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March 20, 2019 | Harold J. Farber, MD
The fire in Deer Park is out, but the smoke remains
Godofredo A. Vasquez, Houston Chronicle 

In the past few days, you probably caught drift of the news or perhaps witnessed the large plume of black smoke hovering over southeast Texas due to the massive chemical plant fire in Deer Park. The fire is finally extinguished and, despite extensive air quality monitoring, this smoke can create problems for anyone with lung or heart disease. Although the air quality may not be that bad while the smoke plume is up – what goes up must come down … and when it comes down, it can potentially be harmful.

The media is reporting that most of the chemicals involved...

March 07, 2019 | Rachel M. Cunningham, MPH, Rekha Lakshmanan, Director of Policy and Advocacy at The Immunization Partnership
Becoming an advocate for your child
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For years, my husband and I lamented over the state of our neighborhood playground. We live in an older neighborhood, and the playground was in a state of disrepair. Finally, after 12 years, I decided to take action a couple months ago by advocating for a new playground for my three young children. I went off to my first neighborhood homeowners association meeting – two hours later, I left the meeting as chair of the brand new playground committee!...

March 06, 2019 | Lisa Gaw, MD, Radha Ram, MD
How to keep your child safe when playing sports
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Playing sports is an excellent way for children to stay fit, build teamwork and get outside for some fresh air. But sports-related stress and injuries are the second leading cause of emergency room visits for children and adolescents, so it’s essential to keep your child safe on the playing field.

The eyes and face are particularly vulnerable areas and need to be...

March 05, 2019 | Carolyn Thiede, RD, LD
National Nutrition Month: 10 tips from our dietitians
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March is National Nutrition Month® – you’re welcome to join us in celebrating this annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This month-long campaign is meant to educate people on the critical role of registered dietitians, encourage healthy eating and physical activity habits, and...

February 28, 2019 | Katherine Cutitta, PhD
Mind the heart: Understanding cardiac psychology
Allen Kramer, Texas Children's Hospital

The referral

You’re finishing up your child’s lengthy cardiology appointment, which was filled with testing, guidance from multiple health professionals and recommendations to move forward with. “Lastly, we’re going to refer you guys to our psychologist.”

Wait – what?

Your immediate thoughts might include: “We don’t have time for that” or “My child isn’t crazy!”

We know your child isn’t crazy. Take a deep breath! Should you receive a psychology referral for your heart warrior, I hope this blog covers most of the basics....

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