Checkup Newsroom (Children's)

2018
April
06,
2018
| 10:15 PM America/Chicago
Today’s students have greater demands than ever before, with homework and a greater emphasis on scoring high on standardized tests like the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). Parents can help by making sure that children pla...
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2017
October
06,
2017
| 05:47 PM America/Chicago
Why did the cookie go to the doctor? He felt a little crummy. Why is diarrhea inherited? It runs in the jeans. When it comes to jokes, Eric Hopkins’, M.D., has got a million of ‘em. As his patients in his Grapevine office can tell you. He is al...
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May
03,
2017
| 04:40 PM America/Chicago
The multiple tornadoes that rampaged through East Texas over the weekend shows the devastation these storms can bring with them. An average of 132 tornadoes occur in Texas each year.   At some point, probably in the near future, one of those to...
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2015
December
08,
2015
| 06:19 PM America/Chicago
Cheerleading has changed in the past 30 years from yells and claps to routines with high level gymnastic tumbling runs and stunts. It has also become a year-round sport with summer camps and cheerleading competitions. This has increased the numbe...
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April
27,
2015
| 04:30 PM America/Chicago
Healthy 5 year olds shouldn’t be placed in danger, simply because they walked in a park. But they are. Children run the risk of contracting diseases such as HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B, all because “dirty” hypodermic needles were tossed on the g...
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2014
July
03,
2014
| 03:30 PM America/Chicago
Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, usually brings thoughts of parades, back yard barbecues and, of course, fireworks. Unfortunately, those fireworks often mean injuries.The Emergency Department at Cook Children’s sees eye and face injuries from...
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July
02,
2014
| 11:46 PM America/Chicago
Yes, Sharon Evans is aware that car seat recalls are in the news. But the Trauma/Injury Prevention outreach coordinator at Cook Children’s, stresses to parents that keeping children in car seats is incredibly crucial in keeping them safe. Statistics ...
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July
01,
2014
| 06:14 PM America/Chicago
We moved into a new home about three weeks ago. Amid the chaos of boxes and a not quite finished remodel job, I hear the laughter of my kids upstairs. I head up to check on them and realize they are “playing nicely.”  What is interesting is that we h...
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June
30,
2014
| 09:00 PM America/Chicago
The World Cup has really been a tasty distraction for the past few weeks (ba-dum, ching!).One of the biggest stories centers around the suspension of Luis Suarez for biting an Italian defender.  It’s not the first time he has done it either.I usually...
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June
27,
2014
| 03:54 PM America/Chicago
A mosquito has tested positive for West Nile virus in Tarrant County for the first time in 2014, according to the Tarrant County Public Health Department.The mosquito was recently trapped in Benbrook, near the southwestern border of Fort Worth, and t...
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June
24,
2014
| 06:07 PM America/Chicago
While I have had previous experience addressing academic issues with my patients, my son is now in elementary school, so I am developing a whole new perspective. I still do not understand all of the intricacies of special education, but I am lucky th...
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June
23,
2014
| 06:37 PM America/Chicago
Already in 2014, 14 cases of rabies have been seen at Cook Children’s, with 11 dog cases and three skunk exposures. In the years from 2011 to 2013, 168 cases were treated at Cook Children’s, with animals including dogs, cats, bats, rats, cows, ferret...
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June
20,
2014
| 05:52 PM America/Chicago
“Mom blames teen’s death on energy drink.”This is the type of headline we are seeing more and more often in the news, most recently about an Arizona girl. Teens are drinking energy drinks, plural, and often consuming them at an alarming rate for some...
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June
19,
2014
| 05:48 PM America/Chicago
After my son came home, I entered the world of therapies, and I became a huge advocate for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI). Having attended over 400 therapy sessions with my son by the time he was 3 years old, I learned a lot about how to work the...
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June
18,
2014
| 06:35 PM America/Chicago
In the morning, they begin with stretching, but by the middle of the afternoon they are running with real-life Olympians or breathing their way across the United States – all from the comfort of their own classroom. GoNoodle is a new interactive reso...
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June
16,
2014
| 08:10 PM America/Chicago
I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day. I'm sure there were no fights between fathers and their teenage children.Maybe, you had barbecue and ugly ties mixed with good feelings and love all around. But now back to reality.Because of that, you can co...
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May
24,
2014
| 01:00 PM America/Chicago
For many families, the summer means boating and swimming season. But it can also mean danger, as one of the worst drowning weekends of the year. Please take these extra precautions for a safe, fun holiday.1. Don’t drink and drive. This takes on dual ...
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May
22,
2014
| 06:26 PM America/Chicago
The following story was written by Mike McAllister. Permission to run the story was granted by the writer and PGATOUR.com. Follow Mr. McAllister at @PGATOUR_mikemc. Special thanks to PING and Louis Oosthuizen for the use of photos.     ...
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May
15,
2014
| 08:06 PM America/Chicago
Stop screaming in the car!That's enough!Just stop!I'm the “out-of-home” worker in our family, while my wife is able to do her job mainly from the house. Therefore, I usually have: brief periods of time alone with the 3 kids. time at home when the dut...
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May
09,
2014
| 06:12 PM America/Chicago
Happy Mother's Day! We asked our pediatricians for the best advice they ever received from their moms and they gave us some great answers ..."My mom used to say, 'When God closes a door, He always opens a window.' I have found that to be true many ti...
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May
08,
2014
| 06:13 PM America/Chicago
“Luke” Ronny Lucas lost his job in March of 2002, after dodging two prior rounds of layoffs. He’d been a lead systems engineer working on software to land planes at DFW International. After 9-11, the money for his department was re-appropriated to th...
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April
30,
2014
| 05:26 PM America/Chicago
What is autism?Autism is a disorder where a person has difficulty with communicating and interacting with others. There are many forms of autism that can vary from mild to severe.There are 3 major categories of symptoms in autism:Social interaction-C...
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April
17,
2014
| 06:20 PM America/Chicago
Heart conditions in children and young adults go undetected too often.  But there are some signs and symptoms of an undetected heart condition. If your child has experienced any of these symptoms, please talk to your Cook Children’s pediatrician. Hav...
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April
16,
2014
| 07:20 PM America/Chicago
A live, fluffy bunny, fuzzy chicks or dyed eggs can add fun and excitement to children's Easter baskets. But beware parents - these cute little treats could cause your child to get sick. ...
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