Author Archive | Janet Aker

Easter Party at Children’s

>I loved Easter eggs hunts as a kid — the anticipation of what the Easter Bunny would bring, the thought of colorful eggs, and especially chocolate Easter Bunnies. I was always amazed at how the bunny managed all that in just one morning. I never put together the fact that we had a lot of […]

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Girl suffering from a mood disorder

Depression in children

You may have heard recent news about child suicide, including a 9-year-old in the Dallas area. Most suicide attempts in children and adolescents occur in the midst of depression or other mood disorder, and even younger children can experience depression. And now you may be wondering how common is depression in children and adolescents; what […]

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Why vaccine research is important

>The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a new vaccine called Prevnar 13 means parents now have a vaccine that provides broader protection against one of the main bacteria that causes infections in children up to 5 years old. The bacterium, called Streptococcus pneumoniae, can cause infections of the blood, middle ear, the covering of […]

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Choking hazards

>When I’m in a rush at work, I tend to wolf down my food. I fail to heed mom’s advice to chew my food slowly and thoroughly before swallowing it. But, given a statement issued Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about possible choking hazards, I’ll try to be more mindful of how […]

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Dasia’s oxygen

Dasia White, 6 years old, looked quizzically at the machine that was about to take her oxygen measurements, but once the nurse touched her forehead with a probe from the machine, she was OK with the whole process. Dasia has sickle cell disease and is part of a clinical study at Children’s of cerebral oximetry, […]

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Oh, Christmas Tree…

>Decorated trees for Christmas are a German tradition that became popular in this country beginning in the mid-19th century, and now almost everyone has a decorated tree or even two, real or artificial. Some houses have individual trees in almost every room and many people go to great lengths to create lavish and coordinated holiday […]

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Dallas Stars visit Children’s

>Stephany Jara, 9, of Lewisville, Texas, doesn’t really know who the Dallas Stars are, but her smile was a mile wide when members of the professional hockey team stopped by to visit her in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) outpatient clinic at Children’s Dec. 14. What girl wouldn’t smile when surrounded by […]

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