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Patient-Doctor Communication May Make Heart Imaging Safer

September 29, 2014 – As the value of medical imaging as a lifesaving tool has increased in recent years, so has patients' radiation exposure from these procedures. The American Heart Association (AHA) released a statement about heart imaging in an effort to reduce unneeded radiation exposure. The authors of the statement said that safe imaging relied on three pillars: education, justification and optimization. In an interview with dailyRx News, Dr. Deepika Gopal, a clinical cardiologist, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, explained the key approaches doctors use to enhance radiation safety in medical imaging. Read Article

CDC Investigating Reports of Paralysis in Colorado Children

September 29, 2014 – Cases of respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) have been popping up all over the US. Health officials are now looking into whether the virus might be tied to limb weakness and, in some cases, paralysis. According to Steven Davis, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Baylor Medical Center at Irving, the link between EV-D68 and paralysis symptoms is a "possible rare association." However, he did call it worrisome. Read Article

Enterovirus D68 Confirmed in More Than Half of US States

September 25, 2014 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that, from mid-August to Sept. 24, a total of 220 people in 32 states have developed respiratory illnesses caused by EV-D68. All but one of these cases have been among children. "Enterovirus D68 is a virus that has caused sporadic outbreaks of respiratory tract illness in the US since the 1960s," explained Steven Davis, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Baylor Medical Center at Irving. Read Article

Is There a Virus Inside Us? Most Likely "Yes"!
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

September 22, 2014 – While there may not be a fungus among us, we most probably harbor at least 5 different viruses. In a recent study published in the journal BMC Biology, approximately 92 percent of people have at least one virus. Are you thinking, "Not me!"? Think again. Read Article

Race, Ethnicity Were Key in Gauging Heart Disease Risk

September 21, 2014 – Higher levels of fat around a man's heart have often been associated with heart disease. However, when it comes to determining a man's risk for heart disease, his race, ethnicity and fat storage may be key. In a recent study, researchers studied heart disease risk in men based on a number of factors, such as race, ethnicity and where they stored body fat. Read Article

Trust Your Gut: If It Is Artificially Sweet, It Is Probably Artificially Healthy
The Dallas Morning News

September 18, 2014 – I had a "gut" feeling artificial sweeteners could not be all that healthy. First of all, any food with the preceding word "artificial" can't be all that good for you; second, I have previously warned readers that artificial sweeteners are linked to obesity and its health complications. Read Article

Migraines Associated with Parkinson's Disease

September 17, 2014 – Migraines can make daily tasks a challenge. But people who get intense migraines may also face a heightened risk of Parkinson's disease later in life.Although the causes of migraines remain a mystery, new research found that people who had migraines with visual disturbances had a much higher risk of Parkinson's than patients without headaches. Read Article

Baylor All Saints Receives Level III Trauma Designation
D Healthcare Daily

September 16, 2014 – Baylor All Saints in Fort Worth last week received designation as an Advanced Level III Trauma Facility by the state, joining 51 other Texas facilities to receive the accreditation. "Our designation confirms our ongoing commitment to providing quality emergency care to Fort Worth and surrounding communities," said David Klein, M.D., MBA president, Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth. Read Article

Organ Donation Rules Are Changing

September 15, 2014 – An algorithm is used to determine who receives an organ donation at the Baylor Simmons Transplant Institute. Unfortunately, the wait is now longer than ever for people in need. Dr. James Trotter explains why the possible change in the liver allocation system could impact Texas, a state with high organ donation rates. Transplant recipient Linda Huante talks about her positive liver transplant experience, which allowed her to watch her children grow up. Watch Video

100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Heart Programs | 2014
Becker's Hospital Review

September 15, 2014 – The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano was named by Becker's Hospital Review 2014 - 15 edition on the Becker's list, "100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs." The hospitals on the list lead the nation in cardiovascular and thoracic healthcare. Many have pioneered groundbreaking procedures, and all have received recognition for top-of-the-line patient care. To develop this list, the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team examined several reputable ranking and award agencies. Hospitals included on this list have received several marks of distinction, including rankings from U.S. News & World Report for cardiology and heart surgery, Truven Health Analytics 50 top hospitals for heart care, CareChex top 100 hospitals for cardiac care, Blue Distinction Center status for cardiac care, three-star ranking from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Magnet designation for nursing excellence. See Full List

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