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November 28, 2017 | Stanley W. Spinner, MD

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 have 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 to 2 percent to municipal solid waste, while cloth diapers use more energy and water in laundering, and contribute to air and water pollution. In the end, it is up...

November 27, 2017 | Shiu-Ki (Rocky) Hui, MD

As a physician who works with critically ill patients, I often get questions for parents about donating blood to their children. The following are some common questions regarding directed blood donation.

What is directed blood donation?

Directed blood donation is when blood donors donate blood for transfusion of a specific recipient. Altruistic blood donation, on the other hand, is when blood donors donate blood for general blood inventory. The majority of blood in the U.S. comes from altruistic blood donations. While it is possible to donate blood for your child, it is mostly not advised or necessary for ECMO (extracorporeal...

November 21, 2017 | Hugh D. Allen, MD

Houston is my home, and I survived Hurricane Harvey.

This monster struck Aug. 25 as a category 4 storm, annihilating the small, beautiful Texas town of Rockport before proceeding to the Houston area, where it stalled, dumping almost 52 inches of rain.

Experts estimate that 20 trillion gallons of water fell, enough to fill the Great Salt Lake twice, the most rain fall from any storm in the history of the United States. Harvey then proceeded to the Texas-Louisiana border, leaving Beaumont, Texas totally without drinking water, and Port Arthur, Texas completely underwater.

The result was widespread flooding and devastation....

November 20, 2017 | Eric Uresti, father of patient and Executive Director Uresti Giving Foundation

I've met some of the best people through some of the most unfortunate set of circumstances: childhood cancer. The common-bond of the relationships are all geared towards the cancer fight. The fight for your child. The fight for quality care. The fight for survival. The question us parents ask ourselves on a daily basis is where do we fight? Where do we take a stand?

Roughly 3,100 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with leukemia every year, one type being Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). ALL is a fast-growing cancer of lymphocyte-forming cells called lymphoblast, which dramatically suppress the immune system's ability to heal itself...

November 17, 2017 | Larry H. Hollier, Jr., MD

Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS) is a rare congenital craniofacial deformity that causes underdeveloped jaw and cheek bones. Children with TCS have very small or absent cheekbones, stretching of the lower eyelids, abnormal ears and their lower jaw is normally small.

Below are some common questions we receive from parents whose children are diagnosed with TCS.

How common is TCS?

TCS occurs in about 1 out of every 10,000 births.

What causes TCS?

TCS is caused by a mutation in various genes. There are two ways in which TCS can occur. One way is a new mutation. When this happens, both parents pass on normal...