By Ernest Buck, MDThe Disneyland measles outbreak hasn’t made its way to
Texas, yet. But it’s only a plane ride away. And depending on where that plane
lands, we could be in for some big health problems. It’s hard for Texans under a certain age to remember, but
measles is a serious, highly contagious disease. It can cause serious
complications in children. Some will die. This is not an exaggeration. This is
reality. Read more ...
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) today installed A. Tomas Garcia III, MD, as its 150th president.
Advocate, Educate, Collaborate. More than 2,500 Texas Medical Association (TMA) physician leaders and other health care experts and members of organized medicine will assemble in Austin to do those and more during TexMed 2015, TMA’s annual conference and expo. Physicians will develop critical health care policies that will effect positive change for Texas patients and patient care. Hundreds also will visit legislators at the State Capitol to urge support for bills to improve health care, and to deny bills that could hinder it.
Seven of Texas’ largest physician organizations — representing more than 48,000 physicians and medical students — today urged state House and Senate budget negotiators to “craft a cost-effective budget that addresses Texas significant health care needs.”
Big news: A vaccination is available to prevent cancer. The vaccine, when given to preteens, can help prevent them from contracting oropharyngeal cancer, a head-neck cancer affecting the throat and tonsils.