Checkup Newsroom (Jason Terk)

2019
September
18,
2019
| 08:41 PM America/Chicago
With unseasonably warm weather hovering in the mid-90s, most Texans probably aren’t thinking about the cold and flu season right around the corner. And only time will tell for sure, but some indicators lean toward a potentially severe influenza se...
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May
10,
2019
| 08:46 PM America/Chicago
Out of 25 counties in the U.S. with the highest risk for a measles outbreak, Tarrant County ranks number 12 according to research published in the latest edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases. To identify the hot spots, researchers from the Un...
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February
08,
2019
| 06:36 PM America/Chicago
Denton County Public Health confirmed a measles case, making it the first case for 2019 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This was the seventh case confirmed in Texas this year. Five have been confirmed in southern Texas, including four under the age of...
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January
23,
2019
| 10:12 PM America/Chicago
A measles outbreak near Portland, Ore., has caused health officials in nearby Clark County, Wash., to declare a public health emergency, warning that infected people have visited airports, schools, churches, dentist offices and area retail outlets. ...
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2018
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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March
27,
2018
| 08:38 PM America/Chicago
A new study shows that health providers are less likely to offer the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to boys, placing them at risk of cancer when they get older. The research was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Onc...
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February
19,
2018
| 09:17 PM America/Chicago
Every year in the United States, about 31,000 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV infection. According to the CDC, HPV vaccination can prevent most of the cancers (about 28,000) from occurring. So why aren’t more people getting...
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January
22,
2018
| 08:56 PM America/Chicago
The pediatricians at Cook Children’s are prepared to be busy over the next couple of weeks and for good reason. Once school was back from the Christmas break, kids returned to share their germs with one another. To make things worse, the brutally ...
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2017
November
30,
2017
| 08:49 PM America/Chicago
A new study shows Texas ranks 47th in cancer-preventing vaccine coverage, showing that Texans aren’t getting the message about the dangers of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, Texas only ranked higher t...
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October
19,
2017
| 08:06 PM America/Chicago
A new study shows an alarming number of American men have oral cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV). The study, published in the journal of Annals of Internal Medicine, states 11 million (one in nine) U.S. males were found to have oral HPV. T...
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March
07,
2017
| 09:05 PM America/Chicago
In an effort to get more patients vaccinated against the Human papillomavirus (HPV), Cook Children’s is launching a new initiative led by one of the more vocal physicians in the country on this topic. Jason Terk, M.D., a pediatrician at Cook Child...
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2016
October
25,
2016
| 11:47 PM America/Chicago
The vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) works even better than originally thought and that’s good news for children 11-14 years of age. New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires only two doses of...
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April
28,
2016
| 08:57 PM America/Chicago
Jason Terk, M.D., is a general pediatrician at Cook Children's Keller Parkway. He has held several positions of leadership in Cook Children's Health Care System. He currently servces with the Texas Medical Association as a member of the Council of Le...
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February
26,
2016
| 11:02 PM America/Chicago
New data from the CDC shows some important early returns on the HPV vaccine that has been routinely recommended for girls since 2006 and for boys since 2009. In a study that was released early online from the journal Pediatrics, researchers looked...
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January
22,
2016
| 09:11 PM America/Chicago
You've probably heard about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and its link to cervical cancer. That can be pretty frightening for any female. Now a new study is sounding the alarm linking HPV with head and neck cancer, which can affect both men and wome...
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2015
December
23,
2015
| 08:12 PM America/Chicago
“Epic fail.” A couple of years ago, this was the phrase that my teenage son used as I unsuccessfully attempted to beat him in a game we were playing. At the time, I thought to myself that it was a harsh but accurate assessment of my performance. A...
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