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Texas Losing Ground in Disease-Prevention Battle, Physicians Warn
Some Texas physicians say the anti-vaccination movement is creating skepticism that could undermine the state’s ability to prevent a widespread disease outbreak. The state has fended off outbreaks in the past because a majority of Texans are vaccinated, but soaring vaccine exemptions could leave Texans vulnerable.
Defend Yourself From Diphtheria: Bacterial Infection Can Stop Breathing
Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection that affects the respiratory system and damages the heart, nerves, and kidneys. It can hinder or stop breathing, and causes fatigue, sore throat, fever, and swollen neck glands. The infection can be deadly without any medical treatment. Several immunizations are available to protect people against this disease.
Physicians Concerned Over State’s Inaccurate Death Reporting
Some Texas physicians are concerned that the state’s death statistics are not as accurate as they should be. Like in many states, Texas’ death reporting system feeds inconsistent information into the state’s vital statistics database. As a result, distorted death statistics inaccurately portray how people are dying, which could have negative public health implications.
TMA Installs Austin Surgeon as President
DALLAS – The Texas Medical Association (TMA) installed Austin surgeon David C. Fleeger, MD, is its 154th president on Saturday. Dr. Fleeger assumed his new post at the TMA House of Delegates policymaking body at TexMed, the association’s annual conference, showcase, and expo.
Dallas Surgeon Posthumously Receives TMA’s Highest Honor
TMA bestowed the 2019 TMA Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Read posthumously at TexMed, the association’s annual conference, in Dallas.
Fort Worth Nurse-Philanthropist Installed as 102nd TMA Alliance President
The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) has installed Lisa Queralt, a Fort Worth registered nurse and philanthropist, as its 102nd president. TMAA is the community service and advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), comprising physicians, and their spouses and partners.
Texas Doctors Seek to Help Trafficking Victims, Protect New Mothers
Texas doctors hope policy proposals put forth now can help stop human trafficking and protect women having a baby by extending their health insurance coverage. The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates policymaking body will take up these and other resolutions this weekend and in the coming week during the national medical association’s annual meeting, in Chicago.
Darrouzet Named New CEO of Texas Medical Association
Michael J. Darrouzet, the long-time chief executive of the Dallas County Medical Society, will be the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) next executive vice president and chief executive officer, TMA Board of Trustees Chair E. Linda Villarreal, MD, announced today.
TMA Chooses Houston Physician for President-Elect
DALLAS – Houston emergency physician Diana L. Fite, MD, is elected the new president-elect of the Texas Medical Association (TMA). The TMA House of Delegates policymaking body today elected Dr. Fite to serve in this leadership role for one year, before she assumes the presidency. Delegates elected her during TexMed, the association’s annual conference.
Corpus Christi Businesswoman Elected TMA Alliance President-Elect
The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) has elected Martha Vijjeswarapu, a Corpus Christi businesswoman, as its president-elect. TMAA is the community service and advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), comprising physicians and their spouses and partners.
Hepatitis B Infection Can Cause Liver Damage, Cancer
The bottom line: Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection that can be short-term or long-term. Some people can die from it or suffer other serious diseases like cancer, while others experience no symptoms. People can become infected through sexual contact, by sharing needles, or from an infected mother passing it to her baby at birth.
Protect Yourself Against Tetanus: Bacterial Infection Attacks Muscles
The bottom line Tetanus is a serious bacterial infection. Commonly known as “lockjaw,” tetanus causes painful muscle spasms in the jaw, neck, and stomach area, as well as other serious symptoms.
Mumps: Virus Causes Puffy Cheeks and Sometimes, Serious Complications
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.
Goodman Announces Retirement After 22 Years of Leading America’s Largest State Medical Society
Louis J. Goodman, PhD, CAE, the executive vice president and CEO of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for 22 years, has announced he is retiring. The association has begun a nationwide search for a new leader, and Dr. Goodman will step down when the new CEO is in place.
