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2019
July
18,
2019
| 11:47 PM America/Chicago
By Ashley Parrott Life as a parent with a child who has Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is already frightening enough, but could you imagine this diagnosis with two of your kids? Mykhia and Malik, now 11 and 12 years old, were diagnosed with SCD with...
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July
18,
2019
| 11:46 PM America/Chicago
“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
18,
2019
| 11:45 PM America/Chicago
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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June
26,
2019
| 04:34 PM America/Chicago
School’s out for summer! It’s time for playing at the park, swimming and catching lightning bugs. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when I see many office visits related to insect bites and their complications. It seems like no matter how hard I try ...
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May
17,
2019
| 05:12 PM America/Chicago
One of my favorite movie moments is when Aunt Voula in My Big, Fat Greek Wedding learns that Ian Miller, the non-Greek protagonist soon to join the family, is a vegetarian. She asks, “What do you mean he don’t eat no meat?” and the hoopla of the ...
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April
11,
2019
| 05:03 PM America/Chicago
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. Last year, 35 children were treated for snake bites at Cook Children's, up from 21 ...
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March
06,
2019
| 10:28 PM America/Chicago
The diagnoses of a child with cancer causes devastation for the entire family. The life-changing news can mean the loss of a “normal” life. Even the most straightforward cancer with a 95-percent cure rate can impact jobs, marriage and the children...
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January
11,
2019
| 05:37 PM America/Chicago
By Caroline Weber When your child looks and acts healthy, it’s hard to understand how they could have a condition that, without proper treatment, could cause them to have a heart attack or stroke before the age of 50. Maria Gutierrez found herself...
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January
09,
2019
| 06:00 PM America/Chicago
Butterflies in the stomach before a test, the pounding of the heart before asking someone on a date or the worry due to a sick pet. These are common problems in the lives of a child. But thanks to cyberbullying, the pressure to make it into col...
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January
08,
2019
| 05:29 PM America/Chicago
Other than the commemorative labels on them, nothing about these two bricks stands out too much. That is until you sit down and spend time with Bobby Moore. Then you will learn that Moore, who is 68 years old, plans to pass on one of those bricks...
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January
07,
2019
| 12:52 AM America/Chicago
In The Media At 2 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, Jamye Coffman, M.D., will be a featured expert on Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy on 'The Dr. Oz Show.' The episode will explore the case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, whose mother (Dee Dee Blanchard)...
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2018
December
27,
2018
| 04:43 PM America/Chicago
Most of us know someone who has had cancer. That’s because we are all at risk for developing the disease. Usually it’s by chance. But in some cases, cancer develops because of our genetics and that means some of us are predisposed to developing diffe...
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November
28,
2018
| 07:55 PM America/Chicago
I have shared before about the insurmountable insecurities that I experienced as a new clinical educator: I was only 25 years old when I first began (and something that I used to be apprehensive to share fearing that people would quickly calculate my...
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November
20,
2018
| 08:44 PM America/Chicago
Like many teenagers growing up in small towns, Danakah Abels loved playing sports. She played volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and threw the shot put for the track and field team in the spring. So when she started complaining about he...
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November
13,
2018
| 06:58 PM America/Chicago
NBC Charlotte - It's the kind of thing that keeps parents awake at night: Kids playing with guns. But this isn't your typical gun safety program. WCNC in Charlotte, North Carolina profiles the Aim for Safety program at Cook Children's.  ...
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November
07,
2018
| 04:58 PM America/Chicago
One of the most common illnesses pediaricians see is called bronchiolitis. Lots of viruses can cause bronchiolitis, but one of the most well known is RSV. While flu always receives a lot of attention, I thought this would be a great time to talk a...
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October
29,
2018
| 04:05 PM America/Chicago
Have a safe, healthy, happy Halloween, and one that is not too scary! Here are 8 tips for you and your family to keep in mind this Halloween! 1. Remind your kids about street safety. You might be surprised to learn that the most common injuries du...
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October
19,
2018
| 05:42 PM America/Chicago
What do those people do down at the admin building all day? All I ever hear about is meetings. Well, the fact is…that is most of what they do. And we need them to keep right on doing it. While we can roll our eyes or scoff, the reality is it’s ...
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October
16,
2018
| 05:37 PM America/Chicago
By Kim Dyer When searching for a pediatrician, I realized how much I never considered before becoming pregnant with twins. There were several things I looked for when searching for a pediatrician. I wanted someone with a great bedside manner wh...
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October
16,
2018
| 04:56 PM America/Chicago
Daily Mail - Dr. Fernando Acosta, a pediatric neurologist at Cook Children's Medical Center, explains acute flaccid myelitis.  Read the story here.     ...
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October
12,
2018
| 04:58 PM America/Chicago
As a nose tackle on his youth football team, Landyn Gray is a tough kid. So when he complained that he “felt funny,” his parents took notice. It was late in the summer, a few weeks before school, and Landyn was at football practice in Arlington...
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October
09,
2018
| 07:02 PM America/Chicago
"Dr. Diane, something is very wrong with Elizabeth.” I watched in horror as her dad carried her down the hallway and into one of the exam rooms. She looked stiff. She looked like she was in pain. Her face was grimaced. What in the world? Why was t...
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October
08,
2018
| 04:43 PM America/Chicago
Fox 4 - A 13-year-old Cook Children's patient gets the experience of a lifetime thanks to a donation to Cook Children's.  Watch the story by clicking here.      ...
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September
24,
2018
| 08:24 PM America/Chicago
Two children tested positive for the Influenza A virus from the week of Sept. 16 through Sept. 22, 2018, according to Laboratory results from Cook Children's. For the week, 85 children were tested for the flu, with 83 tests coming back negativ...
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September
21,
2018
| 06:16 PM America/Chicago
Hutson Liles is just a kid with an invisible diagnosis, advocating parents and a love for hats.  "Hutson turned 3 and started having several unsettling symptoms all together that I didn't feel were right," Hutson's mother Heather Liles said. "...
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September
18,
2018
| 10:45 PM America/Chicago
Let’s talk about infant walkers – pediatricians don’t like them, and we never have. I’d like to explain why! We worry about them because kids get hurt in them sometimes. It’s also because they actually don’t encourage walking –they hinder the natu...
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September
18,
2018
| 10:22 PM America/Chicago
Along with routine questions about your child’s diet, growth and development, more and more pediatricians are asking children difficult questions about depression and thoughts about suicide. Kristen Pyrc, M.D., co-medical director of Psychiatry at...
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September
12,
2018
| 09:07 PM America/Chicago
“Dragon’s Breath. “Heaven’s Breath.” “Nitro puff.” Sounds fun, right? But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent out an alert of the “potential for serious injury from eating, drinking, or handling products prepared by adding liquid nit...
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September
11,
2018
| 10:27 PM America/Chicago
Doctors agree that nothing fights off the flu better than the vaccine, including all children 6 months and older. And thanks to  recommendations, based on research, that includes children who are allergic to eggs. A study by the Centers for...
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September
06,
2018
| 05:36 PM America/Chicago
A case of the mumps has been confirmed at TCU. The Star-Telegram reports that Tarrant County Public Health officials are working to identify any Texas Christian University students who may have been exposed to the mumps. Currently, no other cases ...
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