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June 01, 2018 | Jacqueline Benavides, former patient
Jacqueline Benavides | Texas Children's Hospital
Image courtesy of Jacqueline Benavides

If you’re a teenage patient approaching transition from a pediatric to adult health care provider, the process itself can definitely seem intimidating. It’s not as scary as it might look, though. There are no rules when it comes to transitioning. If you’re nervous about going to your first appointment with an adult provider, then don’t go alone. Take your caregiver, a family member or a trusted friend. This process is about gaining more independence and taking control of your health, but doesn’t mean you can’t have a support system with you through it all. So,...

May 31, 2018 | Harold J. Farber, MD
E-Cigarettes | Texas Children's Hospital

Today, which happens to be World No Tobacco Day, an international expert report from the Forum of International Respiratory Societies concludes: “Nicotine in electronic cigarettes poses a great threat to youth, and we must protect them from it.”

E-cigarettes and similar products are now arming themselves with a multitude of attractive flavors (like candy and fruit) and sleek designs for discreet usage (such as pens, lanyards, crayons and flash drives) alongside promotion tactics that market a “...

May 30, 2018 | Mona L. McPherson, MD, Jeanine M. Graf, MD
Mission Control | Texas Children's Hospital

Few things are more frightening than realizing your child is in medical danger – enough danger to seek admission at an emergency center for immediate, specialized care. It’s common for infants, children and pregnant women to fall critically ill unexpectedly; regular common causes for infants and children include premature birth, breathing problems, infections and trauma, while many expecting mothers face preterm labor, bleeding and infection.

Fortunately, Texas Children’s is equipped with a dedicated team of professionals who...

May 29, 2018 | Karen Litel, mother of patient
Conrad Litel | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Karen Litel

To this day, my family will never forget April 4, 2014. It was a typical day, as far as most days go. I fixed lunches in the morning, and my kids were out the door and off to school. 

I was reminded of the previous night – my youngest, Conrad, was complaining of fluid in his ears, which was bothering him. This wasn’t abnormal, as Conrad had brought up these complaints on and off for some time, but our allergist and otolaryngologist (ENT) both thought his eardrums might’ve been retracted from his allergies. 

I started wondering if maybe Conrad had a strange,...

May 25, 2018 | Natalie Strole, mother of patient
Hailey Strole | Texas Children's Hospital
Image courtesy of Natalie Strole

In April 2010, my 11-year-old daughter, Hailey, was diagnosed with a 10-centimeter-long, low-grade juvenile polycystic astrocytoma, which is a rare childhood brain tumor. Leading up to this diagnosis, Hailey was training as a Level 8 competitive gymnast for up to 30 hours a week. She had been complaining of recurring headaches, so we had her eyes checked, alongside her blood sugar and other counts. We eventually brushed these headaches off as a result of exhaustion from training. Things changed when Hailey suffered a small seizure while practice on the balance beam one day....

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