• Improving the Health of All Texans

    • Texas Obesity Rate Grows to 30 Percent of Adults

      Although Texas in 2014 improved its overall health ranking among U.S. states from 36th to 31st, according to the United Health Foundation's annual report, the percentage of obese adult Texans — those who have a body mass index of 30 or higher — grew to 30.9 percent.
  • Standing up for Public Health

    • Student Athletes Need Complete Physicals
      Letter Testimony from TMASenate Committee on EducationHouse Bill 767May 19, 2015
    • DSHS Office of Women’s Health Hiring for Physician II
      The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Office of Women’s Health is hiring for the Physician II position to assist the women’s health programs.
    • Mom’s Gift of Vaccination Protects Baby From Whooping Cough
      Moms do all they can to keep their babies safe and healthy. As we celebrate Mother’s Day, the physicians of Texas Medical Association (TMA) urge pregnant moms and moms-to-be to get vaccinated against whooping cough, or pertussis.   
    • Texas Public Health Coalition Says, Stop Distracted Driving
      Texas is one of only six states that does not completely prohibit texting while driving. And while an increasing number of Texas cities have implemented a variety of texting while driving restrictions, there is no comprehensive approach. By eliminating texting while driving across the state and promoting distracted driving education for Texas drivers, HB 80 will help reduce costly and preventable injury and make our roads safer for all Texans.
    • FDA: Lead Poisoning Possibly Linked to Bo Ying Compound
      An April 10 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notice encourages health care professionals and consumers to report to the agency's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program any adverse events potentially related to Bo Ying compound, due to the potential risk of lead poisoning in those who use it. Manufactured by Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong) Ltd., Bo Ying compound, as described in the FDA notice, is "a powdered product marketed for treatment of various ailments in infants and children." FDA warns it "may contain excessive levels of lead."
    • Bill Would Allow Unapproved Treatments Like Cannabis
      TMA, TPS, and TNS oppose the unregulated sale and recreational use of marijuana, but we are encouraging the U.S. Congress to authorize additional research on marijuana and related cannabinoids and formulations such as cannabinoid oils for their potential medical use. Such research will help more fully delineate these products’ possible beneficial uses, particularly for seriously ill patients who may benefit from alternative treatments.
    • Research Needed to Prove Any Marijuana Medical Benefit
      With a number of states allowing nonresidents to obtain marijuana for “medical” uses, physicians must assume that some of our patients, particularly those suffering with debilitating symptoms, are currently using or seeking access to marijuana. We therefore must be able to have a free exchange of information with them on the effects and use of marijuana. House Bill 837 offers protection for physicians who must have free and unfettered discussions with patients on marijuana use as well as other botanical products and complementary therapies.
    • Bill Could Change How Physicians Practice, Prescribe
      There is a substantial amount of interest among some of our patients and our physicians in the potential use of marijuana to treat the severe symptoms of their chronic conditions. While we are concerned about extensive provisions in HB 3785 that would establish a system to allow for the possession, distribution, and delivery of cannabis for medical use, we are most concerned because of how this could alter how physicians currently practice and prescribe medications for our patients.
  • 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.