Checkup Newsroom (News)

2018
January
18,
2018
Watch Dan Guzman, M.D., taking care of a patient in the Emergency Department at Cook Children’s and he’s the model of cool under pressure. It’s his environment and he’s in control. But when his daughter was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to...
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January
16,
2018
It's winter time and our medical center is seeing a lot of viral triggered asthma admitted to Cook Children's.  "One of the triggers of asthma symptoms are respiratory viruses and we are seeing a large number of those driving people to access Emer...
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January
15,
2018
We don’t see much snow or even the old “wintery mix” in Texas, so when we do there’s a good bet your kids will want to head outside. Dressing your children appropriately when the mercury plunges is particularly important. Failing to do so can resu...
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January
12,
2018
Chris and Heidi World Slaydon know firsthand the dangers of swallowing a laundry detergent pod. They watched their little boy Blaze, who was 18 months old at the time, spend 10 days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cook Children’s after ingest...
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January
11,
2018
Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting the first and second influenza associated deaths in Denton County for the 2017-2018 flu season. One of the deaths was a child. For patient confidentiality, no further information will be released. “O...
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January
11,
2018
A 12-year-old girl in California died on Dec. 17, days after her family says they were told she had the flu.  Alyssa Alcarez's mother says the girl was misdiagnosed and health officials in Tulare County have stated she died from cardiac arrest and se...
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January
09,
2018
Lynn Jankowiak wonders where her son Michael would be without the benefits provided by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Michael, who is 24 now, stopped moving his extremities at the age of 18 months and was diagnosed with a debilita...
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January
09,
2018
This year’s flu vaccine effectiveness has been questioned. “Should I even bother getting the vaccine,” I get asked. “Yes. You should definitely still get your child’s flu vaccine.” Here’s why. Is it going to be a bad flu season? Widesp...
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January
08,
2018
One of the most common illnesses pediaricians see is called bronchiolitis. Lots of viruses can cause bronchiolitis, but one of the most well known is RSV. While flu has been receiving much of the media's attention, I thought this would be a great ...
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January
05,
2018
In The Media At 9 p.m. CST on Friday, Jan. 5, 2017, Jamye Coffman, M.D., will be a featured expert on ABC's '20/20.' '20/20' will air the first network interview with Gypsy Rose Blanchard from prison about her murder conviction in her mother's d...
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January
04,
2018
Last week, 1,118 children were tested for the flu at Cook Children’s. Of those kids, 429 tested positive (380 for Influenza A and 49 for Influenza B). With that many kids sick in our area, expect longer wait times if you take your child to the Eme...
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January
03,
2018
The holidays are over, but the flu season has arrived … early. Last week, 1,118 patients were tested for the flu at Cook Children’s and 429 tested positive (380 for Flu A and another 49 for Flu B). Get your flu shot (go ahead, it’s not too late...
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2017
December
29,
2017
You never know what wil capture our reader's attention. Today, we take a look at our most popular stories written in 2017. These are the most viewed stories of the year. Let's start the countdown.  10. Mom of Drowning Victim Speaks Out after Indic...
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December
28,
2017
As she watched her 9 year old struggle to learn a new soccer move in the backyard, Vanessa Charette, M.D., realized she was watching her son grow up right in front of her eyes. I felt myself learning more about being a parent,” Dr. Charette, a Coo...
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December
28,
2017
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in late August of 2017. The Category 4 storm caused damage and devastation along the Gulf Coast. Through all the catastrophic flooding and tragedy in southeast Texas, we found some amazing stories of courage and kindness. W...
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December
28,
2017
It’s 3 a.m. and your child wakes up feeling like an oven. Quick! Where’s your thermometer? The preceding message was a drill. A drill that I should practice more often because when the heat is on, I flame out every time. Let’s assume you are...
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December
27,
2017
OK. Tamiflu. Let's talk about some facts. At Cook Children's, 921 kids were tested for the flu the week before Christmas and 353 kids were positive (314 Flu A, 39 Flu B). So the flu has arrived in our area. Every year our office gets inundated ...
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December
21,
2017
The holidays are a magical time for children. But what happens when your kids stop believing in the magic, especially in the jolly old man in the red suit? Lena Zettler, MA, LPA, director of Psychology at Cook Children’s Medical Center, said that ...
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December
21,
2017
Thank you to my patients for allowing me some time with my family during the holidays.  It hasn't always been easy for us this year. At 4 a.m. or so during Thanksgiving, I heard the telltale "croup cough" coming from my daughter's monitor. It's su...
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December
20,
2017
Doctors agree that nothing fights off the flu better than the vaccine, including all children 6 months and older. And thanks to new recommendations, based on research, that includes children who are allergic to eggs. A study by the Center...
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December
20,
2017
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD sent a letter to parents that confirms a case of whooping cough, or pertussis, in its school district. WFAA reports two confirmed cases at Grapevine High School. NBC5 reports it is the second case in as many weeks. If you...
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December
19,
2017
For many members of the Emergency Department staff at Cook Children’s, this year's Thanksgiving holiday won’t be remembered for football and turkey. It will be about the lingering memories of the numerous children who came away with traumatic injurie...
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December
18,
2017
"Teething - aka the devil - is so hard." I know Serena, babies are hard to read. As I read Serena Williams' tweets and the struggles she's going through with her baby my heart went out to her. There were times in my own parenting journey where ...
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December
11,
2017
For more than 70 years, window blinds have been a known child safety hazard. Now physicians are coming together asking for mandatory safety guidelines to protect children. Nearly 17,000 children under the age of 6 were treated in a U.S. emergency ...
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December
07,
2017
A news story out of Phoenix serves as a tragic reminder to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Alani Murrieta, a 20-year-old mother, died only two days after she began feeling ill from the flu, according to the Washington Post. Her youn...
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December
06,
2017
A new study shows the importance and possibly life-changing impact of losing weight in controlling Type 2 diabetes. In a paper published in the Lancet, UK researchers found that people with diabetes went into remission after participating in a rigoro...
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December
05,
2017
Are we ready for the upcoming flu season? Only time will tell for sure, but a new article published in The New England Journal of Medicine makes the case for a potentially severe influenza season. The article explains that clinical experts have...
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Flu
November
30,
2017
Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has issued a health alert to area health care providers in response to a rise in local flea-borne typhus cases. It asks them to consider a diagnosis for people with fever and at least one other symptom of the d...
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November
30,
2017
A new study shows Texas ranks 47th in cancer-preventing vaccine coverage, showing that Texans aren’t getting the message about the dangers of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, Texas only ranked higher t...
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November
29,
2017
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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