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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

Advances in Neurological Surgery
WFAA-TV ("Good Morning Texas")

October 9, 2014 – Neurological diseases affect an estimated 50 million people each year. They are complex and highly prevalent. Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton is able to provide advanced care for a wide range of neurological conditions with new, sophisticated technology. Watch Video

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