Rubella Endangers Pregnant Women, Their Developing Babies
Rubella can be deceptively mild, causing no symptoms in up to half the people who get the viral illness. But if pregnant women get the disease, it can kill, causing miscarriages and stillbirths, or can leave the babies with lifelong disabilities.
Vaccination Still Needed to Keep Frightful Polio Away
The bottom line: Polio, a disease that once terrified Americans, is a vaccine success story. Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly disease caused by a virus. Even though polio cases are rare, parents need to be vigilant about vaccinating their kids to keep it from returning to the United States.
Texas Physicians Release 2019 Legislative Prescription for a Healthier Texas
The political landscape has changed, but many of the health care issues hotly debated two years ago are back on the table for the upcoming 86th session of the Texas Legislature. The Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) goal: persuade legislators to improve Texas laws for patients and their physicians.
Rotavirus Causes Severe Diarrhea in Kids
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide, especially in children under 2 years of age. The highly contagious illness is most common in the winter and spring months.
Whooping Cough: Vaccinating Can Prevent Deadly Childhood Infection
The sound of pertussis, or whooping cough, is terrifying. It is the sound of someone coughing violently, and then gasping for air; the gasp is the “whoop” sound. Whooping cough is a highly contagious, potentially fatal respiratory disease, and a big problem in Texas.
Medical Liability Reform Anniversary: More Doctors to Care for Texas Patients
In the 15 years this month since Texas passed landmark medical liability
reform, the state’s patients have enjoyed greater access to physicians’
care, as more doctors practice medicine throughout the state. House
Bill 4, the Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform Act, and passage of
Proposition 12, a constitutional amendment, lessened the likelihood of
frivolous lawsuits against physicians and hospitals.
A Virus Common in Children Poses a Greater Threat to Adults
A common childhood illness can strike the same person twice, once as a child and later as an adult — and without treatment, the adult version of the virus can be even more painful. The varicella-zoster virus does double duty, causing itchy, fluid-filled blisters on the head and body of young patients, and then can reactivate as a more painful, blistery rash called shingles after the child grows up.
Survey: GOP Voters Overwhelmingly Support Child Immunization Laws
Most Republican voters want schoolchildren to have their shots before going to school, according to a recent Texas survey.
Following the Vaccine Schedule Protects Children From Deadly Diseases
Texas children have a better likelihood of fighting off diseases circulating at school if their parents make sure they get their shots before the first bell rings. Doctors urge parents to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended school vaccine schedule to build their child’s immune system against dangerous diseases, reports the August issue of Texas Medicine magazine.
The Hidden Threat of Meningococcal Disease
Meningococcal bacteria can cause severe illness, even death. The most severe illnesses are meningitis (infection of the lining covering the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (bloodstream infection). Two types of meningococcal vaccines are available to prevent this infection that can kill up to 15 percent of patients who become infected.
Pneumococcal Disease: A Vaccine Preventable Threat
Pneumococcal disease is one of the leading causes of illness among children and seniors. The potentially deadly pneumococcal bacteria causes pneumonia, but it also causes meningitis, sinusitis, sepsis, and ear infections. However, a pneumococcal vaccine can protect both children and adults.
Texas Doctors Seek Red-Tape Reduction to Help Patients in Need
The 34-member Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates will ask the policymaking body to adopt a resolution this week to help patients with disabilities get devices to help them move, and another to allow physicians to prescribe medications electronically for patients they know.
Texas Physicians Adopt “Zero Maternal Deaths” Goal
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) will not rest until maternal mortality is eliminated in Texas. Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, TMA’s immediate past president, threw down a gauntlet today to his physician colleagues — a goal of zero deaths among Texas women who are pregnant or new mothers.
Hepatitis A: The Disease to Convince People to Wash Their Hands
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious viral infection that can make people very ill or even kill them. The disease attacks the liver, and people spread it through contact with infected fecal matter. While no cure exists, a vaccine can prevent the disease.
Measles: Once Gone, Its Threat Has Returned
Measles, a highly contagious disease previously eradicated in the United States, is back, causing outbreaks in Texas and beyond.
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