Checkup Daily - Cook Children's online newsroom (news)
2017
April
27,
2017
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced restrictions on the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children. The FDA states “these medicines carry serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death, which appear to be a g...
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April
27,
2017
Loaded with caffeine, sugar and stimulants, energy drinks have become a nearly $40 billion industry worldwide. And while much of the marketing may seem targeted for young people, health experts warn the caffeinated energy drinks on the market may ...
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April
25,
2017
Want a simple way to decrease your children’s risk of ADHD, injuries, high blood pressure, obesity and depression? Make sure they get enough sleep. A new study, published in the Journal of Obesity, found that routines for preschool-aged childre...
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April
24,
2017
Two children have already been treated for snake bites at Cook Children’s this year, including one child who was bitten this month. From 2012 to present, 91 children have been seen at the medical center for snake bites. The most was in 2014 with 2...
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April
21,
2017
News of children being hit by cars in North Texas has been seemingly everywhere lately. Unfortunately, it’s a trend reflected by the number of patients being admitted to Cook Children’s Medical Center. Last month alone, eight children were taken t...
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April
20,
2017
Cook Children’s played a crucial role in the research of new drugs that could change the lives of teenagers with hepatitis C. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Harvoni and Sovaldi in the treatment of young people betwe...
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April
17,
2017
A 1-year-old Burleson boy became the first child in Texas this year to die after being left alone inside a car. He is the fifth in the nation to die from hyperthermia related to being left in a car. NBC5 reported that the boy’s mother came home to...
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April
13,
2017
If your child had a weak immune system, would you want to know the vaccine rates at their school? House Bill 2249 would require the Texas Department of State Health Services to provide reports every other year on vaccine-preventable outbreaks and ...
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April
12,
2017
Parenting is hard at times…for everyone. Each child presents their own unique challenges. Highly gifted children are no different. While the problems may be different, it shouldn’t be considered “easy” by any means. A new film titled, “Gifted,”...
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April
10,
2017
The tables are set and a three-course meal is ready to be served. Six couples find their names on place cards and seat themselves in front of carefully arranged china and flatware. Soon, they’ll be watching Sleepless in Seattle while waiters serve pe...
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April
10,
2017
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cook Children’s Medical Center is the first NICU in North Texas to be recognized as a Level IV center, meaning it can provide the highest level of neonatal care to critically-ill infants. The designation was...
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April
07,
2017
Child abuse is a difficult subject to think about, much less discuss with your family and friends. But it also can’t be ignored. Jamye Coffman, M.D., medical director of the Child Advocacy Resource and Evaluation (CARE) Team at Cook Children’s, sa...
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April
04,
2017
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study confirms how important flu vaccinations are in saving children’s lives. The study, also published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is the first of its kind to show how flu vaccinat...
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April
03,
2017
Mylan, the maker of EpiPen, has expanded its recall to include more devices that may have a larger effect in the United States. A few weeks ago Mylan, the maker of EpiPen announced that they were recalling a subset of their life-saving treatment f...
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March
24,
2017
Just want to stress the importance of referral to high risk perinatologists and pediatric surgeons early in the pregnancy for counseling and management to minimize complications and improve survival. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a cong...
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March
23,
2017
Every year Cook Children’s receives more than 600 children due to poisonings. Seventy-five percent are medication related. Children can be accidentally poisoned by finding medication belonging to a friend or family member at their house or in their p...
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March
21,
2017
Last week, five kids, ages ranging from 3 to 11 years old, were treated at Cook Children’s for accidental gunshot wounds. The shootings included a shotgun, two from a handgun, a BB gun and a pellet gun. Fortunately, none of the children died from ...
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March
14,
2017
Dyann Daley, M.D., executive director of Cook Children’s new Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment, takes a closer look at this study. Click here to find a detailed report on which nursery products pose the greatest risk of injury or death ...
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March
13,
2017
This afternoon, I saw a couple of tweets from CBS 11 reporter Jack Fink that turned my stomach: The affidavit included in one of the tweet's details an adult here in North Texas engaged in inapproapriate behavior with a 15-year old child i...
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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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March
07,
2017
In an effort to get more patients vaccinated against the Human papillomavirus (HPV), Cook Children’s is launching a new initiative led by one of the more vocal physicians in the country on this topic. Jason Terk, M.D., a pediatrician at Cook Child...
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March
07,
2017
A little more than a year ago, Ambrea Jones knew as much about Pompe disease as most of us who watched President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. During his speech, President Trump introduced Megan Crowley and, in the proc...
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March
06,
2017
By Jeff Carlton UNT Health Science Center Kiasha Jones has managed her son’s asthma for the last 14 years, ever since he was diagnosed at age 6 months following a bout with a respiratory virus called RSV. Armed at home with an inhaler, a hum...
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March
03,
2017
The World Health Organization (WHO) released its list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” – a catalogue of 12 bacterial species that pose the greatest threat to human health. WHO says the list is an effort to “guide and promote research a...
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March
02,
2017
From a best-selling book to a movie starring Harrison Ford to President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress, Megan Crowley’s life has made for a compelling story. Megan and her brother Patrick battle Pompe disease, a rare n...
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February
28,
2017
Constipation is an incredibly frustrating problem for children and their families. Having a child with stomach pain, pain with stooling and even bloody stools because of constipation is very frustrating. Several treatment options are available but...
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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
23,
2017
With a high of 90 degrees expected today, it's clear the risk of a child drowning isn’t a seasonal event. February isn’t over and already four children have been treated for near-drowning accidents at Cook Children’s Emergency Department. All of t...
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February
22,
2017
Alright let's talk Tamiflu. At Willow Park, we are getting tons of calls for it if a child has been exposed, a parent has been exposed, a neighbor has it, your dog sniffed someone's bum who had the flu two weeks ago, etc....  Ask most physician...
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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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