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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! 


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...

October 24, 2017 | Adele Reeder, MD, FAAP

Earlier this year, a teenager in South Carolina died after consuming a café latte, Mountain Dew and an energy drink within the span of a few hours. The consumption of such a large amount of caffeine in such a short time was thought to have induced a deadly abnormal heart rhythm. Tragic events like these are rare, but they highlight a changing trend in caffeine consumption among children. According to a 2014 study in Pediatrics, 73 percent of children consume caffeine on a daily basis. This percentage remained about the same from 2000 to 2010, but what did change were the sources of caffeine. In 2000, soda and tea made up the majority of...