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A watchful eye on sports injuries

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

Spring means baseball. And with baseball — and many other sports — it also means parents need to keep a watchful eye open for injuries in their young athletes. Dr. Caitlyn Mooney, a pediatrician with University Medicine Associates, urges parents to take sports injuries seriously. Kids can have special issues when it comes to injuries. They also need plenty of time to heal. With children specializing in a specific sport at an early age, they run the risk of injuries from overuse. In baseball, that might mean a pitcher not resting an arm. Running and jumping can lead to more than …Read More >

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When a child’s Christmas wish is a transplant

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Surgery  /  Transplants

While most of us are caught up in the whirlwind of last-minute shopping and holiday plans this week, nine children on the transplant list are hoping for a different and very generous gift — either from a living donor or from someone who has made the decision to donate their organs after passing away. Most of these children must come to University Hospital three times a week and spend several hours connected to a dialysis machine to survive. Dialysis is an artificial process that does the work of healthy kidneys to filter toxins from the blood. “Dialysis is a blessing because …Read More >

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Picky eaters

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Research

It’s no secret that young pre-schoolers can be picky eaters. But a new study by a San Antonio researcher shed a light on what those picky eaters are picking. The study looked at the eating habits of 135 children 3 and 4 years of age, from low-income families, attending a San Antonio preschool program. Using photographs to determine what exactly the kids actually ate, and software that estimates the nutrients in what they were served, the researchers were able to get a pretty good idea of their eating habits. And in a study published in the journal Health Education & …Read More >

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Avoiding a painful Fourth of July holiday

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  Surgery

“It didn’t light!” Those words are often heard before some pretty serious injuries each July 4, as children rush back to inspect a firecracker or Roman candle they wrongly think failed to light — only to have it explode in their faces. On average, about 40 patients a day are treated for fireworks-related burns at University Hospital’s Emergency Department throughout the month of July. Many of these could have been prevented, said Dr. Lillian Liao, medical director of pediatric trauma at the hospital, and assistant professor of surgery at the UT Health Science Center. “Handling fireworks can quickly lead to …Read More >

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