Checkup Newsroom (Texas)

2019
April
19,
2019
| 08:32 PM America/Chicago
It’s been nearly two decades since measles was declared eradicated in the United States, but due to a shift in attitudes about vaccines the virus is back. More than 500 people spanning 20 states have been diagnosed with measles this year already. ...
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2018
August
27,
2018
| 05:19 PM America/Chicago
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Texas is among 18 states that allow families to opt out of vaccines for personal or moral beliefs. The Morning News reports that Plano, Fort Worth, Austin and Houston all ranked among the 15...
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July
10,
2018
| 11:42 PM America/Chicago
Aug. 29th marks the “angelversary” of the passing of then 7-year-old Kyle Gracin Lewis. Kyle spent the week being the outdoorsy little boy he was – swimming, fishing, boating and camping in Lake Granbury and the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas...
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2017
August
11,
2017
| 05:58 PM America/Chicago
Following the tragic death of a 9-month-old  baby, Child Protective Services says the home he was staying at was not a licensed daycare. CBS DFW, Channel 11 says CPS is investigating the woman who left the child unattended in a car seat to see if she...
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May
03,
2017
| 04:40 PM America/Chicago
The multiple tornadoes that rampaged through East Texas over the weekend shows the devastation these storms can bring with them. An average of 132 tornadoes occur in Texas each year.   At some point, probably in the near future, one of those to...
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April
24,
2017
| 11:02 PM America/Chicago
Two children have already been treated for snake bites at Cook Children’s this year, including one child who was bitten this month. From 2012 to present, 91 children have been seen at the medical center for snake bites. The most was in 2014 with 2...
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April
13,
2017
| 09:42 PM America/Chicago
If your child had a weak immune system, would you want to know the vaccine rates at their school? House Bill 2249 would require the Texas Department of State Health Services to provide reports every other year on vaccine-preventable outbreaks and ...
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April
10,
2017
| 06:28 PM America/Chicago
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cook Children’s Medical Center is the first NICU in North Texas to be recognized as a Level IV center, meaning it can provide the highest level of neonatal care to critically-ill infants. The designation was...
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2016
December
28,
2016
| 08:03 PM America/Chicago
If you are one of the residents impacted by a boil water notice in Mineral Wells, Texas, you may wonder what that actually means to you and your child. Well, first of all don’t wonder to the point of trying the water. Follow the city's advice: ...
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December
12,
2016
| 11:29 PM America/Chicago
Two teens were killed last week while the driver was live-streaming herself on a Pennsylvania highway. The two girls were broadcasting themselves on Facebook while driving slowly when a tractor-trailer plowed in the back of their car. Police conti...
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October
06,
2016
| 11:28 PM America/Chicago
Tomorrow brings us one of the biggest games in college football history, the Red River Showdown! The Oklahoma Sooners take on arch rivals the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl stadium located at the Texas State Fairgrounds. The 24-day long fair b...
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August
16,
2016
| 05:51 PM America/Chicago
As a new school year begins, a 12-year-long trend of parents refusing to vaccinate their children may put your child at risk. That’s the concern of Justin Smith, M.D., a pediatrician at Cook Children’s. The Houston Chronicle reported “the number o...
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June
01,
2016
| 09:57 PM America/Chicago
Three in one month, that's how many patients Cook Children's were treated for snake bites this May. The latest happened over Memorial Day weekend to an Arlington, Texas teenager. Conner Norman was camping with his family at Lloyd Park on Joe Pool ...
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May
26,
2016
| 03:42 PM America/Chicago
Already in the month of May, two children have been cared for at Cook Children's after getting bit by a snake. As summer approaches, more kids will be outside and parents should take the opportunity to teach their kids about snakes and what precautio...
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April
07,
2016
| 08:42 PM America/Chicago
Studies show that smartphones are making us not as smart on the road. In 2015, 463 people wre killed in distracted driving crashes in Texas and 3,000 more were seriously hurt A study by AT&T states that nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users look at ...
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March
23,
2016
| 04:01 PM America/Chicago
Goat's milk is not a healthy alternative to formula (preferably cow's milk, followed by soy-based) for your baby. Here are 4 reasons goat's milk is dangerous and could even be deadly: It is usually not pasteurized which can lead to all kinds...
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2015
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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June
02,
2015
| 07:41 PM America/Chicago
Texas became the latest state to legalize cannabidiol (CBD), a non-euphoric component of the marijuana plant. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the Texas Compassionate Act into law on June 1, 2015, allowing limited medical use of marijuana-derived oils that ma...
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April
16,
2015
| 09:26 PM America/Chicago
Cook Children’s currently has 12 patients waiting for a kidney. Thanks to a gracious act of kindness from one teenager in Arizona, a 1 year old from Joshua, Texas is no longer on that list. Following a head injury while competing in a North Tex...
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April
07,
2015
| 05:40 PM America/Chicago
When is a stomach bug not just a stomach bug? How do you know when it is something else or when it could be more dangerous? A report last week from the CDC described a cluster of infections caused by shigella, a bacteria that can cause severe d...
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March
06,
2015
| 06:08 PM America/Chicago
We've seen ice and snow in Texas lately, not exactly tanning weather. Teens may be desperate to maintain their summer glow by going to the tanning bed. Here's why they should say no. ...
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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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January
06,
2015
| 11:44 PM America/Chicago
A recent report was released about a baby who was delivered via water birth earlier this year (in Texas) that died from pneumonia and a rare infection presumably contracted at delivery. There are several details about this case that need to be specif...
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2014
November
12,
2014
| 06:11 PM America/Chicago
 What is the point of a checkup?If you ask a dozen doctors, you might get two dozen answers.Even then, there might not be a single one of them that lines up with what you want from a checkup.Here are some goals that we can all agree are important:Ans...
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October
22,
2014
| 12:14 AM America/Chicago
A swarm of bees attacked more than 20 sixth graders at a middle school in Saginaw, Texas, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Four of those children were treated at Cook Children’s Medical Center and then sent home the same day.That news made us wonder about ...
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October
14,
2014
| 06:27 PM America/Chicago
Dear parent who thinks that I need to “fix” your child with medication, I know you are at your wits end. You are tired of getting the phone calls from teachers. You are scared that every time the day care calls, it could be the call saying that yo...
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October
09,
2014
| 05:39 PM America/Chicago
It’s midnight. You wake up with a tear-streaked face staring at you.“Mom, my legs hurt.”It wouldn’t be so concerning except that it’s happening four nights a week, for months. Right?So, what do you do? Scream (or sweetly say), “Your fine, now get bac...
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August
20,
2014
| 05:04 PM America/Chicago
Every time your children score a point, gain lives, beat a level or win a prize on a video game or gadget, they arereceiving one of many frequent intermittent rewards that keep them hooked and focused. And parents wonder whytheir child is struggling ...
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May
24,
2014
| 01:00 PM America/Chicago
For many families, the summer means boating and swimming season. But it can also mean danger, as one of the worst drowning weekends of the year. Please take these extra precautions for a safe, fun holiday.1. Don’t drink and drive. This takes on dual ...
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