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December 11, 2019 | Farah M. Khatoon, MD
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Across all cultures, holidays are a wonderful time for friends and families to reconnect and share meals. They are also stressful due to the demands on our time and attention. This can be especially challenging for children living with a chronic disease. Staying on track with diet and medications can be especially challenging during these busy times. Children living with diabetes are often left with few options during holiday gatherings and meals. It becomes especially difficult to eat a healthy,...

December 04, 2019 | Kestly Tinklepaugh

In the fall of 1994, Kestly Tinklepaugh underwent her first heart surgery at Texas Children’s Heart Center. Her next heart surgery was an open heart preformed almost 2 years later. Throughout her life, she was seen by pediatric cardiologists and adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) cardiologists. Twenty-three years after her first heart surgery, she delivered her very own son, Alden, while still receiving treatment for her congenital heart defects. Here's a snippet of her...

December 02, 2019 | Alex, Hector's mom

Hector/courtesy of patient family 

Hector, a dynamic 17-year-old mariachi member from Edinburg, Texas is a leader in and out of school. When he is not in the classroom, you can usually find him playing bass drums in the fall marching band season or competing with his mariachi teammates in the spring. He also performs at several concerts, so when Hector complained of a sore shoulder last fall, Hector’s mother, immediately thought it must be a result of his involvement in several band activities. 

“He had no true symptoms, no exhaustion or weight loss. I just remember he would complain about shoulder pain. One morning he...

November 26, 2019 | Dr. Lisa Gaw
Toy safety | Texas Children's Hospital
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Thanksgiving week is here with lots of food and family time but also with the prospect of shopping for toys during Black Friday sales. Truth is, it's really time to get ready for the holidays and maybe crossing off some items off your holiday shopping list. I am well aware of the parental desire to buy gifts that will inspire envy across the neighborhood ... but I want to make a plea today — for parents to think about safety first when buying toys this year.

There are a number of...

November 22, 2019 | Javier Chinen, MD, PhD
Allergies | Texas Children's Hospital

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In the next few weeks and during the holiday season, many families will be decorating their homes, attending parties and traveling to visit friends and relatives. For people with allergies and/or asthma, these activities might trigger a flare up. With busy schedules, it is easy to forget to take the proper precautions to keep symptoms under control.

Here are some tips to keep in mind as you celebrate this jolly season: 

For respiratory allergies and asthma:

  • When...

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