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2018
August
10,
2018
By Katie Lawrence, CPNP & Kaci Osenga, M.D. Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) has been a board certified subspecialty in pediatrics sponsored by the American Board of Pediatrics since 2008. PPC has been a specialty service at Cook Children’s Medical...
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August
10,
2018
The adolescent years are a time of tremendous growth and change - both in body and mind. Children and adolescents are being diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders at an alarming rate for reasons which are complex and multifaceted. As always,...
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August
09,
2018
NBC DFW - Saleem Malik, M.D. came to the U.S. with a dream of pursuing advanced medicine. He's now one of the state's top pediatric neurologists & runs a special lab at Cook Children's (1 of only 3 of its kind in Texas) where he's able to detect spot...
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August
09,
2018
I meet new kids every day and very few of them want to talk to me. I’m a speech language pathologist, so you can understand how this complicates my job. I have a few tricks up my sleeve: fun toys, silly pictures, asking them about something they b...
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August
07,
2018
I always hear the "Jaws" music playing in my head when I see these little ones toddle into my office. Dun dun...there's the rash....dun dun....fever too....dun dun...won't eat or drink much....dun dun...my diagnosis is given...DUN DUN..."What! Hand F...
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August
01,
2018
Similar to most parents, Chris and Kendra Braughton waited anxiously for nine months to meet their first child. Harper brought more joy than they had imagined to their lives, and also a one in a million diagnosis. Harper was born with a rare g...
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July
31,
2018
I am still a fairly new nurse practitioner. I have been in practice for almost four years. One of my highest points of anxiety upon graduation was what kind of relationship I would have with the physicians I would be working with. I think this is a c...
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July
31,
2018
Heart murmurs. Parents worry SO much when I hear one in their kiddo's chest and I tell them about it. But I am here to help you not freak out! I feel like I need to add "Parental Freak-Out Support and Management" to my resume. Maybe undernea...
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July
30,
2018
Cook Children’s staff has seen the most since drowning deaths since at least 2012. According to the Trauma registry, 10 children have died this year already. Two deaths occurred in the month of July to pass the total of eight deaths in 2016. The a...
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July
30,
2018
Each year, Cook Children's sees about 100 children for injuries related to ATVs.  As a pediatric surgeon and medical director of Trauma at Cook Children's, Chad Hamner, M.D., has witnessed the damage these machines can cause. He spoke with CBS 11 abo...
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July
27,
2018
In case you haven’t heard, the popular snack company Pepperidge Farm has recalled their famous Goldfish Crackers due to a possible Salmonella contamination. NOT ‘THE SNACK THAT SMILES BACK’?!?! Unfortunately it is true. Specifically the: F...
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July
27,
2018
As pediatric health care providers, we collaborate with our young patients’ families for their care and well-being. We provide them copious amounts of information about their child in multi-media forms: printed materials, verbal instructions, video i...
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July
26,
2018
Families asking questions about going gluten free are a more frequent occurrence in my office lately. So, are gluten free foods better for your child? The answer is… Complicated. It depends on your child. Gluten is a protein found in whea...
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July
25,
2018
If you’ve chosen to brave the Texas heat this summer, you may have noticed that some of the few creatures to venture out with you are the mosquitoes. Or you maybe you are one of the fortunate souls that never seemed to be bitten by a mosquito. Is ...
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July
24,
2018
No mom has it easy, but going to back to work after the birth of a baby adds another level of complexity. For moms who plan to continue nursing and pumping to provide their baby breastmilk, it becomes even harder. It becomes so hard, in fact, t...
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July
23,
2018
A recent Texas mom’s Facebook post went viral after she shared her mother-in-law’s remedy for sunburns using shaving cream. Amanda MacMillan, a noted health reporter, talked to a dermatologist from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to get his tho...
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July
20,
2018
A 3-year-old Houston boy became the third child in Texas to die after being left in a hot vehicle this year. The Houston Chronicle reports the child was left in the back of a daycare bus by a driver and chaperone following a field trip. The bus ar...
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July
19,
2018
A new study shows that too often, doctors and Advance Practice Providers (Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants) prescribe an antibiotic as an answer to all needs. But the truth is that those rampant prescriptions may be causing more harm than...
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July
17,
2018
When I was approached to write articles about “Work -Life Balance” I couldn’t help but chuckle a little under my breath. Balance? What’s that? As a busy full-time pediatrician, wife to an even busier attorney, and mother of two small kids, “balanc...
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July
17,
2018
As Cook Children’s virtual lactation consultant, you probably won’t be surprised to learn I am very passionate about the importance of breastfeeding. But if you’ve ever had a consult with me, you know I meet every mom right where she wants to be and ...
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July
17,
2018
“Oh, I can’t do that. I don’t have enough experience.” I remember uttering these words to my nurse manager after she encouraged me to pursue an open position as a clinical nurse educator. This came after I requested a meeting with her during a tim...
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July
13,
2018
While most of us know Fenfluramine as one of two components in a notorious weight loss drug, researchers are finding it has remarkable potential for the treatment of rare genetic epilepsy syndromes. Cook Children’s recently participated in multice...
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July
12,
2018
Two children were rushed to Cook Children’s after being left alone in a bathtub so far in July, according to the Trauma registry of the medical center. Nine chilren have been treated for bathtub drownings this year, with one resulting in a death. ...
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July
10,
2018
Aug. 29th marks the “angelversary” of the passing of then 7-year-old Kyle Gracin Lewis. Kyle spent the week being the outdoorsy little boy he was – swimming, fishing, boating and camping in Lake Granbury and the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas...
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July
05,
2018
For 100 years Cook Children's has built its reputation on taking care of kids who needed help the most. Perhaps no department is an example of that reliability and stability as the Heart Center Program. The physicians within the program are a legacy ...
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June
28,
2018
About one minute outside was all it took for 1-year-old Harrison Bakke to be bitten by a baby rattlesnake. It happened just three feet from the door of his home in Abilene, Texas on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. He’s currently being treated at Cook Chi...
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June
27,
2018
Rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and copperheads account for 99 percent of the venomous snakebites in the United States. All three of those snakes can be found in Texas. From 2010 to present, 167 patients were treated for snake bites at Cook Children’s....
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June
25,
2018
Cystic Fibrosis had wreaked havoc on Madison Ramsey’s body since she was born. While she had been in and out of the hospital more times than anyone could count, the vibrant, creative and joyful teen had a way of making the best out of her situation. ...
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June
25,
2018
The FDA has approved the first cannabinoid-based treatment for rare, severe forms of epilepsy. Greenwich Biosciences (GW Pharma) received the approval for Epidiolex, an oil-based purified cannabidiol (CBD), studied specifically in two rare epileps...
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June
22,
2018
By now you've probably met Ayla. The video of her hearing for the first time after a successful cochlear implant by Cook Children's Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon Kristen Honsinger, M.D., has become a viral sensation. Will and Anna Esler, Ayla's par...
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