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November 10, 2017 | Jeffrey R. Starke, MD

What is tuberculosis (TB)?

TB is a chronic pulmonary disease caused by infection with a bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is primarily spread through droplets coughed or breathed into the air. TB usually affects the lungs, but can also affect the lymph nodes, spine, brain or any other part of the body.

There is a difference between being infected with the TB bacterium and having active disease.

What are the three stages of TB?

  • Exposure is when a person has been exposed to – or shared the air with – another person who might have TB. The exposed person will have a negative skin test, normal...
November 09, 2017 | Lakshmi Venkateswaran Srivaths, MD

What is a bleeding disorder?

A bleeding disorder is a condition which predisposes an individual to an increased risk of bleeding, as well as easy bruising, either spontaneously and/or after trauma or surgery. 

What can cause a bleeding disorder?

A bleeding disorder can be due to either a deficiency or defect related to blood clotting or platelets that circulate in the blood. It can be an inherited condition or acquired later in life as a result of other medical conditions. Some examples of bleeding disorders include hemophilia, von Willebrand disease and platelet disorders.

Are there other symptoms aside from...

November 07, 2017 | Jennifer Haunani Foster, MD, MPH

Consistently ranked among the top centers in the country for pediatric cancer care, Texas Children’s Cancer Center offers the most advanced medical treatments and care possible for children with cancer. 

Neuroblastoma, one of the most common solid tumors in children, is a type of cancer that forms in primitive developing nerve cells. Each year approximately...

November 06, 2017 | Bruno Pedro Chumpitazi, MD, MPH

Food affects our bodies. For the vast majority of us this is positive, giving us energy and fuel throughout our day. But it can also be negative, for example if we have an intolerance (non-allergic response) to certain foods. A classic example of a food-related intolerance would be lactose intolerance – where one may develop abdominal pain, bloating and gas after drinking/eating dairy products. 

Does diet matter in children with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Dietary changes can potentially be part of the solution for children with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS, the most common type of chronic abdominal pain, affects up...

November 03, 2017 | Daren Molina, MD

Your son or daughter wants to start a weight training program. Where do you start? How do you help them to be successful and safe? Is it OK for them to be lifting weights at all? Are they too young? What if they’re still growing? All of these are common questions asked by parents of children we see in our Sports Medicine Program here at Texas Children’s Hospital.  

There are several things to consider when helping your young athlete start a weight training program.

  • Make sure they are old enough to follow instruction well.
  • Set a goal as far as what they want to achieve.  
  • Start with basic exercises before...