Posts by Lisa McMahan

Making radiation therapy less daunting for young cancer patients

The masks used during radiation therapy can be intimidating for anyone going through cancer treatment. OHSU’s Department of Radiation Medicine is making the process a little easier for kids with...

A smidge of structure

For some kids, the best part about summer is the freedom. For others, the unstructured days leave them feeling restless and untethered. “In general, kids benefit from structure and...

Here comes the sun

Sunburns, bug bites, dehydration – all are common pitfalls that can quickly derail your family's summertime fun. As you gear up for lazy days by the pool and long walks in the woods, keep these...

Returning to the OR: Alyssa’s Doernbecher story

We sat down with OHSU School of Nursing student Alyssa to learn why she is pursuing a career in nursing. Read her story in her own words below!   My symptoms started when I was about 7...

Out of the box?

When it comes to safe sleep initiatives, it pays to stick with what works. Here’s what we know about sleep safety: The best, safest way for a baby to sleep is on her back in a crib or bassinet....

Kids and kidney stones

Doctors don't know why more children are turning up at hospitals and clinics with kidney stones – a painful problem usually found in adults – but it is likely tied to poor diet and...

The value of free play: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  Free play...

On screen: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  When it comes to...

Dealing with anxiety: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  Would it surprise...

Body image: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  When it comes to...