Checkup Newsroom (Our Experts)

2018
May
23,
2018
You really can’t go into summer without the looming chore of yardwork staring at you. But summer is supposed to be fun in the sun! Sand in your hand! Cool in the pool! Whether you are mowing or you have someone doing it for you, those lawn mowers are...
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May
10,
2018
If you’ve ever rented a car or stayed in a hotel room previously occupied by a smoker, you’ve probably already smelled signs of thirdhand smoke. When it comes to the dangers of smoking, most parents are familiar with the health risks associated wi...
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May
09,
2018
On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed EpiPen, a lower-dose version EpiPen Jr. and Mylan’s generic versions of the products on its list of drugs in shortage. The FDA said the products were currently available, but that ...
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May
07,
2018
School is out for summer! This means playing outside, swimming and enjoying the warm, sunny weather. Of course, you know what’s coming next - don’t forget to wear sunscreen!  ...
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May
04,
2018
If I could show you the vast distance that the arms of my dorkyness could reach, you'd be astonished. That is why when Cook Children's asked me to write something about what Star Wars means to me today, what with it being Star Wars Day (May the 4t...
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May
03,
2018
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
WFAA - Emergency physician Dan Guzman, M.D. launches 'Aim for Safety' program to show the importance of gun locks and safes. Link to story here.     ...
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April
30,
2018
Did you know the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) actually has an official stance encouraging pediatricians to talk with their families about the importance of daily, out-loud reading to your children (Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component o...
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April
27,
2018
It’s a classic bit of advice when you child is running fever: Alternate Tylenol and Motrin around the clock to keep their fever down. But, does it help? Is it necessary? I personally don’t think so…and here are 4 reasons why: 1. I don’t trea...
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April
26,
2018
Since April 1, 13 children have been admitted to Cook Children’s with serious injuries following car wrecks. Of the 13, nine have gone to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and three have died. “We usually expect an increase in motor vehicle crashe...
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April
24,
2018
A 3-year-old boy from Fort Worth died last summer after he climbed into a non-working vehicle. Police reported the boy was in the car for 45 minutes before he was found and temperatures had reached 100 degrees in Tarrant County. It was a horrible ...
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April
23,
2018
"My child has a fever, what could it be?" Just a quick reminder of my big fever rules. Click the links to learn more: 1. You don’t always have to rush off to the ER for a fever. No matter how high. 2. In a well-appearing child, it’s OK to wa...
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April
20,
2018
One of the greatest joys in life is becoming a parent. Babies bring vibrant life and wonder to the world around us and instantly reveal a much deeper capacity for love than we thought possible. Yet no matter how great our effort to help them grow and...
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April
17,
2018
In a little over a month, five children have been rushed to Cook Children’s after being left alone in a bathtub,with one incident resulting in death. The first drowning happened on March 14, 2018 and the latest occurred last week. The experts at C...
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April
16,
2018
When Katie and Chas Shira walked into Cook Children’s Medical Center on a warm December night in 2015, they had nothing but a name, a code and an empty car seat. They had driven three hours from their home in the tiny town of O’Brien, Texas with the ...
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April
11,
2018
From the American Academy of Pediatrics: More effective. Early vaccination prevents substantially more pre-cancer than late vaccination. Long lasting. Current evidence shows that the HPV vaccination does not wear off. Low risk of exposure. HPV...
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April
09,
2018
Expectant moms sometimes call our clinic and ask when they should schedule an appointment to interview their future pediatrician. I say it’s something you can’t do soon enough. If you deliver early, you may miss the chance to sit down and meet the pe...
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March
27,
2018
A new study shows that health providers are less likely to offer the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to boys, placing them at risk of cancer when they get older. The research was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Onc...
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March
26,
2018
Spring is already proving deadly for children in water. In less than two weeks, three children have died after being rushed to Cook Children’s for drowning, while another three were admitted to the medical center for their injuries. Their a...
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March
23,
2018
Is Juuling the health problem of the decade? That's the question CNN recently asked, based on a question from a substance abuse counselor.  Research from Truth Initiative shows that 25 percent of 15- to 24-year-old JUUL users refer to their beh...
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March
19,
2018
Kids itch their bottoms. On a recent interview with the Joel McHale Show, Kristen Bell described an episode in her family that highlights one common cause: pinworms. If you haven’t seen the video, I highly recommend you watch it because, it’s a...
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March
08,
2018
When Nancy Cychol came to Cook Children’s as a nurse in 1984, she intended to stay for three years. No longer. More than three decades later, she's still here serving as the chief of hospital services, and her passion for creating a fun environment f...
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March
07,
2018
The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a letter warning parents and cheerleaders from 39 states and nine counties that they may have been exposed to mumps at a cheerleading competition last month in Dallas.  The Dallas Morning Ne...
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March
05,
2018
Cook Children's 3D aPPROaCH Lab The new three-dimensional lab for the planning and printing of congenital heart disease (3D aPPROaCH Lab) uses advanced technology to support pre-surgical planning and family education for patients with complex hear...
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March
02,
2018
So your child has decided to become a vegetarian. Click to read my introductory companion piece to this blog . For those of you who may have more questions – particularly about the nitty-gritty nutritional realities of this choice – article is for yo...
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February
26,
2018
DeMar DeRozan seems to have it all. He was the ninth player taken in the 2009 NBA draft, he’s been an All-Star for three straight seasons and his Toronto Raptors has the third best record in the league. He’s also wealthy, famous and receives supports...
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February
23,
2018
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
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
21,
2018
Did you hear early in the season how the flu vaccine was worthless and only going to have about 10 percent effectiveness? You probably did, but hopefully that didn't prevent you from getting your child's flu vaccine. New data from the CDC sugge...
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February
20,
2018
As if there weren’t enough choices for formula in the newborn period…now we have to decide if our toddler needs formula too? Most pediatricians recommend breastfeeding as the primary source of fluid intake for up to one year of age (even longer is...
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