Dr. Jane Sadler's Health Blog

Dr. Jane Sadler is a family medicine physician on staff at Baylor Medical Center at Garland and is a regular contributor to the Dallas Morning News Health Blog. Read her latest contributions:

July 2015:

Too Hard on Her Heart; A Weight Loss Supplement Warning
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

July 22, 2015 – All kinds of red flags went up as I reviewed her electrocardiogram. A healthy and exceptionally active 50-year old, "Karen" had arrived complaining of chest pain. After a thorough and unremarkable physical exam, the abnormal electrocardiogram (EKG) abnormalities were a surprise. It appeared she was having a heart attack. Read Blog

You May Be One of the 13 Million to Benefit From This News
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

July 17, 2015 – Instead of trying to achieve aggressively low LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels in all people, the new treatment approach for many patients will focus on the 10- year risk of cardiovascular (heart) disease. The recommendation is to treat those with a 10 year risk greater than 7.5% of a heart attack, stroke, or similar event in the next 10 years. Let me try my best to hit the latest statin highlights and clarify the significance of this information. Read Blog

When Packing for College, Don’t Forget the First-Aid Kit
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

July 14, 2015 – Like most parents, I feel vulnerable when it comes to sending my child off to college. As a helicopter mom, I have seriously considered packing myself inside her suitcase. But her senior year is over, and it is time to let her go. Before I send her out the door, I’ll equip her with the proper tools and knowledge to manage minor injuries and ailments. Read Blog

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is When It Comes to Heart Health
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

July 11, 2015 – Poor health hygiene can result in loss of gum health and structural bone support. The World Health Organization reports 10-20 percent of people worldwide have severe dental disease and nearly 40 percent has moderate disease. One study found that people who brushed their teeth less often had a 70 percent increased risk of heart disease compared to those with strict oral hygiene habits. Read Blog

Seven Sour Truths About Sweetened Beverages
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

July 2, 2015 – Recently, a local Dallas TV station contacted me for an interview about a recently released study on sugary drinks. Intrigued by the research, I wanted to go back and conduct further research after my brief television interview I could not help but feel a twinge of guilt because of my sweet snack distributions. Nonetheless, I have come up with seven interesting, but "bitter," facts about sweetened beverages that summarize why this information matters to you. Read Blog

June 2015:

Do You Attract or Repel Mosquitos? Seven Helpful Mosquito Facts
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

June 19, 2015 – Mosquitos seem to avoid her. She is worried. A circulating "old wives tale" suggests that mosquitos avoid people with cancer and now her daughter is concerned. My initial reaction was to reassure the family and tell them not to lose sleep over silly nonsense. But, I had better do my research first and got the curious bug (no pun intended). Read Blog

Are You Itching to Get Out in the Sun, or Does the Sun Make You Itch?
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

June 6, 2015 – This week many patients came in to the clinic with complaints of itchy red bumps and blisters. Many of these outbreaks were in sun-exposed areas such as the arms and chest. Certainly the pain and swelling can be uncomfortable. These particular cases were consistent with hypersensitivity to the sun, a condition consistent with photodermatitis. Read Blog

May 2015:

Recommendations For A College Kid's First-aid Kit
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

May 29, 2015 – With the help of the American Red Cross recommendations, health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler gives recommendations for your most precious and fiercely independent future college student’s very first first-aid kit. Read Blog

Ten Life-saving Facts You Need to Know About Lightning Strikes
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

May 22, 2015 – Lightning ignites 22,600 fires a year in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Agency. About 4290 of those fires involve homes. Between 2004-2008, only 18 percent of lightning associated strike fires occurred in homes, but these fires accounted for 88 percent of lightning-related deaths. Read Blog

Hand-Foot-and-Mouth: Painful, Common, and Contagious
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

May 8, 2015 – Her pained facial expressions failed to hide overt efforts to suppress her severe muscle discomfort. Superficial ulcers littered her tongue and throat. The red rash on her extremities and her blistered hands and feet nailed the diagnosis. My patient suffered hand, foot and mouth disease. Read Blog

Some Fats Are Not All That Bad and Some Are the Bee’s Knees!
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

May 2, 2015 – My friends scoff at my love of drinking half-and-half in coffee. An April American Journal of Clinical Nutrition article found that many fat-rich proteins such as eggs, whole milk, full-fat cheese and nuts do not have a significant impact on weight gain. These fat-rich foods, generally avoided in low-fat diets, are less important to pass up for successful weight loss. Adults should be concerned about calories consumed in high carbohydrate-laden foods such as breads, crackers, potatoes, sugary soda or fruit drinks. Read Blog

April 2015:

Eight Signs That Your Healthy Eating Is Making You Sick
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

April 22, 2015 – You cannot eat a bite of your birthday cake? Obsessed with eating gluten-free or low-carbohydrate foods? Do your all-consuming efforts to eat chemical-free meats, fats and artificial additives adversely affect your social life and hinder your ability to think beyond your next meal preparation? If not, then don't worry. However, if nutritional issues unnaturally intrude on your daily activities and social life, then you could be orthorexic. Read Blog

I Had A Gut Feeling Dogs Were Good For Us
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

April 15, 2015 – Health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler writes about new research looking at the difference between gut bacteria in infants exposed to animals and those who were not exposed to animals. Researchers think those differences my have an effect on childhood allergies. Read Blog

Keeping Momma Happy Can Keep Everyone Happy
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

April 9, 2015 – Health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler writes about research that emphasizes the importance of stable emotional maternal balance. Tongue-in-check she then compiled a list of "5 reasons why you need to keep your Momma happy!" Read Blog

Bats Bite in the Spring (Not Just Halloween)
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

