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March 20, 2020 | Harold J. Farber, MD

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As you have heard by now, social distancing and handwashing can limit the spread of COVID-19, but did you know that smokers are at a much higher risk of severe illness from the disease? Did you also know that use of e-cigarettes weakens the immune defenses in a way that can leave you more susceptible to COVID-19?

A report from China during the early part of the pandemic found that among patients hospitalized with COVID-19, 27% of smokers’ conditions got worse, while 97% of non-smokers’ conditions...

March 13, 2020 | James Versalovic, MD, PhD
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

As we all learn more about the spread of human coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) across the country and around the world, we want to remind everyone to stay informed and remain calm.

Every day, Texas Children’s Hospital is committed to keeping our patients, families, visitors, staff and employees safe. As part of that decades-long commitment, Texas Children’s – in conjunction with federal, state and local health organizations, especially those in the Texas Medical Center – is monitoring the situation closely and is prepared to safely serve patients with respiratory disease including COVID-19.

Here’s what you need to know...

March 06, 2020 | Zach and Katie Wester-Neal
Charlie | Texas Children's Hospital NRI

Photo courtesy of Katie Wester-Neal

Our 4-year-old Charlie is an exceptionally happy child. Like many kids his age, he loves playing with trucks, being outdoors, music and reading. Charlie is unique because he has MECP2 Duplication Syndrome (MECP2D), a rare neurogenetic disorder.

Along with his fraternal twin, Drew, Charlie was born prematurely. Initially, both boys had feeding issues. Unlike Drew, Charlie had breathing problems as well. Everyone, including our physicians, attributed these issues to prematurity and felt confident they would both eventually outgrow it. It came true for Drew – his...

March 02, 2020 | Karla Fredricks, MD, MPH, FAAP
Medicaid and CHIP | Texas Children's Hospital

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Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have provided health coverage for low-income families in the U.S. for more than 50 years. These important health insurance services protect more than one-third of children and teens in the country.

Despite the continued availability of these programs, the number of children who do not have health insurance has increased at an alarming rate in recent years. Recent data show lower enrollment in...

February 24, 2020 | Eunice Fafiyebi, Texas Children's Hospital

High temperatures, vomiting, stomach aches, congestion and sometimes blood. These are some of the symptoms parents dread as they are usually followed by the question: “Where should I take my child?” To alleviate some of the stress this age-old question brings, we created a collection of wintertime blogs to help parents and caregivers determine when to take a child to the Emergency Center vs. Urgent Care. Any time your family needs to seek medical care, Texas Children's Emergency Centers and Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics are here for you through every emergent or urgent ailment or illness.

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