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September 12, 2017 | Jeremy S. Slone, MD, MPH

Grace's diagnosis

Grace Abraham is a 19-year-old survivor of osteosarcoma, a malignant bone cancer. All cancer journeys are unique, but her story is unlikely to be duplicated. Two years ago, Grace had the opportunity to visit the University of Nebraska on an exchange program from her home in Botswana. What started as the adventure of a lifetime took a dire turn.

In her own words:

What had been a nice day immediately turned sour upon hearing these words, ''The Chief Radiologist in the area has viewed the images we took this morning; he...

September 11, 2017 | Avina Nguyen, CHES

Food allergies have been a growing concern for many years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food allergies amongst children has increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. About 1 in 13 children have a food allergy. That is roughly two kids in each classroom.

Many food-allergic kids and individuals can tell you how having an allergy has negatively impacted their lives and resulted in their exclusion from everyday activities that most take for granted (going to restaurants, sleepovers, eating with friends, etc.). You would never think having food allergies could be empowering.

However, a...

September 08, 2017 | Harold J. Farber, MD

As we recover from the damage caused by the recent hurricane, safety needs to be top of mind. We want to avoid the heartbreak of more injury and death from failing to pay attention to basic safety issues as we repair and rebuild. Injury and death can occur from electrocution, carbon monoxide and other poisoning, infections and accidents.

Experts from the American Thoracic Society have provided the following advice for when you reenter a flooded home: 

1. Turn off your electricity and gas to avoid shock,...

September 06, 2017 | Texas Children's Hospital

We know this is a stressful time for many families, especially for those with health conditions. Below we have provided resources for families during this difficult time.


Donated insulins were shipped to Direct Relief International (DRI) as part of their hurricane preparedness program. Insulin will be distributed through DRI.

  • Lilly
    • Contact the Lilly Answers Center at 1-800-545-5979
    • Many insurance plans have disaster overrides that allow you to replace your destroyed medicine for the cost of a co-pay. If you don’t have a disaster override, Lilly will provide you with a new 30-day supply at...
August 29, 2017 | Julie Kaplow, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., Director of the Trauma and Grief Center at Texas Children’s Hospital

This blog is available in Spanish and Portuguese below. 


Hurricanes are generally predictable, which allows more time to prepare. This period of time can be stressful for kids as they watch their caregivers (often frantically) stock up on food, water, batteries, etc. The anxiety caregivers often experience during this time can be contagious, so it is helpful for them to monitor their own coping strategies when attempting to help their children. Children will frequently turn to the adults in their lives for information, and younger children in particular may have questions about what is happening around them....

(Spanish) Consejos para ayudar a los niños a hacer frente a los huracanes, tormentas y sus consecuencias


Huracanes son generalmente previsibles, lo que permite más tiempo para las preparaciones. Este período de tiempo puede ser estresante para niños a medida que observan as sus proveedores de cuidados (muchas veces desesperadamente) abastecerse de comida, agua, baterías y las demás provisiones necesarias. La ansiedad que a menudo experimentan los proveedores de cuidados puede ser contagiosa, por eso es útil que ellos estén atentos a sus propias estrategias de afrontamiento para ayudar a sus niños...


(Portuguese) Dicas para ajudar as crianças lidar com furacões, tempestades e suas consequências  


Os furacões são geralmente previsíveis, o que proporciona mais tempo para as pessoas fazerem preparativos. Esse período pode ser estressante para as crianças, ao observarem os seus cuidadores (muitas vezes desesperadamente) adquirindo reservas de comida, água, baterias, etc. A ansiedade que os cuidadores muitas vezes sentem pode ser contagiosa, por isso é importante que eles estejam atentos às suas próprias estratégias de enfrentamento ao estresse para ajudar às suas crianças. As crianças...