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November 02, 2017 | Michelle M. Santiago, MD
This blog is available in Spanish below.

The ANA test is a laboratory study that can be ordered by your child’s physician as part of the evaluation for autoimmune or rheumatologic conditions. When this test result is positive (abnormal), it can create a great deal of anxiety both to the parent, patient and the ordering provider. To understand the significance of this test it is important to review some basic concepts.

The human body has a defense system against infections or foreign agents that may be harmful to us. That line of defense is known as the immune system. It acts as an army to defend our body, and as an armed force...

October 31, 2017 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday for both children and adults! In order to prevent unanticipated illnesses and injuries, it’s important for parents and caregivers to be aware of some simple safety tips in order to keep their children safe during this Halloween holiday! 

Costumes

Finding and selecting the “perfect” costume can take time and perseverance! Although children may focus more on their appearance or popularity, it’s important parents check to make sure costumes and their accessories fit well and are made of safe materials.      

  • Check hats, wigs and beards to make sure they don’t slip over your...
October 30, 2017 | Lucy Cardoza, mother of patient

Like so many little kids, my daughter, Xochitl Hope Salas, loves pretending to read Dr. Seuss’ books, watching her favorite movies - Finding Nemo and Ratatouille - and splashing in water. However, unlike those kids, my daughter is a 15 year-old high school student with a mind of a two-year old.

I am a single mother to three beautiful daughters and Hope is my youngest. Hope was born five weeks early and had several breathing issues including asthma as an infant. By her first birthday, it was obvious she was developmentally delayed compared to other children. For example, she didn’t learn to walk until she was three.

When she was...

October 27, 2017 | Jessie Sanchez, father of patient

Mauro is a baby name of Italian origin. It has been inscribed in history that people with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership and to have personal independence.  

Our Mauro’s story began around his birth, on Sept. 22 2016, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Until then, routine prenatal visits to the obstetrician indicated all was running well. Unexpectedly, at 35 weeks gestation, our baby experienced pulmonary hypertension while in utero. A C-section was expedited for his benefit.  

Born prematurely, Mauro was immediately transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). He was being treated...

October 26, 2017 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

Like many others, I enjoy spending time with my children and watching them participate in their sporting events and activities! With two daughters on all-star and school cheerleading teams, it’s difficult not to get caught up in the thrill of seeing them learn new cheerleading and tumbling skills, build confidence and self-esteem both individually and as a team, and perform exhilarating, yet exhausting, routines during a game or competition. However, even as I’m mesmerized and amazed by the extreme, fast-paced tumbling, gravity-defying jumps, and spectacular stunts and basket tosses, I’m always conscious and aware of the risk for potential...

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