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CDC: Lightly Researched THC Compound May Lurk in CBD Products - 09/15/2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning physicians, public health departments, and others about insufficiently labeled cannabidiol (CBD) products that may contain a certain compound of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that creates the psychotropic high for marijuana users.

Update: Enrollment Closes This Week For COVID-19 Antibody Response Survey - 09/10/2021

Texans between the ages of 5 and 80 can sign up to help The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in its ongoing effort to improve science’s understanding of COVID-19 through the Texas Coronavirus Antibody Response Survey (Texas CARES).

SHACs and School Reopening: Webinar Sept. 23 - 09/07/2021

Action For Healthy Kids is hosting a series of webinars on school health advisory councils (SHACs). The councils are volunteer advisory panels physicians can join to help ensure school districts’ health programs reflect local community values.

Commentary: This Is Different - 08/31/2021

As physicians we’re used to encountering illness on a daily basis. And 18 months in, COVID-19 illnesses are unfortunately all too familiar.

Apply by Sept. 1: Start a Vaccine Clinic with TMAF Local Impact Grant - 08/23/2021

As part of the Texas Medical Association’s Vaccines Defend What Matters campaign, the TMA Foundation offers grants of up to $3,500 to fund vaccination activities, educational resources, and community outreach events. The final round of those 2021 Local Impact Grants is now open for applications.

Medicine Strategizes Best Uses for Federal COVID-19 Relief Dollars - 08/23/2021

The Texas Legislature likely will appropriate $15.8 billion from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) during a third special session expected to be called in October – funds that physician leaders say could help ease pandemic challenges, such as clinical staff shortages, while also addressing emerging issues, such as research and treatment related to long COVID.

FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine - 08/23/2021

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine became the first to receive full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday following what the agency described as a thorough and rigorous review process.

Immigration Rule Change Undoes Care Limits - 08/09/2021

The Biden administration has ended a controversial 2019 change to the “public charge” rule by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the Texas Medical Association and numerous other major medical organizations opposed over concerns it deterred immigrants from obtaining timely medical care.

Get to Know Texas’ New and Improved Immunization Tracking Service - 08/06/2021

The Texas Department of State Health Services ImmTrac2 immunization registry securely and confidentially consolidates and stores Texans’ immunization records in one place.

Physicians Encourage Masking and Vaccination of Students - 07/28/2021

Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President E. Linda Villarreal, MD; Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) President Seth D. Kaplan, MD; and Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC) Chair Jason V. Terk, MD, as Texans plan for kids to return to school. The physician and health care groups are calling for children to be protected from COVID-19 due to spikes in cases and hospitalizations from the COVID-19 delta variant. They recommend parents and families follow new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for masking everyone in schools, grades K-12 – regardless of vaccination status – and to vaccinate all children aged 12 and up who can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, to protect them and their families.

Medicine With a Med Student: A Deep Dive Into Women’s Health Services in Texas, Part 2 - 07/27/2021

When it comes to health care, women have specific medical needs that require special attention, from family planning to pre- and post-menopausal care. However, a significant number of Texas women do not have health insurance to access those necessary medical services.

A Healthy Knowledge: Improving Patients' Health Literacy - 07/23/2021

The more literate patients are about health matters, the easier it is for physicians to treat them.

DSHS Taking Orders for COVID-19 Vaccine Record Cards - 07/22/2021

If you’ve enrolled to administer COVID-19 vaccines with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), you can now order vaccine record cards from the agency.

The ABCs of Health: Physician Leadership on School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) - 07/20/2021

Physician leadership on school health advisory councils, or SHACs, can improve local policies.

CDC Probing Monkeypox Case in Dallas - 07/20/2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a case of monkeypox in a person who was diagnosed with the virus after traveling from Nigeria to Dallas.

Medicine With a Med Student: A Deep Dive Into Women’s Health Services in Texas, Part 1 - 07/20/2021

More than 6 million women of reproductive age live in Texas, and 25% of them are uninsured. Health programs that aim to support and improve the health of Texas women are of the utmost importance. However, many Texas women are unaware of the free and low-cost medical services available statewide.

Get Involved in School Health Programs: Sign Up for a School Health Advisory Council - 07/19/2021

Local school districts around Texas are choosing members of their school health advisory councils (SHACs) for the upcoming school year, and now’s the time for physicians to sign up to make sure their voices are heard. SHACs are volunteer advisory panels first established in 1995 to ensure each school district’s health programs reflect local community values.

Health Disparity Report: Texas’ Black Infant Mortality Drops; Other Numbers Mixed - 07/14/2021

While the U.S. has made some improvements in health during recent years, deep and widespread health disparities persist – and, in some instances, have grown, according to the America’s Health Rankings 2021 Health Disparities Report, which also contains some Texas-specific data.

DSHS Receives CDC Grant to Help Identify, Report Birth Defects - 07/07/2021

The state of Texas received an assist in combating birth defects when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the Texas Department of State Health Services a grant for improved surveillance and diagnosis totaling $300,000 per year for five years, the state agency announced.

Catching Up After COVID-19: Using Well-Child Visits - 07/03/2021

U.S. children usually visit a physician on a set schedule through their teen years. COVID-19 made a mess of that schedule, and Texas physicians are trying to help families address the health care fallout before school starts again in the fall.

Rare Side-Effect Should Not Prevent COVID-19 Vaccination, ACIP Says - 07/01/2021

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met June 23 to discuss the latest data on reports of cases of inflammation of the heart muscle and surrounding tissue called myocarditis and pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccination among young people. 

Reconnect to Your Community With a Hard Hats Event - 06/29/2021

If you’re looking for a way to reconnect with your community as COVID-19 restrictions ease, consider the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program. For 27 years, the Hard Hats program has been helping physicians put bike helmets on local children to encourage them to exercise and do it safely.

Feds Halt Distribution of Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for COVID-19 - 06/29/2021

Federal health authorities are pausing distribution of a combination monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19 that had previously been approved for emergency use, and are recommending using other antibody therapies to treat new COVID-19 variants growing in prominence.

Prepare for Disasters With TMA’s Help - 06/29/2021

The Atlantic hurricane season has begun, and physicians who may be affected by a hurricane or other tropical storm need to be prepared. For help doing so, look to TMA's Disaster Preparedness and Response Resource Center.

Vaccine Passports Are Coming - 06/22/2021

"A vaccine passport is really nothing more than proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Many businesses, organizations, and even countries are starting to require proof of vaccination as a form of pay to play," writes Sidney Roberts, MD, in this blog post.