I was born with a rare liver disease and at 9 months old had a liver transplant. You can read more about my journey here.
A few weeks ago, I took part in my second World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain. It was great to see so many of my old transplant friends and I was able to make new ones too. I feel at home when I am surrounded by people who have gone through a similar path as me. They just get the daily struggles I have and it’s fun to compare scars.
The games are about celebrating my second chance and a way to...
As a surgery physician assistant (PA) fellow, I had the pleasure of rotating through the urology department over the summer. During this time I was surprised by the high volume of testicular torsion cases seen on the service. I noticed many of these cases involved an unfortunate delay in seeking care that significantly affected the patient’s outcome. I felt the topic was worth discussing, considering testicular torsion is a surgical emergency and is the most common cause of testicular loss in adolescents and neonates.1
Testicular torsion occurs when the spermatic cord structures that connect to the testicle become twisted. This...
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks part of the sun. On Aug. 21, millions of people in the U.S. will experience a total solar eclipse pass over parts of North America as day turns to night. Houston will experience a partial solar eclipse. The last time this happened across the country was 1918. The partial eclipse will last two to three hours. Halfway through the event, there will be a brief total eclipse, viewable in certain states across the U.S.
Looking directly at a partial solar eclipse can cause irreversible eye damage, and even blindness. Sun damages vision permanently by burning the retina (light-sending tissue) of the...
“School days, school days,
dear old golden rule days.
Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic
taught to the tune of a hick'ry stick.”
Try to contain your excitement, parents. It is back-to-school time! Our dear children will return to their routine of daily academic lessons, your grocery bill that escalated during the summer will return to its baselines and carpools will resume.
In an effort to prepare our children for returning to school, I suggest the following tips:
Reduce screen time
During the summer, many children gorge on video games, YouTube videos, cell phones and TV shows. The American...
Many children develop hives, which are swollen, red welts that, by definition, are quite itchy. Oftentimes the itching starts before the welts appear.
Hives are a very common problem and it is estimated to affect at least 20 percent of people some time during their life. The medical term for hives is urticaria.
There are two types of urticaria:
- Acute urticaria are hives that last six weeks or less
- Chronic urticaria happens when hives last or recur for more than six weeks
Acute urticaria in a child can be caused by infections, foods, medications, insect bites or blood transfusions. When a...