Checkup Newsroom (Diabetes)

2017
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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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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July
19,
2017
At a time when she needed inspiration the most, Brec Bassinger looked to Nick Jonas. Now at 18 years old, she hopes to be an example for children with Type 1 diabetes. Brec was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 8 years old. Shortly after her diagn...
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January
26,
2017
Time and time again, studies have shown that sugary beverages have been linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. So why are parents still letting their kids consume these drinks that can be so dangerous to their children's health? The Center...
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2016
September
29,
2016
A child with type 1 diabetes lives with a large amount of work needed to care for his or her disease. The daily routine for most kids with type 1 diabetes includes multiple insulin shots, numerous blood sugar checks and analyzing the carbohydrates...
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September
09,
2016
I recently had the chance to meet Kyle Cochran (@KyleCochranANW) who was kind enough to volunteer at Camp Aurora during the summer. Cook Children’s diabetes staff strongly support this camp, and many of the children attending are patients at Cook Chi...
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June
06,
2016
As we begin the swimming season, common sense advice is useful in all instances for parents; however, there are situations where children have additional challenges making plans for swim trips and water safety even more important. In my field, childr...
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January
13,
2016
The last few years have seen some major progress in the field of type 1 diabetes care in children and adults alike. Progress becomes especially important in light of recent news that type 1 diabetes is increasing in the U.S. There’s been a lot of ...
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2015
October
27,
2015
If you ask someone to say the first thing that comes to their mind about Halloween, it would likely be candy. Halloween can be a particularly challenging time of year for families and children dealing with diabetes. Whether a family is dealing wit...
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July
17,
2015
As a pediatric endocrinologist, I see many kids who tend to hide their diabetes or other diseases. They could all learn a lesson from a young woman named Marissa Heintschel. I learned about Marissa during one of my recent searches for news abou...
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June
10,
2015
From Fitbits to the new Apple Watch, the latest technology seems to rest on a wrist. And now the next time you see a mom looking at her smartwatch, she may be monitoring her child’s blood sugar levels. Progress in diabetes care has mostly come ...
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January
07,
2015
The fact that her son, Tre, is still with her, leaves Jennifer Faulkner with only one conclusion: a miracle occurred to keep him alive. Now she prays for Tre’s caregivers to make her son all better. Tre, who is 9 years old, has been seen by the...
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2014
December
03,
2014
TECHNOLOGY ... I believe it's the key to the next leap forward in diabetes care. I’m always on the lookout for news on how new technologies such as the artificial pancreas project will improve the lives of those with Type 1 diabetes. So a recent rese...
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October
27,
2014
Every year Halloween signals the beginning of higher calories goodies and food that roll out with end of the year holidays. Candy and other sugary treats like candied apples have been staples in the Halloween tradition. Children with type 1 diabetes ...
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October
24,
2014
Artificial sweeteners (AS) have been around for over a hundred years since the discovery of saccharin. The past few decades have seen a boom in the number of AS discovered and approved for use by the FDA. The use of AS remain a source of controversy....
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September
01,
2014
I’m always on the lookout for the latest news about developments in my field. In fact, I sometimes learn about the most up-to-date information by searching the news before I read about them in a medical journal.A new diabetes technology under develop...
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August
16,
2014
I’ve written in the past about my love of peaches. A hot August in Texas is the perfect time to enjoy this delicious fruit. Although most peaches start coming into season in July, it is August when they can be enjoyed in abundance. In fact, August is...
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August
11,
2014
When you hear someone has high blood cholesterol, who comes into your mind?It’s probably not an average-sized, active teenager. But that could be the case if the child has a history of hypercholesterolemia.Familial  hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an in...
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June
01,
2014
Who knew that the humble cellular telephone would evolve into the powerful tool of today’s smartphone? A recent announcement of a new smartphone app by Eli Lilly for glucagon use instructions reminded me specifically of the growing number of smart...
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May
28,
2014
By now you’ve heard about trans fats so much, you may start to tune out how dangerous they can be for your child. We hear these buzz words all the time and it’s hard to tell any more what is and isn’t a serious threat.How bad are trans fats for you? ...
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April
23,
2014
Like many other pediatricians, we are seeing obesity issues starting in a much younger population at our Cook Children's office in Willow Park. In Parker County, Cook Children's is taking action on this important issue. The Healthy Children Coalition...
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2013
August
22,
2013
Exciting news about childhood obesity hit the headlines at the beginning of this month. After decades of continued rise in the number of obese children, a decline in childhood obesity was reported.I, and I’m sure many others who care for children, we...
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June
06,
2013
I count myself fortunate to live in a time when there is continual progress in all areas of medical care. Major medical breakthroughs are a rare thing and become even rarer as you move into smaller, specialized groups within the population. In the ca...
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January
23,
2013
Lance Armstrong evokes strong feelings in many people. Admirers point to his impressive athletic career beginning as a teen and culminating in seven Tour de France victories. More influential to admirers and even those casually aware of Armstrong is ...
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