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E.g., 08/2018
August 03, 2018 | Ella Ware, patient
Ella's story | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of CJ Martin

My name is Ella, and I’m 16 years old. I’m a writer, photographer, artist, Christian and much more. I also have a genetic disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or EDS. I’m currently living with this disorder, along with all the comorbid conditions that often come with it, and I try to stay true to myself while doing so.

EDS is a group of connective tissue disorders with the ability to affect many parts of the body. It’s currently classified into 13 subtypes. In my case, I have severe hypermobile EDS (hEDS). Some of the symptoms I manage on a daily basis include chronic...

August 02, 2018 | Michael C. Chapman, MD, FAAP
Spread the word: Free cancer screenings for young men | Texas Children's Hospital

DISCLAIMER: This blog contains anatomically correct graphics of male genitalia below. 

If you were a caregiver, would you consider an easy, painless (and free) cancer screening for the young men in your life? Of course you would! Thankfully, regular testicular self-examination is a simple screening tool for testicular cancer, which can develop in one or both testicles. 

Testicular cancer might be rare, but it’s one of the most commonly seen forms of cancer in men...

July 31, 2018 | Kristen Beckworth, MPH, CHES, CPSTI
A-C-T to prevent vehicle-related heatstroke | Texas Children's Hospital

As temperatures continue to climb in Houston, we all need to prepare ourselves and our loved ones for what some experts say will be an even longer, hotter summer than usual. When heat levels rise, so does the risk of heatstroke, a fatal form of hyperthermia, in adults and children alike.

In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause of vehicle-related deaths in children behind car crashes. These statistics are frightening; especially considering these heat-related tragedies are completely preventable...

July 30, 2018 | Caraciolo J. Fernandes, MD
Why expecting parents need a BUMP

“Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have” - Franz Kafka

I think this quote can be used in a wide variety of circumstances, but, to me, it aptly sums up just why every family expecting a newborn should have a baby urgent medical plan, or BUMP, established ahead of labor and delivery.

Even in the most “normal” of pregnancies, unexpected complications can arise and cause lots of anxiety. This anxiety can be minimized through a little bit of thoughtful planning. Most...

July 27, 2018 | Blake Harris, patient
Blake's story | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Blake Harris

On March 22, 2017, I faced a life-changing event while simply doing what I enjoy the most. I was at a routine track meet held at Katy Taylor High School. As a freshman at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, I was blessed to place either first or second in the triple jump event at every track meet of the season. When it was my turn to go, my first phase was excellent. But after my second phase, something went wrong. I flew sideways – my landing was off. I wasn't initially aware of just how injured I was. I tried walking out of the pit, but my right leg completely collapsed...

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