Checkup Newsroom (CDC)

2019
November
06,
2019
| 11:31 PM America/Chicago
Go back to when you were a child learning to ride a bike. At some point, we all fell down and probably scraped a knee or an elbow. But what happened next determined how well we handled our next fall and eventually how successful we were at riding ...
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October
28,
2019
| 07:39 PM America/Chicago
Does your child have the sniffles, sneezing, tummy aches or worse? They aren’t alone. Last week, eight children tested positive the flu at the medical center, according to Laboratory results from Cook Children’s. What’s interesting is that seven c...
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September
26,
2019
| 05:42 PM America/Chicago
When it comes to childhood, not all experiences are left in the past. Some stay with us and impact our development mentally, physically and emotionally for years to come. Specifically, adversity and traumatic experiences like abuse, neglect and high ...
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2018
October
08,
2018
| 06:09 PM America/Chicago
The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating six children who have been diagnosed with a rare illness that resembles polio, called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) Cook Children's medical staff saw its own cluster of patients in 2016 and has se...
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2017
August
04,
2017
| 06:32 PM America/Chicago
Startling statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show the suicide rate among teenage girls has hit a 40-year high. According to data released Thursday, suicide rates doubled among girls and increased more than 30 perc...
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January
24,
2017
| 09:29 PM America/Chicago
Finally, the flu season has arrived at Cook Children’s. From Jan. 15  to Jan. 21, 427 patients were tested for the flu, with 100 testing positive for Influenza A and five for Influenza B. The CDC says influenza activity is slowly and steadily i...
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2016
November
28,
2016
| 10:56 PM America/Chicago
The Texas Department of State Health Services announced today the first case of the Zika virus disease likely transmitted by a mosquito in Texas. The patient lives in Cameron County in the Rio Grande Valley and was confirmed last week by a lab tes...
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October
25,
2016
| 11:47 PM America/Chicago
The vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) works even better than originally thought and that’s good news for children 11-14 years of age. New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires only two doses of...
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May
09,
2016
| 08:29 PM America/Chicago
Mary Suzanne Whitworth, M.D., describes hepatitis C as a slowly ticking time bomb for children who have been diagnosed with the infection. If left untreated over many years, it can cause cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer and even death. Facing ...
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February
26,
2016
| 11:02 PM America/Chicago
New data from the CDC shows some important early returns on the HPV vaccine that has been routinely recommended for girls since 2006 and for boys since 2009. In a study that was released early online from the journal Pediatrics, researchers looked...
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February
02,
2016
| 09:57 PM America/Chicago
Zika has gained attention from not only the CDC, but the World Health Organization. Leaders from the Who called Zika a “public health emergency of international concern,” earlier in the week, because how fast the virus is spreading and the continu...
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January
29,
2016
| 06:33 PM America/Chicago
Dear new moms, I have to start with an apology. It’s not that I didn’t care, or wasn’t concerned. I asked about feedings and dirty diapers. I asked about sleep positioning. I asked about your plans for vaccination. I educated on how to take ...
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January
27,
2016
| 05:20 PM America/Chicago
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the prevalence of gastroschisis cases in the United States nearly doubled from 1995 to 2005.  The CDC says more public health research is urgently needed to find out why the dramati...
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January
20,
2016
| 05:46 PM America/Chicago
Parents bring their child to see Audrey Rogers, M.D., with a cold and at the end of the visit, the mom or dad often asks the question, “Aren’t you going to prescribe an antibiotic?” Dr. Rogers explains that there’s really not a cure for a common c...
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2015
September
21,
2015
| 11:15 PM America/Chicago
The upcoming flu season leaves many questions, but one thing remains certain for Mary Suzanne Whitworth, M.D., the medical director of Infectious Diseases at Cook Children’s. “Vaccinations are still the best answer to preventing the flu and protec...
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August
07,
2015
| 10:45 PM America/Chicago
Five days into the month of August and two children have already died at Cook Children’s after they were ejected from a car. Three kids have been ejected total, with one child surviving. It probably doesn’t come as a surprise the cause of the trag...
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July
27,
2015
| 10:56 PM America/Chicago
The Texas Department of State Health Services has begun an investigation into the increase of Cyclospora in the state. The DSHS is looking to find a "common source" in determing the cause of infection.  The DSHS has received reports of 205 cases o...
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April
21,
2015
| 05:39 PM America/Chicago
Blue Bell has made the decision to pull all of its products off the shelf because of concerns that more products may contain listeria monocytogenes. The decision came after an enhanced sampling by Blue Bell found that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice ...
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March
04,
2015
| 05:19 PM America/Chicago
Carbon monoxide has been in the news lately after an elementary school in Dallas was evacuated on March 3, 2015 and closed the folowing day. The thought was that children became sick due to carbon monoxide buildup. It's believed to have been caused b...
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February
09,
2015
| 11:12 PM America/Chicago
Buying food for your family can be difficult, especially with deceptive marketing and unclear food regulations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a report that "pediatricians should advise parents to look careful...
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2014
December
04,
2014
| 11:18 PM America/Chicago
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement on Dec. 3, 2014, that left some wondering if they even need a flu shot this year.The short answer is yes because your child is still more protected than without one.Donald Murp...
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October
06,
2014
| 11:03 PM America/Chicago
Enterovirus D68 has officially spread across the country, identified in 40 states and locally in Dallas and Denton counties. There have yet to be positively identified cases in Tarrant County, although there are individuals here that have not been il...
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September
08,
2014
| 07:17 PM America/Chicago
Back to school time has brought with it an unexpected and unwelcome virus to much of the United States. Center for Disease Control (CDC) officials are warning health care providers in affected states to be on the lookout for a respiratory illness tha...
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May
20,
2014
| 04:42 PM America/Chicago
Marc Mazade, an Infectious Disease specialist at Cook Children’s, first heard about Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) at a presentation last year.While Dr. Mazade says the attack rate of MERS seems low compared to other respiratory illnesses, h...
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April
25,
2014
| 06:04 PM America/Chicago
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 129 cases of measles, the highest number  in the United States since 1996. The CDC states that from Jan. 1-April 18, 2014 a total of 129 cases of measles were recorded in this country....
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April
22,
2014
| 05:53 PM America/Chicago
The Blind Side, the movie of a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All-American football player, became a hit because of the feel-good ending and the moving performance of actor Quinton Aaron.But Aaron’s latest role is that of a young man whos...
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