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2021
October
21,
2021
| 16:22 PM America/Chicago
Three top pediatric health organizations have declared a national state of emergency in children’s mental health, attributing it to the enormous toll the Covid-19 pandemic has taken on the nation’s youth and urging lawmakers to address the matter imm...
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October
20,
2021
| 12:10 PM America/Chicago
If you grew up playing an early version of Super Mario Bros. on a Nintendo, you’re likely a digital native. Computers, personal gaming systems, cell phones and the internet have always been the norm in your world. Technology is a welcome connector, t...
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October
19,
2021
| 15:55 PM America/Chicago
Twenty-two in a series.Chronic lack of sleep in children and teens hurts their physical health, behavior, mood and ability to learn. Mental health can suffer too.A pediatric panel of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) links inadequate slee...
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October
18,
2021
| 12:18 PM America/Chicago
A new clinical trial has the potential to offer new hope to children living with SCN8A Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathy (SCN8A-DEE). It is the first ever trial for an SCN8A-specific treatment modality, and Cook Children’s Medical Center may...
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October
15,
2021
| 13:25 PM America/Chicago
Within a three-day span this week, Cook Children's medical staff treated three patients for drowning-related accidents with ages ranging from 15 months to 2 years old. One was fatal. The drownings were unrelated and all took place at home pools after...
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October
13,
2021
| 11:04 AM America/Chicago
Twenty years ago this month, Cook Children’s took a new approach to the lacerations, burns, dog bites and other wounds seen in the Emergency Department (ED).That new approach, beginning in October 2001, pulled in the expertise of a plastic surgeon wh...
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October
11,
2021
| 16:15 PM America/Chicago
The last beam is in place at Cook Children’s Medical Center – Prosper, commencing the countdown for a grand opening in 2022. The pediatric health care system shared a ‘topping out’ video with the community to celebrate the much-anticipated milestone....
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October
04,
2021
| 13:15 PM America/Chicago
Luke Waggoner’s epileptic seizures were getting worse, striking multiple times a day sometimes in back-to-back clusters that sent him to the hospital.The seizures caused the 13-year-old Arlington boy to jerk or jump uncontrollably. He might fall back...
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September
30,
2021
| 11:13 AM America/Chicago
Cook Children’s Medical Center has something to smile about these days.Despite the toll of a lengthy pandemic, the hospital system hit two milestones since the inception of its Save a Smile program—it reached a 100,000-oral-screenings mark at the end...
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September
29,
2021
| 15:58 PM America/Chicago
A treatment now offered at Cook Children’s Medical Center is giving children with relapsed B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL)—the most common childhood cancer—a second chance for a cure. It’s called CAR T-cell therapy, or chimeric antigen re...
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September
28,
2021
| 13:52 PM America/Chicago
Sickle Cell Awareness Month is recognized each September. For many of the more than 100,000 Americans living with the disease, acute painful episodes and chronic pain happen year-round. As if living with sickle cell disease (SCD) isn’t tough enough, ...
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September
27,
2021
| 15:29 PM America/Chicago
The oncology team at Cook Children’s had calculated a high probability that the chemotherapy Zechariah Silva needed to fight Hodgkin’s lymphoma would damage the cells in his reproductive organs.So before starting chemo, Zechariah underwent a quick su...
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September
23,
2021
| 15:40 PM America/Chicago
Physicians are sounding the alarm on yet another health concern that may be exacerbated by the pandemic. Within the past year doctors have noticed a dramatic increase in teens experiencing the sudden onset of tics, or involuntary and uncontrollable s...
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September
21,
2021
| 11:53 AM America/Chicago
Twenty-one in a series.Over the last six months, Cook Children's has released 20 articles regarding mental health, suicide in youth and teens, and resources to help young people in crisis. Recently, we spoke with experts to learn more about what fami...
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September
16,
2021
| 18:20 PM America/Chicago
Due to the latest surge of COVID-19, Cook Children’s Medical Center is rescheduling all elective surgeries that require inpatient admission to Oct. 11 or later. We’re taking this extraordinary step to utilize Cook Children’s perioperative RNs in othe...
