Checkup Newsroom (news)

2017
December
11,
2017
For more than 70 years, window blinds have been a known child safety hazard. Now physicians are coming together asking for mandatory safety guidelines to protect children. Nearly 17,000 children under the age of 6 were treated in a U.S. emergency ...
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December
08,
2017
A jet explodes into flames. Dastardly villains capture a Cook Children’s oncologist, take her away and tie her up at a nearby helicopter. All hope seems lost, until an urgent call is placed to a grade school in Grand Prairie, Texas on an otherwise...
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December
08,
2017
It’s 3 a.m. and your child wakes up feeling like an oven. Quick! Where’s your thermometer? The preceding message was a drill. A drill that I should practice more often because when the heat is on, I flame out every time. Let’s assume you are...
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December
07,
2017
A news story out of Phoenix serves as a tragic reminder to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Alani Murrieta, a 20-year-old mother, died only two days after she began feeling ill from the flu, according to the Washington Post. Her youn...
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December
06,
2017
A new study shows the importance and possibly life-changing impact of losing weight in controlling Type 2 diabetes. In a paper published in the Lancet, UK researchers found that people with diabetes went into remission after participating in a rigoro...
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December
05,
2017
Are we ready for the upcoming flu season? Only time will tell for sure, but a new article published in The New England Journal of Medicine makes the case for a potentially severe influenza season. The article explains that clinical experts have...
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Flu
November
30,
2017
Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has issued a health alert to area health care providers in response to a rise in local flea-borne typhus cases. It asks them to consider a diagnosis for people with fever and at least one other symptom of the d...
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November
30,
2017
A new study shows Texas ranks 47th in cancer-preventing vaccine coverage, showing that Texans aren’t getting the message about the dangers of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, Texas only ranked higher t...
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November
29,
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
28,
2017
“It’s better to give than receive.” Easier said than done for most kids, right? Especially, when they know all those presents will be underneath the tree very soon. So, how do you make your kids appreciate the true meaning of the season? ...
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November
21,
2017
The Girl Scouts of America sent an important message to families – parents should not force their children to give hugs to anyone during the holidays. The blog post to girlscouts.org seems all the more timely and important because of the many alle...
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November
20,
2017
Here’s something NOT to be thankful for this week – the flu has arrived in our area. Just in time to travel for the Thanksgiving holidays, 23 kids tested positive for the flu (20 Influenza A, 3 Influenza B) last week (November 12-18). That’s the m...
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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
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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