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June 19, 2019 | Amber M. Yates, MD
World Sickle Cell Day | Texas Children's Hospital
PHOTO: Patient Danielle Henry with her mentor Dr. Vivien Sheehan. Under Dr. Sheehan’s mentorship, Danielle is working to analyze differences between how the U.S. and Jamaica – which has the highest SCD ratios in the world – treat SCD.

I think, as people with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), it’s really important to not only think about what we can’t do, but what we can do. Whenever I get sick and can’t do certain things, it gets really easy to think about all of the pain I’m in and my limitations. But, the example of others with SCD has taught me that I need to not only be a survivor, but an achiever....

June 17, 2019 | Stanley W. Spinner, MD
Cloth Diapers | Texas Children's Hospital
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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, diaper choice has been complicated in recent years by the debate of the environmental effects of diapers. While much of the discussion has centered on the effects disposable diapers have on landfill space, a number of scientific studies found that both cloth and disposable diapers have environmental effects. These impacts include raw material and energy usage, air and water pollution, and waste disposal. Disposable diapers add 1-2% to municipal solid waste, while cloth diapers use...

May 22, 2019 | Jorge Emilio Gomez, MD
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Deciding when an athlete may return to sport is not always easy. The availability of computerized neuropsychological testing (NPT) has created the possibility of being able to assess aspects of brain function like reaction time, memory, and concentration in addition to what can be tested with traditional medical examination. Having a baseline assessment, that is, knowing how the athlete’s brain was functioning before the concussion would be an ideal way to...

May 08, 2019 | Kimberley Alexander, mother of patient
PHOTO: Kimberley Alexander

A. Jay is a 12-year-old with the smile to light a room, the personality to energize a crowd, the heart to conquer mountains and the strength to fight his own personal giant. This is simply what he does every single day. 

A. Jay was diagnosed with a rare, chronic immune system disease called eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE) when he was 18 months old. EOE is an allergic inflammatory condition in which eosinophils (a type of white blood cell) accumulate in the esophagus, making it difficult to eat. It only affects 10 in every 100,000 people. 

For as long as A. Jay can...

May 07, 2019 | Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP
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It’s the same conversation every time – at a party, boarding an airplane, waiting in line at the grocery store – when a well-meaning stranger asks me what I do for work.

“I develop interventions for grieving children.”

Then comes the long pause, often followed by a look of genuine concern. “Wow – I don’t know how you’re able to do that,” they say. “It must be depressing.”

To some extent, they’re right. It’s depressing to know that young children and adolescents in our own backyard are facing devastation and...

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