Guidelines For The Diagnosis And Treatment Of Food Allergies

In December 2010, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases published guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of food allergies. This report was developed by a 25-member expert panel to help health care professionals provide better care for patients with food allergy. It is important that patients work with their physicians to accurately diagnose and treat their food allergies according to these guidelines.

The key points from these guidelines are as follows:

  1. Food allergies are not the same as food intolerance. Food intolerance includes celiac disease and other diseases, like lactose intolerance and food poisoning, which are not mediated by the immune system. Full Entry »
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Arts In Medicine Program


The Arts in Medicine (AIM) program is pleased to have this new video to share. Although the AIM program has been around for nearly 14 years, it is constantly evolving and looking for new partnerships with local arts organizations. Through the years, we’ve been fortunate to work with many of the leading arts organizations in Houston.

The video takes a closer look at our partnership with Young Audiences of Houston. Through this organization and the generous support of The Periwinkle Foundation, the Cancer Center is able to provide special visitors. Full Entry »

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To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

That is the question many parents spend hours, perhaps even days, contemplating. We talk to our pediatrician. We google. As the mother of an 8-month old, I’ve googled everything from baby schedules to sleeping patterns to teething. Like all parents, my research is intended to make the best choice for my child. However, not all information is good information and bad information can lead to dangerous choices. With vaccines, this is too often the case. More and more parents are deciding to space out, delay or entirely refuse vaccines. Oftentimes these decisions are based on the belief that vaccines cause harm. But what is the harm in not vaccinating?

Consider this. Since June 2009, more than 8,300 cases of pertussis or “whooping cough” have been reported in California. Ten infants have died. Nine of which were less than 2 months old. In 2009, more than 3,000 cases of pertussis were reported in Texas alone. In 2008, 138 cases of measles were reported in the U.S. and 20 children were hospitalized. Full Entry »

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Keeping Children Safe In Cold Weather

According to Punxsutawney Phil, we are supposed to have an early end to winter this year; however, I found myself questioning his judgment when I stepped outside this morning!

Since staying home this week is not an option for most of us, here are a few reminders to keep your children safe in this winter weather.

What To Wear And When:

  • With infants, no layers of clothing should cover their face or mouth. Their small bodies are unable to regulate temperature as well as adults can, Full Entry »
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Let’s Get Real — Understanding The New Dietary Guidelines For Americans

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines, a little late in coming out, were released this morning hoping to turn the tide of common nutrition programs in the United States. So getting “real” with the guidelines means focusing in on eating real versus processed foods.

So what are the Dietary Guidelines? Consider the guidelines like the “State of the Union” for Health and Wellness. The American Dietetic Association calls the 2010 Dietary Guidelines an “urgent prescription for an unhealthy public.” The Dietary Guidelines are reviewed and updated every 5 years to reflect the nutrition and physical activity patterns needed to promote health and wellness. They are designed for Americans ages 2 and older and include those at risk of developing chronic illness. Full Entry »

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