Checkup Newsroom (Joel Steelman)

2019
January
16,
2019
By now you may have seen the tragic story of Journey, a diabetic alert dog who died of a gunshot wound outside of her family's home.  Diabetic alert dogs like Journey are specially trained to detect high or low levels of blood sugar for kids like ...
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2018
August
02,
2018
Kim Mangham, M.D., a Cook Children’s pediatrician in Keller, estimates most kids get sick about 6 to 8 times a year, which can cause frustration for parents and leave them wondering if they should do something more to keep them healthy. “They ofte...
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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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July
28,
2017
You see it sometimes with children wearing tank tops or swim suits – darkened patches of skin in certain body areas like the neck or armpit. Parents and children may think that it is simply dirt that needs to be washed off. Children might even get te...
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2016
September
29,
2016
A child with type 1 diabetes lives with a large amount of work needed to care for his or her disease. The daily routine for most kids with type 1 diabetes includes multiple insulin shots, numerous blood sugar checks and analyzing the carbohydrates...
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August
09,
2016
Lilly King became an American hero by winning the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke against Russia’s Yulia Efimova. The 19 year old’s defeat of Efimova was not only a matter of national pride, but serves a teaching moment for children every...
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July
15,
2016
Perhaps, only a few people might have asked that question until a month ago. Much anger and indignation was directed towards the VA chief when he compared waiting times for VA medical appointments to waiting in line at Disney. I’d be hard pressed ...
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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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April
27,
2016
Broken bones are a part of growing up for many children. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 children will have at least one broken bone before age 19 with the likelihood of a broken bone higher in boys than girls. A parent’s natural protective instinct wo...
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February
19,
2016
The Turner Syndrome Society of the U.S. (TSUS) has designated February to increase awareness in Turner syndrome. Pediatric endocrinologists including our pediatric endocrinology group at Cook Children’s care for many girls with Turner syndrome. Turne...
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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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January
24,
2016
Abundant information concerning thyroid problems in adults is available on the Internet and in books. However, child-specific, validated information about thyroid conditions is less commonly found in the public domain. In addition, an ongoing challen...
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January
13,
2016
The last few years have seen some major progress in the field of type 1 diabetes care in children and adults alike. Progress becomes especially important in light of recent news that type 1 diabetes is increasing in the U.S. There’s been a lot of ...
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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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March
18,
2015
Top off that java … in a sippy cup? A Boston Medical Center study released last week found that coffee consumption among Boston toddlers is a common practice among certain groups. According to the study, approximately 15 percent of 2-year-olds con...
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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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December
03,
2014
TECHNOLOGY ... I believe it's the key to the next leap forward in diabetes care. I’m always on the lookout for news on how new technologies such as the artificial pancreas project will improve the lives of those with Type 1 diabetes. So a recent rese...
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October
27,
2014
Every year Halloween signals the beginning of higher calories goodies and food that roll out with end of the year holidays. Candy and other sugary treats like candied apples have been staples in the Halloween tradition. Children with type 1 diabetes ...
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October
24,
2014
Artificial sweeteners (AS) have been around for over a hundred years since the discovery of saccharin. The past few decades have seen a boom in the number of AS discovered and approved for use by the FDA. The use of AS remain a source of controversy....
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October
20,
2014
The stress of being different from peers is a problem shared in both delayed and precocious puberty. The lack of visible changes of puberty such as deeper voice for boys or breast development for girls can lead to loss of self-esteem or teasing from ...
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September
01,
2014
I’m always on the lookout for the latest news about developments in my field. In fact, I sometimes learn about the most up-to-date information by searching the news before I read about them in a medical journal.A new diabetes technology under develop...
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August
16,
2014
I’ve written in the past about my love of peaches. A hot August in Texas is the perfect time to enjoy this delicious fruit. Although most peaches start coming into season in July, it is August when they can be enjoyed in abundance. In fact, August is...
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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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2013
March
21,
2013
Eating a clean and health diet is one of our 2013 family goals. We have strived to prepare more home-cooked meals and have brought more fresh ingredients since the beginning of the year. I’ve been actively seeking new recipes to try and have been loo...
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January
23,
2013
Lance Armstrong evokes strong feelings in many people. Admirers point to his impressive athletic career beginning as a teen and culminating in seven Tour de France victories. More influential to admirers and even those casually aware of Armstrong is ...
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2012
March
02,
2012
I began this series by describing precocious puberty followed by a post on its causes. This is the final article in this series and will explain diagnosis through discussion and diagnostic testing, treatment of precocious puberty and how to help your...
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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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October
20,
2011
Public awareness of precocious puberty (early puberty) has increased in recent years. News reports of earlier age of puberty in children provoke parental anxiety. When visiting with families dealing with these concerns, questions arise: Why did this ...
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