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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

CDC Reports Americans Living Longer Than Ever

October 9, 2014 – In a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, life expectancy reached a record high in 2012. "Life expectancy in the United States has again increased, primarily due to declines in death from heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases and stroke," said David Winter, M.D., internist at Baylor University Medical Center. According the report's researchers, the average life expectancy for Americans was 78.8 years in 2012 compared to 78.7 years in 2011. Women continue to live longer than men. Read Article

Healthy Habits May Be Strike Against Stroke

October 8, 2014 – A study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden shows that stroke risk in women may drop significant with healthy lifestyle choices. Commented Deepika Gopal, M.D., The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano cardiologist: "I strongly emphasize diet and lifestyle changes for risk factor modification for women at risk of stroke as well as heart disease." She is the medical director of Women's Cardiovascular Institute at THHBP. Read Article

Researchers Find Possible Link Between Tobacco and Oral HPV
Daily RX

October 7, 2014 – Smoking has been tied to many health issues. Now, smokers might have another reason to kick the habit — oral human papillomavirus (HPV). A new study found that tobacco users were more likely to test positive for oral HPV, which can in some cases lead to certain types of head and neck cancers. The researchers found that, overall, 28.6 percent of the participants were current tobacco users and 1.0 percent tested positive for oral HPV-16 DNA. Among those who were current tobacco users, 2.0 percent were found to have oral HPV DNA. According to Steven Davis, MD, an infectious disease specialist, Baylor Medical Center at Irving, "The group of smokers in the survey also were more likely to be male, less educated and have higher numbers of reported oral sexual contacts. Read Article

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