Make Sure your 4th of July is Happy and Safe

By Meredith Whittemore The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently recalled thousands of fireworks ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. According to the CPSC, the fireworks were “overloaded” and could result in a greater than expected explosion. The recall serves as a good reminder that if you are going to use fireworks, certain [Continue Reading]

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Kids “Sprouting Horns” on Their Heads? Viral News Story Raises Questions about Proper Phone Use

By Rhiannon Collette The headline was sensational: “’Horns’ are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.” As the story went viral, social media exploded in reaction – a heated debate raged on whether the study was accurate – and even Snopes.com, a myth debunking website, weighed in, labeling the claim, [Continue Reading]

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“Brave and Determined”: Child Overcomes Spina Bifida to Take Her First Steps

By Jade Waddy Fanny Mendez’s excitement about becoming a first-time mother quickly turned to anxiety when her 21-week ultrasound revealed that her unborn baby girl had serious health problems that could prevent her from ever learning to walk. Doctors discovered that the girl had spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when the spine and [Continue Reading]

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New Facility Dog Lending a Helping Paw to Young Patients

By Alyson Ward The latest hire at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital has all the skills he needs to help young patients: solid training, a strong work ethic, a good bedside manner, a wagging tail and a wet nose. Dexter, a 2-year-old golden retriever and Labrador mix, is a new facility dog who spends weekdays working [Continue Reading]

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From Her First Breath to Her ‘Dream Job,’ a Former NICU Patient Comes Full Circle

By Alyson Ward When Georganne McClain was born, her mother was afraid to hold her. She didn’t want to get too attached. The baby girl, born in September 1991, was alarmingly premature – born at 26 weeks, Georganne weighed just more than a pound. Brinda McClain had lost a premature baby before. She worried that [Continue Reading]

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