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January 18, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

Emergency centers (ECs) are fully equipped to handle a variety of patients with a wide range of illnesses and injuries. However, its resources, including patient rooms, equipment and staff, can be overwhelmed by large volumes of patients arriving within a short time period, multiple high-acuity or extremely sick patients requiring emergent care all at once, high hospital occupancy, and lack of inpatient beds available for admitted EC patients, etc. The downhill effects of these oftentimes unpredictable and uncontrollable factors include crowded waiting rooms, prolonged wait times and extended EC visits. 

EC wait times are extremely...

January 16, 2018 | Marlene Typaldos, MD

Why is sleep important?

Important brain and body function occur during sleep that create new pathways for learning and memory. Insufficient amount of sleep can alter activity in some parts of the brain that may interfere with your teen’s ability to make decisions, maintain alertness, solve problems, control emotions and behavior, as well as cope with changes. 

Sleep deprived teens have increased absenteeism and tardiness, a decreased ability to learn and retain material, diminished ability to actively participate in the classroom and perform decision-making tasks. 

Teens with inadequate sleep has been associated...

January 12, 2018 | Mark A. Wallace

Nearly 50 years ago, on April 4, 1968, our nation was rocked by the killing of Martin Luther King Jr. It was a sad and senseless end to the life of a servant leader who preached and practiced love and peaceful tolerance.

The day after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, school teacher Jane Elliott walked into her classroom to greet her third-grade students. Though she entered with a heavy heart, she became a catalyst that her students would never forget. That day, Jane conducted what she called the blue eyes-brown eyes exercise on racism.

Essentially, she used the color of the children’s eyes to distinguish and associate them with...

January 12, 2018 | Bo Bigelow, father

It's August 2015. My wife and I are on the phone with Mike Fountain, a postdoc from Baylor. Talking to Mike, we're overwhelmed. We want to jump up and down with joy, but we also kind of feel like we might throw up. This is because Mike's telling us he works in a lab with a guy named Dr. Christian Schaaf, and together they're studying USP7, the very gene that is mutated in our Tess. It's this USP7 gene that we think is causing Tess's delays. Causing her not to walk or talk, and to be cognitively at the level of a 1 year old, even though...

January 11, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

 

Plan ahead

Most childhood illnesses or injuries are unexpected, so it’s important to have an emergency plan ahead of time! During your child’s regular check-ups, talk with your pediatrician about when to go to the emergency center (EC) and which EC to go to. Based on your child’s medical history and location, your doctor may recommend an EC close to your home or one in a hospital where he/she (or your child’s specialists) regularly sees patients.

In cases of emergency, having an updated list of medical phone numbers readily available can be extremely helpful! Your emergency contact list should...

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