Checkup Newsroom (News)

2017
November
17,
2017
Your 42-year-old husband just had his first attack. You look at your 14-year-old son who looks just like his dad and you wonder if the same fate awaits your boy. But how would a mom ever know if her child is at risk for cardiovascular disease? ...
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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
06,
2017
If you have kids, you’re probably frustrated with some of the bad habits that they’ve picked up. Just this week I had two parents ask me how to get their child to stop biting his nails. “He just will not quit biting his nails no matter how much I ...
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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
06,
2017
It may be the scariest condition you’ve never heard of: Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) The Epilepsy Foundation describes SUDEP as “the sudden unexpected death of someone with epilepsy, who was otherwise healthy.” No other cause of de...
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November
03,
2017
As a lactation consultant, I often hear regret from moms when they state that they “only nursed for ...” (insert perceived short time here.) That always bothers me, because any distance that a mom makes in her breastfeeding journey, is a win t...
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November
03,
2017
The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement encouraging parents to donate to public cord blood banks following the birth of their children. Cord blood banking has grown increasingly popular among parents over the past decade...
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October
27,
2017
Have a safe, healthy, happy Halloween, and one that is not too scary! Here are 8 tips for you and your family to keep in mind this Halloween! 1. Remind your kids about street safety. You might be surprised to learn that the most common injuries du...
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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
24,
2017
Because I hate vitamins so much, OK maybe not hate (because hate is a bad word according to my 6 year old)…Because I have an “intensely strong displeasure” for vitamins, you might find it shocking to read this somewhat positive article on probiotics....
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October
20,
2017
As has been shown in the Cook Children’s NICU, skin-to-skin contact helps preemies thrive and develop. However, that need for touch and interaction doesn’t end when we move past infancy or even toddlerhood. The need for closeness, kindness and tou...
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October
20,
2017
My child's been coughing all winter…all summer…all year… Yep, it’s possible and it’s probably true. It might make you anxious. But, it might not mean there is anything to worry about. Most children with a cough that lasts one week or less have ...
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October
19,
2017
A new study shows an alarming number of American men have oral cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV). The study, published in the journal of Annals of Internal Medicine, states 11 million (one in nine) U.S. males were found to have oral HPV. T...
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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
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
When Stella Amechi found out she was pregnant with her third child, she was over the moon with excitement. She was already the mother to two young girls, and soon, her first son would be arriving. Never in a million years did she dream that he wou...
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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
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
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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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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