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March 18, 2021 | Keila N. Lopez, MD, MPH

Photo courtesy of Joseph Lindsey

As a cardiologist and medical director of Texas Children’s Cardiology Transition Medicine Program, I provide care to pediatric and adolescent patients living with congenital heart disease (CHD). Thanks to the groundbreaking medical and surgical advances in CHD care, more and more children with CHD are thriving into adulthood.

When I first met my patient, Joseph Lindsey, he was around 11 or 12-years-old at the time. He was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, a congenital heart defect in which...

March 17, 2021 | Taylor Young, RD, LD, Clinical Dietitian

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Like many people, I was told to eat oranges daily or take a vitamin C supplement during seasonal illnesses to help boost my immune system. While this is great advice, there is more we can do to achieve this goal. The immune system is multi-layered and complex – which makes it hard for a single food or vitamin to meet the demands required to keep our immunity strong.

While eating a balanced diet is one way to support a healthy immune system, other important factors include:

  • Consistent physical activity
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Lowering mental stress
  • ...
March 16, 2021 | Emily Stump, LMSW, Emergency Center

It’s been one year since we first heard the phrase “COVID-19.” Since that time, we’ve all had to adjust to our new normal – wearing our face masks, washing our hands more frequently and social distancing wherever we go. While the global pandemic has been emotionally devastating for adults, it has been especially difficult for children and adolescents who are still trying to cope and adapt to these changes.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns over mental health have grown tremendously. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental...

March 12, 2021 | Erin Lindhorst, MS, RD, LD, Clinical Dietitian

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Does your family skip breakfast often? Are you sometimes running out the door with a Pop-Tarts in hand? Although it may seem like a small part of our day, breakfast can have a big impact. Many people may rank breakfast on the bottom of their to-do list, but it may be a bigger deal than you think. Studies show breakfast provides many health benefits. For starters, it can improve concentration, leading to increased school attendance and test scores. Children who eat breakfast are able to solve problems more effectively and even improve their muscle coordination. 

When children and...

March 11, 2021 | Marial Biard, MM, MT-BC, NMT-F and Claire Crawford, MSW, PhD

Photo courtesy of Amber DeFord (Elise's mother)

Our music therapy and palliative care teams often work closely to create a positive experience for our patients and their families, knowing children need more than medicine to feel better. When one of our patients, Elise, came to our hospital for care, she expressed deep interest in using every aspect of care provided at Texas Children’s to keep her mentally strong, reduce her pain perception and help her relax. When she learned about our music therapy and palliative care teams, she found great joy and respite in the many services we offered.

One day, as palliative care...