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November 30, 2017 | Monica Marcus, DO

Today was an incredible day. I made a patient cry. Reading those words, you might be wondering what kind of doctor would thrive on making children cry? Well, my patient cried tears of joy today. She felt almost complete relief from pain. Something she hasn’t experienced a single day in the past five years of her life. I had the pleasure of witnessing this after I performed acupuncture on her for the very first time. 

In rheumatology, there are very few, if any, quick fixes. Most of the medications I use require four to six weeks to take full effect. With acupuncture, I have the ability to provide instant relief for my patients, and it...

November 28, 2017 | Stanley W. Spinner, MD

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, diaper choice has been complicated in recent years by the debate of the environmental effects of diapers. While much of the discussion has centered on the effects disposable diapers have on landfill space, a number of scientific studies have found that both cloth and disposable diapers have environmental effects. These impacts include raw material and energy usage, air and water pollution and waste disposal. Disposable diapers add 1 to 2 percent to municipal solid waste, while cloth diapers use more energy and water in laundering, and contribute to air and water pollution. In the end, it is up...

November 27, 2017 | Shiu-Ki (Rocky) Hui, MD

As a physician who works with critically ill patients, I often get questions for parents about donating blood to their children. The following are some common questions regarding directed blood donation.

What is directed blood donation?

Directed blood donation is when blood donors donate blood for transfusion of a specific recipient. Altruistic blood donation, on the other hand, is when blood donors donate blood for general blood inventory. The majority of blood in the U.S. comes from altruistic blood donations. While it is possible to donate blood for your child, it is mostly not advised or necessary for ECMO (extracorporeal...

November 21, 2017 | Hugh D. Allen, MD

Houston is my home, and I survived Hurricane Harvey.

This monster struck Aug. 25 as a category 4 storm, annihilating the small, beautiful Texas town of Rockport before proceeding to the Houston area, where it stalled, dumping almost 52 inches of rain.

Experts estimate that 20 trillion gallons of water fell, enough to fill the Great Salt Lake twice, the most rain fall from any storm in the history of the United States. Harvey then proceeded to the Texas-Louisiana border, leaving Beaumont, Texas totally without drinking water, and Port Arthur, Texas completely underwater.

The result was widespread flooding and devastation....

November 20, 2017 | Eric Uresti, father of patient and Executive Director Uresti Giving Foundation

I've met some of the best people through some of the most unfortunate set of circumstances: childhood cancer. The common-bond of the relationships are all geared towards the cancer fight. The fight for your child. The fight for quality care. The fight for survival. The question us parents ask ourselves on a daily basis is where do we fight? Where do we take a stand?

Roughly 3,100 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with leukemia every year, one type being Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). ALL is a fast-growing cancer of lymphocyte-forming cells called lymphoblast, which dramatically suppress the immune system's ability to heal itself...

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