Hugs and HUS: My Family’s Story

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Our story began on April 16, 2013. Our family ate tacos for dinner at a local restaurant. Unbeknownst to us, we ingested undercooked ground beef contaminated with E. Coli 0157:H7. What came and went as a nasty stomach virus for my 6-year-old son, Luke, my husband and myself, turned into a dangerous, life-threatening situation for my 17-month-old son, Noah. Our local doctor diagnosed him with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). Toxins from the E. Coli were rapidly shredding his red blood cells and platelets, which can lead to kidney failure. HUS can also lead to seizures, strokes, cardiac failure, respiratory failure and death. HUS primarily affects the very young and the very old. Full Entry »

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Preparing Young Adults With Epilepsy For College

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Preparing for college can be exciting and nerve-wracking for anyone. It can be scary to leave home and head off to college, especially if you have epilepsy. Most teens with epilepsy can become full-time students and continue to work towards a higher education. Full Entry »

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5 Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Options

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Today, many gynecologic surgeries can be performed using minimally invasive techniques which have clear benefits including fewer and shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and reduced pain and scarring. Full Entry »

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Broken Bones 101

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As a pediatric orthopedic doctor, I see tons of broken bones, especially during the summer when kids spend more time outdoors. It’s not uncommon to see broken arms, collar bones or ankles. Full Entry »

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Committed To Ending Tuberculosis

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For the past three decades, I have helped treat children infected with tuberculosis (TB) and have advocated for policy improvements nationally and internationally to prevent the disease. Soon, I will be working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through an appointment on the Advisory Council for the Elimination of TB.  Full Entry »

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