Stories written by Sean Price

Talk to Patients About: Why is “Slowing” the Vaccine Schedule a Bad Idea? - 07/01/2020

Before an American child turns 2 years old, he or she will get 27 vaccinations – sometimes up to six shots in one doc-tor’s visit. For some parents, that seems like too much. The CDC schedule is designed to protect children early.


Positive Pressure: Physicians Promote Hemorrhage Control Training - 07/01/2020

The need for improved training on hemorrhage control in emergencies has been building for decades. Physicians say it’s just as important to reach out to the community to promote hemorrhage control in the same way CPR and other life-saving methods are promoted.


Weighing the Cost of Obesity: One Solution Does Not Fit All For This Complicated Disease - 07/01/2020

Obesity causes or contributes to a range of fatal and debilitating health conditions. On top of this, obesity has emerged as one of the largest contributing factors in severe illness and death among those who contract COVID-19, according to several studies.


On Pause for the Pandemic: Health Issues Sidelined Amid COVID-19 Response - 07/01/2020

Any physician can look out over the COVID-19 landscape and see important areas of health care tied to their specialty that are being downplayed or ignored as resources pour into fighting the pandemic and scared patients chose not to come to their doctors’ offices.


Paying the Price for PPE - 06/26/2020

The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic threw the market for personal protective equipment (PPE) into chaos. So physicians and county medical societies across Texas found they had to go big or go home when it came to obtaining those critical supplies.


Paying the Price for PPE - 06/26/2020

The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic threw the market for personal protective equipment (PPE) into chaos. So physicians and county medical societies across Texas found they had to go big or go home when it came to obtaining those critical supplies.


Paying the Price for PPE - 06/26/2020

The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic threw the market for personal protective equipment (PPE) into chaos. So physicians and county medical societies across Texas found they had to go big or go home when it came to obtaining those critical supplies.


Texas Vaccine Registry to be Accessible Through EHRs - 06/26/2020

Texas physicians soon will have an easier time accessing and submitting vaccination records when using the Texas Immunization Registry (ImmTrac2), according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, which runs the registry.


Rapid Rise in COVID-19 Along Border Concerns Area Physicians - 06/24/2020

Physicians from counties near and along the Texas-Mexico border gathered virtually Tuesday to explore ways to protect patients from COVID-19, which continues to spread rapidly throughout the region.  


Cases Up, Deaths Down; What’s Going On With COVID-19 in Texas? - 06/17/2020

Texas Medicine Today reached out to several leading public health experts to try to make sense of the data and find out what the numbers are telling us about that current status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas.


Growing Residents: Texas Med Schools Find Ways to Create More GME Slots - 06/01/2020

Texas’ plan to grow and keep more physicians in state is coming to fruition, but it will require constant nurturing to reach harvest. The latest crop will come out of a collaboration between one of the state’s newest medical schools, in Fort Worth, and Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center. The program will create as many as 150 new residency positions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through 2027. Collaborations between medical schools and health care institutions will add to those numbers in coming years.


Q&A: Preparing for Pandemic, An Interview with Umair Shah, MD, Harris County Public Health - 06/01/2020

Umair Shah, MD, Harris County Public Health executive director, on how COVID-19 has exposed gaps in the public health system.


Talk to Patients About: Why Will It Take So Long for a COVID-19 Vaccine? - 06/01/2020

Of all the solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, a vaccine is the most attractive. With just one shot, people could transform the disease from a global disruptor to an easily manageable public health problem. But vaccines can’t be whipped up overnight.


The Class of COVID-19: Texas Medical Students Struggle with Uncertainty - 06/01/2020

Texas medical students struggle to fight the pandemic in their own way while adjusting to a lot of uncertainty.


TMA Town Hall Addresses Financial Turbulence Caused by COVID-19 - 05/26/2020

Two-thirds of physicians who participated in the Texas Medical Association’s third COVID-19 telephone town hall meeting Thursday said it will take at least a month or more for their medical practices to return to the pre-pandemic level of patient volume.


TMA Helps OB-Gyns Answer Their Specific COVID-19 Questions - 05/20/2020

Though most pregnant women who have COVID-19 tend to have mild cases – unless comorbidities are present – obstetrician-gynecologists often face difficult medical and logistical problems when caring for those patients, according to physicians who took part in the Texas Medical Association’s fourth telephone town hall meeting – one devoted specifically to the issues facing OB/Gyns.


Need Help Treating Pediatric Patients With Mental Health Problems? - 05/20/2020

The restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic have created unique challenges for children and teens, including isolation from friends and classmates, uncertainty about the future, and concerns about health and safety.


A Boost for Behavioral Health: New State Programs - 05/13/2020

The Child Psychiatric Access Network (CPAN) plans to start operations in May, giving pediatricians and family physicians across Texas free telemedicine-based consultation and training on community psychiatry. CPAN is a key part of a much larger mental health initiative created by the 2019 Texas Legislature called the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium. Aside from CPAN, the consortium also will help public schools respond to mental health needs among students; expand the psychiatric workforce by paying for psychiatric positions and fellowships; and provide money for research on mental health in Texas.


Breaking Down Barriers: New State Effort Helps Get LARCs to Women Who Need Them - 05/13/2020

In November 2019, HHSC named boosting the use of LARCs as goal No. 1 for improving the health of women and children. The announcement came when HHSC released its first-ever annual business plan, “Blueprint for a Healthy Texas.”


Encourage Recovered COVID-19 Patients to Donate Plasma - 04/30/2020

Convalescent plasma is a promising treatment being developed for COVID-19. But assuming it works – and that’s still a big question – more plasma is needed from people who have recovered, says Susan N. Rossmann, MD, chief medical officer of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in Houston.


The Temperature's Rising: Preparing for the Health Effects of Climate Change - 04/30/2020

In Texas, climate change has been blamed for contributing to the severity of several weather and health events, including the 2011 statewide drought, the 2012 outbreak of West Nile virus in Dallas, Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and the steadily increasing prevalence of vector-borne diseases like Zika and chikungunya. Here are some of the most important climate-related health problems Texas physicians can expect according to climate scientists and the physician experts Texas Medicine spoke to.


Talk to Patients About: What’s Wrong With Vaccine Exemptions? - 04/30/2020

In 2003, the Texas Legislature allowed parents to opt their children out of getting mandatory public school vaccines. Since then, exemptions have jumped more than 3,000%, to 72,743 statewide, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. That number of exemptions threatens “herd” or “community” immunity for vaccine-preventable diseases.


Practice Revenues Down by Half or More, Say 60% of Physicians at TMA COVID-19 Town Hall - 04/21/2020

The Texas Medical Association's telephone town hall meeting on Monday gave physicians a chance to question TMA experts on both clinical and practice management issues tied to COVID-19.


Health Science Center Decontaminating N95 Masks for Texas Physicians to Reuse - 04/17/2020

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock has created a chamber that can decontaminate 10,000 N95 masks at a time. The center is offering to do it for free for any Texas physician or medical entity that needs it.


County Society Exec “Literally Meeting With People in Parking Lots” to Get PPE for Physicians - 04/09/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the international market for personal protective equipment (PPE) into chaos. So physicians across Texas have found they have to go big or go home when it comes to obtaining those critical supplies.