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April 19, 2018 | Sharonda Janeya Alston Taylor, MD
High-Risk Behavior | Texas Children's Hospital

We all remember what it’s like to go through puberty and push further through adolescence. This is a time of intimate personal development and increasing independence. During the process of growing from child to adult, adolescents may make choices that could put their health and well-being at risk. The high-risk behaviors leading to these choices have the ability to shape adult behavior, and the consequences are costly to society and young people alike. Some of the most common adolescent high-risk behaviors include sexual activity, substance abuse, cigarette smoking, preventable injury and violence, including self-harm.


April 18, 2018 | Adiaha I.A. Spinks-Franklin, MD
"Color Blind" | Texas Children's Hospital

One of my biggest pet peeves is when one of my colleagues says something along the lines of: “You know, Adiaha, I just don’t see color.” At that moment, I have a choice to either say nothing or delve further into my colleague’s apparent visual impairment. If I choose to speak, my response can come in different forms, such as “when is the last time you saw an eye doctor?” or “I guess you don’t see gender, either.” Generally, the colleague will appear befuddled by either response.

In our so-called “post-racial” society, it has become fashionable for some to claim they “don’t see color,” which is often quickly followed by an explanation...

April 17, 2018 | Jana Post, mother of patient
Whit Post | Texas Children's Hospital

When I watch my son successfully compete as a Level 6, Division 1 gymnast, I have to pinch myself to remember it’s real. It doesn’t take much for me to recall where we were at 11 years ago, when I was sitting in a hospital room just around the 24-week-mark of my pregnancy with twins. That day was filled with so much fear, anxiety and waiting, along with the many weeks to follow. “Twin B has a 99 percent chance of dying in-utero or during delivery,” said our high-risk obstetrician. “Within the 1 percent chance of survival, his quality of life will be minimal.” My husband and I melted into a puddle of helplessness.

The next 10 weeks...

April 16, 2018 | Mary Frances Musso, DO
Sleep-Disordered Breathing | Texas Children's Hospital

Children with sleep-disordered breathing will commonly snore and have repeated episodes of under-breathing (hypopnea) and not breathing at all (apnea) during sleep. Parents might notice gasping or snorting, restless sleep, frequent nighttime awakenings, teeth grinding, bedwetting and abnormal sleep positions. These disturbances can lead to hyperactivity or increased feeling of being tired during the day (hypersomnolence). Untreated sleep-disordered breathing can have long term consequences including poor academic performance, behavioral issues, growth retardation and high blood pressure.

If you’re not sure your child is obstructing...

April 16, 2018 | Maria Diaz, MS, RDN
Cost-Friendly Nutrition | Texas Children's Hospital

When you’re shopping for groceries with healthy eating for the family in mind, what should you be aiming for? Ideally, we want our plates to be filled to a quarter with whole grains, a quarter with protein - such as meats, fish and eggs, and filled half with fruit and vegetables. However, it can be tricky to shop for nutritious food while staying under budget, so I wanted to share a handful of tips to minimize costs for your next grocery run:

  1. Plan your meals. Write down how many meals you will eat at home along with the food ingredients required, including lunches and snacks if necessary. Then, make a list of the...