As you tune in to watch the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, you may have seen more than star athletes. Bob Costas is the familiar voice of the Olympic Games, hosting 157 of NBC’s Olympic prime time airings since 1988. However, due to an eye infection he has had to take a break to recover. … Continue reading The Olympic Games bring attention to Bob Costas’s pink eye
If you’re watching the local Dallas-Fort Worth news stations, you’ll know that flu season is here. The Dallas County Health Department and individual doctors urge people to get vaccinated now. Infectious disease physician Steve Davis, M.D., gave some tips to WFAA-Channel 8’s Jason Wheeler about why vaccinating is important. Continue reading Flu Information From The Dallas-Fort Worth Outbreak
Getting an annual flu vaccine is an important step to staying healthy. That’s because it can protect 60 to 90 percent of healthy adults from getting the illness. The vaccine does, however, have its drawbacks, such as being defenseless against different strains of flu. Plus, the very young and the elderly don’t seem to get the … Continue reading Vaccinations From the Future
If you have paid attention to the news here in North Texas, you may have seen reports about an outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough (as it’s more commonly known) in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. What’s behind this outbreak? Experts suggest it may be attributed to the recent trend of parents not vaccinating their children. … Continue reading Pertussis Outbreak: Why Children and Adults Should Get the Vaccine
Flu season is just getting underway. So, what better time to discuss the myths, dangers, prevention tactics and tell-tale signs of the virus? I sat down with my panel of experts: Roger Khetan, MD, and Rainer Khetan, MD, internal medicine specialists on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, about all these … Continue reading What you need to know about the flu
Hepatitis C might seem like a disease that doesn’t affect the average person, but according to the Centers for the Disease Control, there are more than four million Americans suffering from chronic Hepatitis C right now. Thousands of these patients are being cared for in the Scott & White Healthcare system. While the majority of … Continue reading Baby boomers: Could you have Hepatitis C?
“A, B, C, D, E, F, G…” Humming or singing aloud the “ABC” song in our collective heads helped most of us remember our alphabet as young children. But did you know that even as an adult, there’s a good reason to sing (or hum) the ABC song? No joke, the ABCs are a metric … Continue reading The ABCs of proper handwashing
If you’ve lived through a summer in the South, then you know what it’s like to do battle with mosquitoes and doesn’t it seem that mosquitoes are more sweet on some people than others? I’m not just talking about those wearing bug repellent versus those who aren’t. It just seems that not everyone has equal … Continue reading Do Mosquitoes Like You More Than Others?
Shots. Just the sound of the word might bring up memories of dreaded doctor visits from your childhood. But the truth is that vaccines are a crucial part of primary care. How do vaccines work? The best way to look at how vaccines work are to view them as the attempt to mimic a natural … Continue reading History of vaccines and why you need them
As word about the new SARS-like MERS-CoV virus (Middle East Respiratory Virus, a type of coronavirus) spreads across the globe, many of us may be feeling a little concerned. I don’t know about you, but every time a virus like this breaks out I am haunted by scenes from the movies Contagion and Outbreak. Viruses can … Continue reading How Worried Should You Be About The New SARS-like Coronavirus?