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Children's Mercy Hospital

2401 Gillham Road

Kansas City, Missouri 64108

United States

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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 through the age of 21, and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Bes ... more

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BioMarin | Toledo Newspaper [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.

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Deborah L. Horner RD,LD

Phone 419-251-8025
Fax 419-251-7718

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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 [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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Deborah L. Horner RD,LD

Phone 419-251-8025
Fax 419-251-7718

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