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CHICAGOS FAVORITE

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Some of the best doctors in the state, helping the littlest patients.

Were proud of the 32 pediatricians and pediatric specialists afliated with Advocate Health Care who were named Top Kids Docs by Chicago Parent Magazine. Theyve earned this honor for their focus on understanding and caring for our littlest patients. Its all a reection of our commitment to your family.

To find a physician, call 1.80 0 . 3 . A D VO C ATE ( 1 . 8 0 0 . 3 2 3 . 8 6 2 2 ) o r v i s i t a d v o c a t e he a lt h.c om

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16Allergies or asthma?Take a fun quiz on this serious health topic

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5The hope of researchA round-up of research being conducted in Chicago hospitals

9The answer might be yes, or it might be no

10denied insurance claims

12Where kids come rstChicago-area hospitals treat kids like the special people they are

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Kathy HansenDISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR

Do you need In denial life insurance? How to deal with

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PLUS8 18 19 Doc vs. Doc: Which is right for you The new Lurie Childrens Hospital Unique treatment under way at Central DuPage Hospital

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OUR OFFICE IS BRAND NEWBut our practice, For Growing Minds, ages newborn through young adult is almost three decades old!FGM Pediatrics, an award winning physician group, was rst established by Dr. Dipankar Mukhopadhyay more than 25 years ago and rooted in the western suburbs of Chicago. Our physicians are afliated with many neighboring hospitals, including MacNeal Hospital, Adventist LaGrange and Hinsdale Hospitals, as well as Loyola Hospital. We are also members of the Childrens Community Physicians Association of Childrens Memorial Hospital. Several of our doctors have been distinguished in Chicago Magazines Top Doctors issues, as well as, listings in the Castle Connolly directory of peer recognized excellence.

Marc Alan FreedD.O., F.A.A.P.

Mary Ellen GruszkaM.D., F.A.A.P.

Abdul Kader MalhesM.D., F.A.A.P

Pabbisetty RamanaA quality of care and attention to detail are unique qualities of our practice. M.D., F.A.A.P.

We are pleased to be caring for the children of parents, who themselves, were once our patients.

FGMPediatricsCurrently accepting all major insurance plans.

for growing minds8711 W. Cermak Avenue North Riverside, IL 60546 (708) 442-7979 Fax (708) 442-8574 fgmpeds.com

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hospital researchEach year Chicago area childrens hospitals conduct clinical trials and research projects in the hope of uncovering new treatments and answers for illness, health and developmental issues children face. Here are some studies currently under way.

SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN

Spinal Cord Injury and Quality of Life StudyThis project will examine psychosocial outcomes among youth with spinal cord injury and their primary caregivers. Specifically, this study is assessing levels of community participation, health-related quality of life, anxiety, depression and coping among children with SCI, as well as anxiety, depression and coping among their caregivers. How to participate: Participants should be between 1 and 18 years old and have been injured for at least one year. Contact Sara J. Klaas, (773) 3855448 or email sklaas@shrinenet.org.

Natural History of Osteogenesis ImperfectaOsteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a congenital disease that causes extremely weak bones. This longitudinal study involves collecting and analyzing information about past medical history, current medical history and overall health of people who have OI. Enrollment of children with OI can help reveal treatable problems early. Enrollment of adults as well as children will help uncover issues previously not known to be associated with OI and about long-term effects of treatments. How to participate: Shriners is one of six U.S. centers enrolling children and adults into this study. People of all ages and all types of OI are needed. Study participants are required to visit Shriners, or another participating center, once a year for five years. Each person will receive an extensive annual physical exam, including various diagnostic studies. Contact Angela Caudill, (773) 622-5400 ext. 5271 or email acaudill@shrinenet.org.

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COMER CHILDRENS HOSPITAL

Nationwide Childrens StudyDr. Daniel Johnson is part of a nationwide team of researchers trying to see how the environment affects growing children. The National Childrens Study will take soil, air and water samples from homes and neighborhoods nationwide. At least 4,000 of those children will come from the Chicagoland area. Johnson and the other researchers will track these children for 21 years. How to participate: The study is enrolling women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Call (866) 315-7124 or visit the National Childrens Study online at nationalchildrensstudy.gov.

Sleep Disorders Treating in Children NeuroblastomaDr. Leila Kheirandish-Gozal is investigating how poor sleep in children can affect the cardiovascular system. Her sleep research team is looking for evidence that sleep disorders potentially lead to heart attacks, diabetes and other chronic conditions later in life. They are also watching the sleep patterns of healthy weight and overweight children, looking for evidence of a molecular mechanism triggered by poor sleep that interrupts the childs metabolism or encourages weight gain. How to participate: Any family with a child struggling with poor sleep may contact the Pediatric Sleep Medicine Clinic, (773) 702-1242. Dr. Susan Cohn is working on developing just the right combination of treatments to beat neuroblastoma, the most common cancer in infants. Her research is building off the groundbreaking study she led with other Childrens Oncology Group physicians last year, which found that children treated with immunotherapy after a stem cell transplant had a 20 percent increase in disease-free survival. How to participate: Clinical trials are ongoing, testing a number of new medicines in children who have failed conventional treatment. For any child with newly diagnosed neuroblastoma, or who has relapsed after treatment, and is interested in the trials, call (773) 702-6808.

RUSH CHILDRENS HOSPITAL

Pediatric Acupuncture and Pain StudyThis pilot study hopes to determine the role of acupuncture in the management of pain, nausea and vomiting in pediatric, adolescent and young adult patients. According to research studies, between 30 to 70 percent of pediatric patients with chronic illness experience pain. How to participate: Anyone between age 5 and 20 who is experiencing pain, nausea or vomiting may be eligible. Participants will receive eight acupuncture treatments, plus a small cash stipend at the completion of each treatment. Contact Angela Johnson, (312) 563-2531 or email clinical_trials@rush.edu.

Pediatric Perennial Allergic RhinitisIn this study, Dr. James Moy and researchers will evaluate the effects of an investigational nasal spray in children with yearround allergy symptoms (perennial allergic rhinitis). How to participate: Subjects must be 3 to 8 years old and have perennial allergic rhinitis but otherwise be in good health. The study will include 11 visits and will last about one year. Contact Amy Bulbrooke, (312) 563-2647, or email allergy_asthma@ rush.edu.

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CHILDRENS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Food Allergy StudyThirty years ago, food allergy was extremely rare. Today, 4.3 million U.S. children suffer from this potentially life-threatening condition. Dr. Xiaoban Wang and researchers hope to find answers to the causes of food allergies, how they can be predicted and prevented, and treatments. How to participate: Eligible families in Chicago and suburbs should have at least one food allergy-affected child (age birth to 21). Participants will complete a questionnaire about their childs environmental exposures, diet, lifestyle and specific allergies. A clinical evaluation will be conducted to measure the childs height, weight, blood pressure and lung function. A small blood sample will be taken and allergy skin tests administered. Each participant will receive a $25 gift card to Target,