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2020
July
02,
2020
| 16:35 PM America/Chicago
With fewer options for the Fourth of July weekend because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people might try to create their own fireworks show this weekend. But experts warn those attempts to entertain at home could lead to a trip to the Emergency Depa...
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June
25,
2020
| 18:19 PM America/Chicago
In March, with the rise of COVID-19, the world faced an unprecedented crisis that required an unprecedented response. And Cook Children’s, as a system, did just that with the activation of our Incident Command Center. When this crisis unexpectedly...
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May
11,
2020
| 10:53 AM America/Chicago
By Lisa Elliott, licensed psychologist At a minimum, COVID-19 has clearly upended our normal day-to-day functioning. However, for many this pandemic has had a devastating impact. It’s reported that one-third of the entire global population has ...
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May
08,
2020
| 14:38 PM America/Chicago
By Lisa Elliott, licensed psychologist With more kids at home and without a lot to do, it’s not surprising most of us have eased up on our screen-time restrictions during the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, statistics show it’s now more imp...
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May
08,
2020
| 10:13 AM America/Chicago
Evidence-Informed Resources Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19 Related Coping  Print Resources Pregnancy Texas Department of State Health Services Tools COVID-19 Info American Academy of Pediatrics Par...
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May
04,
2020
| 10:19 AM America/Chicago
Obviously, there isn’t a simple switch you can turn on to activate a redeployment effort of thousands of employees. But fortunately, there was a team of employees being redeployed themselves perfectly poised and ready to assume this responsibility. ...
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April
24,
2020
| 13:49 PM America/Chicago
By Maria Levy, M.D. When I first moved to this country, over 20 years ago, I experienced multiple awkward social encounters due to my physical displays of affection. I grew up being taught to hug and kiss every friend, family member, or visitor th...
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April
13,
2020
| 14:14 PM America/Chicago
We live in unprecedented times, but we take comfort in knowing we are truly all in this together. We've been extremely touched and honored by the outpouring of support we've received from our community. Thank you to all of you who have asked how you ...
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April
07,
2020
| 11:27 AM America/Chicago
Whitney Appleby, Ph.D., licensed psychologist at Cook Children's, shares deep breathing skills for children and families. ...
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February
25,
2020
| 14:03 PM America/Chicago
The minimum wage at Cook Children’s Health Care System (CCHCS) has been raised to $13.25 per hour, significantly above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The new minimum wage, which begins Feb. 2, 2020, will directly impact 200 current e...
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February
14,
2020
| 14:49 PM America/Chicago
Special Note: Our Genetics team, Cook Children's Clinical and Metabolic Genetics Center, does not routinely schedule patients for genetic evaluation due to MTHFR concerns, as there are two polymorphisms that are common in this gene which are not usua...
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February
14,
2020
| 14:00 PM America/Chicago
Desperation or neglect, whatever the reason the story is devastating. In the wake a baby is dead and her mom has been charged with her murder. In addition, the baby’s dad has been charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to a child for diluting...
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January
21,
2020
| 09:13 AM America/Chicago
Seasonal illnesses are in full swing and hitting Cook Children’s at an unusually high rate. The medical center is under a ‘Facility Alert’ due to an extremely high census. On Monday, Nov. 18, our staff saw 567 patients in the emergency room, which...
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2019
November
14,
2019
| 13:37 PM America/Chicago
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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September
04,
2019
| 09:56 AM America/Chicago
The last thing Shelly Ogle wanted to do this early in the morning was wait on the phone. The day ahead was already filled with taking care of her daughter Winslow, who hadn't even taken her four medications during the day because of her medical co...
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September
03,
2019
| 13:41 PM America/Chicago
The numbers seemed too good to be true. A pool drowning death had not been reported at Cook Children’s throughout the summer of 2019. Even as the summer was winding down, every member of the Emergency Department knew a fatal drowning could still h...
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August
28,
2019
| 11:15 AM America/Chicago
By Alice Phillips, M.D. As a pediatrician, I have been lucky to practice medicine in the post-vaccine era. Although I have watched kids struggle with whooping cough, meningitis, mumps and pneumonia, I am happy to say I have never seen many of the ...
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August
27,
2019
| 16:21 PM America/Chicago
"He's having difficulty breathing" is a statement that can mean a million things, including something as simple as a stuffy nose...because it can be difficult to breathe through a stuffy nose. But when I call  a nurse to help me because this child is...
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August
15,
2019
| 08:54 AM America/Chicago
Whenever a story is posted on Cook Children’s social media pages, especially Facebook, we expect a certain amount of responses from those who refuse vaccines for their children or who are vaccine-hesitant families or patients. Regardless of statis...
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August
14,
2019
| 10:10 AM America/Chicago
Getting ready for a new school year means more than new school supplies and shoes for kids with epilepsy. For these kids and their caregivers, it also means making sure school staff are ready if a child has a seizure while at school. Making a scho...
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August
09,
2019
| 10:33 AM America/Chicago
“What are you reading this summer?” This may not be one of the questions you expect to hear from a pediatrician during a well-child visit, but it’s always on the checklist for Vanessa Charette, M.D., a Cook Children’s pediatrician in Fort Worth. ...
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August
07,
2019
| 16:16 PM America/Chicago
In the summer of 1990 I was about to turn 17 and preparing for my senior year of high school. I was enrolled in Drivers Ed and thinking about which colleges I should apply. All normal events in any teenage life. Except that summer, my 22-year old sis...
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August
06,
2019
| 15:31 PM America/Chicago
You’re starting to see it everywhere …”Back to School!” I can’t believe that summer is almost over. The lazy, less structured days have flown by and my kids are beginning to ask all the questions: “Who is my teacher going to be?” “Will my friend be i...
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August
06,
2019
| 11:26 AM America/Chicago
Cook Children’s Emergency Department has seen eight snake bites this year and 35 in 2018. As a physician assistant in the ED, Phillip Ray has treated some of those cases, but he never imagined he would one day be on the other end of antivenom. For...
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August
05,
2019
| 14:23 PM America/Chicago
In less than 24 hours, two mass shootings devastated the communities of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Sadly, these heartbreaking occurrences no longer shock us. But that doesn’t make these events any easier to talk about with our children, esp...
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July
31,
2019
| 10:50 AM America/Chicago
For pediatrician Dr. Halley Hogan, news of Cook Children's expansion into east Denton County is a welcomed relief. She sees patients daily at her growing office on Prosper Trail, some with medical needs more complex than what a primary care office li...
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July
26,
2019
| 10:28 AM America/Chicago
Did you know that about 30 million children in the U.S. participate in an organized sport program? Sporting activities are a great form of exercise that help with team building skills and promote confidence in youth, but they also pose a great risk t...
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July
23,
2019
| 09:31 AM America/Chicago
I read the report on essential oils from the Tennesee poison center with great interest. The report said that reports of toxic exposure to essential oils doubled from 2011 to 2015. I've been interested in essential oils for a while now, beginning ...
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July
23,
2019
| 09:30 AM America/Chicago
Previously, I looked at the safety and research of essential oils and children. Today, I will answer more questions asked on my Facebook page. Effectiveness/General Use Do they really work or is it a mind over matter thing? I think that ther...
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July
23,
2019
| 09:28 AM America/Chicago
I decided to tackle the subject of essential oils. I know many people out there are firm believers in how effective they are. So before I approached this topic, I did some pretty significant research into what is out there on the use of oils in child...
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