Checkup Newsroom (Cook)

2018
November
02,
2018
Acts of philanthropy are what keep our society going. It is because of volunteerism, in-kind gifts and financial support that the hungry are fed, the sick are cared for and various other needs of the community are met. At Cook Children’s, generosity ...
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April
06,
2018
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
November
15,
2017
Cook Children’s is one step closer to launching a Targeted Therapeutics Program, opening the door to the most advanced and promising clinical trials available to pediatric cancer patients. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has awarded a $60,151 infrastru...
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November
10,
2017
Christine Oehlert isn’t exactly the kind of person you might imagine holding one of the highest-ranking positions in the military. She’s a self-described caretaker, wife and mother of two. She’s not gruff and you won’t hear her spouting off war stori...
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October
06,
2017
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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July
12,
2017
CBS DFW - The image of a child in distress, struggling in water is heart-wrenching. But for Cook Children’s Medical Center, it’s the picture they want parents see on a new electronic billboard in Fort Worth. Read the full story here.   ...
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May
03,
2017
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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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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January
11,
2017
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicts the 1.9 million drones sold in 2016 may grow to 4.3 million by 2020. But with the surge in popularity there seems to be a lack of education about where and when drones are ok to be flown. Accord...
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January
03,
2017
When Rebecca Olvera, M.D., saw the video of a dresser toppling on top of 2-year-old twins in Orem, Utah, she couldn't help but think of an eerily similar afternoon nearly a decade ago.  Much like Bowdy and Brock Shoff, Dr. Olvera's twin boys found...
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2016
March
15,
2016
If you had to guess the biggest health issues facing children in Fort Worth and surrounding areas, what would you say? Obesity? That's one. Car accidents? That's a big risk too. But would you guess the number one issue is asthma? In T...
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2015
December
08,
2015
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
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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April
09,
2015
Prom is a rite of passage for many teens, but it can also result in a situation where your son or daughter might feel pressure to do more than dance.“Prom, graduation and end-of-the-school-year parties are exciting times for teens,” said Lisa Elliott...
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2014
September
17,
2014
The flu season is upon us once again ... what do you need to know as a parent?1.What are symptoms of the flu?The flu may start like the common cold with symptoms of cough, congestion and runny nose, but may also be associated with prolonged fever, mu...
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July
03,
2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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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June
13,
2014
Avery’s due date was supposed to be June 20 but because of my high blood pressure, we knew that I would be induced before my due date. So I knew I would have this year’s Father’s Day gift covered; I would have just given birth to a beautiful baby gir...
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June
04,
2014
I don’t have to look at a watch to know when it’s time for lunch. At around 11:30 a.m. my stomach starts to grumble. I’m ready to eat. My gut kicked in once again on a Tuesday when my phone rang at 11 in the morning. It was my son’s school. Tr...
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May
28,
2014
By now you’ve heard about trans fats so much, you may start to tune out how dangerous they can be for your child. We hear these buzz words all the time and it’s hard to tell any more what is and isn’t a serious threat.How bad are trans fats for you? ...
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May
24,
2014
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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