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November 24, 2020 | Judith R. Campbell, MD
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Thanksgiving is a special time of year for me and my family. We usually gather around the table to share memories, tell funny stories and, of course, enjoy our family’s traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, stuffing, green beans and other sides, including my sister’s homemade macaroni and cheese.

Many families like ours will celebrate Thanksgiving differently this year. Instead of large family gatherings, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to think about celebrations more creatively while keeping safety top of mind. This year, my...

November 20, 2020 | Katherine Kennedy, CPNP
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If your child suffers from multiple ear infections and medications haven’t provided relief, an effective option may be ear tubes, or myringotomy tubes. Below are the most commonly asked questions I receive on the topic.

How many ear infections need to diagnosed prior to recommendation for ear tubes? 

If a child has at least four ear infections in six months or has had consistent fluid behind there ear drum for three months, then an ear tube may be recommended by an ear, nose and throat provider (otolaryngologist). ...

November 18, 2020 | Kristen Beckworth, MPH, CHES, CPSTI
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Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, children continue to deal with another crisis. Firearms, motor vehicle crashes, poisonings, drownings, and a lack of safe equipment and products which are taking their lives. Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for children 1-18-years-old. Every day, 20 children die from preventable injuries, resulting in more deaths than all other diseases combined. This is an unfortunate reality for children around the world, in the United States and especially here in our greater Houston community. The...

November 13, 2020 | Virginia Depp Cline, PhD
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Due to the astounding number of stressors 2020 has thrown our way, namely, the COVID-19 pandemic, it is sometimes hard to think past our own daily needs just to get by. Nevertheless, broadening our focus to include acts of kindness towards others may actually be just the right medicine we need.

Kindness, research shows, has many benefits, including physical effects, such as lower blood pressure, fewer aches...

November 12, 2020 | Kishan Desai and Viena Cao
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Have you ever heard someone say they “don’t see color,” implying they treat others solely based on their character, without regard to their racial identity? Treating others with this approach is a well-intentioned attempt to help those who are different “fit in.” However, this approach avoids difficult conversations about race and ignores a large part of a person’s identity and experiences. The ideology of not seeing color in our relationships and interactions to avoid racial biases and discrimination is called...

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