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
More than a dozen NHL hockey players have reportedly been diagnosed with the mumps in recent weeks, prompting obvious questions about how and why the disease is spreading among the athletes. (USA Today reports today that three more players have been added to the NHL’s list of mumps cases.) We asked Steven Davis, M.D., the medical director … Continue reading Why is NHL facing unprecedented mumps outbreak?
This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding autism. With the uptick in awareness of autism over the past decade, the discussion has also brought with it much confusion. Parents can easily become overwhelmed when trying to process information, so how … Continue reading Understanding Autism: The Path to Erasing Stigma
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
Just days ago, it was reported that more measles cases were discovered in Tarrant County, only heightening the awareness of the recent spread of one of the most contagious diseases known to man. Nearly 21 measles cases have been linked to North Texas counties in only a few short weeks. Should we be worried? The … Continue reading Measles Outbreak in North Texas: How To Protect Yourself
One of Doris’s weekly bridge partners canceled. The friend had a terrible case of shingles. She advised Doris to get the shingles vaccine. Doris had never heard of the vaccine, but she knew shingles were very painful, and she knew she didn’t want to get it. Julia K. C. Sherrill, MD, Family Medicine – Taylor … Continue reading Shingles Vaccine—A Preventive for a Painful Virus