Checkup Newsroom (Dr. Smith)

2016
November
10,
2016
| 05:24 PM America/Chicago
1. All ear pain is an ear infection. Ear pain can be caused by many different factors. Often kids just play with or point to their ears. If the child is otherwise cranky, sick or not sleeping well, parents will assume there is an ear infection. Ho...
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2015
October
01,
2015
| 02:53 PM America/Chicago
Desperation or neglect, whatever the reason the story is devastating. In the wake a baby is dead and her mom has been charged with her murder. In addition, the baby’s dad has been charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to a child for diluting...
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May
18,
2015
| 10:33 PM America/Chicago
Bites I’ve seen too many severe dog bites in my training to not mention bites first. The most common statement I hear about the dogs who bite is, “We just never thought he/she would do that.” Dogs can be a great addition to a family but use cau...
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April
22,
2015
| 05:06 PM America/Chicago
Give it to the Jenners, they sure know how to get attention. But right now 17-year-old Kylie Jenner may not be enjoying the spotlight as much as usual. A disturbing trend on social media, the #kyliejennerchallenge, has left some teenagers in pain ...
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March
12,
2015
| 03:00 PM America/Chicago
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following:   HPV vaccines are given as a series of three shots over 6 months to protect against HPV infection and the health problems that HPV infection can cause. There are tw...
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March
05,
2015
| 06:06 PM America/Chicago
Silas Nacita, a college football player for Baylor in Waco, was recently suspended by athletic department for accepting improper benefits. These benefits including taking money and an apartment from some who were originally called “close family frien...
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February
20,
2015
| 11:24 PM America/Chicago
My wife nudges me. It’s 2 a.m. “Hey babe, did you hear that? Who is coughing? Can you go check on them? Take your stethoscope.” That’s what an Emergency Room visit looks like in our house in the middle of the night. This time of year, many of y...
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February
05,
2015
| 05:53 PM America/Chicago
Children being “pigeon-toed” (in-toeing) or bowlegged are concerns of parents during the first two years of life. I remember seeing the shoes with the metal bar in-between in the top of my closet from attempts to correct in-toeing. Most of the tim...
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January
29,
2015
| 05:07 PM America/Chicago
I’ve been watching the Disney measles outbreak, each day cringing when I see the total number of infected people and hoping that there are no serious complications. Then, the news broke that there is a confirmed case of measles right in our backyard....
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2014
November
18,
2014
| 09:11 PM America/Chicago
I respect autonomy in medicine.I respect that parents have the right to choose what is best for their children regarding their medical care. There are certain situations in medicine where these decisions truly only affect you and your family.If you c...
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November
11,
2014
| 10:07 PM America/Chicago
You child developed a rash after taking amoxicillin or diarrhea after taking Omnicef.But, is he allergic?Listing medications as an allergy may not seem like a big deal, but it can have significant consequences: Your doctor may have to choose “stronge...
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