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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...

May 08, 2019 | Kimberley Alexander, mother of patient
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A. Jay is a 12-year-old with the smile to light a room, the personality to energize a crowd, the heart to conquer mountains and the strength to fight his own personal giant. This is simply what he does every single day. 

A. Jay was diagnosed with a rare, chronic immune system disease called eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE) when he was 18 months old. EOE is an allergic inflammatory condition in which eosinophils (a type of white blood cell) accumulate in the esophagus, making it difficult to eat. It only affects 10 in every 100,000 people. 

For as long as A. Jay can...

May 07, 2019 | Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP
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It’s the same conversation every time – at a party, boarding an airplane, waiting in line at the grocery store – when a well-meaning stranger asks me what I do for work.

“I develop interventions for grieving children.”

Then comes the long pause, often followed by a look of genuine concern. “Wow – I don’t know how you’re able to do that,” they say. “It must be depressing.”

To some extent, they’re right. It’s depressing to know that young children and adolescents in our own backyard are facing devastation and...

May 06, 2019 | Ursula Maria Maldonado, MD, FAAP
Pool Safety | Texas Children's Hospital
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Now that temperatures are rising, water activities are becoming a fun, refreshing way to keep your family active and entertained in the Houston heat. Whether you’re in your backyard oasis, at the neighborhood pool, thrilling water parks or the relaxing shores of Galveston, it’s important to refresh on some water safety tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Texas unfortunately leads the nation in drowning deaths for children under 5 years of age....

May 03, 2019 | Douglas S. Fishman, MD
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The gluten-free diet (GFD) is a choice for some. But for many, it’s necessary. Those with celiac disease have an immune-mediated reaction to gluten leading to inflammation of the intestine. Choosing to combat this with a GFD can initially seem daunting. 

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It has obvious sources, such as pastas and breads, but is also hidden in foods like candy and sauces. A GFD can reverse the effects of celiac disease, but...

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