April 2, 2015 – A patient with a bat bite is an unexpected physical complaint for a Saturday morning clinic. But, you never know what you are going to get when you open the exam room door. My obvious concern was for rabies transmission in this otherwise healthy young woman. There was no time to waste; it was time to consult the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for treatment strategy. Read Blog

March 2015:

What Do Broken Mirrors and Hot Flashes Have in Common? 7 Hot Flash Facts
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

March 25, 2015 – In February, the JAMA Internal Medicine published a large study finding that frequent postmenopausal symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats lasted an average of over seven years. The large-scale study revealed that VMS significantly affected the quality of life for most women and that numbers of "broken mirror" years varied between groups of women. Read Blog

Cluttered Room and A Cluttered Mind, Dr. Sadler Says “Clean Up Your Work Space!”
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

March 17, 2015 – Dr. Sadler shares some advice in her latest health blog. A 2008 study from the Association of Higher Education polled 1481 students and 88 percent reported a lack of cleanliness as a significant academic distraction. Cleanliness ranked fourth among the most important environmental factors to impact student’s personal learning. Read Blog

Is There A Doctor On the Plane? (Or…Medical conditions that don’t fly well)
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

March 10, 2015 – Health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler, with Baylor Garland, was recently called into action to take care of a patient during a medical emergency – 40,000 feet in the air. According to the CDC, in-flight medical emergencies aren’t that uncommon. In fact, each year about 1 in 10,000 to 40,000 passengers suffer a medical incident. About one third of these are due to heart conditions. Read Blog

A Nutty Diet Idea That Works
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

March 9, 2015 – Recent science has officially confirmed that nuts can be safely introduced early in life. According to a well-publicized New England Journal of Medicine editorial last month, approximately 2 percent of children have peanut allergies, but the article reaffirms prior evidence that introducing peanut-based products within the first year of life to healthy children may decrease peanut allergies up to 80 percent. Read Blog

A Flu Imposter: Parainfluenza
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

March 3, 2015 – Health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler writes about an upsurge of patients with negative flu tests who he suspected had parainfluenza. Parainfluenza infection is similar to the flu and characterized by fever, runny nose and cough. More severe cases can cause severe lower respiratory cough such as (croup) or pneumonia. Read Blog

February 2015:

How Cold? Equestrian Panniculitis Cold!
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

February 23, 2015 – Extreme freezing temperatures usually have medical experts warning about the potential of serious health conditions like frost bite, hypothermia, and... Equestrian Cold Panniculitis?? Never heard of it? Neither had Dr. Jane Sadler, a Baylor Garland family physician and DMN health blogger, until one of her patients came down with the little-known malady. Find out what it is: Read Blog

Breaking Healthy
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

February 18, 2015 –My daughter is gluten-free, my husband is low-carb, and my son and I are hungry. I suppose I should not complain. My LDL (bad cholesterol) dropped about 25 points in the past year and my HDL (good cholesterol) jumped about 30 points, making an already excellent cholesterol panel even more incredible (I boast). Read Blog

Egg-citing News For People Who Love Eggs!
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

February 11, 2015 – In a recent study, consumption of one egg daily did not increase the risk of heart disease. Even more promising, higher egg consumption was associated with a 25% reduction of stroke in one subset of study participants. In addition, previous studies found that increasing dietary cholesterol intake had very little impact in approximately 70% of people. Read Blog

Good News for All You Parking-insecure Women!
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

February 6, 2015 – Health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler writes about her parking insecurity which led her to research women drivers' capabilities. In a 2012 UK study, researchers use parking-lot cameras to assess gender differences in parking capabilities. And there’s some good news for women drivers. Read Blog

Celebrate Your Health and Celebrate World Cancer Day!
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

February 4, 2015 – As the “official sponsor of birthdays”, the American Cancer Society is celebrating World Cancer Day today. As a primary care physician, Dr. Jane Sadler uses preventative medicine to help her patients decrease their risk of cancer. Here are a few examples of how that method can be successful in the fight against cancer. Read Blog

January 2015:

Recurrence of Measles And Why It Should Not Happen
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

January 28, 2015 – Health blogger Jane Sadler asks Do you vaccinate? Do you vaccinate your children? She explains it's her job as your physician to listen to patients concerns, empathize with fears, and then do her best to convince that vaccinations are life-saving with minimal risk of harm. Read Blog

Don't' Be a Sitting Duck! It May Put You at Risk for Premature Death
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

January 20, 2015 – Don't sit. Get up and move around. Attach your computer to a treadmill or invest in an upright computer. Your sedentary job position is not only putting you at risk for diabetes, but may increase your risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and premature death. Important research information that could extend your life was released this month from the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read Blog

Mother Knows Best About Ginger…It Is Not Just an Old Wives Tale
The Dallas Morning News health blog

January 14, 2015 – One of many unwritten rules at my clinic is “Mom is always right…” because she knows her kids well and also knows what works best to manage their symptoms. Over the last several years I have heard of all kinds of mom remedies and using ginger for nausea has been one of the most effective mother-instructed therapies. How does Momma know best? I am not sure, but researchers support her ginger Rx success. Read Blog

This Cold Front Could Help You Burn Body Fat
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

January 10, 2015 – Cold weather exposure may increase brown fat according to a recent study from the University of California, Berkeley. Unlike our predominant white fat, brown fat increases our ability to burn calories. Hmmm…maybe this cold weather is not so bad. Read Blog

Frankincense; An Essential Oil or Snake Oil?
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

January 6, 2015 – Trending in the clinic this season are patients using frankincense infused oils to boost and maintain healthy immune status. Out of curiosity, I purchased frankincense oil writes health blogger and family medicine physician Jane Sadler, MD. I wanted to engage in some personal research on this subject of essential oils and immune protection. After all, I am in the medical field and constantly exposed to a multitude of infectious diseases. Read Blog

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