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December 20, 2019 | Rachel M. Cunningham, MPH

Video: The Immunization Project at Texas Children's Hospital 

As 2019 comes to a close and I reflect on the year, many notable events occurred, both personally and professionally. On a personal level, I celebrated 15 years of marriage, my 7-year-old daughter learned to ride a bike (finally!), my 9-year-old daughter got braces, and my 2-year-old … well, he just grew more energetic and mischievous this year. In my professional life, the year was consumed by a single overwhelming issue – measles.

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December 16, 2019 |
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The holidays can be a difficult time for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one but can be especially hard for children. Children typically look forward to the holiday season all year, but after experiencing the death of a loved one, holiday gatherings and celebrations can be especially difficult. Being around people and places that are reminders of the deceased can be emotionally painful for bereaved families.

This tip sheet provides suggestions for how parents and caregivers can help their...

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...

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