Texas health officials are warning physicians to watch for mercury poisoning after a woman who purchased cosmetics in Mexico was hospitalized in Texas.
While praising recent restrictions on smoking, e-cigarettes, and vaping products, a coalition of Texas health organizations called on state lawmakers to do even more to keep children from using those products.
Federal lawmakers must pass a bill that would allow states to provide 12 months postpartum coverage to mothers who lose Medicaid coverage two months after giving birth, and would provide a bump in Medicaid matching dollars for those states, medicine and others said in a letter this week.
Six children in Texas have died of flu-related illness since the season started at the end of September, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said last week. Four were not vaccinated for the current season, and health officials are still gathering information on the other deaths.
September 2019 brought what could become a major victory for the state’s handling of opioid addiction. Drugmaker Purdue Pharma – which faced thousands of lawsuits from cities and states, including Texas, for its role in the national opioid crisis – announced it had agreed to a settlement with 24 state attorneys general and other plaintiffs.
How do umbrellas protect us from disease? Austin pediatrician Ari Brown, MD, a Texas Medical Association physician leader, uses an umbrella analogy to explain how community immunity works, in this video.
It’s hard to find a medical myth that’s been more thoroughly debunked than the notion that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism.
Texas physicians got the kind of huge win on tobacco issues they haven’t seen in decades – a law to keep tobacco products away from young people.
The Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation last week issued a report comparing the life expectancy at birth of someone born in each of Texas’ 4,709 census tracts. Given the growing recognition of the importance of social determinants of health, I thought I’d dive into the report to find some good examples to share with you. I didn’t realize how deep that dive would become.
As physicians, we encourage our patients every day to be active and adopt a healthy lifestyle. But we know that many of our patients suffer from irreversible chronic conditions, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which affects an estimated 1.1 million Texas adults. This disease can make it difficult for people to get regular exercise.
November is National COPD Awareness month. Find out how you can help prevent COPD at your walk this month.
Preventing head injuries is important, especially among student athletes. TMA has compiled resources to help physicians, coaches, parents, and students better understand the consequences and severity of head-related injuries.
Possible changes to how the federal government determines the national poverty level could negatively affect the well-being and health care options for large portions of the population, a coalition of 10 state medical associations told the nation’s chief statistician this week.
The impact of adverse childhood events (ACEs) can be lasting and costly on patient health and medical outcomes.
In the United States, more than 20% of adults report experiencing three ACEs during their youth, potentially increasing the risk of negative, chronic health consequences and challenges such as alcoholism, depression, unemployment, heart disease and substance abuse, among many others.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics. The guide covers important issues to consider when changing a patient’s chronic pain therapy, including issues to consider prior to making a change, when initiating a change, and as a patient’s dosage is being tapered.
Read the Complete Guide Here
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