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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opioid Crisis, Insurance Delaying Care, Issue Debates Top Texas Physicians’ Conference
Physicians representing all regions of Texas will
convene to learn how better to solve the opioid crisis, how to use technology
to improve patient care, and consider proposed policy about: insurance company
practices that delay patient care; preventing harm from food allergies;
doctors’ potential role in stopping human trafficking; physicians distributing
medicines (and whether pharmacists should be able to alter doctors’ prescriptions);
whether to tax feminine hygiene products; and even electric scooter safety. All
of these highlight TexMed 2019, the
Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) annual physician conference, educational
showcase, and expo. Close to 2,000 TMA physician leaders and other health
care experts will gather in Dallas for TexMed 2019, the annual meeting of
America's largest state medical society.
Doctors to Lobby Lawmakers on Session’s Last “First Tuesdays” Event
Hundreds of Texas Medical Association (TMA) physicians, TMA Alliance members, and medical students will return to Austin for TMA’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy day next Tuesday, May 7.
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.
Physicians to Return to Pack Capitol for “First Tuesdays”
Hundreds of Texas Medical Association (TMA) lab coat-clad Texas physicians and medical students, and TMA Alliance members will fill the Capitol for First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy day on April 2.
More Physicians to Flood Capitol on March “First Tuesdays” Advocacy Day
Building on the great turnout and success of the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) initial First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy day in February, TMA expects about twice the attendance for the March “white-coat invasion.” As many as 400 lab coat-clad Texas physicians and medical students, and TMA Alliance members will fill the Capitol to urge legislators to support good patient care on March 5. They will dedicate the TMA building to TMA Executive Vice President and CEO Louis J. Goodman, PhD, who is retiring, and some will attend a Tobacco-21 news conference.
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.
Maternal Illness and Deaths, Coverage Expansion Top Saturday’s TMA Conference
How to protect women from severe illness and death surrounding childbirth; ensuring Texans are vaccinated against diseases; covering low-income Texans with insurance so they can access care; top medical issues in the legislature; ethical considerations of “do not resuscitate” (DNR) law; and the state’s changing demographics and how to care for Texas of the future. Doctors will address these pressing issues and more during the 2019 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Winter Conference, in Austin.
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.
Physicians to Fill Capitol on Feb. 5’s “First Tuesdays”
Continuing a 16-year tradition, hundreds of lab coat-clad Texas physicians and medical students, and TMA Alliance members will fill the Capitol to urge legislators to support good patient care during the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) initial First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy day of the 86th Texas Legislature.
TMA: Put Health Back Into Health Care
As the 86th Texas Legislature zeroes in on problems to solve this legislative session, physicians urge lawmakers to prioritize improving the health of Texans.
Health Care Leaders Host First-Ever Joint Summit on Texas Medicaid
As the future of Texas Medicaid promises to be a central topic of discussion in the 86th Texas Legislature, leaders from three pillars of the Texas health care system gathered in Austin on Oct. 12 for a first-ever summit to identify and commit to working on shared priorities for strengthening the program.
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.
Texas Medical Association Eager to Work Alongside Governor Abbott to Improve Access to Health Care in Texas
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) believes a Texas federal judge’s recent ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional provides a bipartisan pathway to strengthen access to health care and provide coverage for the 4.5 million Texans without health care overage.
Physicians Warn of Overreach in New Pharmacy Prescription Rules
Physicians are questioning whether some Texas pharmacists are overstepping bounds by using a new rule to second-guess whether a doctor’s prescription is appropriate.
TMA Installs “Country Doc” as 153rd President
Today the Texas Medical Association (TMA) installed a self-proclaimed “old country doc” from Athens, Texas, as president of America’s largest state medical society. Douglas W. Curran, MD, an east Texas family physician, took the reins during TexMed, the association’s annual conference in San Antonio.
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.
Physicians Shift Focus to Prevent Suicide, a Growing Public Health Problem
The Bottom Line: Some Texas physicians are trying to help prevent suicides with mental health screening and identifying patients’ suicidal thoughts during a routine examination. Data shows most victims visit a doctor shortly before taking his or her life.
Avoid COPD One Step at a Time with Walk With a Doc Texas
Could walking more save your life? Physicians say taking extra steps are beneficial, and can help prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic lung disease that hinders breathing.
Doctors Say Vaccinations Key to Preventing a Deadly Flu Season
Look out: Here comes flu season. Even though the flu is an annual occurrence, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) branded the 2017-18 flu season as one of the worst in recent years.
TMA to Lawmakers: Stop Proposed Medicare Changes
Federal lawmakers must hold hearings immediately to stop proposed changes to Medicare that would cause lasting and serious damage to the program and to health care in the United States, Texas Medical Association President Douglas Curran, MD, told two key Texas congressmen today.
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 Medicine Investigation Exposes Threats to Texas’ Ban on Corporate Practice of Medicine
An Austin physician group, one of the city’s largest hospital systems, and an outside hiring firm are engaged in a tug of war that pits corporate finances against the physicians’ view of what’s best for their patients, a three-month investigation by Texas Medicine magazine found.
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.
Austin Surgeon Selected TMA President-Elect
Austin surgeon David C. Fleeger, MD, is the new president-elect of the Texas Medical Association (TMA). The TMA House of Delegates policymaking body elected Dr. Fleeger today at TexMed, the association’s annual conference, in San Antonio.
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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