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October 02, 2017 | Ronald Jason Vilela, MD

Hearing loss can occur at any time (even after a child passes his or her newborn hearing screening) and for a lot of different reasons. What is important with hearing loss is having a high index of suspicion. All too often, we think our children are just ignoring us or are “late bloomers” whose speech will come as our children get older. Parental concern is one of the most sensitive indicators available for late onset hearing changes. 

If ever you think your child’s hearing may be an issue, don’t hesitate to ask your pediatrician for a formal hearing test performed by an audiologist with experience in testing children. If your child...

September 29, 2017 | Shannon Green, mother of patient

I go gold to support childhood cancer because of my daughter Eden Green! She was diagnosed with a very rare bone cancer, so rare in fact there is no name for the type of cancer she had. Eden was 10 years old when she was diagnosed in June 2015. She was in a lot of pain from the large tumor in her tibia bone. In late May of that year, she stopped walking altogether due to the pain it caused. Her father and I carried her everywhere until we were able to borrow a wheelchair from our church.  

Eden was admitted to Texas Children’s Hospital for a month in order to get her started on treatment and stabilized. She was really sick, needing...

September 29, 2017 | Shannon Green, mother of patient

I go gold to support childhood cancer because of my daughter Eden Green! She was diagnosed with a very rare bone cancer, so rare in fact there is no name for the type of cancer she had. Eden was 10 years old when she was diagnosed in June 2015. She was in a lot of pain from the large tumor in her tibia bone. In late May of that year, she stopped walking altogether due to the pain it caused. Her father and I carried her everywhere until we were able to borrow a wheelchair from our church.  

Eden was admitted to Texas Children’s Hospital for a month in order to get her started on treatment and stabilized. She was really sick, needing...

September 29, 2017 | Jenny M. Despotovic, DO

Immune thrombocytopenia, more commonly known as ITP, is a disorder that results in low platelets. Platelets are the cells circulating in the blood that help control bleeding by forming a blood clot. When the platelets are low, common symptoms include easy bruising and formation of small, red, flat marks on the body called petechiae. Affected patients can also develop more serious bleeding, though fortunately this is rare. It is common for children with ITP to have fatigue, and activity restrictions are necessary when the platelet count is low to minimize risk of serious injury. 

ITP occurs in both adults and children. In children, it...

September 28, 2017 | Wayne Jay Franklin, MD

Thanks to advances in cardiovascular care, almost all children born with heart problems, regardless of severity, are now expected to live into adulthood. In fact, we now have more adults with congenital heart disease than children.  For many providers across the country, adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients represent a special population to care for, since these adult patients were formerly children who grew up with heart problems from childhood, often from birth. 

Thus, it is so important for ACHD patients to be treated by experts specifically trained to care for them and their unique health challenges. Here at Texas...

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