Checkup Newsroom (news)

2018
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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February
19,
2018
Every year in the United States, about 31,000 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV infection. According to the CDC, HPV vaccination can prevent most of the cancers (about 28,000) from occurring. So why aren’t more people getting...
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February
16,
2018
Our Urgent Care Centers are full right now. The Fort Worth Urgent Care Center staff is seeing volumes in the 300s on a regular basis. Mansfield and Alliance UCC locations are seeing in the hundreds with the Southlake location seeing 60 to 90 patie...
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February
15,
2018
So here we are again. Another school shooting. As adults, we are the ones kids look to for comfort. The ones they depend on to be strong. How many adults are feeling just a bit weak or overwhelmed with the news of yet another shooting? I’ll admit I a...
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February
15,
2018
No matter how hard you try, the shooting at a Florida High School may be difficult to keep away from your kids. It was the nation's deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., more than five years ago....
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February
13,
2018
When bringing home a beautiful newborn, it can worry new parents to see one or both eyes constantly watering and developing ‘eye gunk.’ This problem is often caused by a clogged tear duct, also called nasolacrimal duct obstruction. Normally, tears...
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February
12,
2018
Former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny Manziel has gone public with his recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder in hopes of explaining his behavior that helped him lose his job as an NFL quarterback. “At the end of the day, I can’t help that m...
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February
09,
2018
February 9 marks SNC8A Awareness Day worldwide. A rare cause of refractory epilepsy, SCN8A mutations have now been described in over 250 patients worldwide and several receive their care at Cook Children’s. To raise awareness of this rare genetic cau...
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February
08,
2018
Are you panicked about the flu? How do you know if your kid is getting worse? What about all these kids getting really sick, even dying? Here's what I've been saying all day, every day in my office this week. 1. Healthy kids who get sick from t...
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February
08,
2018
It’s time to watch the world compete on the Olympic stage. I don’t know about you, but I am excited! I am a certified Olympic nut, and, as a former snowboard instructor, the winter Olympics may be my very favorite. It is likely the only thing that...
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February
06,
2018
If you aren’t crazy about Tamiflu, I get it. Except for in specific cases, I’m not either. But I’ve been asked about some other treatment options. Do they work? Are they safe? When it comes to “alternative” medications, I try to keep an open mi...
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February
05,
2018
We always get plenty of phone calls about vomiting during this time of year. The causes of vomiting can be many as it can be a major symptom of several different conditions. Here are some common scenarios for which we have parents call our office:...
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February
01,
2018
Antidiarrheal medicines are in the news right now because the U.S. Food & Drug Admininistration has reached out to manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their producs as part of its fight against th...
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January
31,
2018
The Texas Compassionate Use Act (Senate Bill 339) was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott and became effective June 1, 2015. The bill required the Texas Department of Public Safety to create a secure registry of physicians who treat epilepsy for the purpose o...
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January
26,
2018
Have you ever noticed a prominent blue vein across your child’s nose? Maybe you thought it was no big deal. Maybe you heard something about it that made you worry. Here are 4 facts about sugar bugs that you should know: 1.Prominent veins are...
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January
25,
2018
There seems to be a lot of panic about the flu lately. I blame this particularly virulent strain of H3N2 Influenza going around and I kinda blame some of the media stories for "honing in" on sad and scary stories. The Urgent Care Centers at Cook C...
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January
24,
2018
Your child’s throat is sore, has a headache and a fever. Is it strep or the flu? Maybe, both? Strep and flu are two very different things, although they may have similar symptoms at times. First, let’s distinguish between the two. The flu...
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January
22,
2018
The pediatricians at Cook Children’s are prepared to be busy over the next couple of weeks and for good reason. Once school was back from the Christmas break, kids returned to share their germs with one another. To make things worse, the brutally ...
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January
19,
2018
Along with the flu, we are seeing a lot of pneumonia in our Emergency Department and in our pediatrician’s offices. These visits are most commonly a secondary infection with the flu and RSV. “Actually, pneumonia has been what kills many people ...
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January
16,
2018
It's winter time and our medical center is seeing a lot of viral triggered asthma admitted to Cook Children's.  "One of the triggers of asthma symptoms are respiratory viruses and we are seeing a large number of those driving people to access Emer...
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January
15,
2018
We don’t see much snow or even the old “wintery mix” in Texas, so when we do there’s a good bet your kids will want to head outside. Dressing your children appropriately when the mercury plunges is particularly important. Failing to do so can resu...
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January
11,
2018
Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting the first and second influenza associated deaths in Denton County for the 2017-2018 flu season. One of the deaths was a child. For patient confidentiality, no further information will be released. “O...
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January
11,
2018
A 12-year-old girl in California died on Dec. 17, days after her family says they were told she had the flu.  Alyssa Alcarez's mother says the girl was misdiagnosed and health officials in Tulare County have stated she died from cardiac arrest and se...
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January
09,
2018
This year’s flu vaccine effectiveness has been questioned. “Should I even bother getting the vaccine,” I get asked. “Yes. You should definitely still get your child’s flu vaccine.” Here’s why. Is it going to be a bad flu season? Widesp...
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January
08,
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 has been receiving much of the media's attention, I thought this would be a great ...
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January
05,
2018
In The Media At 9 p.m. CST on Friday, Jan. 5, 2017, Jamye Coffman, M.D., will be a featured expert on ABC's '20/20.' '20/20' will air the first network interview with Gypsy Rose Blanchard from prison about her murder conviction in her mother's d...
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January
04,
2018
Last week, 1,118 children were tested for the flu at Cook Children’s. Of those kids, 429 tested positive (380 for Influenza A and 49 for Influenza B). With that many kids sick in our area, expect longer wait times if you take your child to the Eme...
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January
03,
2018
The holidays are over, but the flu season has arrived … early. Last week, 1,118 patients were tested for the flu at Cook Children’s and 429 tested positive (380 for Flu A and another 49 for Flu B). Get your flu shot (go ahead, it’s not too late...
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2017
December
29,
2017
You never know what wil capture our reader's attention. Today, we take a look at our most popular stories written in 2017. These are the most viewed stories of the year. Let's start the countdown.  10. Mom of Drowning Victim Speaks Out after Indic...
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December
28,
2017
As she watched her 9 year old struggle to learn a new soccer move in the backyard, Vanessa Charette, M.D., realized she was watching her son grow up right in front of her eyes. I felt myself learning more about being a parent,” Dr. Charette, a Coo...
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