Pediatrics

Newborns Benefit From New Heart Screening Guidelines

Congenital heart disease (CHD) affects about 1 percent of newborn babies per year in the United States, and approximately one quarter of those will have critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) that requires catheter or surgical intervention during the first year. CHDs are a leading cause of birth defect-associated infant illness and death. Babies born with these conditions are living a longer and healthier life, thanks to advancement in cardiac care. Newborn pulse oximetry screening for critical congenital heart disease helps identify those at risk.


Giving Babies a Better Chance at Life

The research efforts of Cynthia Blanco, MD, Medical Director of the Neonatal Nutrition & Bone Institute at University Health System and Professor of Neonatology at UT Health San Antonio, recently helped the medication Omegaven gain FDA approval. The medication, developed by German healthcare company Fresenius Kabi, helps save the lives of infants with parenteral nutrition-associated liver disease.


Wave Healthcare Eases the Hospital-to-Home Transition for Pediatric Respiratory Disease Patients and Their Families

With a team of experienced respiratory care therapists and offices in five locations throughout Texas, Wave Healthcare provides the equipment, expertise and education that infants and children who require respiratory support need to begin life at home after discharge from the hospital...


A Longer, Brighter Road Ahead for Patients at the Cystic Fibrosis Center at University Health System

A new generation of cystic fibrosis (CF) survivors are living longer and better thanks to improved treatments and understanding of the disease. The Cystic Fibrosis Center at University Health System’s Robert B. Green Campus offers a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to care from diagnosis through adulthood.


Providing Orthopedic Care to San Antonio’s Smallest Patients

Pediatric Orthopedic Associates of San Antonio, or POASA (pronounced pōsa), is a specialty care organization comprised entirely of board-certified pediatric orthopedic surgeons.


HPV Vaccine Can Prevent Cancer, but Texas Ranks 47th in the Country for Vaccination Rates

On June 8, 2006, the FDA approved a cancer prevention vaccine that helps protect against six types of cancer related to human papillomavirus (HPV). But 12 years later, Texas ranks 47th out of 50 states for HPV vaccination rates among children ages 13 to 17, with only 33 percent of kids...


TSAOG Orthopaedics Is Pleased to Welcome Nicholas Nira, DC

Nicholas Nira, DC, is a San Antonio-area native and graduate of Samuel Clemens High School. At a young age, he suffered serious knee injuries while participating in baseball and football, which gave him a special interest in the management of sports-related injuries. While working to obtain his...


A New Level of Neonatal Intensive Care at University Hospital

University Hospital has received Level IV NICU designation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the state of Texas, further cementing the hospital’s commitment to providing exceptional care for newborns with complex conditions and their families.


University Children’s: An Emergency Department for Kids Backed by a Wide Range of Pediatric Subspecialists

As one of the newest emergency departments for kids, University Children’s ED has board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians and the latest technology.


Culinary Medicine in San Antonio

People in San Antonio are not healthy. In 2017, Bexar County ranked 78th in the state in terms of good health. In San Antonio, 68 to 71 percent of the population is overweight or obese, and one in seven San Antonians have diabetes. This is part of a global phenomenon, in which the greatest risk of cancer will be in the developing world in the next 20 years.