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May 01, 2018 | Juan Carlos Bernini, MD
Vannie Cook Clinic | Texas Children's Hospital

The Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic, located in McAllen, Texas, is the only comprehensive pediatric cancer and hematology treatment facility in South Texas. Dr. Juan Carlos Bernini is the clinic’s medical director, and he has answered a handful of questions about the clinic below.

1. Why was the clinic established? Who had a hand in its development?

The Vannie Cook Clinic was a major team effort between the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation, Baylor...

April 30, 2018 | Katherine (Adair) Galanski, animal-assisted therapy coordinator
Animal-Assisted Therapy | Texas Children's Hospital

If you regularly find yourself roaming the halls of the hospital, you just might cross paths with Elsa, Bailey or Pinto – some of our most unique, dedicated (and furry) employees at Texas Children's Hospital. They’re all registered service dogs in Texas Children’s Pawsitive Play Program, which is designed to enhance the emotional well-being of our patients, families and staff through animal-assisted therapy.

Today, we’re...

April 27, 2018 | Zach Summers, patient
Diabetes | Texas Children's Hospital

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) four years ago, when I was 13 years old. My life changed drastically after learning this, but Texas Children’s was there to guide me through the diagnosis. They calmed my nerves by providing me with personalized care and taught me everything I need to do for myself in order to maintain a healthy life. Every day I check my blood sugar at least five times, count the carbohydrates in all the food I eat and manage my insulin accordingly. Initially, a high level of stress was associated with the immense knowledge I needed to retain on that first day, and every day thereafter. Among the many issues on my...

April 26, 2018 | Ruth Ann Luna, PhD
Autism | Texas Children's Hospital
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Each day during National Autism Awareness Month we’re exposed to various facts and figures regarding autism, along with endless “feel good” success stories to spread. Sensory-friendly events are often abound, many of them targeting preschool-aged children who need the lights dimmed or sound lowered to enjoy various community activities. Lurking in the shadows of awareness is the reality behind severe autism. There is a tremendous range of symptoms within the autism spectrum, and with...

April 25, 2018 | Kimberly K. Lopez, DrPH, MPH, BA
Talking Tips | Texas Children's Hospital

Yes – I’m that parent. The one shuffling through the produce section of the grocery store, picking out her choices with the same level of excitement as an Astros fan watching Game 7 of the World Series and offering an intimate play-by-play narration to her baby boy nestled in the grocery cart.

“I think we need some Granny Smith apples. What color are these? Green! Let’s count out our apples, 1-2-3-4!” I do all of this because I know I can make my baby laugh when I count in a funny voice. I also do this because talking to him helps with his brain development, and allows us to connect with each other.  

I know it might...