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There are a number of differences between the shelters housing Harvey evacuees and the ones where victims of Katrina went 12 years ago. A big one is telemedicine. Children, especially, are being treated by doctors in remote locations.

 

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For a little over a year, musicians – from national stars to local talent – have been going room to room, playing tunes for patients at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

It’s part of a national effort to channel the healing power of song.

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Family members usually have to wait outside when doctors treat someone for a serious injury. But that’s changing with trauma care for children. A new study finds it can be beneficial for the family to be inside the emergency room.  

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Each year, more than 35,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects. Chances for survival were slim not so long ago. But today, more than a million adults live with congenital heart defects. 

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When a superstar athlete has a catastrophic injury, the first call often goes out to Dr. James Andrews. The surgeon worked on the shoulder of former Cowboy Troy Aikman, the knee of Tiger Woods and the elbow Yu Darvish, among many others. 

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For decades, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas has partnered with academic institutions, working within their own system to come up with ways to care for sick patients. Now, the model is shifting. They’re investing in tech startups to care for healthy kids. 

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When children get sick at school, it can be a big disruption. For the kids – they have to miss class –and for mom or dad, who have to leave work, try and schedule a last minute doctor’s appointment, maybe even go to the emergency room. So, what if kids could see a pediatrician without having to leave school? That’s the idea behind a telemedicine initiative run by Children’s Health. The program has gone from reaching several hundred kids to in Texas to thousands.

Long hospital stays and frequent checkups are a drag. And they’re especially hard on kids who often fall behind in school and miss spending time with friends. To help these patients stay home, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas is trying to connect with kids using video and Bluetooth after organ transplants.

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For all the breakthroughs in cancer care over the last few decades, sometimes the best treatment just doesn’t work. That’s what happened to 6-year-old Jude Cobler of Plano. 

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The new $1.3 billion Parkland hospital is just the tip of the iceberg. Hospital construction has reached unprecedented levels in North Texas.

The Dallas medical district now has a skyline of its own.

The new Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern’s William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital are the latest projects in a health care building boom that’s not projected to slow down any time soon.

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In this edition of Vital Signs, treating depression in children and adolescents. A study at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas indicates cognitive behavioral therapy combined with medication can improve the long-term success of treatment. Dr. Betsy Kennard, who's with both institutions, is lead author of the study. 

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At Children’s Medical Center in Dallas you can see the future for some pharmacists – and it’s not working behind a counter or in a lab. Find out why Children’s has put more pharmacists in the emergency department than any other pediatric hospital in the country.

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It’s a contagious viral lung infection that strikes nearly half of all children under two. Bronchiolitis can vary from mild cases similar to a common cold to severe cases needing hospitalization. The latter cases prompted Children’s Medical Center to take part in a two year program to improves its treatment. Dr.Vineeta Mittal, a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with UT Southwestern Medical Center, explains in this edition of Vital Signs.

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Here's the latest on the ice storm that jolted North Texas in December 2013. 

Update, 1:53 p.m. Friday: Damage estimates from the North Texas ice storm have reached $30 million.

That may seem like a lot, but Mark Hanna with the Insurance Council of Texas tells KERA’s BJ Austin that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to recent North Texas hail storms.

“Just last year you had two hail storms that were much worse,” he said. “One was $750 million in damage. The other was $900 million in damage. So this ice storm is kind of a blip on the screen compared to some of the catastrophic weather conditions you’ve had in the past.”

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Children’s Medical Center Dallas will receive $18.9 million to establish a center to improve the health of foster care children.

The Rees-Jones Foundation is making the donation. An announcement is scheduled for 2 p.m. today.

Today’s pledge is in addition to an earlier $1 million gift given to Children’s from the foundation.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Pilgrims weren’t so awesome, about 30 percent of Dallas County children live at or below the poverty line, thousands of pages of JFK investigation documents are now online, and more:

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U.S. News & World Report has released its annual hospital rankings, and several North Texas systems can boast nationally recognized specialties. But Children’s Medical Center in Dallas has something special to brag about, a number one ranking in pediatric orthopedics.

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If you rode a wagon down what is now Oak Lawn in April of 1913, you would have passed four large canvas tents. There, beneath the shade of the oak trees, what looked like a campsite was actually the first medical clinic for babies in North Texas, and the precursor to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. 

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Dr. Jeffrey Kahn at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas says the ER has been flooded with young flu patients over the past two weeks.

"We’re seeing so much influenza right now that we are no longer testing for influenza. Or, I should say we’re only testing under very specific circumstances," said Kahn.  " So, right now when he see children in the Children’s Emergency Department with an influenza-like illness, it’s very likely they have flu.”

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Ken and Cecilia Christopherson are channeling Saint Nick in a very real way.  Part treasure hunter, part master craftsman, Ken builds dollhouses from scratch. Each one takes 100 hours to construct, and each one goes to a very sick child stuck in the hospital for the holidays.

The population explosion in North Texas’ has brought a growing number of children without health insurance, and some of the counties affected come as a surprise.

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A five-year old North Texas child with leukemia recently visited Capitol Hill. His family and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas wanted to put a face on healthcare funding for kids.