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Chronic Atrial Fibrillation

One of the most disconcerting things about life is finding out that a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition. The feeling of helplessness — and sometimes, hopelessness — can be overwhelming, and it’s certainly life-changing. And, when such a condition is related to a vital organ, it’s easy to feel like…

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Chronic Atrial Fibrillation

Caregiver Burnout

Taking care of a loved one is the ultimate act of love. First, you find out someone you love more than life itself has a serious health condition. Then, you try to make peace with this new reality. You keep telling yourself that your loved one will beat the odds and that it’s good that…

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Caring for a Child with Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy

If your child has been diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, you’re likely feeling heartbroken, overwhelmed, and out of sorts. There is nothing that prepares you for this kind of experience — and there is nothing anyone can say to make you feel better. However, as a loving parent, you’re also probably wondering what it…

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Caring for a Child with Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy

Cleft Lip and Palate

Finding out you’re having a baby can be overwhelming and exciting. You schedule prenatal care, pick out names, and decorate a baby room. Everyone’s waiting to meet your little one, and you give them updates and pictures of sonograms as the pregnancy moves along. But, what happens when your doctor mentions that there may be…

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Cleft Lip and Palate

GERD in Children

If your child has been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may be wondering what, exactly, does it all mean? While it’s common to hear about acid reflux, complaints usually come from adults. This may leave you wondering what are the effects of the condition on children? And, if your child hasn’t been diagnosed,…

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Miracle Baby Beats All Odds

A.A. was born at 29 weeks of gestation with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease. At one month of age, she had surgery to remove one of her little kidneys. At three months of age, she had a second surgery to remove her remaining kidney. Her mom, Angélica, recounts the story. “She didn’t have kidneys for…

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Miracle Baby Beats All Odds

Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita: Signs and Symptoms

Finding out your child is diagnosed with any medical condition is disheartening. You have to deal with the shock, disbelief, and anger. You then have to familiarize yourself with what it all means — and how it will affect the life of your baby and family. Things can feel even more frightening if the ailment…

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Acute Kidney Failure: Causes, Risk Factors, Treatment, & More

Your kidneys are two of the most important organs in your body. They filter out waste products from your blood and keep your blood’s chemical makeup in check. But, your kidneys can lose their ability to filter waste. This can lead to an accumulation of toxins that leads to further issues. When this happens in…

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Hypoxia vs Hypoxemia

As you breathe, your respiratory system carries air through your nose or mouth into your lungs — where the air is separated from its carbon dioxide — and the oxygen gets distributed into your bloodstream where it can reach your cell tissues. The carbon dioxide is exhaled, and the oxygen powers your organs. But, what…

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Hypoxia vs Hypoxemia

Acute vs. Chronic Respiratory Failure

Your respiratory system is the part of your body that allows you to breathe. It includes your nose, mouth, throat, windpipe, lungs — among other organs. When working properly, your respiratory system allows you to breathe in oxygen through your nose or mouth and exhale carbon dioxide. But, if your system isn’t functioning properly, it…

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