Checkup Newsroom (Dr. Joel Steelman)

2017
September
08,
2017
I think that human beings are drawn to see uniqueness in our surroundings. We make note of differences and often form quick impressions about what we see. Difference in height from person to person, for instance, is one feature that easily stands out...
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2016
June
06,
2016
As we begin the swimming season, common sense advice is useful in all instances for parents; however, there are situations where children have additional challenges making plans for swim trips and water safety even more important. In my field, childr...
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January
24,
2016
Evaluating and managing thyroid problems occupies a prominent part in the daily schedule of the Cook Children’s Endocrine Group. I still receive many questions from families about thyroid problems in their child. I thought that it would be helpful to...
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January
24,
2016
Abundant information concerning thyroid problems in adults is available on the Internet and in books. However, child-specific, validated information about thyroid conditions is less commonly found in the public domain. In addition, an ongoing challen...
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2015
October
27,
2015
If you ask someone to say the first thing that comes to their mind about Halloween, it would likely be candy. Halloween can be a particularly challenging time of year for families and children dealing with diabetes. Whether a family is dealing wit...
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June
10,
2015
From Fitbits to the new Apple Watch, the latest technology seems to rest on a wrist. And now the next time you see a mom looking at her smartwatch, she may be monitoring her child’s blood sugar levels. Progress in diabetes care has mostly come ...
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January
30,
2015
I find myself sometimes when off work slipping back into viewing things with the insight of a pediatric endocrinologist. Lately, football has put a lot into perspective for me. Take a look at the two starting quarterback for the Super Bowl between...
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2014
December
17,
2014
I recently discovered a new book and added it to my reading list. The New Puberty tackles the difficult topic of early puberty in girls. Since most children with early or truly precocious puberty are girls, the book is timely and gives two unique per...
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December
03,
2014
TECHNOLOGY ... I believe it's the key to the next leap forward in diabetes care. I’m always on the lookout for news on how new technologies such as the artificial pancreas project will improve the lives of those with Type 1 diabetes. So a recent rese...
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October
24,
2014
Artificial sweeteners (AS) have been around for over a hundred years since the discovery of saccharin. The past few decades have seen a boom in the number of AS discovered and approved for use by the FDA. The use of AS remain a source of controversy....
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October
20,
2014
The stress of being different from peers is a problem shared in both delayed and precocious puberty. The lack of visible changes of puberty such as deeper voice for boys or breast development for girls can lead to loss of self-esteem or teasing from ...
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2012
March
02,
2012
I began this series by describing precocious puberty followed by a post on its causes. This is the final article in this series and will explain diagnosis through discussion and diagnostic testing, treatment of precocious puberty and how to help your...
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2011
November
29,
2011
The topic of precocious puberty is extremely broad, filling multiple pediatric textbook chapters. Causes of this unique condition are many and range from relatively common to quite rare. I’ve summarized terms that medical professionals use to define ...
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