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February 21, 2018 | Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP

In the aftermath of any incident of mass violence, including the most recent high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, it’s easy for all of us to feel shaken and distressed. These acts of violence can pose a serious threat to our worldview and make us doubt our own sense of safety and security. School shootings can be especially troubling for children and adolescents, who normally view their school environment as a safe haven. Below are some tips for concerned parents looking to help their children cope after learning about a mass shooting.

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In this day and age, children will most likely hear about a...

February 20, 2018 | Elizabeth Adkins, Blair Alger, Chelsea Adams, Anita Cook, Ver’Tanya Jack & Elena Moreno

Texas Children’s Heart Center is ranked No. 1 in the country for cardiology and heart surgery, a well-deserved and accomplished status, by U.S. News & World Report. With over 23,000 patients seen every year, our Heart Center offers a unique, family-centric approach to providing high-quality care to our patients and families. We are the home of groundbreaking technology, implementing some of the most complex surgeries and continued therapies in the country.

Words of wisdom for parents of heart warriors

When a child is diagnosed with a heart condition, parents are faced with a wide range of emotions. Social...

February 19, 2018 | Matthew William Wigder, MD, FAAP

This flu season has rampantly hit the United States, bringing hundreds of children and their family members into our clinic, most cases mild, but some pretty severe. Like most stories regarding the flu craze that you may see on your news feed, health experts often suggest a plethora of best practices to best protect yourself and your family from this year’s influenza. I tell all of my patient families that when they start seeing footballs fly around on television near the end of the summer, they should start thinking about setting up an appointment to get their yearly influenza vaccinations. It’s that simple!

Science has proven that...

February 16, 2018 | Joanna Hitt, mother of patient
John flashes a smile during his lengthy stay at the Texas Children's NICU in 2005

Our story doesn't necessarily begin on the day our son, John Thomas Hitt, was born. You actually have to go a long way back before his birth, to the day I was born. You see, I was born with a congenital heart defect. This defect is called transposition of the great arteries, and it involves the two major vessels of the heart switching and connecting in the wrong place. After undergoing multiple surgeries as an infant to correct this defect, I went on to live a completely normal childhood.

But sometime in my twenties, I began to experience a few difficulties. When Tommy (John’s father) and I decided we were ready to start a family,...

February 15, 2018 | Jeremy S. Slone, MD, MPH

Currently, 8 out of 10 children diagnosed with cancer will live long, healthy and productive lives*. Unfortunately, we have to place an asterisk on that statistic, as it only applies to the 20 percent of children in the world who happen to live where proper cancer diagnosis and treatments are accessible. When I’m teaching medical students and residents, I often ask them a trick question on this matter. “What is the main risk factor that predicts a poor outcome in pediatric cancer?” These diligent trainees will invariably respond with different answers: diagnosis, location of the tumor, size of the tumor, stage of the cancer, age of the...