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November 07, 2018 | Drusilla M. Rosales, MS, RD, LD, CLEC
Don't fall for these 8 myths on eating disorders | Texas Children's Hospital
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While some societal stigmas and perceived taboos surrounding mental health still exist, it’s encouraging to see how quickly awareness is growing in our culture. One particular topic we're discussing more openly is eating disorders and their impact on adolescents and teenagers, so terms like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are becoming broadly familiar.

The good news is we’re talking more about eating disorders, and we’re...

November 06, 2018 | Rachel M. Cunningham, MPH
McKenna's story | Texas Children's Hospital
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This is McKenna and her mother, Paula. McKenna, an asthmatic since the age of 5, is a 16-year-old high school student who nearly died last year from influenza. McKenna and Paula always knew asthma would put McKenna at higher risk for complications from the flu, but she never became seriously ill. This all changed last year. 

Within a few days of developing flu-like symptoms, McKenna’s breathing became much more labored as her symptoms worsened. Paula rushed McKenna to Texas Children’s Hospital, where she was quickly admitted. McKenna’s medical team was unable to get her...

November 02, 2018 | Roger Dunaway, father of patient
Charlie's story | Texas Children's Hospital
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Charles “Charlie” Christopher Dunaway was born at 3:43 a.m. on Dec. 6, 2017, at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center in New Orleans. He weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 18.3 inches long. He is named in honor of my wife’s father, Charles “Chiggy” Rhodes, who passed away before her birth in 1976.

Charlie was diagnosed with a pair of congenital heart defects in-utero, including a rare defect called truncus arteriosus and a ventricular septal defect. The first occurs when the two large arteries leaving the heart (the aorta and pulmonary arteries) are combined...

October 31, 2018 | Wendy A. Allen-Rhoades, MD
10 things a pediatric oncologist wants you to know | Texas Children's Hospital
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1. Cancer isn’t rare. Technically, childhood cancer is rare compared to adult cancer, but it’s not as rare as you think. Outside of my work, I can think of three people I know personally who had childhood cancer – a teammate on my high school basketball team, my sister-in-law and a high school debate teammate. My guess is you also know someone from church, a coworker’s kid or one of your kids’ classmates who was affected by this disease.

2. Curing cancer and preventing cancer aren’t the same thing. We do have a cure for the majority of...

October 26, 2018 | Anonymous, father of patient
Our family's journey | Texas Children's Hospital
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Three years ago, life changed dramatically for my family. Out of the blue, our daughter started developing mysterious symptoms over the course of a few months, which we didn’t piece together at first. She initially had intermittent night sweats and bruising on her lower legs, but the night sweats were infrequent and we attributed the bruising to the usual kid stuff. We didn’t think much of it.

When we visited our pediatrician for her well-child appointment, an enlarged lymph node was discovered and her blood was drawn for further testing. The next thing we...