American cardiologist Helen Brooke Taussig founded the field of pediatric cardiology and developed the concept for a procedure that prolonged the lives of children suffering from blue baby syndrome. (photo: Yousuf Karsh)

American cardiologist Helen Brooke Taussig founded the field of pediatric cardiology and developed the concept for a procedure that prolonged the lives of children suffering from blue baby syndrome. (photo: Yousuf Karsh)

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The most untalked about, unappreciated, unknown giant in the African American community - Vivien_Thomas was an African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s.

The most untalked about, unappreciated, unknown giant in the African American community - Vivien_Thomas was an African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s.

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The story of the landmark 1944 surgical procedure that repaired the heart of a child with blue baby syndrome--lack of blood oxygen caused by a congenital defect. The team that developed the procedure included a cardiologist and a surgeon, but most of the actual work was done by Vivien Thomas, an African American lab assistant who was frequently mistaken for a janitor.

The story of the landmark 1944 surgical procedure that repaired the heart of a child with blue baby syndrome--lack of blood oxygen caused by a congenital defect. The team that developed the procedure included a cardiologist and a surgeon, but most of the actual work was done by Vivien Thomas, an African American lab assistant who was frequently mistaken for a janitor.

Cycle 2, week 4 - Nitrogen Cycle ...This interactive activity adapted from the University of Alberta illustrates how, through a process called fixation, nitrogen flows from the atmosphere, into the soil, through various organisms, and back to the atmosphere in a continuous cycle.</p>

Cycle 2, week 4 - Nitrogen Cycle ...This interactive activity adapted from the University of Alberta illustrates how, through a process called fixation, nitrogen flows from the atmosphere, into the soil, through various organisms, and back to the atmosphere in a continuous cycle.</p>

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"Testing commissioned by Environmental Working Group in 2008 found 38 pollutants in 10 brands of bottled water, including disinfection byproducts, industrial chemicals, radioactivity and bacteria. Some of the chemicals detected have been linked to health effects, including cancer and methemoglobinemia (blue baby syndrome)." http://www.ewg.org/research/ewgs-water-week/toxic-tuesday-purity-not-guaranteed

"Testing commissioned by Environmental Working Group in 2008 found 38 pollutants in 10 brands of bottled water, including disinfection byproducts, industrial chemicals, radioactivity and bacteria. Some of the chemicals detected have been linked to health effects, including cancer and methemoglobinemia (blue baby syndrome)." http://www.ewg.org/research/ewgs-water-week/toxic-tuesday-purity-not-guaranteed

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A fantastic sign language website!  Click on the blue link "Take me to the ASL Browser." Click on a word on the right side of the page and a video pops up to show you how to do the sign.  I use this all the time and recommend it to my families to use at home to help their little ones communicate.

A fantastic sign language website! Click on the blue link "Take me to the ASL Browser." Click on a word on the right side of the page and a video pops up to show you how to do the sign. I use this all the time and recommend it to my families to use at home to help their little ones communicate.

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Vivien Thomas - African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s

Vivien Thomas - African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s

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Vivien Thomas, African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s.  Thomas was also offered the position of Chief of Surgery at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins in 1941.

Vivien Thomas, African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s. Thomas was also offered the position of Chief of Surgery at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins in 1941.

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Alfred Blalock 	 	While doing research into the nature of hemorrhagic shock, Blalock found that surgical shock results primarily from blood loss. His recommendation that blood plasma and whole blood products be administered to those suffering from shock saved many lives during WWII. His later work on "blue baby syndrome," formally known as Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), led to the development of the Blalock-Taussig shunt, a pioneering procedure in the field of pediatric cardiology.

Alfred Blalock While doing research into the nature of hemorrhagic shock, Blalock found that surgical shock results primarily from blood loss. His recommendation that blood plasma and whole blood products be administered to those suffering from shock saved many lives during WWII. His later work on "blue baby syndrome," formally known as Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), led to the development of the Blalock-Taussig shunt, a pioneering procedure in the field of pediatric cardiology.

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