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2019
April
19,
2019
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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April
17,
2019
It’s spring in North Texas and just like clockwork, severe weather is expected to impact our area this evening. Large hail, damaging winds and even tornadoes are a possibility with the thunderstorms that are predicted to develop by late afternoon. Fo...
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April
16,
2019
My family and I got to spend an amazing afternoon at the new Dream Park at Trinity Park in Fort Worth! What makes this park so special? Well, it’s not your typical run-of-the-mill playground. It’s a park for “children of all abilities.” Childre...
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April
15,
2019
Child abuse is a difficult subject to think about, much less discuss with your family and friends. But it also can’t be ignored. Jamye Coffman, M.D., medical director of the Child Advocacy Resource and Evaluation (CARE) Team at Cook Children’s, sa...
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April
12,
2019
My 8 year old asks about once a week, “Dad, when can I start my YouTube channel?” And, I’m pretty sure my freshly minted 10 year old will soon be asking about his own Twitter, Instagram or YouTube account soon. I realize this is a tricky situation...
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April
11,
2019
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. Last year, 35 children were treated for snake bites at Cook Children's, up from 21 ...
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April
08,
2019
In hindsight, as they watch their little 5-year-old boy playing with his beloved toy trucks and all things wheels, the parents of Owen Turner rest easy they made the right decision. But nine months ago, that choice was anything but simple. Desp...
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April
08,
2019
When Cynthia Keator, M.D., passes the Atrium, she can't help but feel that same sense of awe that Cook Children’s Medical Center gave her more than 20 years ago as a volunteer. Dr. Keator, who is a pediatric neurologist and epileptologist at Cook ...
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April
05,
2019
“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you ha...
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April
02,
2019
The month of March proved something sadly true – a child can drown at any time of the year and in any place where there is water. Last week, Cook Children’s medical staff treated four children for drowning-related accidents with ages ranging from ...
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April
01,
2019
THE GREEN DUST COATING HAS BEGUN The time has come. You and your kids spent time at the park on a beautiful spring afternoon. A few hours later, at home, the symptoms start (cue M. Night Shyamalan strange horror music). Or heck, for those really a...
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March
28,
2019
I hate to be the bearer of bad news. I didn’t even want to write this article. Last fall, two studies showed that probiotics may not work as well in kids who have “tummy bugs” as we had previously thought. I am defining acute gastroenteritis he...
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March
27,
2019
For 10 years I’ve been walking into hospital rooms and entering someone else’s story. For 10 years, I’ve made eye contact with the precious kiddo on the bed and told them that I was there to make sure they understood everything that was happening to ...
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March
25,
2019
Two physician groups are combining their efforts to fight against the amount of sugar kids are consuming, especially from sugary drinks such as sodas. On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association released policy...
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March
21,
2019
Tarrant County Public Health has confirmed the first case of measles in the area since 2015. This is the fourth case of measles confirmed in North Texas this year and the fourteenth in the state. Health officials say the patient recently traveled ...
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March
19,
2019
Sniffling, sneezing, tummy aches and worse. A lot of things are in the air right now making kids and adults sick. So what are our physicians seeing? Halley Hogan, M.D., a pediatrician at Cook Children’s newest location in Prosper, Texas, took some...
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March
18,
2019
One of the first conversations I usually have with new parents is about food allergies. They’ve read so much about it, they are never sure what they should or shouldn’t give their baby. When I first started practicing medicine, this line rolled ri...
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March
11,
2019
The deaths of two children who drowned in bathtubs this month are amplifying a key message at Cook Children's: lifeguard your child, even in the bathtub.   First, a 3-year-old child from Decatur, Texas died in early March after being left alone in...
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March
07,
2019
Many of your kids will be losing an hour of sleep heading into Spring Break, so start planning now. That’s the advice of Hilary Pearson, M.D., medical director of the Sleep Laboratory at Cook Children’s. “Sunday is ‘spring forward,’ so we all l...
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March
07,
2019
“It’s just a virus.” I hate that phrase and I know it never gives parents comfort when they hear it from doctors. Doctors (I’ll admit I’ve said it too) usually say “it’s just a virus” to let parents know we don’t see anything that suggests a ba...
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March
06,
2019
The rest of the world may soon learn what neurologists and clinical pharmacists at Cook Children’s have known for almost three years – intranasal ketamine is a groundbreaking drug with the potential to help people from all walks of life. Cook Chil...
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March
06,
2019
The diagnoses of a child with cancer causes devastation for the entire family. The life-changing news can mean the loss of a “normal” life. Even the most straightforward cancer with a 95-percent cure rate can impact jobs, marriage and the children...
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March
05,
2019
A stroke is sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen. It can be caused by blockage of blood flow due to a clot or rupture of an artery that supplies blood in the brain. When this happens, the cells of the brain in the affected area become...
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March
01,
2019
Today, Owen Turner struggles to pick up a Cheerio or throw a football with his right hand.  But other than that it would be hard to notice a difference in him and any other 5-year-old boy after becoming the first child at Cook Children's to underg...
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March
01,
2019
Have you heard about the Momo Challenge? Probably by now you have. But if you haven't, there's a good chance your kids have. It's the latest viral sensation freaking everyone out. But should you be concerned? And is it even real? Here are a few of...
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February
28,
2019
When Amy Suson began her journey with Cook Children’s Cardiology program more than 30 years ago, she never expected her baby daughter, Madilyn, would someday join her on a similar path. Amy was born with hypoplastic right ventricle, severe tricusp...
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February
28,
2019
Feb. 28 is Rare Disease Day. But you might be surprised to learn many of these diseases really aren’t as “rare” as you might think. A rare disease is defined as any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S.1 While individually, each ...
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February
27,
2019
As health experts warn that vaccine hesitancy and misinformation has caused a surge in highly contagious diseases, a congressional hearing took place on Capitol Hill today to look at “a growing public health threat” of measles cases in the United Sta...
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February
27,
2019
I want to tell you why you should never go down a slide with a child in your lap. I'm gonna get my sweet little buddy Carson here to help me. ...
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February
25,
2019
Once again a local shooting of a small child is in the news and under investigation by authorities. NBC 5 reports that a toddler was shot in the head at a Fort Worth home last week. Police said the child’s mother and father were at the house and t...
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