Pediatrics

Treating Height as a Symptom

April 4, 2011

In taking care of sick patients, clinicians have two goals: treating the disease and treating the symptoms. In the case of an infection or a chronic illness, accomplishing this dual purpose is relatively straightforward. But what about when the [Read more]

An Eating Disorder Iceberg, Revealed

March 14, 2011

For some diseases, taking a census is easy. Most people who have cancer are diagnosed with the disease before they die and seek treatment, allowing for the collection of detailed national cancer statistics. But other diseases tend to hide in the [Read more]

The Personalized Medicine Bargain

February 7, 2011

The future of medicine, we are told time and time again, is genetic and personalized. Someday, physicians will call up the genetic code of a patient and determine their genetic risks and which treatments will work most effectively with the fewest [Read more]

How Soccer Explains the NICU

January 24, 2011

At many levels of medicine, it’s important for physicians to make predictions about their patient’s future. Will their disease or condition worsen? Will this treatment or that treatment be more effective in curing them? How much longer [Read more]

Sickle Cell on the Football Field

January 17, 2011

In 2006, Rice University football player Dale Lloyd II collapsed during a practice and later died. The cause of death was acute exertional rhabdomyolysis, a sudden breakdown of muscle tissue into the blood brought on by strenuous exercise. But the [Read more]