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Ms. Deborah L. Horner

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Phone: (816) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Missouri , United States
Children's Mercy Hospital
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City , Missouri 64108
United States

Company Description: Children's Mercy, located in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the nation's top pediatric medical centers. The 354-bed hospital provides care for children from birth...   more

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BioMarin | Toledo Newspaper, 26 Feb 2011 [cached]
Patients from Ohio and Michigan have been invited - "since Toledo has a much better zoo," said Deb Horner, a dietician at Children's Mercy Hospital, in a June 27 e-mail to Toledo Free Press.
The formula smells and tastes bad, Horner said.
In recent years, the formula has become available in other forms, such as bars and drink pouches, which are easier to stomach, Horner said.
Protein intake must be monitored carefully, and Horner said parents she's worked with have been "right on top of it."
"They measure the food. They weigh the food in grams," she said.
PKU patients and their parents work closely with a dietician, making sure phe levels are balanced. Several factors, including growth spurts, regular exercise, puberty and pregnancy, can affect a person's tolerance for phe.
"It's a real balancing act," Horner said. "I work with kids with diabetes all the time, and I say, 'You want to see a tough diet … [PKU] is way tough,'" Horner said.
"These kids don't taste meat. Their parents don't let them ever taste meat," she said.
Horner said it's easier to deal with PKU when patients are young and their parents have more control over their diet.
"You go through adolescence, you don't want to be different," she said.
"There were many undiagnosed persons who were institutionalized," Horner said.
Horner said she's following a young woman with PKU who was adopted. The woman's biological mother was not strict about the diet, and consequently the woman is severely mentally impaired.
"When you think about brain development for the first two years of life … this gal, she would have been a normal child had her mother followed the diet," Horner said.
If PKU patients leave the diet, their IQs can lower significantly, Horner said. People with PKU are significantly less likely to finish high school and more likely to have menial jobs or go to prison.
"We're not talking 'you want to lose some vanity pounds,'" she said.
Clinics [cached]
Deborah L. Horner RD,LD
Phone 419-251-8025
Fax 419-251-7718
- -, 12 Mar 2006 [cached]
Such proteins look good to Deb Horner, a dietitian with Mercy Children's Hospital.
Foods with lots of fiber - such as a piece of fruit or whole grains such as oatmeal - are digested more slowly and give kids energy throughout the morning.
"Juice and cereal don't get that," she said.
But she knows, she said, why they dominate school breakfast menus, which seldom thrill her.
That should be an improvement because almost any food children eat for breakfast is better than eating nothing or only a little bit, Ms. Horner, the dietitian, said.
And McKayla, who typically consumed only juice and crackers during her long morning, was getting a lot more morning nutrition than some of her classmates who tried the school breakfast last week.
The Mid Atlantic Connection -Clinics, 15 Jan 2010 [cached]
Deborah L. Horner RD,LD
Phone 419-251-8025
Fax 419-251-7718
West Georgia Health LaGrange GA - West Georgia Health Expands Nutrition Services to Community, 15 Sept 2011 [cached]
The center is staffed by Heather Coggins, M.P.A., R.D., L.D., C.D.E. and Debbie Horner, R.D, L.D.
"We tell our clients that there is no magic bullet for weight loss," said Horner. "It's all about changes in behavior. We teach people about nutrition and how to make healthy choices. We emphasize moderation and balance."
Horner sees herself as a coach when it comes to providing encouragement to her patients. One of her patients is a woman who lost 40 pounds following medical weight loss surgery. "She was motivated to have the surgery and lose the weight so she could come off her blood pressure medication," said Horner.
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