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August 06, 2018 | Juan L. Benavides, LMSW, Elizabeth Adkins, LMSW
How do I start a conversation on mental health with my kids?
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Much of today’s youth are subject to topics around mental health. It’s unavoidable – these discussions fill our news feeds, our schools, our communities and sometimes our own families. This is often a touchy subject, and many caregivers express discomfort and timidity in finding ways to talk about such heavy feelings and emotions with younger children. However, research shows there is no specific age or timeline for these discussions. Some even say the sooner we talk about mental health, the more informed our children...

August 03, 2018 | Ella Ware, patient
Ella's story | Texas Children's Hospital
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My name is Ella, and I’m 16 years old. I’m a writer, photographer, artist, Christian and much more. I also have a genetic disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or EDS. I’m currently living with this disorder, along with all the comorbid conditions that often come with it, and I try to stay true to myself while doing so.

EDS is a group of connective tissue disorders with the ability to affect many parts of the body. It’s currently classified into 13 subtypes. In my case, I have severe hypermobile EDS (hEDS). Some of the symptoms I manage on a daily basis include chronic...

August 02, 2018 | Michael C. Chapman, MD, FAAP
Spread the word: Free cancer screenings for young men | Texas Children's Hospital
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DISCLAIMER: This blog contains anatomically correct graphics of male genitalia below. 

If you were a caregiver, would you consider an easy, painless (and free) cancer screening for the young men in your life? Of course you would! Thankfully, regular testicular self-examination is a simple screening tool for testicular cancer, which can develop in one or both testicles. 

Testicular cancer might be rare, but it’s one of the most commonly seen forms of cancer in men...

July 31, 2018 | Kristen Beckworth, MPH, CHES, CPSTI
A-C-T to prevent vehicle-related heatstroke | Texas Children's Hospital
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As temperatures continue to climb in Houston, we all need to prepare ourselves and our loved ones for what some experts say will be an even longer, hotter summer than usual. When heat levels rise, so does the risk of heatstroke, a fatal form of hyperthermia, in adults and children alike.

In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause of vehicle-related deaths in children behind car crashes. These statistics are frightening; especially considering these heat-related tragedies are completely preventable...

July 30, 2018 | Caraciolo J. Fernandes, MD
Why expecting parents need a BUMP
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“Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have” - Franz Kafka

I think this quote can be used in a wide variety of circumstances, but, to me, it aptly sums up just why every family expecting a newborn should have a baby urgent medical plan, or BUMP, established ahead of labor and delivery.

Even in the most “normal” of pregnancies, unexpected complications can arise and cause lots of anxiety. This anxiety can be minimized through a little bit of thoughtful planning. Most...

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