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September
16,
2021
| 14:24 PM America/Chicago
By Diane Arnaout, M.D. Let’s imagine a scenario that no parent wants to think about.Let’s say your child starts acting weird over the past few weeks. She seems tired. She’s sleeping more, and laying around all the time.She starts to drink more water....
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September
14,
2021
| 09:21 AM America/Chicago
Twenty in a series. A young girl who was recently seen by Cook Children’s C.A.R.E. (Child Advocacy Resource and Evaluation) Team sat sobbing on the exam room floor, distraught after receiving a series of immunization shots.Many of the children seen b...
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September
13,
2021
| 11:30 AM America/Chicago
It’s alarming but not uncommon these days in health care settings to see children and teens who gained a significant amount of weight in the past year … 20, 30, 40 or even 50 pounds.What played a role? In some cases, junk food and lack of exercise as...
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September
09,
2021
| 15:49 PM America/Chicago
It was supposed to be an easy but productive Sunday afternoon. My plan for the day was to get a jump start on packing for an upcoming vacation. For once, I was going to get ahead of the game.Then, I heard these words.“Mom, I think a piece of my earbu...
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September
08,
2021
| 13:58 PM America/Chicago
Cook Children’s Health Plan has received its first-ever accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This coveted award represents service and clinical quality that meet or exceed NCQA’s rigorous requirements for consumer p...
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September
07,
2021
| 09:29 AM America/Chicago
Nineteen in a series.If ever there was an image that captures how many of us are feeling at this point in the pandemic it’s that of a splooting squirrel. Squirrels lay spread eagle—or sploot—on a cool surface to lower their body temperature.Annie Ste...
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September
06,
2021
| 10:59 AM America/Chicago
Chicken soup/ chicken broth. Good to prevent dehydration and for upset stomachs. Eat a big ol’ bowl of chicken soup, or cook rice or pasta in chicken broth for a light meal.Salt topped crackers. Good for stomach aches while eating a bland diet.Apple ...
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September
03,
2021
| 10:12 AM America/Chicago
“I just felt like I was coming home and I had full confidence everything was going to be okay,” Amber Bartek said with tears in her eyes.Home is many things for different people, but where most people feel ‘at home’ usually comes with a sense of safe...
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September
01,
2021
| 17:26 PM America/Chicago
On Wednesday, four Cook Children’s experts, who have been on the frontlines for the last 18 months, addressed journalists regarding the state of Cook Children’s Health Care System.They shared how Cook Children’s is currently being impacted by a surge...
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September
01,
2021
| 17:04 PM America/Chicago
This photo series documents the week of Aug. 30, 2021 at Cook Children's Medical Center. ...
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August
31,
2021
| 16:19 PM America/Chicago
By Diane Arnaout, M.D.Hey friends. Our phone lines are blowing up with exposure and quarantine questions. I love that you guys are calling – it’s the right thing to do! And we are here for ya.But just wanted to spell out some common scenarios so that...
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August
26,
2021
| 16:09 PM America/Chicago
By Diane Arnaout, M.D.I am a doctor.As a doctor, I enjoy talking with my doctor friends.I text with other doctors, am in Facebook groups with other doctors, and enjoy sharing a nice meal or drink with them pretty often.I am a lucky doctor. I have man...
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August
25,
2021
| 14:11 PM America/Chicago
By Justin Smith, M.D., aka The Doc SmittyOur kids are back to school!The beginning of a new school year has a ton of opportunity, some excitement and some nerves. And this year there’s probably a little extra floating around.And while we’re all think...
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August
24,
2021
| 14:57 PM America/Chicago
Due to a record number of patients, the Urgent Care Centers at Cook Children’s are making changes to accommodate our patient families and to ensure that their staff can continue providing excellent care.Beginning today, the following changes will tak...
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August
23,
2021
| 13:38 PM America/Chicago
What does the FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine mean?Today’s announcement means the public can be very confident that this vaccine is safe, effective and meets the highest standards for manufacturing quality. Since becoming avail...
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