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June 25, 2019 | Elizabeth "Raine" Johnson, MD, FAAP
Babysitting tips | Texas Children's Hospital
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Babysitting is a huge and exciting responsibility. As a pediatrician, I often get asked for advice when a teen is getting ready for his or her first babysitting job. Here is a list of my “babysitting do’s and don’ts.”

Babysitting do’s

  • Your first priority is keeping the children in your care safe. It’s important to know the home address and home phone number. Make sure you have a list of emergency numbers as well, including: 
    • Parent's name, phone number 
    • Back up adult in the event parents are...
June 21, 2019 | Henry Welch, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, Texas Children's Global Tuberculosis Program
Texas Children's Hospital
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) is one of the most diverse countries in the world - geographically, linguistically and culturally. A burden the people of PNG continually face is that of infectious diseases, with tuberculosis, malaria and others causing 62% of deaths nationwide.

As part of our dedication to sharing our expertise and best practices around the world, and to help address the national-level pediatric, maternal and public health capacity in PNG, our team sought to create a program that would improve one of the most valuable resources in...

June 19, 2019 | Amber M. Yates, MD
World Sickle Cell Day | Texas Children's Hospital
PHOTO: Patient Danielle Henry with her mentor Dr. Vivien Sheehan. Under Dr. Sheehan’s mentorship, Danielle is working to analyze differences between how the U.S. and Jamaica – which has the highest SCD ratios in the world – treat SCD.

I think, as people with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), it’s really important to not only think about what we can’t do, but what we can do. Whenever I get sick and can’t do certain things, it gets really easy to think about all of the pain I’m in and my limitations. But, the example of others with SCD has taught me that I need to not only be a survivor, but an achiever....

June 17, 2019 | Stanley W. Spinner, MD
Cloth Diapers | Texas Children's Hospital
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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, diaper choice has been complicated in recent years by the debate of the environmental effects of diapers. While much of the discussion has centered on the effects disposable diapers have on landfill space, a number of scientific studies found that both cloth and disposable diapers have environmental effects. These impacts include raw material and energy usage, air and water pollution, and waste disposal. Disposable diapers add 1-2% to municipal solid waste, while cloth diapers use...

May 22, 2019 | Jorge Emilio Gomez, MD
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Deciding when an athlete may return to sport is not always easy. The availability of computerized neuropsychological testing (NPT) has created the possibility of being able to assess aspects of brain function like reaction time, memory, and concentration in addition to what can be tested with traditional medical examination. Having a baseline assessment, that is, knowing how the athlete’s brain was functioning before the concussion would be an ideal way to...

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