Checkup Newsroom (Endocrinology)

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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September
08,
2017
I think that human beings are drawn to see uniqueness in our surroundings. We make note of differences and often form quick impressions about what we see. Difference in height from person to person, for instance, is one feature that easily stands out...
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July
28,
2017
You see it sometimes with children wearing tank tops or swim suits – darkened patches of skin in certain body areas like the neck or armpit. Parents and children may think that it is simply dirt that needs to be washed off. Children might even get te...
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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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2016
October
25,
2016
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never heard of congenital hyperinsulinsim. That’s likely because it only affects between 80 and 120 babies each year. But for those who are affected, it can be a life-changing event, which without an accura...
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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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August
09,
2016
Lilly King became an American hero by winning the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke against Russia’s Yulia Efimova. The 19 year old’s defeat of Efimova was not only a matter of national pride, but serves a teaching moment for children every...
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March
03,
2016
After helplessly watching their newborn son Brantlee Sanford poked, prodded and tested constantly over the first week of his life, parents Jake and Tella were desperate for some answers. At last, after long days plagued with uncertainty, they foun...
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February
19,
2016
The Turner Syndrome Society of the U.S. (TSUS) has designated February to increase awareness in Turner syndrome. Pediatric endocrinologists including our pediatric endocrinology group at Cook Children’s care for many girls with Turner syndrome. Turne...
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January
24,
2016
Evaluating and managing thyroid problems occupies a prominent part in the daily schedule of the Cook Children’s Endocrine Group. I still receive many questions from families about thyroid problems in their child. I thought that it would be helpful to...
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January
24,
2016
Abundant information concerning thyroid problems in adults is available on the Internet and in books. However, child-specific, validated information about thyroid conditions is less commonly found in the public domain. In addition, an ongoing challen...
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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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May
07,
2015
Nine children, ages 3 to 19 years old, make Mother’s Day a pretty special time for Kristy Goodnight. After all, that’s a lot of hugs and kisses to go around. “It’s wonderful day. I thought I would never be a mom,” Kristy said. “Mother’s Day is not...
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April
06,
2015
Kim Mangham, M.D., a Cook Children’s pediatrician in Keller, estimates most kids get sick about 6 to 8 times a year, which can cause frustration for parents and leave them wondering if they should do something more to keep them healthy. “They ofte...
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March
18,
2015
Top off that java … in a sippy cup? A Boston Medical Center study released last week found that coffee consumption among Boston toddlers is a common practice among certain groups. According to the study, approximately 15 percent of 2-year-olds con...
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January
30,
2015
I find myself sometimes when off work slipping back into viewing things with the insight of a pediatric endocrinologist. Lately, football has put a lot into perspective for me. Take a look at the two starting quarterback for the Super Bowl between...
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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
17,
2014
I recently discovered a new book and added it to my reading list. The New Puberty tackles the difficult topic of early puberty in girls. Since most children with early or truly precocious puberty are girls, the book is timely and gives two unique per...
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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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October
20,
2014
The stress of being different from peers is a problem shared in both delayed and precocious puberty. The lack of visible changes of puberty such as deeper voice for boys or breast development for girls can lead to loss of self-esteem or teasing from ...
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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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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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