• Improving the Health of All Texans

    • Tobacco Dangers: 50 Years of Progress Threatened

      Fifty years of health warnings, smoking restrictions, and deaths from cancer paved the way for the arrival of Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, MD, at the White House in January, where he affirmed the burning need to put an end to tobacco use in the United States.
  • Standing up for Public Health

    • Better Care Quality; Docs Volunteer; and Caring for Low-Income Patients
      Improving health care quality and increasing patient safety; health care heroes serving thousands of immigrants on the border; whether to continue special funding to help underserved Texans; and physicians’ pessimism about their profession’s future highlight this month’s Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Texas Medicine magazine. 
    • AABB Asks for Blood Collection, Use, Management Data
      TMA’s Blood and Tissue Usage Committee encourages Texas physicians to complete a new national survey and inform their hospital blood banks about it.
    • 2014 Healthy Texas Babies Data Book Now Available
      The Texas Department of State Health Services has released the 2014 Healthy Texas Babies Data Book, This annual publication complements the Healthy Texas Babies initiative and the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies by providing an in-depth analysis of infant and maternal health in Texas.
    • Free Ebola CME from UTHSCSA
      The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is offering an online course titled Ebola Virus Disease: What Should You Know? Update and Demonstration of Donning and Doffing of Personal Protective Equipment. Physicians can earn free 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ upon completion of the course.
    • On a Charitable Mission
      Volunteer physicians answered the call over the summer to care for Central American immigrants crossing the border from Mexico into Texas. Nearly 100,000 unaccompanied minors and families flooded into the United States from October 2013 to August 2014.
    • Tele-Town Hall Discussion About Ebola
      Question and answers from the Oct. 20 tele-town hall meeting on Ebola?
    • EpiPens at Schools; Making Your Doctor’s Office a “Medical Home”
      Doctors want to arm schools with a small device that could save students’ lives, and your doctor’s office might undergo an internal change aimed at giving you even better care. These stories highlight this month’s Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Texas Medicine magazine. Texas Medicine is TMA’s official publication. Here’s a more detailed summary of these articles:
  • 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.