A visit with a "notorious" patient

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet a special patient, Zach Guillot. The 7-year-old is notorious, as his mom says, around the hospital because of the “antics” he’s involved in on the floor where he is undergoing chemotherapy and waiting to receive a second bone marrow transplant. Zach was readmitted to Children’s [...]

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Berry Sauce

Holiday Berry Sauce

Even if your kids don’t have food allergies, it’s likely that you’ll be cooking for one of your kids’ cousins or friends who is allergic to one of the top eight food-allergy triggers (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat). This week we’re sharing directions for an entire food-allergy-friendly holiday meal. One [...]

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Buy Safe Toys

Buy safe toys this holiday season

With the holidays approaching, it’s so easy to buy that special child in your life the coolest toy you can find. Like a 280-piece dump truck model kit you know your 3-year-old nephew will just love. But if you don’t check the toy’s intended age range, one or all of those 280 pieces might end [...]

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Car Seat

How not to install your car seat

My wife and I are expecting our first child, a daughter, any day now. What I’ve learned about being an expectant father in my wife’s last trimester is to contribute where I can and try not to interfere the rest of the time. However, I have inherited a few responsibilities. Probably the most important is [...]

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Speaking to my son about the Penn State scandal

Betsy MacKay is the vice president of public affairs at Children’s. During her more than 13 years here, she has also raised her son, Wills, who is now 12. I usually have a hard time getting Wills to talk very much at breakfast. He wants to eat, watch SportsCenter and head to school. Sound familiar? [...]

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Getting messy for a cause

Getting messy for a cause

Jude Cobler’s life is sanitized for his own protection. Not much can be messy and that’s hard for a kid. But a couple of days ago, Jude got to be just the opposite of neat. Jude, a patient at Children’s, underwent a bone marrow transplant in December 2010 and still has to be careful about [...]

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The Doctors Corrigan

As a third-year pediatric resident at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Dr. Nicole Corrigan can still be expected to have lots of medical questions. And while she can ask her colleagues for the answers, she can also call her mom. That’s because Nicole’s mother is Dr. Suzanne Corrigan, who was a pediatric resident at Children’s 30 [...]

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Autism by the Numbers

April is National Autism Awareness Month so stories about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are appearing in the news. The CDC estimates that an average of 1 in 110 children is affected by autism. I know a child with autism and you probably do too. Autism is really a broad range, or spectrum, of pervasive developmental [...]

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