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 … Continue reading The truth about the measles outbreak and vaccinations

Will Texas lawmakers pass e-cigarette ban for minors?

Health officials are increasingly concerned about e-cigarettes, which contain addictive nicotine that could harm adolescent brain development. Texas is one of only nine states that allow the sale of e-cigarettes to children under 18 years old, but that may be short-lived. State lawmakers “will consider banning such sales amid concerns about growing use of the ‘safer’ alternative to … Continue reading Will Texas lawmakers pass e-cigarette ban for minors?

What to know about respiratory illness striking kids

The headlines about the potentially life-threatening enterovirus 68 are alarming. According to media reports, the respiratory illness may be behind the hospitalization of hundreds of children throughout the Midwest and South. It does not appear to have been reported in North Texas, but it is said to be spreading rapidly across the country. Officials at the Centers for Disease … Continue reading What to know about respiratory illness striking kids