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2017
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
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
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
04,
2017
Doesn’t it feel like now more than ever we need a little kindness in the world? The news almost seems too much to bear sometimes. Frequently, we are bombarded with horrific stories of children and teens assaulting or even killing other kids in bot...
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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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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
26,
2017
At first glance, brothers Garrett and TJ Little don’t share a whole lot in common. First, there’s a seven-year age difference. Then, Garrett is married and an operations manager for a company in Las Colinas, while TJ is a single, free spirt and an...
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EKC
September
26,
2017
By Ashley Parrott The Hematology/Oncology (H/O) floor at Cook Children’s is its own world. Bright green walls lead the way among the hustle and bustle of the daily routines of patients, families and doctors. But behind the miracles happening on th...
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September
26,
2017
The last thing Jeff Murray, M.D., wants to do is be interviewed for this story. It’s not about being rude or even shy, it’s just he wants to make darn sure the love is spread around for the people that make up the Neuro-Oncology Program at Cook Ch...
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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
12,
2017
Physician. Scientist. Researcher. The role of a pediatric hematologist and oncologist stretches far beyond the walls of Cook Children’s medical center because the physician participates in clinical trials and collaborates with other experts both n...
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September
07,
2017
One of my favorite movie moments is when Aunt Voula in My Big, Fat Greek Wedding learns that Ian Miller, the non-Greek protagonist soon to join the family, is a vegetarian. She asks, “What do you mean he don’t eat no meat?” and the hoopla of the ...
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September
01,
2017
Collin Main’s grandfather was always his hero. His granddad served in the military and survived the Pearl Harbor attack. He also instilled in Collin a code from an early age to help people in need and not to brag when you did the right thing. So C...
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August
31,
2017
KERA - Nereyda Rangel sang to her newborn daughter at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi. The building sits only a few blocks from Corpus Christi Bay, which spills into the Texas Gulf Coast. As Hurricane Harvey brewed in the Gulf, Shaddai...
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August
29,
2017
Lily Faith has returned to Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi. She was transported back to Driscoll on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, and her parents are so happy to have their little girl back home with them. ...
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August
25,
2017
Critically ill babies arrived at Cook Children’s Level IV NICU on Aug. 24, 2017, after being transported throughout the evening and early morning as a result of Hurricane Harvey. All 10 babies arrived from the NICU at Driscoll Children’s Hospital ...
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August
22,
2017
For years, Americans have been told the safest place for a baby to sleep is on their backs, but a new study finds many parents aren’t following that advice. According to the study published this month in the journal Pediatrics, just half of mother...
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August
17,
2017
While an eclipse is a scientific wonder, it may also be scary for some kids. Here are some tips from Joy Crabtree to help your children enjoy the event: "When talking to your kids about the eclipse, I think it’s important to prepare them and let t...
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August
09,
2017
Anyone who has ever heard of Munchausen syndrome by proxy has probably asked themselves the same questions: Why in the world would a mother want to hurt her own child? And how does a child end up receiving unnecessary medical procedures? Don’t ...
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August
08,
2017
I'm gonna get a little personal with this one. And while I typically write about pediatric health issues on this page, I'm going to broaden things to include adult health too right now. Did you know you could literally save someone's life by sw...
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July
28,
2017
From Mandy White, supervisor of regulatory affairs in the research administration office at Cook Children's: "This is my third month here at Cook Children’s. My husband is a veterinarian and we are both very involved with Children’s Advocacy of Jo...
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July
24,
2017
If you were trying to watch your waistline in the early 2000s, you probably remember the Atkins fad. While the low-carb diet has since fizzled out, another low-carb, but high fat plan is the latest craze helping people lose weight. It’s called the ke...
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July
19,
2017
Ok I'll go first, I'm a bad mom because I let my baby roll off the couch ... well, both babies. I have moms in my office tell me all kinds of variations of the "I'm a bad mom statement" and it is always for minor things - still using a pacifier, l...
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July
19,
2017
“I absolutely hated my life. I wanted to die. I wanted God to take all the pain away. I prayed to God to let me die.” How had it come to this for Madisyn Metaxas? ...
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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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July
19,
2017
WFAA - Dozens of Texas children have died from drowning in pools, lakes or ponds this year. "Most of the parents would tell you, it’s just a second, drowning is very silent," says Sharon Evans, trauma injury prevention coordinator at Cook Children's ...
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