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February 02, 2018 | Betul Yilmaz Furtun, MD

Precordial catch syndrome (PCS) is a common cause of chest pain complaints in children and adolescents. It also occurs, though less frequently, in adults. PCS episodes most often happen at rest, while sitting or lying down or during a sudden change in posture. PCS manifests itself as a sharp, often very intense pain which is typically on the left side of the chest. This pain is often exacerbated by inspiration, or breathing in.

It is not uncommon for patients to be concerned that this sharp pain is due to a heart attack, but fortunately the type of pain seen with PCS is localized and short lived, typically lasting only 30 seconds to 3...

February 01, 2018 | Claire E. Bocchini, MD

The 2017-2018 flu season started early and, so far, appears to be more severe than the past two seasons. We saw influenza-related activity dramatically increase during the last week of December, and this activity is currently considered to be widespread across most of the United States. Check your state’s most recent surveillance report . We’re hoping to see this season peak sometime in January or February, but flu season typically lingers well into the spring, sometimes as late as April or May. So, it’s important to be prepared and ready to protect yourself from the flu until...

January 30, 2018 | Ellis M. Arjmand, MD, PhD, MMM

Texas Children's is home to the largest pediatric otolaryngology program in the nation. Pediatric otolaryngologists, also known as ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons, are responsible for treating children who have medical conditions of the ear, nose, throat, and head and neck. Our 29 surgeons and 10 advanced practice providers offer a...

January 29, 2018 | Mered Parnes, MD

What’s a tic?

Tourette syndrome is a neurological condition in which affected persons demonstrate brief, repetitive movements and vocalizations called tics. Tics are often associated with a preceding uncomfortable sensation or urge that builds, then is resolved by the action for a period of time, and then builds again. 

When do tics begin? What are some common tics?

Tics typically begin during elementary school age. Movements are referred to as motor tics, and vocalizations are referred to as vocal or phonic tics. Common tics include excessive blinking, facial grimacing, shoulder-...

January 26, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

As a mother of pre-teen children, I have been exposed to, and forced to participate in, a variety of online challenges. Eating homemade pizzas topped with candy and chips, sampling a variety of horribly-flavored jelly beans, squeezing/feeling/comparing innumerable samples of slime, and standing still while being showered in freezing cold water probably round out my most memorable and “daring” experiences. Although many of these online challenges are somewhat silly and “fun,” quite a few unsafe and disturbing trends have gone viral.

Over the past couple of weeks, the laundry detergent pod challenge has rightfully created a huge media...