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El Paso Physician Named TMA Health Hero - 05/23/2019

Joseph H. Segapeli, MD, an El Paso pediatrician, was named a Health Hero Saturday by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for his commitment to improving the health of his community. Dr. Segapeli was honored with the third annual award last week during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in Dallas.


TMA Names UTRGV Med Student Chapter of Year - 05/20/2019

DALLAS - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine on Friday received the Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section (TMA-MSS) 2018-19 Chapter of the Year Award.


Talk to Patients About: Meningococcal B - 05/20/2019

Meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine is the new kid on the block for children and adolescents, having won Food and Drug Administration approval in 2014. This presents a problem for physicians: Because there is an older vaccine for the other types of meningococcal bacteria, many patients who’ve had that vaccine wrongly believe they’re also protected against MenB.


TMA Foundation Elects Officers at Annual Conference - 05/16/2019

The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) elected Houston and Austin-area physicians and a Fort Worth civic leader as its new officers to lead the foundation’s board for the next two years. They were elected on Thursday during TMA’s annual conference, TexMed, in Dallas.


Be Wise Protecting Lubbock Seniors Against Pneumonia - 05/09/2019

Would you like a side of pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine with your lunch? Senior citizens in Lubbock are getting that option, thanks to a collaboration among the Lubbock County Medical Society Alliance, the City of Lubbock Health Department, and Lubbock Meals on Wheels. The effort is funded by a Local Impact Grant from the Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise – Immunize℠ program.


Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants - 05/03/2019

Apply for a grant. TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM is accepting applications for local vaccination programs.


2018 Be Wise – Immunize Local Impact Grant Recipients - 05/03/2019

These Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants were approved in 2018


Hepatitis B Infection Can Cause Liver Damage, Cancer - 05/01/2019

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.


Outreach 101: TMA Programs Help You Give Back - 04/26/2019

Whether you’re an outreach newbie or a seasoned veteran, discover TMA’s ready-made, outreach programs at the TMA Outreach Programs meeting Friday, May 17, during TexMed 2019 in Dallas. The meeting will be from 2 pm to 3 pm in the Westcott Room on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole.


How Do I Plan a Be Wise — Immunize Event or Clinic? - 04/17/2019

TMA has the tools you need to plan, organize, and carry out an immunization clinic. Or, if you want to staff a booth at your community health fair, we have free materials to educate that vaccinations are important, safe, and effective. Plus, our free merchandise for kids and Beatrice the Bee mascot make your event more fun.


What Does Be Wise — Immunize Offer for Physicians? - 04/17/2019

Be Wise can help you implement or enhance vaccination practices in your office with our vaccination toolkits and continuing medical education courses; educate about vaccines in your office, in the media, or at public gatherings such as parent-teacher associations and civic organizations; and more!


TMA Grant Helps Austinites Prevent Whooping Cough - 04/10/2019

Austinites in a medically underserved area will receive vaccinations to prevent whooping cough and tetanus, thanks to a grant from the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise – Immunize℠ program.


Talk to Your Patients About: Tetanus - 04/08/2019

The April issue of Texas Medicine highlights tetanus, which causes painful spasms that typically occur in jaw muscles but can wrack the entire body, and can be fatal.


Protect Yourself Against Tetanus: Bacterial Infection Attacks Muscles - 04/01/2019

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.


What is Be Wise — Immunize? - 03/14/2019

Be Wise — ImmunizeSM is a public health initiative of the Texas Medical Association. The program works with physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members to improve vaccination rates in Texas through education and hands-on immunization clinics.


Online Anti-Vaxxers Don’t Deter Texas Physician - 03/13/2019

Frisco anesthesiologist Zach Jones, MD, doesn't let antivax Internet trolls stop him from spreading vaccination message.


Talk To Your Patients About: Mumps - 03/11/2019

The March issue of Texas Medicine highlights mumps, which spreads easily through sneezing and coughing, or just touching infected surfaces. A vaccine, first introduced in 1967, reduced U.S. cases by 99 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Mumps: Virus Causes Puffy Cheeks and Sometimes, Serious Complications - 03/08/2019

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.


TMA Grant Helps Elderly Lubbockites Prevent Pneumonia - 03/07/2019

Senior citizens in Lubbock will receive vaccinations to prevent pneumococcal pneumonia, thanks to a grant from the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise – Immunize℠ program. TMA recently awarded a $2,200 grant to the Lubbock County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance to help provide the free vaccinations.


Update: Ten Measles Cases Reported in Texas - 03/06/2019

Ten cases of measles have been reported in Texas this year, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said in a statement Wednesday. The 10th case is an adult who was visiting Guadalupe County from the Philippines, where there is an ongoing measles outbreak, the statement said. 


Talk to Patients About: Rotavirus - 02/27/2019

Rotavirus is a highly contagious viral infection that inflames the lining of the stomach and intestines, and especially affects children 2 years old and younger. In the United States, the introduction of a vaccine in 2006 helped arrest rotavirus illnesses and deaths.


TMA Grant Helps ASU Students Avoid Cancer - 02/20/2019

Angelo State University (ASU) students will receive cancer-preventing vaccinations this spring, thanks to a grant from the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise – ImmunizeSM program. TMA recently awarded a $2,500 grant to physicians in San Angelo to help provide the free vaccinations.


Talk to Your Patients About: Polio - 02/12/2019

February’s Texas Medicine magazine highlights polio, a virus that was mostly  eradicated in the United States by 1979, thanks to a vaccine. However, we still vaccinate children here because the crippling disease remains a problem in Asia and Africa, and it could spread when people travel.


Rubella Endangers Pregnant Women, Their Developing Babies - 02/07/2019

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 - 02/07/2019

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.