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July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Arthritis can test the patience and limits of even the best of adults, but when children are stricken with this autoimmune disease, it feels as if nature has played a cruel joke on the youngest among us. Over 300,000 children have some form of Juvenile Arthritis (JA), often cited as an “invisible illness.” A large percentage of these children live with the silent pain of JA for years until they are finally diagnosed. With July being Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, steps are being taken to heighten the attention given to this otherwise quiet disease.
Arthritis—an all-inclusive term meaning joint inflammation—is a nagging disease that affects millions of Americans each year. An ongoing, painful disease, chronic arthritis seems to be low on the radar of important diseases. With almost 300,000 children and teens under the age of 18 (not to mention the millions of adults) silently suffering from this condition currently, arthritis should not be a low-priority disease. That’s what the Juvenile Arthritis Alliance (JAA) as part of The Arthritis Foundation is trying to change—especially during the month of July—in order to help fund the research in order to find a cure or preventative measure.
Read more here ... from the Health News website.
Have you met ...
Dr. Randall Goldblum is the director of the Child Health Research Center Lab and Children’s Asthma Program. He is professor of Pediatrics, Human Biological Chemistry and Genetics. He received his B.S. in Zoology from Tulane University in New Orleans, and his M.D. from UTMB. He completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, a pediatric Immunology-Allergy fellowship at UTMB and a research fellowship in Immunology at the Institute of Medical Microbiology in Sweden.
His research interests include the genetic, developmental and metabolic aspects of immunity; development and function of mucosal immunity and the immunology of human lactation; mechanisms of epithelial cell transport of immunoglobulins; environmental factors in asthma; and structural basis for allergenicity.
Dr. Goldblum sees patients in Galveston and Clear Lake. For an appointment, please call (409) 772-3695.
Dr. Meera R. Gupta is an Assistant Professor of Allergy and Immunology and holds appointments in UTMB’s departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She is conducting research in the area of transplant immunology with special emphasis on the role of dendritic cells in chronic rejection and tolerance. Dr. Gupta’s goal is to advance the science of transplant immunology and directly apply these findings to patients with solid organ allografts.
Dr. Gupta sees patients in Clear Lake. For an appointment, please call (409) 772-3695.
Dr. Frank Schmalstieg serves as director of the Pediatric Immunology Diagnostic Laboratory. He is a Professor of Pediatrics. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas A & M University, where he also received his Ph.D. He completed a fellowship at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and another at Ohio State University in Columbus. He received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where he also completed his residency, as well as two fellowships in pediatric immunology and allergy.
Dr. Schmalstieg’s research interests include the consequences of mutation in the cytoplasmic portion of the common gamma chain of the IL-2 receptor.
Dr. Schmalstieg sees patients in Galveston and Texas City. For an appointment, please call (409) 772-3695.
Ophthalmology- National UV Safety Month for Children and Adults
It's summertime; the sun is bright and there is a great danger the sun can harm the eyes. Everyone is at risk for eye damage that can lead to vision loss from exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. To protect your eyes, wear a brimmed hat and the right kind of sunglasses when you are going to be exposed to UV light.
- The same UV-A and UV-B rays that can damage your skin can harm your eyes as well. When you protect yourself from the sun, don't just think sunscreen – think sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat.
- Wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays.
- Excessive, prolonged UV exposure may be linked to the development of eye conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
- Extensive or intense exposure to UV rays can cause "sunburn" on the surface of your eye. Similar to a skin sunburn, eye surface burns usually disappear within a couple of days, but may lead to further complications later in life so protect your eyes.
- If you spend time on the water or in the snow, consider purchasing goggles or sunglasses that wrap around your temples because they block the sun’s rays from entering on the sides, offering better protection.
- Remember sunglasses don't have to be expensive to offer the right kind of UV protection. Even inexpensive glasses can protect your eyes if they offer 99 to 100 percent UV-A and UV-B protection.
- Don't forget the kids. Protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses. In addition, try to keep children out of the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. when the sun's ultraviolet rays are the strongest.
- Reflected sunlight off water, snow and pavement can be the most dangerous type of UV light because it is intensified.
- Your eyes can be harmed by UV light sources other than the sun, such as welding lamps or tanning lights. So remember to wear eye protection when using these sources of invisible, high energy UV rays.
If you’re heading outdoors, be careful where you step, not only at the beach and in the sand dunes, but in yards. Teach your child to be aware of his or her surroundings and to know the common places snakes tend to be: in landscaped grasses or flower beds, under decks, among stacked firewood and under rocks.
Snake bites can be serious and require immediate attention. Thanks to modern medicine, deaths from snakebites are increasingly rare. Still, if the bite is from a venomous snake, it is important to seek medical care promptly.
Most snakes will not intentionally attack people. Bites tend to happen when a person accidentally steps on or tries to get a closer look at a snake. If your child spots a snake, the best thing to do is tell him or her to leave it alone.
The best way to treat a snake bite is to prevent it. Help your child avoid bites by teaching him these do’s and don’ts:
- Become familiar with the types of snakes in the area, and be able to identify poisonous and non-poisonous species.
- Don’t stick your hands or feet into places you can't see, such as holes, crevices or deserted buildings.
- Wear long pants and boots when walking in areas where snakes may be.
- If you see a snake, leave it alone.
If your child is bitten, take these steps:
- Always seek immediate medical attention.
- Move your child safely away from the snake.
- Try to keep your child and yourself calm.
- Identify the type of snake that bit the victim. If possible, take a digital photo of the snake. An effective antivenom is available for rattlesnake, cottonmouth and copperhead bites; however, it is not needed in all cases. Discuss the risks and benefits with the treating physician.
- Do not try to capture the snake. If the snake is dead, take it with you to the hospital so doctors can identify the species and use the proper antivenom. Be careful when transporting a dead snake because its reflexes can cause it to bite for several minutes after it has died.
- Remove any jewelry or constricting clothing before swelling begins.
- Keep the bitten limb level with the heart.
The National Council
on Fireworks Safety
Review Our Safety Tips...
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
- Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
- Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.
- Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."
- Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
- Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.
- The National Council on Fireworks Safety invites you to celebrate our nation's heritage on the Fourth of July, but celebrate safely.
Reminder: Shot Records and
Physical Exams for Playing Sports in School
Just a reminder that students who are planning to participate in sports during the upcoming school year should have their physical exams scheduled for this summer to avoid the rush near the end of August. Also new students or students that are moving to a new school will need their shot records. Please request these early!
For appointments or more information, please call (409) 772-3695.
There are two locations to serve you: Island Pediatrics East at the University Hospitals clinic on the 7th floor and Island Pediatrics West at 2067 61st Street, Galveston.
We provide services to children and youth from birth through 21 years of age. In addition to General Pediatric Care, we provide services for:
- School Problems
- Developmental Assessments
- Childhood Infections
We also offer:
- Opportunities to participate in cutting edge clinical trials
- Studies of new vaccines
- Literacy promotion through Reach Out and Read and Island Pedi Book Club
- Faculty working on the forefront of primary care innovation
- Treatment and prevention strategies using the newest practice guidelines
- Close collaboration with a broad spectrum of specialists and therapists ensuring high level of care
- Academic environment ensuring the most up-to-date diagnostic and evaluation tools
- The newest vaccines and vaccine information to assist in keeping children healthy