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January 29, 2018 | Mered Parnes, MD

What’s a tic?

Tourette syndrome is a neurological condition in which affected persons demonstrate brief, repetitive movements and vocalizations called tics. Tics are often associated with a preceding uncomfortable sensation or urge that builds, then is resolved by the action for a period of time, and then builds again. 

When do tics begin? What are some common tics?

Tics typically begin during elementary school age. Movements are referred to as motor tics, and vocalizations are referred to as vocal or phonic tics. Common tics include excessive blinking, facial grimacing, shoulder-...

January 26, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

As a mother of pre-teen children, I have been exposed to, and forced to participate in, a variety of online challenges. Eating homemade pizzas topped with candy and chips, sampling a variety of horribly-flavored jelly beans, squeezing/feeling/comparing innumerable samples of slime, and standing still while being showered in freezing cold water probably round out my most memorable and “daring” experiences. Although many of these online challenges are somewhat silly and “fun,” quite a few unsafe and disturbing trends have gone viral.

Over the past couple of weeks, the laundry detergent pod challenge has rightfully created a huge media...

January 25, 2018 | Taylor Gilliland, M.D. Candidate 2018, Deepak Mehta, MD

When should I worry about noisy breathing?

Having children is a joyous endeavor that alters our daily routines; it has its stressful moments as well. As parents, our number one focus is to provide our children with the best care possible as they grow. Children can make sounds when they breathe that can be frightening, and it can be challenging to know when to be concerned. Sometimes this “noisy breathing” can be the result of a cold or other conditions, such as laryngomalacia. Below is information to help guide you so you have a better idea of when to be concerned about your child’s noisy breathing.

Why does noisy breathing...

January 23, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

I recently received an email from a “review concierge.” In this email, they provided me with my “review report card” (I got an A!) and offered their services to help me improve my grade so it would “truly reflect [my] quality of care.” The existence of a company that would solely focus on enhancing my (and other physician’s) online reviews certainly highlighted the exponential growth and popularity of online web reviews and social networking. However, the idea patients would utilize these websites as a primary source when researching and looking for “quality” physicians and hospitals worried me. Health care...

January 22, 2018 | Rachel M. Cunningham, MPH

Parents, let me ask you a question. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “HPV vaccine?” Perhaps you immediately recall the day your adolescent son or daughter received it. Or maybe you remember a conversation with your child’s pediatrician about how you’re still unsure if you want your child to receive the vaccine. Or perhaps you feel a surge of fear from a Facebook post you read about a teenager whose parents claim was injured by the vaccine, so you’ve decided it’s safer to decline it.

I’ve worked for the Immunization Project at Texas Children's Hospital for more than 10 years, and in my experience, no vaccine is...