Disease Management

Sickle Cell Disease Care Targeted in State, Federal Efforts - 12/06/2023

Physicians could see improvements in their ability to care for patients with sickle cell disease as moves by the state and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services aim to standardize and improve treatment for the disease and expand access to care.


Rotavirus Causes Severe Diarrhea in Kids - 06/29/2023

Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide, especially in children under 2 years of age. The highly contagious illness is most common in the winter and spring months.


Vaccination Still Needed to Keep Frightful Polio Away - 06/28/2023

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.


Doctors Say Vaccinations Key to Preventing a Deadly Flu Season - 06/28/2023

Look out: Here comes flu season. Even though the flu is an annual occurrence, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) branded the 2017-18 flu season as one of the worst in recent years.


Reporting Redesign: Disease Surveillance Relies on Physicians - 06/05/2023

Infectious disease reporting relies on close ties between physicians and local public health entities, especially as COVID surveillance relaxes.


Challenge of a Lifetime: Jennifer Shuford, MD, Helped Lead Texas Through the COVID-19 Pandemic - 01/17/2023

Chief State Epidemiologist Jennifer Shuford, MD, found innovative ways to lead Texas through the COVID-19 emergency.


The Down and Dirty on Wastewater Surveillance: COVID-19 Gives it a Boost - 12/04/2022

Wastewater epidemiology has been around for about two decades, but it didn't really take off in Texas until COVID-19 came along.


Talk to Patients About: The New York Polio Outbreak - 11/02/2022

A recent polio outbreak in New York state highlights the importance of vaccination.


Making a Comeback: Texas Leads the Nation in Congenital Syphilis - 07/29/2022

Texas leads the nation in congenital syphilis cases, and physicians are key to bringing both syphilis and congenital syphilis under control again.


COVID Relief Fund Offers Extension for Late Reports - 04/21/2022

Physicians who received money from the federal COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund and missed the first two reporting deadlines now have until April 22 to request to report late, thanks to an extension by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.


Talk to Patients About: COVID-19 Variants - 03/31/2022

Alpha. Delta. Epsilon. Omicron. These and other variants of COVID-19 have made their way through the U.S. and Texas. Help patients understand what variants are and why they're important.


Report: High Alzheimer’s Prevalence Among Texas Blacks, Latinos - 08/10/2021

Texas is home to 13 of the 41 U.S. congressional districts with the highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias among Blacks and Latinos in the Medicare fee-for-service program. That’s according to a report by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, a group dedicated to improving treatment for that disease.


Hepatitis C Screening, Treatment: A Public Health Priority - 11/01/2016

In the past two decades, cancer-related deaths in the United States have declined dramatically due to advances in prevention, early detection, and treatment. One notable exception, liver cancer, has had a 38-percent increase in incidence and a 56-percent increase in deaths in the past decade. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the leading cause of hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of primary liver cancer. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has endorsed one-time screening of all Americans born from 1945 to 1965 (baby boomers) for HCV because 75 percent of people living with HCV are in this age range.