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Weeklong summer camp brings joy to
children with chronic kidney disease

Clad in elaborate Asgardian armor and armed with the enchanted hammer, Thor’s crimson cape rippled behind him as he marched to the center of the stage. But this Thor was missing something.


START EARLY TO LIVE LONGER
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START EARLY TO LIVE LONGER

TEACHING CHILDREN AND PARENTS GOOD HEALTH AND SAFETY HABITS

Injuries—including those from car accidents, falls, and drowning—are the leading cause of death and disability of children. Pediatricians can partner with parents to enlist prevention strategies to avoid these tragedies.

KIDS AT THE CROSSROADS
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KIDS AT THE CROSSROADS

NEW CENTER LINKS PEDIATRIC CARE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

With about 7.4 million children, Texas has more than twice the number of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico combined. While Texans may say everything here is bigger and better, children’s health is one area that could be improved.

THAT’S WHAT NURSES DO
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THAT’S WHAT NURSES DO

A MOTHER’S GRATITUDE SPARKS ESTATE GIFT

There was always a nurse. Sheri Henriksen remembers this clearly from one of the most trying times in her family’s life.

THE COMEBACK KID
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THE COMEBACK KID

TEXAS TEEN MAKES A REMARKABLE RECOVERY FROM A BRAIN TUMOR

The only thing that shined brighter than the Friday night lights at Muleshoe High School was Matthew Alarcon. As a sophomore, the 15-year-old earned a spot on the school’s varsity football team while tackling his schoolwork with ease. But with his team locked in a tight playoff race, he suffered a devastating hit that tore his anterior cruciate ligament—a key ligament that stabilizes the knee joint.

TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH
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TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH

ONCOLOGY STUDENT WALKS THE UNEVEN ROAD TO SUCCESS

Alexandria Cogdill made the card herself. She signed it—as did everyone in the lab—with a personal flourish: “We took good care of your cells, and they’re excited to kill some tumor!”

SUFFERING IN SILENCE
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SUFFERING IN SILENCE

UTHEALTH SPECIALIST DISPELS FALLACIES and IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE FOR WOMEN

Symptoms came and went at first—discomfort, incontinence, anxiety— until they became a part of her daily life, affecting her ability to play golf and be intimate with her husband. Yet it took three years after the first signs before Kim Cole, NP, sought treatment for what turned out to be a prolapsed bladder. The muscles supporting the bladder had weakened, causing her bladder to, as Kim puts it, try to fall out of her body.

FROM UNCERTAINTY TO SMILES
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FROM UNCERTAINTY TO SMILES

A YOUNG FAMILY OVERCOMES CLEFT LIP AND PALATE

Paola Pinto-Patarroyo, MD, and her husband, Luis Franco, MD, had their 20-week ultrasound circled on the calendar for weeks. When the day arrived, the first-time parents eagerly studied the monitor along with the obstetrician.

A wave of excitement rushed over the couple when they learned they were having a boy. But nothing could prepare them for what their obstetrician told them next: Their son had a cleft lip and cleft palate.

CATCHING FIRE
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CATCHING FIRE

UTHEALTH PROGRAM REDUCES E-CIGARETTE USE AMONG YOUTH

It’s time to catch your breath. Actually, that would be CATCH My Breath, a UTHealth School of Public Health program on the frontline of the battle to reduce or eliminate the use of e-cigarette products in schools.

GIVING KIDS A SMILING CHANCE
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GIVING KIDS A SMILING CHANCE

ANNUAL OUTREACH EVENT PROVIDES DENTAL CARE TO KIDS IN NEED

When Margo Y. Melchor, EdD, RDH, sees a little girl in a dental chair, she sees herself. Growing up in a family that lacked dental insurance for a number of years, her parents brought her to UTHealth School of Dentistry for her first appointment at age five. Now as the school’s Director of Community Outreach, she oversees the same community-focused care that set her on the path to a career in oral health. “I feel like I’ve come full circle,” Melchor says.

A JUMP START TO LIFELONG LEARNING
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A JUMP START TO LIFELONG LEARNING

TEXAS STATE LEGISLATURE ENHANCES SUPPORT TO EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

The 2019 Texas legislative session was a success for Susan H. Landry, PhD, who directs the Children’s Learning Institute at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, when the institute received a healthy increase in critical state funds that will help the very youngest students get a jump start to lifelong learning.