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November 14, 2017 | Stanley W. Spinner, MD

The flu shot can give you the flu

The flu vaccine contains a killed virus, so it is not possible to get infected and “catch the flu” from the shot.

Symptoms commonly associated with the vaccine include soreness at the injection site, generalized achiness, and possibly low-grade fever following the injection which are due to your body’s immune reaction to the vaccine. These symptoms are actually indicating that your immune system has been primed to fight off the influenza virus should you be exposed to it. 

You don’t need a flu shot this year if you got one last year

There are multiple strains of...

November 13, 2017 | Dr. Krista Caldwell, Ph.D., Fellow in Adolescent MedicineAmy B. Acosta, PhD

It was trending on social media and is one of the top-streamed show in the history of Netflix. It’s likely your teen has seen or at least mentioned discussions of the show “13 Reasons Why.” The show portrays an adolescent female’s experience of bullying, harassment, lack of social support and hopelessness that ends in her decision to take her own life. Although the show has received both praise and criticism, there is no denying it has brought the topic of teen suicide into public focus and left many parents wondering, “Should my teen be watching this?”

Understandably, for many parents, the word “suicide” is fraught with anxiety and...

November 10, 2017 | Jeffrey R. Starke, MD

What is tuberculosis (TB)?

TB is a chronic pulmonary disease caused by infection with a bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is primarily spread through droplets coughed or breathed into the air. TB usually affects the lungs, but can also affect the lymph nodes, spine, brain or any other part of the body.

There is a difference between being infected with the TB bacterium and having active disease.

What are the three stages of TB?

  • Exposure is when a person has been exposed to – or shared the air with – another person who might have TB. The exposed person will have a negative skin test, normal...
November 09, 2017 | Lakshmi Venkateswaran Srivaths, MD

What is a bleeding disorder?

A bleeding disorder is a condition which predisposes an individual to an increased risk of bleeding, as well as easy bruising, either spontaneously and/or after trauma or surgery. 

What can cause a bleeding disorder?

A bleeding disorder can be due to either a deficiency or defect related to blood clotting or platelets that circulate in the blood. It can be an inherited condition or acquired later in life as a result of other medical conditions. Some examples of bleeding disorders include hemophilia, von Willebrand disease and platelet disorders.

Are there other symptoms aside from...

November 07, 2017 | Jennifer Haunani Foster, MD, MPH

Consistently ranked among the top centers in the country for pediatric cancer care, Texas Children’s Cancer Center offers the most advanced medical treatments and care possible for children with cancer. 

Neuroblastoma, one of the most common solid tumors in children, is a type of cancer that forms in primitive developing nerve cells. Each year approximately...

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