Checkup Newsroom (DrJoelSteelman)

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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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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July
17,
2015
As a pediatric endocrinologist, I see many kids who tend to hide their diabetes or other diseases. They could all learn a lesson from a young woman named Marissa Heintschel. I learned about Marissa during one of my recent searches for news abou...
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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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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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June
01,
2014
Who knew that the humble cellular telephone would evolve into the powerful tool of today’s smartphone? A recent announcement of a new smartphone app by Eli Lilly for glucagon use instructions reminded me specifically of the growing number of smart...
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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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