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2020
January
17,
2020
| 06:54 PM America/Chicago
Six-year-old Raven Goff never met a stranger. If she didn’t know your name, she’d simply call you ‘friend.’ Her family recalls her generosity, always more worried about others than herself. Sometimes, that generosity meant several trips to Target to ...
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January
16,
2020
| 05:43 PM America/Chicago
"Why is the school nurse calling me?" "Your child is here with a sore throat. I know they haven’t had a fever, but strep has been going around." Whelp, there goes your day. Cancel all your meetings. Call your pediatrician's office. Get an appoi...
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January
14,
2020
| 06:42 PM America/Chicago
When you live with a child, almost every day's unpredictable, and sometimes those adventures means your child needs medical attention. But choosing the best place to go for your child's care  can be a difficult one for some parents. After all, Coo...
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January
10,
2020
| 05:48 PM America/Chicago
Weather forecasters say an active weather pattern could bring with it a "strong storm system approaching North Texas," which could include tornadoes, 2-inch hail, damaging winds and flooding. The National Weather  Service Storm Prediction Center i...
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January
09,
2020
| 04:37 PM America/Chicago
“I went to the hospital on a warm summer day with fear in my heart, I felt some dismay. The registrar said, with a smile on her face, ‘Let me show you your room, it’s a very nice place.’” For most of her 20 years, Shanley Stuteville has been a pat...
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January
08,
2020
| 10:56 PM America/Chicago
Right now, your child’s sneezing and watery eyes are most likely from mountain cedar or ragweed in Texas. But wait a little bit, and your child’s allergies will be for another reason. Ankita Singh, D.O., a pediatrician at Cook Children’s Walsh Ran...
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2019
December
31,
2019
| 05:12 PM America/Chicago
Almost 2.2 million people in 230 different countries visited checkupnewsroom.com this year. They found a variety of pediatric health news, with topics ranging from inspiring patient stories to information on keeping your child healthy. These are the ...
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December
30,
2019
| 08:11 PM America/Chicago
An unusual and even deadly flu season continues to impact the area's children. Last week (Dec. 22-Dec.28, 2019) at Cook Children's Medical Center, 1,457 children tested for the flu. Five hundred forty-six patients tested positive for Influenza B, ...
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December
27,
2019
| 07:35 PM America/Chicago
The Marvel Comics Universe consists of ordinary people whose lives turn extraordinary once they discover their superpowers. Braden Baker is one of those superheroes. Except Braden is not only in the pages of a comic book, appearing on Ellen and a ...
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December
20,
2019
| 05:29 PM America/Chicago
Your holiday cheer may be put to the test this weekend, with more than 104 million estimated to take to the highways from Saturday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Jan. 1. AAA reports this will be the most holiday travelers in nearly 20 years since the co...
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December
19,
2019
| 04:50 PM America/Chicago
The world is buzzing about the release of the latest film in the Star Wars saga “The Rise of Skywalker” set to hit the big screen tonight. Earlier this month, Disney released a statement with the Epilepsy Foundation warning viewers that certain scene...
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December
18,
2019
| 05:54 PM America/Chicago
Every three minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. For 70% of those patients, the only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant from someone outside of their family. This is...
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December
17,
2019
| 04:38 PM America/Chicago
As a gun owner, Daniel Guzman, M.D., understands what a rite of passage going hunting is for many kids in Texas. As an emergency room physician, Dr. Guzman also knows the importance of gun safety. Dr. Guzman has seen serious, even deadly conseq...
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December
13,
2019
| 05:25 PM America/Chicago
Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Dak Prescott plays live in front of thousands every Sunday and millions of more people watch him from home, but during a recent visit to Cook Children's the quarterback showed how impressive he can be when he's just one-on...
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December
10,
2019
| 05:57 PM America/Chicago
My name is Anna Carey, and I am 16 years old. I was hospitalized at Cook Children’s for five days because of vaping and dabbing. I used to play volleyball and tennis, but now I will never be able to play sports again. I started vaping when I was a...
