Checkup Newsroom (Fort Worth)
2017
August
11,
2017
Following the tragic death of a 9-month-old  baby, Child Protective Services says the home he was staying at was not a licensed daycare. CBS DFW, Channel 11 says CPS is investigating the woman who left the child unattended in a car seat to see if she...
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August
07,
2017
My kids are currently out of town for their annual summertime week with my mother, and that leaves us parents with some time to relax, eat out, watch Game of Thrones, and – drumroll – strategize about our parenting strategies. Yes, I know, that la...
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July
17,
2017
Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) reported today the first West Nile Virus-associated death of the 2017 season. The death involved a senior adult with underlying medical conditions. Additional details are not being released due to privacy laws. ...
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June
16,
2017
Frank McGehee, M.D., may surprise you when it comes to his parenting tips as a father of four biological children and two step kids – he puts all of the children second. Dr. McGehee, seen here with his daughter Brigid, became a stepfather of two y...
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March
13,
2017
You may be surprised to see a child life specialist in one of the rooms at Cook Children’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). After all, this is an area devoted to babies. But spend some time in one of those rooms and you will see a big part of t...
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February
27,
2017
The first days after having a baby are full of wonder, awe and excitement, but those days can also bring anxiety. Breastfeeding can be one of the largest sources of this. If you are feeling this way, know that you are not alone! Many doctor moms say ...
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February
20,
2017
“The last thing I remember was my coach counting me down after my ride. Five … four … three … two … one … and I collapsed.” Marc Keralla knew he didn’t have much time left to prepare before taking a shot at his goal. An avid cyclist for 25 years, ...
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February
06,
2017
Every parent has experienced a similar moment: You’re at the grocery store with your toddler and run into an old college roommate, a high school friend’s mom or a former neighbor. As you’re filling your acquaintance in on the past few years, you real...
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January
03,
2017
When Rebecca Olvera, M.D., saw the video of a dresser toppling on top of 2-year-old twins in Orem, Utah, she couldn't help but think of an eerily similar afternoon nearly a decade ago.  Much like Bowdy and Brock Shoff, Dr. Olvera's twin boys found...
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2016
December
16,
2016
NBC 5 reports that "a Fort Worth Independent School District employee has contracted the mumps." Channel 5 said the person is an employee in the district's Professional Development Center, not a school campus.  This is another reminder about th...
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November
08,
2016
Carter Guidry has seen more than his fair share of doctor’s office and been through multiple procedures and treatments because of his history of low antibody levels, resulting in frequent infections. But nothing prepared his family for what happened ...
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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
15,
2016
For years, parents have favored the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine to painful shots for their children. This year, however, they may not have a choice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics a...
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August
02,
2016
Parents have plenty to worry about these days. The water at their child’s school shouldn’t be another thing to add to the list. Fort Worth ISD tested nearly 1,500 samples of water across 116 campuses. Thus far, results have shown elevated levels o...
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July
13,
2016
Dallas Police Chief David Brown, Cook Children’s heard you loud and clear. Hours after four policemen from his department and one officer from Dart had been killed and others wounded, Brown spoke at a press conference. His emotions were still raw ...
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July
08,
2016
Once again, news of senseless violence leaves parents grasping for answers. Unfortunately, this time it has happened in our community during what should have been a peaceful protest. The frightening footage from downtown Dallas Thursday night is d...
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June
01,
2016
Three in one month, that's how many patients Cook Children's were treated for snake bites this May. The latest happened over Memorial Day weekend to an Arlington, Texas teenager. Conner Norman was camping with his family at Lloyd Park on Joe Pool ...
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May
20,
2016
As some of the best pros in the PGA look on, the young golfer eyes a putt. And that’s where any comparisons to what will be happening at the Dean & Deluca Invitational at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth and what’s happening on this golf cours...
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May
05,
2016
From a shocking murder-suicide carried out by a teen in Plano, Texas to the deadly attack on a Dallas jogger by a machete-wielding ex-Texas A&M player, North Texans have read their fair share of disturbing headlines in recent months. What's under ...
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April
29,
2016
If you had the opportunity to have one wish granted, what would you wish for? This may seem like a magical question to some or even silly to others, but for thousands of children with life-threatening medical conditions it can be therapeutic and even...
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March
17,
2016
Julia Smeltzer brings her dog to work every day. She wears a t-shirt and scrubs. And 'play' is in her job description. Don’t be confused though. Julia and her dog, Journey, have a big responsibility at Cook Children's. Yes, they are there to play,...
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February
24,
2016
Kenda Hooker was 3 years old when doctors discovered a hole in the top chamber of her heart. Like many congenital heart defect (CHD) patients, she went on with her life assuming her heart had been ‘fixed.’ As memories faded, her medical records were ...
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CHD
January
28,
2016
Did you know that neither the Fort Worth ISD nor the Dallas ISD currently have recess policies? At least not yet, but both school districts are considering adopting a policy and Dallas ISD could have one by the end of the day. That news makes K...
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January
22,
2016
You've probably heard about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and its link to cervical cancer. That can be pretty frightening for any female. Now a new study is sounding the alarm linking HPV with head and neck cancer, which can affect both men and wome...
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hpv
January
15,
2016
It may sound unbelievable this time of the year, but the first heatstroke death of 2016 has been confirmed. It happened on Jan. 12, in Rossville, Georgia. The 13-month-old child died after being left in a car for more than 5 hours with the heater run...
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January
13,
2016
Last night, during his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced this generation's equivalent to landing on the moon. He tasked Vice President Joe Biden with leading a new national effort to cure cancer. "This is our moons...
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2015
November
19,
2015
At 8 years old, Blaine Solomon knows things even adults forget sometimes, like how to look a person in the eye and give them a firm handshake. She also knows what it means to be “selfless.” Blaine learned that lesson earlier this month when she ce...
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November
06,
2015
Growing up, Matt Sampson always thought the scar on his chest was something he only shared in common with his grandfather. Until he met Heather. "He's the only other person I knew who had heart surgery," says Matt, who was born with an atrial se...
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July
22,
2015
Protect your kids. That was the overall message from Fort Worth, Texas Mayor Betsy Price and representatives from the city of Fort Worth, including Cook Children's, at a press conference to address city-wide support of drowning prevention measures...
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May
07,
2015
There is a book called "The Going to Bed Book" that I read every night to my boys. For my youngest it became more than just a bedtime story--it was a recitation almost like a prayer. After story time was over and I rocked him in the glider he had me ...
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