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Infectious Disease

7 things to know about sexually transmitted infections

What if I told you there are infections so prevalent that they affect nearly 1 million people every day worldwide? Not only that, but these particular infections continue to be on the rise each and every year. I’m talking about sexually transmitted infections, or STIs (also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs). Sexual …

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Groundbreaking research brings new hope in global TB crisis

Though tuberculosis (TB) is a centuries-old disease, researchers across the globe are still searching for new ways to treat what has become an urgent public health crisis. A groundbreaking discovery made by researchers at the Baylor Scott & White Health Research Institute could provide the key to putting a permanent end to the global TB …

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MRSA skin infections: How you get them and how to prevent them

Everyone has seen news stories involving athletes and skin infections. It seems that at least once a year there is some professional team that is having to go through an especially thorough cleaning protocol in their locker room and shower area.  Contact sports seem particularly vulnerable to such an attack. However, the facts are that bacteria surrounds …

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Some Zika-related defects show up months after babies’ birth

Texas recently became the second state to confirm a local transmission of the Zika virus, and the news comes at the heels of a disturbing new study showing babies infected by the virus that appear healthy at birth may develop defects as they grow older. The case in Texas, found in a non-pregnant female in …

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Researchers develop first-ever tuberculosis treatment for children

In response to a growing tuberculosis epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling health experts worldwide to make better strides towards saving lives affected by the deadly respiratory infection. Tuberculosis is one of the top ten causes of death worldwide, according to recent data from the WHO. “There must be a massive scale-up of efforts, …

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HPV vaccine: To give or not to give

As an OB/GYN, I have seen and dealt with the consequences of HPV-related disease and have been very vocal about aggressively promoting vaccination. I have vaccinated my own children against HPV and make it a habit to educate my patients who are mothers of preteens/teens to consider the HPV vaccine for their children. But we are still seeing too many …

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Two doctors recall first-hand experience with Zika virus

The recent travel advisory issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning tourists of the heightened outbreak of the Zika virus. Although the Zika virus has never been contracted in the United States, one of the first cases reported into Temple, Texas, was remarkably reported by a provider at Baylor Scott …

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Take caution to avoid mosquitoes, recent West Nile cases confirmed

After recent reports of West Nile mosquitoes, residents throughout Texas should take caution to avoid exposure to mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection. Although there are some misconceptions about West Nile, the August 4th release from the Texas Department of State Health Services reported nine total cases of West Nile this year, with three suffering …

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The truth about the measles outbreak and vaccinations

The recent measles outbreak is a stark reminder that diseases we once thought were conquered have the ability to reignite without proper precautions. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention reported 141 cases in 17 states, including Texas, this year through Feb. 13. Most of the cases appear to be linked to people who contracted the …

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