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

Understanding Autism: The Path to Erasing Stigma

This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding autism. With the uptick in awareness of autism over the past decade, the discussion has also brought with it much confusion. Parents can easily become overwhelmed when trying to process information, so how … Continue reading Understanding Autism: The Path to Erasing Stigma

WATCH: What’s Behind Recent Measles and Whooping Cough Outbreaks in North Texas?

This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Why are diseases like pertussis (whooping cough) and measles making a comeback? Many in North Texas have been surprised to find out that right here in the Metroplex we have seen a huge outbreak of these two diseases with whooping … Continue reading WATCH: What’s Behind Recent Measles and Whooping Cough Outbreaks in North Texas?