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In 1996, I was on a return flight home following a week touring hospitals, clinics and orphanages in Romania. What I had seen on that trip shocked me. Children with HIV/AIDS were dying in droves at a time when new antiretroviral drugs were revolutionizing treatment of the disease in the Western world.
I spent a lot of time thinking through how to address this discrepancy in care and survival. It was on that flight home – scribbling ideas down on a legal pad – that the concept of what would later become the Baylor...
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If your child is undergoing a surgical procedure, there can be a lot of stress and uncertainty surrounding the process. Your level of worry may even increase if your child then develops a fever after the surgical procedure. Although there are many causes of postoperative fever, below are four common questions parents have about postoperative fever.
What is technically considered a fever?
Fever is defined as a temperature greater than 100.4oF. After undergoing any surgical procedure, developing a fever during the...
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As patients, we expect our doctors to keep abreast of the latest medical knowledge so they can provide the best care for our condition – whether it is for something as innocuous as an annual checkup or something more serious like a life-threatening or chronic condition.
Modern medicine is constantly evolving. What was once considered the standard-of-care a few years back may not be recommended any longer, only to be replaced by a better, more effective drug or a surgical procedure. Perhaps there are even patients suffering from an illness or disease for which there were...
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Every September, as part of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we put together a campaign to help raise visibility for our cancer patients, treatment and research.
At Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers – one of the largest pediatric cancer center in the country – we have over 200 physicians and scientists, 47 research laboratories and 250 active clinical trials dedicated solely to childhood cancer and blood disorders. For more than 60 years, we’ve pioneered...
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Just one day before Emily Pinter turned 2, she had a fall that changed her life. She was playing on a swing set when she climbed up a ladder and, instead of stepping down, she stepped off the play structure and fell 3 to 4 feet to the ground below.
After doing a quick check on her daughter, Corinne, Emily's mother, recalled telling herself, "She’s not bleeding, she’s breathing, her bones aren’t broken, her eyes look OK, no bruising; everything is OK.”
In fact, everything seemed fine until the next morning when Corinne went to change Emily for her birthday party and immediately noticed...