Reduce chance of flu, measles infections with 5 simple steps

It is a common misconception that flu season occurs only during the winter. But it actually starts in October and can last until May. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), about 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu each year. In addition, the recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland reminds … Continue reading Reduce chance of flu, measles infections with 5 simple steps




Why is NHL facing unprecedented mumps outbreak?

More than a dozen NHL hockey players have reportedly been diagnosed with the mumps in recent weeks, prompting obvious questions about how and why the disease is spreading among the athletes. (USA Today reports today that three more players have been added to the NHL’s list of mumps cases.) We asked Steven Davis, M.D., the medical director … Continue reading Why is NHL facing unprecedented mumps outbreak?




5 flu and vaccine facts you need to know

There are early indications that this year’s flu season could be severe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s largely because the variants of the flu virus that many patients are catching are different from this season’s vaccine virus, the CDC says. Says the CDC: So far this year, seasonal influenza A H3N2 viruses have been … Continue reading 5 flu and vaccine facts you need to know




‘Vital Lessons’ from Ebola forum at UT Dallas

What unfolded at Texas Presbyterian Hospital Dallas after the first Ebola case in the country was diagnosed there would have likely happened at any hospital in the U.S., William Sutker, MD, medical director of infectious disease and epidemiology for the Baylor Scott & White Health — North Texas division, said on Wednesday night. Dr. Sutker … Continue reading ‘Vital Lessons’ from Ebola forum at UT Dallas




Ebola gets headlines, but flu should remain top concern

Physicians affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health are expressing concerns that the recent wave of hysteria over the Ebola virus might overshadow the flu, which they say remains a serious public health threat. Roger Khetan, MD, said in an interview with WFAA-TV (Channel 8) this week, that he has seen a spike in flu cases in the … Continue reading Ebola gets headlines, but flu should remain top concern




Baylor Dallas isolation room and preparations for Ebola [video]

In this video, Dallas Morning News writer Dr. Seema Yasmin gets a tour of one of the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas isolation rooms. It’s one of the rooms that would likely be utilized should a patient with Ebola-like symptoms ever be treated there. John Garrett, M.D., medical director of emergency management for Baylor Scott … Continue reading Baylor Dallas isolation room and preparations for Ebola [video]




Ebola preparations explained by Baylor Scott & White Health representatives

The news that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is currently treating an Ebola patient is causing understandable concern among North Texas residents. But Baylor Scott & White Health representatives say there is still no reason to panic, as the virus does not spread easily and cannot be transmitted until an infected patient develops symptoms. The BSWH system has had … Continue reading Ebola preparations explained by Baylor Scott & White Health representatives




What to know about respiratory illness striking kids

The headlines about the potentially life-threatening enterovirus 68 are alarming. According to media reports, the respiratory illness may be behind the hospitalization of hundreds of children throughout the Midwest and South. It does not appear to have been reported in North Texas, but it is said to be spreading rapidly across the country. Officials at the Centers for Disease … Continue reading What to know about respiratory illness striking kids