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October 27, 2017 | Jessie Sanchez, father of patient

Mauro is a baby name of Italian origin. It has been inscribed in history that people with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership and to have personal independence.  

Our Mauro’s story began around his birth, on Sept. 22 2016, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Until then, routine prenatal visits to the obstetrician indicated all was running well. Unexpectedly, at 35 weeks gestation, our baby experienced pulmonary hypertension while in utero. A C-section was expedited for his benefit.  

Born prematurely, Mauro was immediately transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). He was being treated...

October 26, 2017 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

Like many others, I enjoy spending time with my children and watching them participate in their sporting events and activities! With two daughters on all-star and school cheerleading teams, it’s difficult not to get caught up in the thrill of seeing them learn new cheerleading and tumbling skills, build confidence and self-esteem both individually and as a team, and perform exhilarating, yet exhausting, routines during a game or competition. However, even as I’m mesmerized and amazed by the extreme, fast-paced tumbling, gravity-defying jumps, and spectacular stunts and basket tosses, I’m always conscious and aware of the risk for potential...

October 24, 2017 | Adele Reeder, MD, FAAP

Earlier this year, a teenager in South Carolina died after consuming a café latte, Mountain Dew and an energy drink within the span of a few hours. The consumption of such a large amount of caffeine in such a short time was thought to have induced a deadly abnormal heart rhythm. Tragic events like these are rare, but they highlight a changing trend in caffeine consumption among children. According to a 2014 study in Pediatrics, 73 percent of children consume caffeine on a daily basis. This percentage remained about the same from 2000 to 2010, but what did change were the sources of caffeine. In 2000, soda and tea made up the majority of...

October 23, 2017 | Nick Purcell, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, Megan Graham, PT, DPT, SCS, COSMT, CSCS

October is National Physical Therapy month and we invite you to read a little bit about who we are and what our profession strives to accomplish! During October we hope to bring additional awareness to the American Physical Therapy Association’s mission to transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. 

At Texas Children’s Hospital, we strive to live out this mission every day. Our board-certified sports physical therapists work hard to provide personalized one-on-one evaluations and treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each athlete. As sports physical therapists we realize no two athletes are alike...

October 20, 2017 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month! As many of us celebrate, advocate and support those with Down syndrome, my family and I thought we’d share our own personal journey of raising and loving a sweet, little boy named Joseph Dash. With enthusiasm and excitement, Dash’s older sisters, Maya and Emily, have also contributed to this blog … and, provide a wonderful perspective and reflective outlook on their little brother!   

When we first discovered our son had Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome, my husband and I were quite devastated. We were on, what seemed to be, an unending roller coaster powered by “what ifs.” Questions, such as, what...

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