Author Archive | Janet Aker

The Doctors Corrigan

As a third-year pediatric resident at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Dr. Nicole Corrigan can still be expected to have lots of medical questions. And while she can ask her colleagues for the answers, she can also call her mom. That’s because Nicole’s mother is Dr. Suzanne Corrigan, who was a pediatric resident at Children’s 30 […]

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Autism by the Numbers

April is National Autism Awareness Month so stories about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are appearing in the news. The CDC estimates that an average of 1 in 110 children is affected by autism. I know a child with autism and you probably do too. Autism is really a broad range, or spectrum, of pervasive developmental […]

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CT scans and children: tips for parents

You may have seen coverage recently on CNN Health about the increased number of CT, or computed tomography, scans being ordered by doctors for children. The number of these scans has risen five-fold over a 14-year period, according to the research. Radiation levels accumulate over time, so it’s important for parents to think about the […]

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Making A Statement

Making a statement

Football really isn’t Kelsey Oudshoorn’s game; volleyball is. But the other day, the 15 year old was waiting, football in hand, to meet Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman at Children’s. The two Dallas Cowboys icons shook her hand and autographed her ball, which she bought especially for the occasion. Kelsey, a patient in the Center […]

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Talking to your children about tragedies

In light of the shooting tragedy in Tucson and the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, parents should be prepared to talk to their children about these events. In fact, First Lady Michelle Obama has penned an eloquent letter to parents that offers some insights into talking with your children about tragedies such as Tucson. […]

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7 Tips for Safer X-rays, CT Scans

If your child has ever had ongoing pain that couldn’t be diagnosed in a doctor’s office, or even been to the dentist, chances are he’s had an X-ray or CT scan. These technologies help doctors pinpoint injuries and diagnose illnesses by giving them an inside, in-depth look at organs, tissues and bones. The downside is […]

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Cops bring holiday cheer to Children’s

Most of the time when you see a cop, there may be some unpleasant associations. But for kids in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, that’s definitely not the case: The police are their buddies. Each year for the past 6 years, members of the Dallas Police […]

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A tree for the holidays

A tree for the holidays

For most people who celebrate the holidays, decorating the tree is one of the best parts of the season — getting all the decorations out of the attic, stringing the lights, the ribbon, and the popcorn and cranberry garlands.But for some children who are sick, the joy of decorating the tree doesn’t happen. That’s where […]

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