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December
06,
2019
| 03:37 PM America/Chicago
On Thursday, Dec. 5, Tarrant County Public Health confirmed the first pediatric flu death since 2015. Three other pediatric flu deaths have been reported in Texas in this current season. “Because of the sensitive nature of the information, we can’...
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December
05,
2019
| 04:07 PM America/Chicago
What is Fifth disease? I have seen so much of this over the last month at Willow Park! So much so that I did some research to better inform our patients about this "fun" rash. I want to go over a few basics with you. Fifth disease, also known a...
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November
26,
2019
| 05:07 PM America/Chicago
As a mother of three, Audrey Ferrel knows about giving the gift of life. But it wasn’t until her oldest daughter, Jackie, was in renal failure and would need a kidney transplant to survive that she would have the chance to provide that gift one more ...
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November
25,
2019
| 06:29 PM America/Chicago
Aaden Balderamos hops up and down, squealing with joy as the bubbles float into the air. "Bubbles. Bubbles. Up. Up. Pop!" The nurse taking Aaden's vitals before his doctor's appointment can't help but smile too. She's blowing the bubbles as she...
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November
18,
2019
| 06:14 PM America/Chicago
Last week, Nov. 17-23, 2019, 826 patients were tested for the flu, with 210 testing positive for the flu (197 Flu B, 13 Flu A) and 209 more testing postive for RSV. ...
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November
14,
2019
| 05:15 PM America/Chicago
Hi. My name is Landry Murphy. I’m a teenage girl with a lot of hopes and dreams, but with a lot of desires comes big responsibilities. One responsibility that I did not get to “choose” is being a Type 1 diabetic. I’ve been a Type 1 diabetic and a ...
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November
11,
2019
| 11:07 PM America/Chicago
On Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, the third annual Cook Children's Veterans Day Commemoration took place at the medical center.  Following the presentation of flags and the National Anthem by Myka McDonald, RN, Cook Children's Veterans Group (CCVG) chair ...
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November
06,
2019
| 11:31 PM America/Chicago
Go back to when you were a child learning to ride a bike. At some point, we all fell down and probably scraped a knee or an elbow. But what happened next determined how well we handled our next fall and eventually how successful we were at riding ...
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October
29,
2019
| 11:11 PM America/Chicago
Tomorrow night, your biggest worry should be how much candy you are allowing your kids to eat on Halloween. Before you head out with your little trick-or-treaters, here are a few tips for you and your family to keep in mind this Halloween. 1. Remi...
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October
28,
2019
| 07:39 PM America/Chicago
Does your child have the sniffles, sneezing, tummy aches or worse? They aren’t alone. Last week, eight children tested positive the flu at the medical center, according to Laboratory results from Cook Children’s. What’s interesting is that seven c...
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October
24,
2019
| 07:06 PM America/Chicago
Parents get croup and whooping cough mixed up all the time at my office. I think it’s really important to know the difference – one is fairly common, and the other is much more rare – and can be deadly. Croup is a common viral infection I see d...
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October
22,
2019
| 05:43 PM America/Chicago
Your child comes home from school or daycare with a note alerting you to a case of hand, foot and mouth disease. You grab your phone and type in a few keywords and are immediately overwhelmed with the wealth of information on the internet. So, ...
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October
17,
2019
| 06:21 PM America/Chicago
Suicide rates among young people rose at an alarming rate in the U.S. between 2007 and 2017, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC found: That suicides increased by 56% during the 10-year sp...
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October
09,
2019
| 09:42 PM America/Chicago
By Megan Cole, Emergency Department Nurse, Cook Children's Medical Center I have had the privilege of working in the Emergency Department at Cook Children’s for 10 years, with three of those years as a nurse. I often have people ask me, “How do yo...
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October
04,
2019
| 06:49 PM America/Chicago
By Cindi Coker Ever found yourself  Coming and Going?? Mommy Memory Failing?? Brain on Overload?? Well, I find myself there VERY often, not only because I am a mom of twin 15-year-old boys but as a mom of a severely handicapped child. Most woul...
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