Checkup Newsroom (Neurosciences)

2019
July
02,
2019
| 11:23 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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June
27,
2019
| 04:54 PM America/Chicago
Ryan Conder warms up his right arm and fires off a pitch. Whether it’s a strike or not, doesn’t matter. The miracle’s already occurred. Ryan, 10 years old, wondered if he would ever get the chance to play the game he loves so much after a rare neu...
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June
11,
2019
| 04:53 PM America/Chicago
In hindsight, as they watch their little 5-year-old boy playing with his beloved toy trucks and all things wheels, the parents of Owen Turner rest easy they made the right decision. But nine months ago, that choice was anything but simple. Desp...
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May
17,
2019
| 10:12 PM America/Chicago
“Grace, this is Alecia from Dr. Gamble’s office, do you have a minute to talk?” The phone from Clinical Genetics came at 5:12 p.m. on April 10, 2018. Grace Wilson-Rabel remembers the exact time and date because it’s the moment that changed her lif...
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April
08,
2019
| 04:43 PM America/Chicago
When Cynthia Keator, M.D., passes the Atrium, she can't help but feel that same sense of awe that Cook Children’s Medical Center gave her more than 20 years ago as a volunteer. Dr. Keator, who is a pediatric neurologist and epileptologist at Cook ...
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March
06,
2019
| 11:20 PM America/Chicago
The rest of the world may soon learn what neurologists and clinical pharmacists at Cook Children’s have known for almost three years – intranasal ketamine is a groundbreaking drug with the potential to help people from all walks of life. Cook Chil...
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March
01,
2019
| 06:28 PM America/Chicago
Today, Owen Turner struggles to pick up a Cheerio or throw a football with his right hand.  But other than that it would be hard to notice a difference in him and any other 5-year-old boy after becoming the first child at Cook Children's to underg...
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2018
November
27,
2018
| 08:38 PM America/Chicago
This is the fourth part of a series. To view the previous articles, please click here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3  ...
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May
24,
2018
| 11:25 PM America/Chicago
Parents expect their toddler to be a little moody sometimes. So Autumn and Darrell Thomas didn't think much about their daughter Kynlee's irritable and lethargic behavior. But when they realized she wasn't using her left arm, they became alarmed. ...
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April
19,
2018
| 11:31 PM America/Chicago
An epilepsy treatment derived from the cannabis plant took a major step toward approval from the Food and Drug Administration today. Epidiolex, an oil-based purified cannabidiol (CBD), has been studied specifically in two rare epilepsy syndromes - Le...
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February
23,
2018
| 08:23 PM America/Chicago
SCN2A is a gene found on chromosome 2 position 24.3 and thus 2/24 is celebrated as SNC2A Awareness Day worldwide. A rare cause of epilepsy, SCN2A mutations have also been discovered as a cause for intellectual disability and autism. To raise awarenes...
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February
23,
2018
| 08:10 PM America/Chicago
The last thing Jeff Murray, M.D., wants to do is be interviewed for this story. It’s not about being rude or even shy, it’s just he wants to make darn sure the love is spread around for the people that make up the Neuro-Oncology Program at Cook Ch...
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February
05,
2018
| 09:46 PM America/Chicago
What would you do to save your child? Would you travel across the world? Would you leave your family behind? Sell everything you own? Give the shirt off your back? Diego and Tatiana Alvarez did all those things to help their son Mirko in his battl...
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January
09,
2018
| 11:32 PM America/Chicago
For most of the first 20 years of his life, Michael Jankowiak never played ball or even owned a toy. His debilitating cerebral palsy wadded his fingers into a tight fist. He barely moved his hands, except to drive his electric wheel chair. Then, d...
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2017
November
29,
2017
| 04:21 PM America/Chicago
It may be the scariest condition you’ve never heard of: Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) The Epilepsy Foundation describes SUDEP as “the sudden unexpected death of someone with epilepsy, who was otherwise healthy.” No other cause of de...
