• Infectious Diseases

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    This symposium on infectious diseases covers ethical challenges related to infectious diseases, emerging infectious diseases, future epidemics, the infectious disease outbreak investigation process, health care-associated infection prevention, antimicrobial resistance, the hygiene hypothesis, and infectious disease physician workforce needs. 

    An Ethical Challenge for Physicians  
  • Support Texas Public Health Coalition's Legislative Agenda

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    Texas Legislative staff joined the Texas Public Health Coalition for the University of Health forum launching TPHC’s Legislative Priorities. The forum focused on ways for the Texas Legislature to curb healthcare spending through injury prevention, investing in quality health education and interventions, supporting smoking cessation and preventing uptake, and intervening to prevent communicable diseases. 

    Promote Good Health and Save Taxpayers' Dollars  
  • TMA is helping to strengthen your practice by offering personal advice and creating a climate of medical success across the state.

  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?

  • TMA Fighting for Physicians and Patients

    Texas Announces Local Zika Virus Case in Rio Grande Valley

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    The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services announced the first case of Zika virus disease likely transmitted by a mosquito in Texas. DSHS is supporting Cameron County's response to the case and to the ongoing risk of Zika in the community. 

    Fighting Zika
  • Medicine Examines Causes for Spike in Texas' Maternal Mortality Rate

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    The Texas Department of State Health Services' Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force is attempting to find out why Texas' maternal mortality rate is on the rise.

    A Disturbing Trend  
  • PrEP Treatment to Prevent HIV Promising if Physicians Can Identify High-Risk Minority Patients

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    In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which can prevent patients from getting the virus. But the news didn't reach every corner of Texas, and many at high risk for HIV don't know PrEP exists or how to access it.

    A Preemptive Weapon  
  • CDC Recommends Only Two HPV Shots for Younger Adolescents

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses to protect against cancers caused by HPV infections. Teens and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 through 26 years, will continue to need three doses, CDC says. 

    Why the Change?  
  • Surgeon General Calls on Physicians to End Opioid Abuse Epidemic 

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    Last month, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, emailed a letter to 2.3 million health professionals asking them to lead a national movement to turn the tide on the nation's prescription opioid epidemic.

    Reduce Deaths From Opioid Overdoses  
  • Texas Has First Reported PAM Case; DSHS Issues Advisory

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    DSHS issued a health advisory last month following the diagnosis of primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) in a Texas teenager, the first case reported in Texas this year. DSHS reminds you to be aware of the possibility of Naegleria fowleri infection in patients presenting with bacterial meningitis-like symptoms and recent freshwater exposure.

     

    What are the Symptoms?