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Do You Need the Shingles Vaccine?
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

December 16, 2014 – About a million people each year in the United States get shingles, or zoster, which causes intensely painful, itchy blisters, usually lasting two to four weeks. The culprit is the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus infects nerve roots; a telltale sign is a rash that attacks one side of the patient’s torso or face. Dr. Tenesha Chappell, an internist, Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, also urges her patients 60 and older to get the shingles vaccine. Awareness is a big factor in patients’ willingness to roll up their sleeves. Read Article

Have Diabetes, Will Travel

December 16, 2014 – Holidays can mean travel. For those with diabetes, it’s not just a matter of jumping in the car and going. Traveling can disrupt meal, rest and exercise routines, making it harder to manage diabetes. You may need to check blood sugar more frequently when traveling, as changes in food, time zones and activity levels can affect blood sugar. avid Winter, MD, internist, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, explains. Read Article

High-Tech Treatments: New Diabetes Options

December 12, 2014 – Diabetes treatment devices like continuous glucose monitors and artificial pancreases may keep blood sugar stable. "Insulin pumps allow diabetics to receive continuous insulin with intermittent (doses), similar to what non-diabetics receive from a healthy pancreas," said Dr. David Winter, internist, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Read Article

The Truth About Pollen Allergy Myths

December 11, 2014 – Did you believe the news reports last winter that spring allergies would be worse than ever because of recent arctic-like winters? Or do you eat tablespoons of honey because you’ve heard it cures allergies? “That’s a common myth we deal with,” says allergist and immunologist Steven Cole, D.O., Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. “There are a lot of misconceptions.” So stop wasting time and energy on allergy treatments that don’t work. Find out which advice is real – and which isn’t – in this guide to 6 common allergy myths. Read Article

Multitasking Is Bad for the Brain (and my Daughter's iPhone)
The Dallas Morning News health blog

December 11, 2014 – My daughter just broke her third (3rd) iPhone 6. She was baking, talking, intermittently texting and cleaning at the same time. I have to take some credit for this teen tragedy. Her multitasking tendency is probably a result of years of observing and perfecting my own bad habit. My husband has warned my daughter and I that our multitasking creates inefficiencies. He is right and now she is paying for it (literally). Read Article

Recovery Is a Long Road For Woman Participating in Marathon
WFAA-TV (Channel 8)

December 11, 2014 – Audrey Self is heading down a road that many didn't expect. A year ago she was in the intensive care unit at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas recovering from a traumatic brain injury. Today, she is back on her feet and gearing up to participate in a marathon. Dr. Laura Petrey, a trauma surgeon at Baylor Dallas is interviewed about Audrey's remarkable progress. Watch Video

Carley's Closet Provides Comfort Items to Teen, Young Adult Cancer Patients
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

December 11, 2014 – Diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at 15, Samantha Daggett remembers how something as simple as a fuzzy pair of socks could make her hospital stay more comfortable. So on her way to work Tuesday, Daggett dropped off three sets of cozy socks and a warm blanket at the Rutledge Foundation's holiday donation drive at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth in hopes of bringing a bit of happiness to a teen fighting cancer now. Read Article

Dallas Doctor Develops Flu Despite Having Shot

December 10, 2014 – Even the doctors trying to prevent the spread of the flu are coming down with the illness. More and more cases are being reported at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas each week. Among those cases are the hospital's own doctors, like Dr. Rainer Khetan. Watch Video

Doctors May Hesitate to Prescribe Pain Rx
Daily Rx

December 9, 2014 – Some doctors may believe that opioids to treat pain are prescribed too often and pose a risk of abuse. That belief might have made some less likely to prescribe these medications. "Narcotics (opiates and synthetic opiates) are important medications in a physician's armamentarium," said David Winter, MD, internist, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. "They have the ability to relieve pain and suffering. They are essential in the management of advanced cancer, severe injuries, and after many operations. Narcotics can certainly be misused and can also be underutilized. It is important that physicians keep a balance and prescribe narcotics appropriately. Read Article

Is There A Heart Disease Gene?

December 8, 2014 – Family history does matter but there is no heart disease gene, experts say. While heart disease symptoms may go undetected for some time, there is good news: We have many methods to prevent and treat these problems, says Jeffrey Schussler, MD Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital in Dallas. Find out whether you can inherit heart disease and step you can take now to protect your heart. Read Article

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