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2019
November
18,
2019
| 06:14 PM America/Chicago
The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed the state’s first child death of the 2019-2020 Flu Season in a tweet on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Texas DSHS reported the 5-year-old child from the Rio Grande health region did not get the flu shot...
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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
13,
2019
| 08:04 PM America/Chicago
Germs are gross. Kids are gross. Germs and kids are doubly gross. As parents, we know this is true, especially during this time of year. The illness visits are piling up in my office and throughout the Cook Children's system. The days off sc...
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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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November
05,
2019
| 09:37 PM America/Chicago
When you live with a child, almost every day's unpredictable, and sometimes those adventures land your child in an Emergency Department (ED) or an Urgent Care Center (UCC). While Cook Children's provides quality care at the Emergency Department lo...
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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
21,
2019
| 08:03 PM America/Chicago
Many of us were caught off guard as severe storms, including at least one confirmed tornado, swept through the Dallas-Forth area Sunday evening. But you may be surprised to also learn that severe weather is actually quite frequent during this time...
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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
07,
2019
| 10:52 PM America/Chicago
Your child’s throat is sore, has a headache and a fever. Is it strep or the flu? Maybe, both? Strep and flu are two very different things, although they may have similar symptoms at times. First, let’s distinguish between the two. The flu...
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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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October
04,
2019
| 06:48 PM America/Chicago
By Megan Cole, Cook Children's Emergency Department Nurse Food allergies are a frequently discussed topic among parents and medical professionals. If you are not a parent of a child with food allergies, chances are high that someone you love, or s...
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September
27,
2019
| 05:37 PM America/Chicago
Bellanne (Bel) Coonrod never met a stranger. To Bel, everyone could use a little extra love, especially on the Hematology and Oncology floor of Cook Children’s. Bel knew the hallways of Cook Children’s well. Born with a medley of complex medical d...
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September
26,
2019
| 05:42 PM America/Chicago
When it comes to childhood, not all experiences are left in the past. Some stay with us and impact our development mentally, physically and emotionally for years to come. Specifically, adversity and traumatic experiences like abuse, neglect and high ...
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September
19,
2019
| 09:46 PM America/Chicago
Cook Children’s is looking for parents of children ages 4-12 years old to participate in a gun safety research project.  The study takes place on the Cook Children's main campus in Fort Worth, Texas, and participants must be willing to attend the ...
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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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April
17,
2019
| 07:04 PM America/Chicago
It’s spring in North Texas and just like clockwork, severe weather is expected to impact our area this evening. Large hail, damaging winds and even tornadoes are a possibility with the thunderstorms that are predicted to develop by late afternoon. Fo...
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