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Stethoscopes Going The Way Of The Dinosaur?
Dallas Morning News

October 30, 2014 – As technology advances however, I fear the art of the physical exam will go the way of the dinosaurs and disappear or at least become much less significant. Speaking at the American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) Assembly this month, Dr. Eric Topal MD suggested many of our routine medical practice devices could quickly become "relics" as we all advance our technological services. As a cardiologist, Dr. Topal uses his smart phone for just about everything. Read Blog

NASCAR's Tyler Young Gives Back

October 29, 2014 – Transplant recipient Randy Young and his son Tyler, a NASCAR driver and contender for Rookie of the Year, visited transplant patients at Baylor All Saints Medical Center to encourage them to keep fighting. Randy started Young Motorsport in 2009, the same year he received a liver transplant. WFAA anchor Marcus Moore interviewed Tyler in a live interview after the Baylor All Saints' visit. Watch Video

Agave, Placebo Were Better Than Nothing for Cough Treatment
Daily RX

October 28, 2014 – Because agave is similar to honey, a common cough treatment, the authors of a recent study thought agave might also treat nighttime cough in kids. While agave didn't perform any better than a placebo, both agave and the placebo were better than nothing. Robert Kotas, MD, a pediatrician, Baylor Medical Center in Garland, TX, told dailyRx News the treatment he most often prescribes for cough in children is education. "I tell patients that cough is usually a natural reflex that clears the lungs of mucous and debris," he said. "In fact, cough is actually beneficial to keeping a child healthy. Occasionally, I recommend honey for patients over two years of age," Dr. Kotas said. "There have been several studies showing honey to be superior to a placebo in the treatment of cough symptoms." Read Article

Ten Tips For Tackling Acute Back Pain
Dallas Morning News

October 27, 2014 – As a spectator, I cringe a lot at football games. Not because my team is winning (Go Cowboys!) or losing, but because of the direct body impact these guys sustain during aggressive physical play. I also cringe a lot when I watch America's Funniest Home Videos. Those pitiful scenes when someone gets hurt tend to upset me more than make me laugh. Read Blog

Five Surprising Health Benefits of Coffee
Dallas Morning News

October 22, 2014 – That cup of coffee (minus the sugar and crème) may be the natural health supplement your body needs. This is interesting and important for health care providers because a part of our risk disease questionnaire includes "how many cups of coffee do you drink daily?" Historically, this portion of the health screening suggests that high coffee consumption is risky business. But maybe we should just "Forget about it"… Now evidence shows that you may keep enjoying your coffee and its health benefits. Read Blog

Blood Pressure Was Lower in Patients Who Visited Doctor More

October 22, 2014 – High blood pressure was about as common today as it was a decade ago, a new study found. But patients with high blood pressure who visited their doctor more often and who kept their high cholesterol in check were more likely to have lower blood pressure. "This study, by Egan et al, suggests that in the last few years, improvement in the nation's health has flattened," said Jeffrey Schussler, MD, an interventional cardiologist, Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital. "It seems as though patients who were more compliant (both with medical therapy and with visiting their doctors) did better," said Dr. Schussler, who was not involved in this study. "We're seeing lack of improvement in other areas. This may be due to the obesity epidemic that we're facing in this country." Read Article

Knowing Cancer Risk May Not Increase Screening Adherence

October 21, 2014 – Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer death in the US. And, despite knowing they face a raised risk for CRC, some patients aren’t following the doctor's orders to have routine cancer screenings. In a recent study, researchers looked at whether telling patients how at risk they were for CRC — based on genetic test results — would motivate them to have routine CRC screenings. "Screening colonoscopies have the potential to remove precancerous colon polyps before they transform into cancer," said David Winter, MD, MSc, MACP, internist, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. "Regardless of whether one has a test indicating a genetic risk or not, everyone should have routine screening per guidelines." Read Article

Enterovirus D-68: The 'Other' Major Viral Problem
KERA-Radio (90.1 FM)

October 20, 2014 – As local officials try to contain Ebola in Dallas, another virus has swept much of the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or state labs have confirmed nearly 800 cases of Enterovirus D-68, most of them in children. In this edition of KERA's consumer health series, Vital Signs, Dr. Jane Sadler, a family physician in Garland focusing on women’s and children’s health care with Baylor Healthcare, says the D-68 strain has a specific target. Listen to Story

Mediterranean Diet May Fight Heart and Diabetes Risks

October 14, 2014 – Good food is essential to good health. By following the Mediterranean diet, patients may be able to reduce obesity, high blood sugar and other factors that promote heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a new study found. Researchers recently found that a Mediterranean-based meal plan with olive oil or nuts may reverse metabolic syndrome. This, in turn, may lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease."Metabolic syndrome is usually defined as increased abdominal girth (weight), low HDL (good cholesterol), high glucose/diabetes and high blood pressure," explained Rohit Parmar, MD, FACC, a cardiologist, Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital. Read Article

High Blood Pressure May Prompt Mental Decline

October 13, 2014 – High blood pressure affects 1 in 3 US adults and is tied to an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and other serious conditions, reports the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). But high blood pressure in midlife may also forecast mental decline later. Blood pressure along with diabetes, weight, family history and high cholesterol are some of the principle markers we use today to monitor vascular health," said Sadat Shamim, MD, Director of Inpatient Neurology and Neurophysiology at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Read Article

Healthcare Workers: In the Line of Fire
Dallas Morning News

October 13, 2014 – In the United States, we have the CDC, local and state government jumping in to control the spread of Ebola, writes health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler. For our health care leaders and general population, this deadly disease is more understood than it has been in under-served populations and in past generations. For high-risk individuals, strict isolation protocols are in place at our hospitals and clinics. Here in Dallas, the emergency response (911) and disaster preparedness system has specially prepped ambulances in the ready. Read Blog

Baylor's Breast Cancer Awareness Week and Amy's First Mammogram
WFAA-TV ("Good Morning Texas")

October 13, 2014 – Mammograms and early diagnosis are the best hopes for beating breast cancer. Recently, Baylor Dallas sent their mobile mammography unit to Victory Plaza, right outside the WFAA studio. Step inside Baylor's mobile mammogram unit as Good Morning Texas co-host Amy Vanderoef gets her first mammogram. Watch Video

Volunteer Group Sending Supplies to Liberia

October 10, 2014 – Volunteers with the Baylor Scott and White Faith in Action Initiative loaded up a large cargo container full of medical supplies to send to Liberia. The items being sent to Liberia are decommissioned items from local hospitals and other donated items from other organizations. The medical supplies includes wheelchairs, personal protective equipment, stretchers, mattresses and exam tables. Watch Video

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