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April 23, 2018 | Daren Molina, MD
Shin Splints | Texas Children's Hospital

Spring means warmer weather, more rain and the start of track and soccer season. Young athletes who play sports with heavy amounts of running and jumping can commonly complain of lower leg pain. Shin splints are one of the main causes of this lower leg pain.

What are shin splints?

First, let’s go over the anatomy of the leg. The lower leg, below the knee, is composed of two bones – the main shinbone, or tibia, and the smaller bone on the side, the fibula. Each bone has a dense layer of covering, which can be likened to wrapping the bones with plastic wrap. The covering is called periosteum, and is where all...

April 20, 2018 | Spencer Greene, MD, MS, FACEP, FACMT
Snake Bites | Texas Children's Hospital

 

Spring is now in full swing, inviting more opportunities to go hiking or camping with family members and friends. However, warmer weather brings snakes out of hiding, so it’s important to know how to safely take action in the event someone is bitten. I'm offering the following tips on how to respond in these situations, along with unsafe practices to avoid in the immediate aftermath of a snake bite. 

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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.

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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...

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