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2018
November
28,
2018
I have shared before about the insurmountable insecurities that I experienced as a new clinical educator: I was only 25 years old when I first began (and something that I used to be apprehensive to share fearing that people would quickly calculate my...
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November
20,
2018
Like many teenagers growing up in small towns, Danakah Abels loved playing sports. She played volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and threw the shot put for the track and field team in the spring. So when she started complaining about he...
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November
13,
2018
NBC Charlotte - It's the kind of thing that keeps parents awake at night: Kids playing with guns. But this isn't your typical gun safety program. WCNC in Charlotte, North Carolina profiles the Aim for Safety program at Cook Children's.  ...
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November
07,
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 always receives a lot of attention, I thought this would be a great time to talk a...
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October
29,
2018
Have a safe, healthy, happy Halloween, and one that is not too scary! Here are 8 tips for you and your family to keep in mind this Halloween! 1. Remind your kids about street safety. You might be surprised to learn that the most common injuries du...
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October
19,
2018
What do those people do down at the admin building all day? All I ever hear about is meetings. Well, the fact is…that is most of what they do. And we need them to keep right on doing it. While we can roll our eyes or scoff, the reality is it’s ...
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October
16,
2018
By Kim Dyer When searching for a pediatrician, I realized how much I never considered before becoming pregnant with twins. There were several things I looked for when searching for a pediatrician. I wanted someone with a great bedside manner wh...
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October
16,
2018
Daily Mail - Dr. Fernando Acosta, a pediatric neurologist at Cook Children's Medical Center, explains acute flaccid myelitis.  Read the story here.     ...
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October
12,
2018
As a nose tackle on his youth football team, Landyn Gray is a tough kid. So when he complained that he “felt funny,” his parents took notice. It was late in the summer, a few weeks before school, and Landyn was at football practice in Arlington...
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October
09,
2018
"Dr. Diane, something is very wrong with Elizabeth.” I watched in horror as her dad carried her down the hallway and into one of the exam rooms. She looked stiff. She looked like she was in pain. Her face was grimaced. What in the world? Why was t...
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October
08,
2018
Fox 4 - A 13-year-old Cook Children's patient gets the experience of a lifetime thanks to a donation to Cook Children's.  Watch the story by clicking here.      ...
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September
24,
2018
Two children tested positive for the Influenza A virus from the week of Sept. 16 through Sept. 22, 2018, according to Laboratory results from Cook Children's. For the week, 85 children were tested for the flu, with 83 tests coming back negativ...
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September
21,
2018
Hutson Liles is just a kid with an invisible diagnosis, advocating parents and a love for hats.  "Hutson turned 3 and started having several unsettling symptoms all together that I didn't feel were right," Hutson's mother Heather Liles said. "...
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September
18,
2018
Let’s talk about infant walkers – pediatricians don’t like them, and we never have. I’d like to explain why! We worry about them because kids get hurt in them sometimes. It’s also because they actually don’t encourage walking –they hinder the natu...
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September
18,
2018
Along with routine questions about your child’s diet, growth and development, more and more pediatricians are asking children difficult questions about depression and thoughts about suicide. Kristen Pyrc, M.D., co-medical director of Psychiatry at...
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September
12,
2018
“Dragon’s Breath. “Heaven’s Breath.” “Nitro puff.” Sounds fun, right? But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent out an alert of the “potential for serious injury from eating, drinking, or handling products prepared by adding liquid nit...
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September
11,
2018
Doctors agree that nothing fights off the flu better than the vaccine, including all children 6 months and older. And thanks to  recommendations, based on research, that includes children who are allergic to eggs. A study by the Centers for...
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September
06,
2018
A case of the mumps has been confirmed at TCU. The Star-Telegram reports that Tarrant County Public Health officials are working to identify any Texas Christian University students who may have been exposed to the mumps. Currently, no other cases ...
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September
03,
2018
Last week Netflix released their newest movie, “The After Party,” a film that chronicles the story of an aspiring young rapper suffering with epilepsy. Struggling to make it in the music industry, he gains notoriety when he has a seizure on stage...
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August
30,
2018
The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its recommendations on car safety seats in the hopes of protecting kids from the leading cause of death for children 4 years and older: motor vehicle crashes. The policy statement from the AAP “provid...
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August
29,
2018
The new parents take their child to Cook Children’s for her first well-child visit. The parents don’t know the child’s social security number or even date a birth, but no one thinks twice because this is so normal to them. This is part of the C...
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August
29,
2018
Stress, as a whole, will never, never, never go away. Stress, the negative influences upon our daily lives, and anxiety, the worry and mental energy directed toward stress, are part of every human life from infancy through adulthood. One partic...
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August
23,
2018
The news that Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick had been diagnosed with a neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome shocked fans.  You may be even more surprised to learn that while GBS is rare (incidence is about 2 per 100,000 cas...
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August
23,
2018
A recent recall of 32 different children's medicines has some parents combing through their cabinets. The products, marketed and sold by King Bio online and in local health food stores, have been recalled due to “microbial contamination.” Accor...
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August
22,
2018
When the summer began, Ben Olsson, D.O., a pediatric intensive care unit physician at Cook Children's, hosted a press conference at the medical center, asking parents to "Lifeguard Your Child" and warning them about the dangers of drowning.  As on...
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August
21,
2018
WFAA - A new reality: Tourniquets, bandages as school supplies at Fort Worth ISD.     ...
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August
21,
2018
WFAA - Lisa Smith is warning others that napping in a car seat can turn fatal for small children.   ...
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August
20,
2018
CBS 11 - August is National Breastfeeding Month, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about six months. Holly Erwin, a lactation consultant with Cook Children's Medical Center, talks the benefits of breastfeed...
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August
15,
2018
As a new school year begins, a 15-year-long trend of parents refusing to vaccinate their children in Texas may put your child at serious risk for diseases like measles. That’s the concern of many of the state’s physicians based on new numbers from...
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August
10,
2018
By Katie Lawrence, CPNP & Kaci Osenga, M.D. Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) has been a board certified subspecialty in pediatrics sponsored by the American Board of Pediatrics since 2008. PPC has been a specialty service at Cook Children’s Medical...
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