Last year, more than 80,000 people died of the flu and its complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This statistic is especially concerning for those with chronic health conditions like diabetes, who are considered “high risk.” I encourage all my patients to get the flu shot each year. But my … Continue reading Why people with diabetes are at high risk for the flu
Influenza and heart attack are things we don’t normally associate together, but the two are more connected than you might think. A recent study found that a person’s chances of having a heart attack, or myocardial infarction, increase significantly after a flu diagnosis. In the study, people who had been diagnosed with the flu in … Continue reading How the flu increases your risk of heart attack
Have you ever hesitated to get the flu shot? Maybe because you didn’t have the time, or thought you were invincible to catching the virus? As flu season is upon us once again, there’s something you need to know: Getting a flu shot isn’t all about you. It’s also about the people who are unable … Continue reading Herd immunity: Why getting the flu shot isn’t all about you
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 … Continue reading Groundbreaking research brings new hope in global TB crisis
It’s that time of year again. The weather cools (in theory), the smell of pumpkin spice latte is in the air and the many strands of influenza stretch their legs and begin infecting my sweet, unsuspecting patients. There’s a lot of information out there on how to avoid the flu, but I am here to tell … Continue reading What to do (and not to do) when you have the flu
The flu can attack anyone, but some people are more susceptible to the virus than others. As physicians, we believe it is important that you know your risks and how to prevent the flu before it gets you. Who’s Susceptible? Those at higher risk for developing influenza are residents in nursing homes and long-term care … Continue reading Who is most susceptible to the flu?
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 … Continue reading MRSA skin infections: How you get them and how to prevent them
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 … Continue reading Some Zika-related defects show up months after babies’ birth
It’s that time of year again, when we’re all being urged to get our flu shots. Many moms-to-be often ask me whether it’s safe for them to get vaccinated. The answer is yes, it is safe, and it’s strongly recommended no matter where you are in your pregnancy. Pregnant women are more likely to get … Continue reading Should pregnant women get the flu shot?
It’s that time of year again. And with the beginning of every flu season, misinformation and myths about the flu vaccine begin to circulate, making it difficult to dissect fact from fiction. So why should someone consider getting vaccinated against the flu? “Statistics show that influenza (flu) is one of the major causes of illness and even death during the cold … Continue reading Why should you get a flu shot?