Public health officials are investigating two reported cases of measles in El Paso, bringing the state's total to 17 cases since the beginning of 2019.
Summer hasn’t started yet – that happens June 21 – but several cases of vector-borne diseases have been identified in Texas. Four cases each of chikungunya and dengue have been reported in Dallas, Fort Bend, Harris, Lubbock, Tarrant, and Travis counties, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said this week.
Meningitis is a serious infection of the brain and spinal cord. The “B” strain of the bacteria can cause serious outbreaks, leaving those affected with brain damage, hearing loss, and even death. A vaccine can prevent this illness.
Although an anti-vaccine movement has continued to grow in Texas, the vast majority of voters support requiring vaccinations for Texas children, results from a poll released this week show. This is the third public opinion survey with very similar findings to be released in Texas in the past nine months.
The bottom line: Mumps is a viral contagious disease. People know mumps for patients’ swollen cheeks and jaw, but patients also suffer fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Outbreaks occur every year in the United States and Texas. The MMR vaccine protects people against this disease.
Texas physicians should be on the lookout for mumps as health officials investigate multiple cases of the infectious disease in immigration centers throughout the state.
Texas Medical Association has thrown its support behind a bill before the U.S. House of Representatives that would help states combat maternal deaths.
No matter how comfortable you are with texting, remember, texting patients’ hospital orders is not an acceptable practice.
The Texas Medical Association continues to track key regulatory changes that could affect your practice, and recently submitted comments on the Texas Medical Board’s proposed rule for the use of opioid antagonists.
The Texas Medical Association is telling physicians to be mindful of patients who have entered into an arrangement with health care-sharing ministries, which present themselves essentially as faith-based alternatives to health insurance.
The U.S. Surgeon General last week issued an advisory stressing that the opioid antagonist naloxone saves lives of people at risk of overdose.
As the Texas House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse continues to delve into the epidemic of overdoses, TMA members Lisa Hollier, MD, and Manda Hall, MD, are keeping the focus on maternal mortality and morbidity.
To deal with the maternal morbidity and mortality crisis, the Texas Department of State Health Services has partnered with the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health to bring to Texas a nationwide initiative that helps hospitals, physicians, and nurses work collaboratively to improve maternal safety.
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