Checkup Newsroom (news)

2018
August
10,
2018
The adolescent years are a time of tremendous growth and change - both in body and mind. Children and adolescents are being diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders at an alarming rate for reasons which are complex and multifaceted. As always,...
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August
09,
2018
NBC DFW - Saleem Malik, M.D. came to the U.S. with a dream of pursuing advanced medicine. He's now one of the state's top pediatric neurologists & runs a special lab at Cook Children's (1 of only 3 of its kind in Texas) where he's able to detect spot...
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August
09,
2018
I meet new kids every day and very few of them want to talk to me. I’m a speech language pathologist, so you can understand how this complicates my job. I have a few tricks up my sleeve: fun toys, silly pictures, asking them about something they b...
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August
07,
2018
How is it August already? Whether you’ve enjoyed your summer with the kids and you’re dreading the first day back or you’re counting down the days (hours), it’s time to start thinking about getting back into that back to school routine. One of ...
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August
07,
2018
I always hear the "Jaws" music playing in my head when I see these little ones toddle into my office. Dun dun...there's the rash....dun dun....fever too....dun dun...won't eat or drink much....dun dun...my diagnosis is given...DUN DUN..."What! Hand F...
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August
02,
2018
Babies need vitamin D for strong, healthy bones and teeth. A severe deficiency of vitamin D can cause serious conditions like Rickets (a bone deformity that results in permanently bowed legs). Most mothers eat a varied diet with fortified foods (u...
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August
02,
2018
Kim Mangham, M.D., a Cook Children’s pediatrician in Keller, estimates most kids get sick about 6 to 8 times a year, which can cause frustration for parents and leave them wondering if they should do something more to keep them healthy. “They ofte...
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August
02,
2018
By Joel Steelman, M.D., Endocrinologist at Cook Children's Health Care System ...
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August
02,
2018
We live in a sharing society, but we don’t share all things equally. We’re likely to share a cute video of our children blowing out their birthday candles or a picture of our kids in their baseball uniforms. There are plenty of things that pare...
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August
01,
2018
Similar to most parents, Chris and Kendra Braughton waited anxiously for nine months to meet their first child. Harper brought more joy than they had imagined to their lives, and also a one in a million diagnosis. Harper was born with a rare g...
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July
31,
2018
Heart murmurs. Parents worry SO much when I hear one in their kiddo's chest and I tell them about it. But I am here to help you not freak out! I feel like I need to add "Parental Freak-Out Support and Management" to my resume. Maybe undernea...
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July
30,
2018
Cook Children’s staff has seen the most since drowning deaths since at least 2012. According to the Trauma registry, 10 children have died this year already. Two deaths occurred in the month of July to pass the total of eight deaths in 2016. The a...
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July
27,
2018
In case you haven’t heard, the popular snack company Pepperidge Farm has recalled their famous Goldfish Crackers due to a possible Salmonella contamination. NOT ‘THE SNACK THAT SMILES BACK’?!?! Unfortunately it is true. Specifically the: F...
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July
26,
2018
Families asking questions about going gluten free are a more frequent occurrence in my office lately. So, are gluten free foods better for your child? The answer is… Complicated. It depends on your child. Gluten is a protein found in whea...
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July
25,
2018
If you’ve chosen to brave the Texas heat this summer, you may have noticed that some of the few creatures to venture out with you are the mosquitoes. Or you maybe you are one of the fortunate souls that never seemed to be bitten by a mosquito. Is ...
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July
24,
2018
No mom has it easy, but going to back to work after the birth of a baby adds another level of complexity. For moms who plan to continue nursing and pumping to provide their baby breastmilk, it becomes even harder. It becomes so hard, in fact, t...
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July
23,
2018
A recent Texas mom’s Facebook post went viral after she shared her mother-in-law’s remedy for sunburns using shaving cream. Amanda MacMillan, a noted health reporter, talked to a dermatologist from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to get his tho...
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July
20,
2018
A 3-year-old Houston boy became the third child in Texas to die after being left in a hot vehicle this year. The Houston Chronicle reports the child was left in the back of a daycare bus by a driver and chaperone following a field trip. The bus ar...
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July
19,
2018
A new study shows that too often, doctors and Advance Practice Providers (Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants) prescribe an antibiotic as an answer to all needs. But the truth is that those rampant prescriptions may be causing more harm than...
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July
18,
2018
It’s a club they never wanted to belong to, but now they hear the stories all too often. Mike and Jane Garner were having a birthday party for their son Jaylen four days shy of his second birthday. They were at Jane’s sister’s house and after the ...
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July
16,
2018
As North Texas prepares for its hottest temperatures in two years, the dangers for your child also increases. According to the National Weather Service, heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States. The highs this week will be abo...
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July
13,
2018
While most of us know Fenfluramine as one of two components in a notorious weight loss drug, researchers are finding it has remarkable potential for the treatment of rare genetic epilepsy syndromes. Cook Children’s recently participated in multice...
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July
13,
2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 100 cases of salmonella in 33 states, including three in Texas, following a recall of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Thirty people have been hospitalized as of yesterday afternoon. The CDC rec...
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July
12,
2018
Two children were rushed to Cook Children’s after being left alone in a bathtub so far in July, according to the Trauma registry of the medical center. Nine chilren have been treated for bathtub drownings this year, with one resulting in a death. ...
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July
11,
2018
Ok the slime thing. It's big right now. I had no idea how big until I started asking parents of school-aged kids (mine are a bit younger) and they said, "Uh, yeah. Everyone makes slime nowadays. The kids trade it, play with it daily, and talk about i...
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July
05,
2018
For 100 years Cook Children's has built its reputation on taking care of kids who needed help the most. Perhaps no department is an example of that reliability and stability as the Heart Center Program. The physicians within the program are a legacy ...
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July
03,
2018
Want an excuse not to go out in the brutal Texas heat? Chiggers. Earlier this week, NBC5 reported chiggers in North Texas is the worst in 30 years. So what does this mean for your kids? The truth is mainly annoyance. Let’s take a look at ...
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July
02,
2018
This week you will hear a lot about fireworks safety, but that’s not the only danger children face over the Fourth of July holiday. As we have reported throughout multiple summers, drowning remains a leading threat to children during the holiday. ...
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June
27,
2018
Rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and copperheads account for 99 percent of the venomous snakebites in the United States. All three of those snakes can be found in Texas. From 2010 to present, 167 patients were treated for snake bites at Cook Children’s....
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June
27,
2018
At first your baby’s hiccups seem cute, but then they don’t seem to be going away. Now what? Justin Smith, M.D., is a pediatrician and also the dad of three kids. He seemed like the perfect person to talk to about why babies get hiccups and how do...
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