Why people with diabetes are at high risk for the flu

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

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 … Continue reading Groundbreaking research brings new hope in global TB crisis

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

Why should you get a 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?