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David Winter, MD

David Winter, MD, is an internal medicine physician on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Signature Medicine – Tom Landry.

Gym safety: How to exercise safely during COVID-19

Exercise for each and every one of us is important — and exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic is equally, if not more, important. No matter what type of exercise is right for you, it’s a way to not only keep your body moving, but also give your mind a break for the sake of your mental health.  The caveat? …

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How your body builds immunity against COVID-19

After receiving the vaccine for COVID-19, folks are asking, what happens with our immune systems? What is actually going on inside of the body? And how long does it take to build immunity? Here is a breakdown of information on how vaccines work. Step one: Build a defense  Our immune systems have defense mechanisms that are …

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When will you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Updated 12/22/20 Please note: Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 vaccine situation, information may change frequently — please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (or your local state authorities) for the most up-to-date information. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the …

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How to care for someone in your household with COVID-19

Update: In addition to cough, fever and shortness of breath, possible symptoms of COVID-19 have been expanded to also include sore throat, weakness, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of smell or taste, and chills. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please access the free screening questionnaire via MyBSWHealth. Is someone in your household experiencing …

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Takeout food and package delivery: Is it safe?

As uncertainty about COVID-19 and new rhythms of daily life sweep households across the nation, conversations around food safety have taken precedence for many of us. Amid this period of social distancing, our go-to restaurants and favorite fast-food chains have resorted to delivery, “to-go only” and drive-thru alternatives to keep afloat. But is ordering takeout …

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How to treat mild COVID-19 symptoms at home

Information and guidance about COVID-19 care and vaccination continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. Most people who become ill with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will experience mild symptoms and can recover fully at home, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If …

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WATCH: Treatment Options Help Half a Million Americans Live With This Heart Disease

This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Congestive heart failure. Even the name of this chronic heart condition sounds scary. Though heart failure is certainly a very serious disease, advances in prevention and treatment has made it more manageable than ever before. A few decades ago, individuals …

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WATCH: This Irregular Heart Rhythm Disorder is the Most Common—Can You Prevent It?

This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. The big local story in health and sports recently is the collapse of Dallas Stars hockey player Rich Peverley during an NHL game due to an irregular heart rhythm. Some reports indicate that he suffers from atrial fibrillation, or Afib, …

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WATCH: The Greatest Drug Breakthrough Since Penicillin?

This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Some people are calling statins, a class of medications that lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, the greatest drug breakthrough since Penicillin. Others though, are cautioning about the overuse of these drugs and potential side effects. With new guidelines recommending an increase …

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