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November
17,
2017
| 05:21 PM America/Chicago
More than 65 million people in the world live with epilepsy and every one of those people have their own story. When Scott Perry, M.D., an epileptologist and medical director of Neurology, talks about his patients, the one word that comes up over ...
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November
06,
2017
| 09:46 PM America/Chicago
You may be surprised to learn that 1 in 26 people in the world will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. Despite those numbers, so much mystery still remains about this neurological disorder that can affect people of all ages. Many...
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November
01,
2017
| 09:46 PM America/Chicago
Cook Children’s patients, families and staff came together on Wednesday, Nov. 1, to kick off Epilepsy Awareness Month on the lawn in front of the medical center. But it was one of the people who could not be at the event that was the cause for cel...
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July
24,
2017
| 05:24 PM America/Chicago
If you were trying to watch your waistline in the early 2000s, you probably remember the Atkins fad. While the low-carb diet has since fizzled out, another low-carb, but high fat plan is the latest craze helping people lose weight. It’s called the ke...
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June
22,
2017
| 11:44 PM America/Chicago
Today is Dravet Awareness Day. To learn more about Dravet, we sat down with Scott Perry, M.D., medical director of Neurology and co-director of the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center. Dr. Perry has done multiple research studies on Dravet Synd...
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2016
November
22,
2016
| 07:00 AM America/Chicago
On Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, Cook Children’s marked an important milestone in its quest to improve the quality of life for children struggling with debilitating movement disorders. Doctors performed the hundredth deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery in ...
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November
16,
2016
| 11:48 PM America/Chicago
For one year in college, Warren Marks, M.D., took a year off from science and medicine to pursue another passion of his – architecture. Today, Dr. Marks looks back at that time as “an interesting diversion,” but it really helps explain who the man...
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November
04,
2016
| 03:51 PM America/Chicago
Bonita Ocampo stood on her grandmother’s porch and performed for her cousins. Her guaranteed laugh was her impersonation of Pee-wee Herman. After all, nothing was funnier than Pee-wee in the 1980s.  Then her diagnosis of epilepsy at 7 years old ch...
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March
30,
2016
| 09:54 PM America/Chicago
Several moments throughout his life, led John Honeycutt, M.D., to becoming the chief neurosurgeon at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, Texas. But none really shaped the doctor he is like the birth of his children. “People told me everybody wants to w...
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March
02,
2016
| 04:36 PM America/Chicago
French scientists claim they may have found a link between the Zika virus and neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome. Warren Marks, M.D., a neurologist and medical director of the Movement Disorders and Rehabilitation Programs at Coo...
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2015
December
03,
2015
| 10:00 PM America/Chicago
They're considered to be the largest minority group in the world with approximately 1 billion people across the globe living with some form of disability. In the United States, nearly 1 in 6 children, or about 15 percent, of children from 3 to 17 ...
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November
24,
2015
| 01:40 AM America/Chicago
On Feb. 16, 2014, Abby Pagel was involved in a terrible car wreck in her hometown of Muenster, Texas, that left her with numerous broken bones, a small brain bleed and in a coma. After spending 25 days in two separate hospitals, Abby was moved to Coo...
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September
01,
2015
| 04:59 PM America/Chicago
A federal judge in a class-action NFL concussion lawsuit approved a plan that could pay thousands of players more than $1 billion over the next 65 years. Richard Roberts, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Cook Children’s, wonders what it’s worth for your ch...
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May
07,
2015
| 10:57 PM America/Chicago
Nine children, ages 3 to 19 years old, make Mother’s Day a pretty special time for Kristy Goodnight. After all, that’s a lot of hugs and kisses to go around. “It’s wonderful day. I thought I would never be a mom,” Kristy said. “Mother’s Day is not...
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January
07,
2015
| 11:20 PM America/Chicago
The fact that her son, Tre, is still with her, leaves Jennifer Faulkner with only one conclusion: a miracle occurred to keep him alive. Now she prays for Tre’s caregivers to make her son all better. Tre, who is 9 years old, has been seen by the...
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