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January 25, 2018 | Taylor Gilliland, M.D. Candidate 2018, Deepak Mehta, MD

When should I worry about noisy breathing?

Having children is a joyous endeavor that alters our daily routines; it has its stressful moments as well. As parents, our number one focus is to provide our children with the best care possible as they grow. Children can make sounds when they breathe that can be frightening, and it can be challenging to know when to be concerned. Sometimes this “noisy breathing” can be the result of a cold or other conditions, such as laryngomalacia. Below is information to help guide you so you have a better idea of when to be concerned about your child’s noisy breathing.

Why does noisy breathing...

January 23, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

I recently received an email from a “review concierge.” In this email, they provided me with my “review report card” (I got an A!) and offered their services to help me improve my grade so it would “truly reflect [my] quality of care.” The existence of a company that would solely focus on enhancing my (and other physician’s) online reviews certainly highlighted the exponential growth and popularity of online web reviews and social networking. However, the idea patients would utilize these websites as a primary source when researching and looking for “quality” physicians and hospitals worried me. Health care...

January 22, 2018 | Rachel M. Cunningham, MPH

Parents, let me ask you a question. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “HPV vaccine?” Perhaps you immediately recall the day your adolescent son or daughter received it. Or maybe you remember a conversation with your child’s pediatrician about how you’re still unsure if you want your child to receive the vaccine. Or perhaps you feel a surge of fear from a Facebook post you read about a teenager whose parents claim was injured by the vaccine, so you’ve decided it’s safer to decline it.

I’ve worked for the Immunization Project at Texas Children's Hospital for more than 10 years, and in my experience, no vaccine is...

January 19, 2018 | Kristi King, MPH, RD, LD

How many times have you heard, “new year, new you?!” I think many times people have all these grand ideas for nutrition or exercise resolutions, but many times end up giving up on them because, “it’s just too hard.”

So how can you and your family get started on the right foot for 2018 in leading a healthy lifestyle?

1. Set family goals

This is a great time to discuss with your family and set healthy lifestyle goals as a whole family unit. In my clinical practice, I find families that stick together are the ones with the best results. Why? Well you all hold each other accountable! Sample goals could be things such as...

January 18, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

Emergency centers (ECs) are fully equipped to handle a variety of patients with a wide range of illnesses and injuries. However, its resources, including patient rooms, equipment and staff, can be overwhelmed by large volumes of patients arriving within a short time period, multiple high-acuity or extremely sick patients requiring emergent care all at once, high hospital occupancy, and lack of inpatient beds available for admitted EC patients, etc. The downhill effects of these oftentimes unpredictable and uncontrollable factors include crowded waiting rooms, prolonged wait times and extended EC visits. 

EC wait times are extremely...