Checkup Newsroom (Children)

2017
November
17,
2017
More than 65 million people in the world live with epilepsy and every one of those people have their own story. When Scott Perry, M.D., an epileptologist and medical director of Neurology, talks about his patients, the one word that comes up over ...
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November
16,
2017
“What happened to his legs?” My 4 year old blurted this out with her finger pointed toward a man in a wheelchair. My mom intercepted and gently whispered, “It’s not kind to point.” The gentleman smiled and graciously nodded toward my mom indicatin...
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November
15,
2017
Cook Children’s is one step closer to launching a Targeted Therapeutics Program, opening the door to the most advanced and promising clinical trials available to pediatric cancer patients. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has awarded a $60,151 infrastru...
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November
14,
2017
Diabetes is a tough disease for anyone, but females with diabetes face their own challenges. Both girls and boys can be develop Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, but only females have to be concerned with a type of diabetes that begins during pregnancy....
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November
13,
2017
The other day I went on vacation. We went over THERE. I enjoyed it because we did THIS and THAT. There was one activity where my son caught the THING and did THIS to it. We couldn’t stop laughing, but eventually we helped him get THAT over THERE. Unf...
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November
10,
2017
Christine Oehlert isn’t exactly the kind of person you might imagine holding one of the highest-ranking positions in the military. She’s a self-described caretaker, wife and mother of two. She’s not gruff and you won’t hear her spouting off war stori...
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November
06,
2017
You may be surprised to learn that 1 in 26 people in the world will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. Despite those numbers, so much mystery still remains about this neurological disorder that can affect people of all ages. Many...
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November
06,
2017
Scott Perry, M.D., sighs and takes a deep breath when thinking about the teenagers with epilepsy he treats at Cook Children's Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center. "Older kids are the worst. They are invincible when they are teenagers and now...
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November
02,
2017
As you watch your little one walking or running during play, you may ask yourself, “Is my child falling too much?” Children initially begin to walk between the ages of 12 and 15 months. In the early stages of walking, you may notice your child “wa...
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October
26,
2017
Today, President Donald Trump announced that he would direct his Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency. The announcement is not a surprise by any means for caregivers at Cook Chil...
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October
25,
2017
Let’s talk about periods. Aunt Flo. The Red Tide. Shark Week. I know. Everyone’s favorite topic. If you have a daughter, I know it’s crossed your mind. "Is my kiddo’s body normal?" "This seems too young!" "What if she has questions?" "How do...
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October
18,
2017
Dark circles under the eyes. If there is one sign on a child that parents believe is the harbinger of all awful, deadly, and scary things...it's dark circles under the eyes. Let me make you feel better. Dark circles under a child's eyes are usu...
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October
17,
2017
As fall arrives and winter approaches, parents all over Texas will prepare for more runny noses and doctor visits. As doctors, we are preparing too because RSV season seems to be here.  Last week, 10 children tested positive for RSV at Cook Childr...
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October
16,
2017
Captain America runs to the young boy in trouble. Our hero hands the boy his shield. He boy smiles and then Captain America jumps in his jet and flies the boy to safety. “And then he had the audacity to tell me his favorite superhero was Superman!...
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October
13,
2017
Eight months of heartbreak and fear for her grandbaby’s life ended with the smiles she saw on the doctors’ faces. Lori Lopez hoped to hear that her grandson, Mathew Westerman, was doing better and made some progress in his treatment for blood clot...
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October
12,
2017
Anger is a normal, healthy, human emotion. We need the ability to get angry to protect us and to move us into action. Acting out from anger is a behavior. Behaviors can be judged as good or bad, right or wrong. Anger is neither right nor wrong. It ju...
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October
11,
2017
A new world-wide study shows that 10 times more children and adolescents are considered obese than they were 40 years ago. The report published in The Lancet states the amount of children and adolescents rose to 124 million in 2016, compared to 11...
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October
10,
2017
Lisa Elliott, a licensed psychologist and clinic manager of Cook Children’s Psychology Department in Denton, has heard multiple reasons/explanations/excuses from parents as to why they have not sought mental health help for their child. Some of the m...
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October
06,
2017
We mustache you a question. Do you think developing your child's sense of humor is important? It is. Lettuce explain. We've all been told laughter is the best medicine, but have we really considered the social, emotional and health benefits ...
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October
06,
2017
Why did the cookie go to the doctor? He felt a little crummy. Why is diarrhea inherited? It runs in the jeans. When it comes to jokes, Eric Hopkins’, M.D., has got a million of ‘em. As his patients in his Grapevine office can tell you. He is al...
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October
05,
2017
"Am I making enough milk?" Often, moms perceive that they do not make enough milk because they do not make “extra” milk. Other times they think the baby is eating too often, or the breasts feel too soft, or the baby is fussy at certain times of...
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October
03,
2017
Could a component of the diet pill “fen-phen” be the answer for patients with a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome? Fenfluramine was originally used as a weight-loss drug before being pulled from the market in 1997 with reports that ...
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October
02,
2017
No matter how hard you try, today’s mass shooting on the Las Vegas strip may be difficult to keep away from your kids. Latest updates have at least 50 dead and more than 400 injured after a lone gunman in a high-rise hotel opened fire on a country...
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September
27,
2017
Chance Jones earns an affectionate giggle from his mom as he runs loudly through the house. “Oh Lord. He’s my wild child,” Candice Morgan, Chance’s mother, says between a laugh and a sigh at her little boy. Chance never stops. He acts like … we...
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September
27,
2017
By Ashley Parrott Life as a parent with a child who has Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is already frightening enough, but could you imagine this diagnosis with two of your kids? Mykhia and Malik, now 10 and 11 years old, were diagnosed with SCD with...
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September
25,
2017
Lady Gaga is back in the news and we’re interested. We will let her Little Monsters promote her new documentary and most recent album, we want to focus on why she says she had to cancel her European tour due to constant pain. "I use the word 's...
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September
20,
2017
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 someone with an amazing aptitude for learning. “He was a boy who ...
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September
20,
2017
Suicide in children and adolescents is a difficult topic to discuss. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among all children and adolescents in the U.S. As a mental health professional, my worst fear is a child prematurely ending his or her ow...
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September
20,
2017
Teen suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds, and the sixth leading cause of dath for 5-14-year-olds. Lisa Elliott, a licensed psychologist and clinic manager of Cook Children’s Behavioral Health in Denton, says some chi...
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September
15,
2017
Selena Gomez posted a photo on her Instagram to let her fans know the reason why she has been “laying low” during the summer. She received a kidney transplant from her best friend, actress Francia Raisa. “So I found out I needed to get a kidney tr...
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