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February 28, 2018 | Katie Bergstrom, MS, CGC

This past Saturday, Feb. 24, hundreds of patients, family members, community advocates, health care providers and more joined Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine to gather at The Health Museum in Houston, raising awareness for rare diseases in observance of the upcoming Rare Disease Day.

In the United States, a disease or disorder is defined as rare when it affects fewer than 200,000 people at any given time. If the impact of the nearly 7,000 existing rare diseases is combined, this means 1 in 10 individuals suffer from a rare disease. These figures don’t even include unreported cases. There is no cure for the...

February 27, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

Flu season is definitely in full swing…and, many pediatricians’ offices, urgent care clinics and emergency centers (ECs) have been seeing large volumes of children with flu-like symptoms arrive daily. Most children who have the flu will exhibit mild symptoms (such as fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle/body aches, headache, vomiting/diarrhea, decreased appetite, and fatigue/tiredness) and recover in less than two weeks. However, some higher-risk children may be more likely to develop flu-related complications, such as pneumonia, sinus infections, asthma attacks and dehydration, which may lead to a hospital stay or even...

February 26, 2018 | Levi Strauss, father of patient
Photo by Julie Soefer

A little background…my wife Rachel and I fell in love and dated long distance (Houston to Detroit) for just over a year before we got engaged. My love was so strong for her, the only thing that made sense was if my proposal took place in the center of a heart made by picture frames and pictures of our adventures together.

It was only fitting a couple like us get married on a day that celebrated love. So we got married on the day of hearts, Valentine’s Day. Mind you it was the coldest Valentine’s Day in Detroit history at negative 8 degrees, but we managed to warm everyone with our love.

When we...

February 23, 2018 | Brigitte Cottier MS, RD, LD

One of the most common misconceptions I’ve heard among fearful patients is that eating foods high in fat will subsequently increase body fat. I grew up during the low-fat diet craze of the 90s, when health trends began pushing people to believe fat was the root cause of our country’s growing obesity epidemic. I distinctly remember going to the grocery store with my parents and returning home with low-fat crackers, cookies, margarine, etc. Yet, when companies remove fat from foods, they’re actually adding in sugars, salt and chemicals to make the products tasty and shelf-stable. The right types of fat, in moderation, are good for you.


February 22, 2018 | Karen Thursday S. Tuano, MD

Is it possible to be allergic to exercise? I always get hives after I go the gym, run outside or exercise at home. Others may develop a fine, itchy rash. Friends and family members might laugh at the suggestion of being allergic to exercise and demand to witness it happening, but there really is an explanation.

Urticaria, also known as hives, is usually associated with allergies. However, it might appear as a result of exposure to unexpected environmental triggers including:

  1. Physical stroking of the skin (dermographism)
  2. Heat/elevation of body temperature (heat contact urticaria/cholinergic urticaria)
  3. Cold...