MacKinlay offers essential information for families in her article, “Cognitive Late Effects.”
Best wishes for a healthy and happy summer, 
Deirdre Imus
chemicals_newSupport the Kids Safe Chemical Act
In keeping with the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology’s mission to identify, control and ultimately prevent exposures to environmental factors that may cause adult, and especially pediatric cancer, as well as other health problems with our children, we are pleased to enthusiastically endorse the Kid Safe Chemicals Act (KSCA), introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg and Representative Henry Waxman on May 20, 2008.  Read more 
Healthy_RecipesSummer Nutrition Tips for Families
By Karen Overgaard, L.P.N.
From drinking enough water to picnicking, here are some tips on summer nutrition -- plus a couple of scrumptious, healthy desserts the family will love.  Read more
shutterstock_76478602Cognitive Late Effects:  We are Failing Our Children
By Cyndi MacKinlay 
The author is the mother of a 15-year old cancer survivor. Her son, Andrew, was diagnosed in 1998 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) when he was five years old.  He concluded treatment in 2000 and remains in remission, though "cognitive late effects" remain. In 1999 Cyndi became a founding member of the Pediatric Patient and Family Advisory Council representing the oncology floors of Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund Clinic.  Read more
aiden_profile_cropDid You Know? 
Safer Sunscreen
Summer is a time kids are outside for hours, whether it be at the beach, by the pool, or just playing around the neighborhood with their friends. The sun feels great on our skin after the cool months of winter and spring, and it is a terrific source of vitamin D. There are, however, guidelines about safer sun and sunscreen exposure.  Read more
june-2009-healthy-recipeRecipe:  Kiwi-Rasberry Sorbet
It's another great recipe from Deirdre Imus' best-selling cookbook, The Imus Ranch, Cooking for Kids and Cowboys ... This incredibly fresh-tasting sorbet is so simple and easy to make that you may find it to be the perfect way to enjoy fruit on a hot summer day... Serve it topped with raspberry-banana puree or on its own.  Read more
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