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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...

January 19, 2018 | Kristi King, MPH, RD, LD

How many times have you heard, “new year, new you?!” I think many times people have all these grand ideas for nutrition or exercise resolutions, but many times end up giving up on them because, “it’s just too hard.”

So how can you and your family get started on the right foot for 2018 in leading a healthy lifestyle?

1. Set family goals

This is a great time to discuss with your family and set healthy lifestyle goals as a whole family unit. In my clinical practice, I find families that stick together are the ones with the best results. Why? Well you all hold each other accountable! Sample goals could be things such as...

January 18, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

Emergency centers (ECs) are fully equipped to handle a variety of patients with a wide range of illnesses and injuries. However, its resources, including patient rooms, equipment and staff, can be overwhelmed by large volumes of patients arriving within a short time period, multiple high-acuity or extremely sick patients requiring emergent care all at once, high hospital occupancy, and lack of inpatient beds available for admitted EC patients, etc. The downhill effects of these oftentimes unpredictable and uncontrollable factors include crowded waiting rooms, prolonged wait times and extended EC visits. 

EC wait times are extremely...

January 16, 2018 | Marlene Typaldos, MD

Why is sleep important?

Important brain and body function occur during sleep that create new pathways for learning and memory. Insufficient amount of sleep can alter activity in some parts of the brain that may interfere with your teen’s ability to make decisions, maintain alertness, solve problems, control emotions and behavior, as well as cope with changes. 

Sleep deprived teens have increased absenteeism and tardiness, a decreased ability to learn and retain material, diminished ability to actively participate in the classroom and perform decision-making tasks. 

Teens with inadequate sleep has been associated...