• Improving the Health of All Texans

    • TMA Advocates Full Physical, History to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Student Athletes

      The natural emotional reaction to the death of a young person is often to advocate doing anything and everything to prevent more young hearts from giving out well before their time. Three years ago, the tragic death of Cody Stephens, a student athlete at Crosby High School, pushed his father and like-minded legislators into action.
  • Standing up for Public Health

    • CDC Provides MERS Virus Evaluation Guidelines
      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted a call with doctors on June 11 to brief them with updated information and guidelines for evaluating Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus. The interim guidance doesn't include travel advisories, but concern about the virus has grown since the Republic of Korea reported to the World Health Organization an initial case of laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV infection on May 20. CDC says it represents the first case in what is now the largest single outbreak of MERS-CoV outside of the Arabian Peninsula.
    • DSHS Issues Cyclospora Health Advisory
      The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued a health advisory encouraging physicians to test patients for Cyclospora if they have diarrheal illness lasting more than a few days or diarrhea accompanied by severe anorexia or fatigue. DSHS received reports of more than 40 cases of Cyclospora infection in June.
    • Local Physician Invites Community to “Walk With a Doc”
      Tyler residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join local physician Li-Yu Mitchell, MD, Smith County Medical Society, and FitCity for Tyler’s final FREE weekly Walk With a Doc Texas event of the spring-summer season.  
    • Dad’s Vaccination Helps Protect Baby From Whooping Cough
      As we honor dads this Father’s Day, the physicians of Texas Medical Association (TMA) urge dads- and grandfathers-to-be to get vaccinated, before baby arrives.
    • Following the Science
      A bill requiring student athletes to have an EKG before their first and third years of participation in school athletics didn't pass this legislative session. TMA and other organizations say the scientific evidence doesn't support mass screening.
    • CDC Releases Updated Ebola Monitoring Protocol
      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was expected to release new guidance on monitoring travelers from Liberia to the United States for potential Ebola infection. With the World Health Organization's designation of Liberia as "Ebola free" in May, CDC has developed a "step-down" screening protocol for low-risk travelers to the United States from Liberia.
    • Revised Student Vaccine Requirements Available
      The revised 2015-2016 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grade K-12 is now available from the Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization Branch. School administrators, health personnel, and parents will receive letters regarding the revised immunization requirements, which play a vital role in maintaining the health and well-being of Texas students.
    • Ebola Resource Examines Dallas Contact Tracing, Monitoring
      It has been months since the last U.S. Ebola patient received a clean bill of health, yet public health officials continue to examine the response to the disease to plan and prepare for possible future cases. "Active Tracing and Monitoring of Contacts Associated With the First Cluster of Ebola in the United States," published in the May edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, discusses the process of contact tracing during the U.S. Ebola investigation. The paper identifies key experiences from contact tracing implementation and monitoring that may assist ongoing Ebola preparedness efforts.
  • Addressing Pollution from Legacy Coal Power Plants in Texas

    This June 2013 report examines retrofitting Big Brown, Martin Lake, and Monticello coal-fired facilities with modern emission controls or retiring the plants and replacing them with cleaner alternative energy sources. Prepared by Daniel Cohan, PhD, assistant professor of environmental engineering at Rice University, Addressing Pollution targets these three 1970s-era legacy coal-fired power plants because they are "the leading emitters of air pollutants and greenhouse gases in Texas." And they heavily contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone and particulate matter, a mixture of substances including carbon-based particles, dust, and acid aerosols formed in the atmosphere by volatile organic compounds, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides.

    The report explores four options that "could foster the ability of electricity providers to offset any loss of generating capacity from the legacy coal-fired power plants, while enhancing air quality and minimizing costs to ratepayers."

  • Texas Public Health Stats

    • Immunizations

      There is a greater risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in communities with low immunization rates. Vaccine preventable diseases will increase if Texas cuts immunization funding.
    • Obesity

      "F as in 'Fat'" Ranks Texas the 13th most-obese state in the country. Healthy eating starts in childhood.
    • Smoking

      Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the state. More than 24,000 Texans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses. Join with TMA to make Texas smoke-free.
    • Mental Health Funding

      More than 4.3 million Texans, including 1.2 million children, live with some form of mental health disorder. Of these, 1.5 million cannot function at work, school, or in the community due to their illness.