Checkup Newsroom (Mary Suzanne Whitworth)

2018
October
08,
2018
| 06:09 PM America/Chicago
The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating six children who have been diagnosed with a rare illness that resembles polio, called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) Cook Children's medical staff saw its own cluster of patients in 2016 and has se...
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May
03,
2018
| 06:00 PM America/Chicago
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported the first death connected to the recent E. coli outbreak that has expanded to half of the United States.  The CDC says 121 cases of E. coli have been reported in 25 states, related t...
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May
02,
2018
| 01:49 PM America/Chicago
Because of the opioid crisis in the United States, the rate of hepatitis C virus infection among pregnant women increased 60 percent between 2006 and 2014. Sadly, only 30 percent of infants exposed to the virus were screened for infection. Hep...
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2017
April
20,
2017
| 06:45 PM America/Chicago
Cook Children’s played a crucial role in the research of new drugs that could change the lives of teenagers with hepatitis C. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Harvoni and Sovaldi in the treatment of young people betwe...
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April
04,
2017
| 10:33 PM America/Chicago
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study confirms how important flu vaccinations are in saving children’s lives. The study, also published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is the first of its kind to show how flu vaccinat...
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January
24,
2017
| 09:29 PM America/Chicago
Finally, the flu season has arrived at Cook Children’s. From Jan. 15  to Jan. 21, 427 patients were tested for the flu, with 100 testing positive for Influenza A and five for Influenza B. The CDC says influenza activity is slowly and steadily i...
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2016
May
23,
2016
| 04:18 PM America/Chicago
Because of Zika, the Rio Olympics ‘Must Not Proceed’ The CDC is monitoring nearly 300 pregnant women with Zika in the U.S. states, territories Senate Passes Zika Bill That Will Go Nowhere Fast Every time she sees a new headline about Zika, M...
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May
09,
2016
| 08:29 PM America/Chicago
Mary Suzanne Whitworth, M.D., describes hepatitis C as a slowly ticking time bomb for children who have been diagnosed with the infection. If left untreated over many years, it can cause cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer and even death. Facing ...
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April
12,
2016
| 08:21 PM America/Chicago
At a White House briefing on April 11, leading U.S. health officials raised concerns about the spread of Zika virus, including the threat of it coming to this country. “Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initia...
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February
02,
2016
| 09:57 PM America/Chicago
Zika has gained attention from not only the CDC, but the World Health Organization. Leaders from the Who called Zika a “public health emergency of international concern,” earlier in the week, because how fast the virus is spreading and the continu...
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January
25,
2016
| 10:05 PM America/Chicago
Last week, two schools in Texas sent home reports of students diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB), including one in the Lewisville ISD. A letter was sent to Hebron High School and Hebron 9th Grade Campus parents to let them know a student had been di...
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2015
December
30,
2015
| 05:15 PM America/Chicago
The year is wrapping up and there are a lot of questions on our minds. What will the new year bring? Will I be able to keep that New Year's resolution? And where in the world is the flu? Ok, you may not be asking yourself that last questi...
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November
11,
2015
| 04:15 PM America/Chicago
Researchers may have created a possibly revolutionary needle-free vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus, better known as RSV. The vaccine is only in the beginning stages and part of ongoing research, so it will not be available to the public...
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October
21,
2015
| 08:36 PM America/Chicago
Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed a case of hepatitis A virus infection in an employee of a day care in Dallas. Staff and enrollees who attended the day care between Oct. 1 through Oct. 20 are advised to receive the hepatitis A vaccin...
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September
10,
2015
| 05:38 PM America/Chicago
As a parent, your instinct is to protect your child at all costs. However, some moms and dads may not realize the harm they are doing their newborn by not getting themselves or their older children vaccinated for whooping cough, or pertussis. B...
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July
27,
2015
| 10:56 PM America/Chicago
The Texas Department of State Health Services has begun an investigation into the increase of Cyclospora in the state. The DSHS is looking to find a "common source" in determing the cause of infection.  The DSHS has received reports of 205 cases o...
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