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August 22, 2017 | Kristin M. Ernest, MD

Football season is almost here and many young athletes have already started training! For some, especially in Texas, this is one of the most exciting times of the year. But is football really safe? 

Football recently attracted concern from parents after the results of recent studies pointed to high intensity contact sports as a direct link to a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is caused by repetitive trauma to the head. Due to the nature of contact sports, like football, players experience blows to the head on a regular basis. As a result, many parents question whether or not their...

August 21, 2017 | Kian Shah, patient

I was born with a rare liver disease and at 9 months old had a liver transplant. You can read more about my .

A few weeks ago, I took part in my second in Malaga, Spain. It was great to see so many of my old transplant friends and I was able to make new ones too. I feel at home when I am surrounded by people who have gone through a similar path as me. They just get the daily struggles I have and it’s fun to compare scars. 

The games are about celebrating my second chance and a way to...

August 18, 2017 | Tara Harkins, surgery physician assistant fellow, PA-C, MMSc

As a surgery physician assistant (PA) fellow, I had the pleasure of rotating through the urology department over the summer. During this time I was surprised by the high volume of testicular torsion cases seen on the service. I noticed many of these cases involved an unfortunate delay in seeking care that significantly affected the patient’s outcome. I felt the topic was worth discussing, considering testicular torsion is a surgical emergency and is the most common cause of testicular loss in adolescents and neonates.1

Testicular torsion occurs when the spermatic cord structures that connect to the testicle become twisted. This...

August 17, 2017 | Jane C. Edmond, MD

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks part of the sun. On Aug. 21, millions of people in the U.S. will experience a total solar eclipse pass over parts of North America as day turns to night. Houston will experience a partial solar eclipse. The last time this happened across the country was 1918. The partial eclipse will last two to three hours. Halfway through the event, there will be a brief total eclipse, viewable in certain states across the U.S. 

Looking directly at a partial solar eclipse can cause irreversible eye damage, and even blindness. Sun damages vision permanently by burning the retina (light-sending tissue) of the...

August 15, 2017 | Adiaha I.A. Spinks-Franklin, MD

“School days, school days,
dear old golden rule days.
Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic
taught to the tune of a hick'ry stick.”

Try to contain your excitement, parents. It is back-to-school time! Our dear children will return to their routine of daily academic lessons, your grocery bill that escalated during the summer will return to its baselines and carpools will resume. 

In an effort to prepare our children for returning to school, I suggest the following tips:

Reduce screen time 

During the summer, many children gorge on video games, YouTube videos, cell phones and TV shows. The American...