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Those “Killer” Tomatoes Could Save Your Life!
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

August 28, 2014 – According to a recent study, eating up to 10 portions of tomatoes weekly could reduce the risk of prostate cancer by as much as 18 percent! Prostate cancer is a serious disease and in medicine we are always looking for natural means of cancer prevention. Read Blog

Non-Profit Helps Uninsured Get Dental Care
WFAA-TV, (Channel 8)

August 28, 2014 – Thanks for a partnership between Baylor and Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, dental students ae now providing low-cost or free care full-time at the Irving Community Clinic. Watch Video

Looking at Your Child's Health Thru a Medical Professional's Lens
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

August 27, 2014 – People say we have a difficult time looking at ourselves subjectively in the mirror. Most women, for example, view themselves as overweight, while only 1 in 17 view themselves as "slim". Accordingly, would we expect ourselves to be as critical in the way we look at our children's body type? The answer is "no", according to a recent study. In fact, the answer is quite the opposite and appears to be expanding (pardon the pun) over the years. Read Blog

Dealing with Separation Anxiety
KTXD-TV (CH. 47)

August 25, 2014 – It's pretty tough leaving your first born at college. There's a bit of anxiety there. The same goes for parents who had to take your little ones to school for the first time. Dr. Robert Kotas, pediatrician at Baylor Garland, gives parents some tips. Watch Video

Texans with Character: Leslie Williams

August 22, 2014 – Fighting cancer is something that nobody can do alone, and one North Texas woman is making sure of that. Leslie Williams is the founder of Survivors on Purpose, a social networking group of cancer survivors who meet monthly at Baylor Irving. Leslie was diagnosed and treated for triple negative breast cancer at Baylor Irving. Watch Video

Dr. Jane Sadler: Flu Cases Appear to be Rising; Don’t Let It Get You
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

August 22, 2014 – “Are you seeing the flu?” was the text I received from my doctor friend today. “I am aching, feverish, and feel like I have the flu.” Why, yes…yes we are seeing the flu. In the middle of summer! In fact, we have seen influenza A and B intermittently yet sparsely thru the summer. Recently, however, the number of cases seems to be rising. Read Blog

5 Facts About ALS
Daily Rx (

August 21, 2014 – Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a fast-progressing neurological disease that attacks nerve cells that control voluntary muscles. It is fatal, usually within a few years of diagnosis, and affects as many as 30,000 Americans. Doctors diagnose about 5,600 new cases each year in the US, according to the ALS Association. Researchers have considered many potential risk factors for ALS, including environmental, occupational and genetic factors — but they have not reached definitive conclusions. "Pesticide and fertilizer exposure was associated with ALS in a small study recently but given the small sample size and the lack of direct exposure measures these results suggest that residential exposure factors warrant close attention in studies examining risk factors of ALS," said Lavanya Nagineni, MD, of the Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, TX, in an interview with dailyRx News. "Smoking, occupational exposure to metals, dust/fibers/fumes/gas and radiation, physical activity were not associated with ALS in a small study." Read article

New Cholesterol Guidelines May mean Fewer Cardiac Events
Daily Rx (

August 20, 2014 – Cholesterol guidelines released last year made many more people eligible for medicine to lower their cholesterol. Now, fewer people are experiencing heart problems and related death, new research suggests. Jeff Schussler, MD, FACC, FSCAI, interventional cardiology specialist of the Baylor Health Care System, said statin therapy is helpful in treating heart patients. "Statin therapy is exceptionally helpful in protecting patients who are at risk for cardiovascular events," he told dailyRx News. "The benefit is even greater in those patients who have already had heart attacks or coronary events." Read article

Repeated Antibiotic Use Could Put Your Toddler at Risk for Obesity
The Dallas Morning News

August 18, 2014 – I don’t think anyone will ever ask me, "Do these antibiotics make me look fat?" But, I do believe that physicians may become more cautious in prescribing antibiotics to infants now that a recent medical review (Medscape) has strongly linked multiple rounds of antibiotic use with a 20% increase risk of obesity among toddlers. The antibiotics used were more broad-spectrum antibiotics compared to narrow-spectrum antibiotics such as penicillin and amoxicillin, which are commonly used in strep throat, ear infections, and sinusitis. The review article cited a study that found infants receiving antibiotics in the first 6 months of life had a greater risk of obesity by the time they reached 1 to 3 years of age. Read Article

Baylor Wants To Spread The Word: Palliative Care Is Not Hospice
D Healthcare Daily

August 13, 2014 – Dr. Robert Fine has a story he tells to serve a pair of purposes: One, it illustrates how the palliative care program he leads at Baylor differs from hospice care. Two, it shows how new the specialty is, so fresh that a real-life incident can modify the specialty itself. Read Article

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