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December
02,
2016

The Death of Ethan: A Life of Chronic Pain Ends in Tragedy

Parents recall how their son became dependent on opioids and other medication

She holds in her hands the autopsy report of her 19-year-old son, a young man with dreams to “do something big in this world.” Tracy Jensen often thinks about her son, Ethan. He was ...
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November
22,
2016

What works for kids?

How cross-agency data sharing will improve outcomes for vulnerable children

Listening to the news, you would think the biggest problem in child welfare is lack of funding. It’s not. The most important problem is that we still don’t know how to reliably help kids. ...
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November
16,
2016

The architect: Warren Marks, M.D.

Dr. Marks develops Cook Children’s pediatric movement disorder program

For one year in college, Warren Marks, M.D., took a year off from science and medicine to pursue another passion of his – architecture. Today, Dr. Marks looks back at that time as “an ...
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November
16,
2016

Music's Ability To Heal

The power of Cook Children's therapy in disguise

By Victoria Shelton As Shea Ingram makes her rounds up and down the halls of Cook Children’s Medical Center, she pulls behind her a red wagon filled with musical instruments, from guitars ...
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December
02,
2016

Winter Old Wives’ Tales: Separating Fact From Fiction

The Doc Smitty on health advice you should (and shouldn’t) ignore

If you are staying at the grandparents during the holidays, warn your kids to be ready for the winter checklist from them before they go outside and play. Make sure your hair is dry. Wear shoes ...
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November
29,
2016

'Is it RSV?'

The Doc Smitty examines bronchiolitis

It probably won't surprise you to know that I get asked, "Do you think it’s RSV?" a lot this time of year. My answer might surprise you though: “It's not that ...
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November
22,
2016
Just in time for the holidays a reader wrote in with this question: “My friend...was told by her grandson’s pediatrician that her grandchildren who are vaccinated should never be ...
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November
16,
2016

Be Thankful To Agree to Disagree

Thanksgiving should be a time of family togetherness, and here are 6 activities to help

Thanksgiving should be a time for families to come together and be thankful. After all, it’s the reason for the holiday, right? But too many Thanksgivings end up with huge fights or ...
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