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And the Winners Are … - 07/23/2019

Sixteen first-time event hosts will participate in TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads in October, and kids in nine new Texas locations will receive a free bike helmet. These winners in TMA’s 25 for 25 campaign will help mark a quarter-century for the bike helmet giveaway program during Hard Hats for Little Heads Month.


Maple Primary Care to Host First Anniversary Walk With a Doc Texas Event Sunday - 07/22/2019

 Farmers Branch residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Manvinder Kainth, MD, and colleagues from Maple Primary Care for Farmer’s Branch’s first anniversary Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


RFS Executive Council - 07/19/2019

Resident and Fellow Section Executive Council


Hard Hats for Little Heads Event Ideas - 07/18/2019

Ideas for a Successful Event


Texas Losing Ground in Disease-Prevention Battle, Physicians Warn - 07/17/2019

Some Texas physicians say the anti-vaccination movement is creating skepticism that could undermine the state’s ability to prevent a widespread disease outbreak. The state has fended off outbreaks in the past because a majority of Texans are vaccinated, but soaring vaccine exemptions could leave Texans vulnerable.


Help Celebrate 25 Years of Keeping Texas Children Safe - 07/17/2019

Since 1994, Texas physicians and others have given out more than 325,000 bicycle helmets to children across the state through the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program. We’re celebrating the program’s 25th birthday in October, and you can be a part of the festivities.


Plant-Based DFW to Host its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 07/15/2019

Dallas residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Rizwan H. Bukhari, MD, of Plant-Based DFW for its first Dallas Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Frequently Asked Questions - 07/10/2019

Hard Hats for Little Heads FAQs


Talk to Patients About: Texas School Vaccinations - 07/08/2019

All Texas public schools (and most private schools) and colleges require students to have certain shots before they can attend classes.


Talk to Patients About: Diphtheria - 07/08/2019

 Diphtheria infected more than 200,000 and killed 15,000 in the U.S. in 1920, but the growing use of vaccines during that decade caused rates to drop, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. In the 1940s, the diphtheria vaccine was combined with tetanus and pertussis, and the shot became routine for children. Between 2004 and 2017, only two U.S. cases were reported, CDC says.


Talk to Your Patients About: Meningococcal B - 07/08/2019

Texas Medicine recently highlighted Meningococcal B, a bacterial infection that can affect the blood, brain, and spinal cord with lasting effects like learning difficulties, hearing loss, or limb amputation. The Meningococcal B vaccine is relatively new, having won Food and Drug Administration approval in 2014.


Time Is Running Out to Apply for a TMAF Grant - 07/03/2019

Helping your community to be healthier couldn’t be easier. Just apply for a Texas Medical Association Foundation grant that can help fund an immunization clinic, health fair, smoking cessation program, and more. To apply for a grant, submit a letter of intent by July 15, and a completed application by July 31. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions the week of Sept. 16.


Program Overview - 07/02/2019

Guidelines, application process, and costs for the TMA Leadership College.


Talk to Patients About: Flu - 07/02/2019

Flu is serious, and the vaccine can prevent or minimize the illness.


Talk to Patients About: Rotavirus - 07/02/2019

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.


Talk to Patients About: Polio - 07/02/2019

Polio once terrified Americans. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the virus crippled around 35,000 Americans a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because polio often attacked abdominal muscles used to breathe, many died or permanently needed a respirator called an iron lung.


Talk to Patients About: Meningococcal B - 07/02/2019

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.


Defend Yourself From Diphtheria: Bacterial Infection Can Stop Breathing - 07/01/2019

Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection that affects the respiratory system and damages the heart, nerves, and kidneys. It can hinder or stop breathing, and causes fatigue, sore throat, fever, and swollen neck glands. The infection can be deadly without any medical treatment. Several immunizations are available to protect people against this disease.


Texas is No. 1 in “Hotspots” For Vaccine Exemptions - 06/27/2019

Houston, Fort Worth, Plano, and Austin are among the cities in the nation with the highest number of kindergartners who have not received vaccinations because of nonmedical reasons, according to the study published this week in the journal PLOS Medicine.


White Rock Family Health to Host its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 06/25/2019

Dallas residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Amanda Mohammed, MD, of White Rock Family Health for the clinic’s first Dallas Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


TMA Installs Austin Surgeon as President - 06/25/2019

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.


Dallas Surgeon Posthumously Receives TMA’s Highest Honor - 06/25/2019

TMA bestowed the 2019 TMA Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Read posthumously at TexMed, the association’s annual conference, in Dallas.


Fort Worth Nurse-Philanthropist Installed as 102nd TMA Alliance President - 06/25/2019

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.


Elemental Weight Loss and Wellness Clinic to Host Its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 06/24/2019

San Antonio residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Megan Williams Khmelev, MD, of Elemental Weight Loss and Wellness Clinic  for the clinic’s first San Antonio Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


El Paso Physician is 2019 Community Health Superhero - 06/19/2019

Joseph Segapeli, MD, and El Paso Pediatric Associates dipped their toes in the Texas Medical Association’s outreach programs in 2017 when they hosted a bicycle helmet giveaway for local children. Two years later, after putting on monthly community walks and an annual flu shot clinic, Dr. Segapeli and the practice were proclaimed TMA Health Heroes.