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Testosterone and Men’s Health: Controversy Unraveled

January 27, 2015 – A new review found that the benefits of testosterone therapy may outweigh the risks. Several large studies have fueled the perception that testosterone can negatively affect men’s heart health. A careful study of available research found more positives than negatives. Sandeep Singh, MD, an internist and cardiologist, Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital, has some reservations about these researchers' conclusions. "The results of this study do not really change the way a clinician should think about testosterone replacement therapy," said Dr. Singh. "Without a large scale randomized double-blind study, we cannot conclusively say one way or another about the relationship between [testosterone] replacement and risk of heart disease or stroke." Read Article

Medication Management 101

January 27, 2015 – One in 4 US adults and 1 in 15 US children have multiple chronic medical conditions, according to the American Pharmacists Association (APA). Taking multiple medications increases the risk of side effects and medication interactions. On top of that risk, medications often have specific, complex instructions. Some can’t be taken with food or must be taken at certain times of the day, for instance. "Keeping track of regular medications can be challenging, especially if you take multiple medications or have chaotic days when you're likely to be distracted," said David Winter, internist, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Read Article

Baylor's Transplant Department Turns 30
Dallas Business Journal

January 27, 2015 – In 1984 Baylor performed its first transplant on a 5-year old girl who needed a liver. 30 years and more than 11-thousand transplants later, the department is considered one of the best in the world. Dr. Goran Klintmalm, chief and chairman of the Baylor Simmons Transplant Institute, was profiled in the article. Read Article

How a 34-Year-Old Swedish Surgeon Created Baylor's Transplant Program
D Healthcare Daily

January 26, 2015 – 30 years ago a Swedish surgeon was hand-picked to come to Dallas to create a transplant program for Baylor Health Care System. Today, Dr. Goran Klintmalm, chief and chairman of the Baylor Simmons Transplant Institute, discusses what it took to build the program. Read Article

Complacency After a Heart Attack is a Bad Idea
Reuters Health

January 25, 2015 – People who seem healthy after a heart attack remain at high risk for another one, but many don't take the drugs that can improve their survival odds, researchers say. Swedish investigators studied heart attack patients who remained stable for the first year after leaving the hospital. One in five had another heart attack, a stroke or died from cardiovascular causes during the next three years. Dr. Jeffrey Schussler, a cardiologist, Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, agreed that most patients will stick to recommended treatment if they clearly understand the benefits. "In my experience, 95 percent of people are compliant, and then there will be 5 percent who smoke and drink and don't listen," said Schussler, who wasn't involved in the Swedish study. Read Article

Calling All Women: Screening Can Save Lives

January 23, 2015 – January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month, a good time for women to think about this important topic. Cervical cancer — cancer of the opening into the uterus, or cervix — can be treated very successfully in most cases, especially if it is caught early. "Women can reduce their risk of cervical cancer by maintaining close follow ups with a primary physician or gynecologist and adhering the recommended screening guidelines," said Jinju Weiss, DO, Baylor Family Medicine in Aubrey, TX, in an interview with dailyRx News. Read Article

It's a Virtual World: Kids' Screen Time Limits May Be Too Strict

January 22, 2015 – Limiting kids' screen time may be healthy, but current guidelines may be unrealistic because screens are so integrated into daily life. Anand Bhatt, MD, a pediatrician at Baylor Medical Center at Irving, told dailyRx News that he believes the two-hour screen time limit was first introduced in response to growing concerns about the effect of TV on children. "At that time, it was studied and determined that when [screen time] exceeded two hours, it compromised the time spent playing outside, time playing with friends, time engaging the child’s imagination and creativity, and therefore had diminishing returns," he said. "The effect of increased and excessive screen time on different ages is different like the article suggests," Dr. Bhatt said. Read Article

Screening for Disease: What Are the Benefits?

January 21, 2015 – A new study found little evidence that screening tools have decreased death rates in some conditions like breast cancer. However, screening may have other benefits, the study’s authors noted. Early treatment can prevent complications in some chronic diseases like diabetes. "Screening for detection of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, aneurysms, diabetes or emphysema has been long advocated in an attempt to prevent disease, or to detect it early when treatment is likely to be more effective," said David Winter, MD, MSc, MACP, internist, Baylor University Medical Center. Read Article

Don't' Be a Sitting Duck! It May Put You at Risk for Premature Death
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

January 20, 2015 – Don't sit. Get up and move around. Attach your computer to a treadmill or invest in an upright computer. Your sedentary job position is not only putting you at risk for diabetes, but may increase your risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and premature death. Important research information that could extend your life was released this month from the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read Article

6 On Health: LVAD Helps Heart

January 20, 2015 – Several years ago, Ruby Moody suffered two heart attacks and flat-lined in the hospital. Today the 79-year-old is going strong thanks to her left-ventricular assist device. "I would fully recommend it to anyone that loved life like I love life, to go that route," Ruby Moody. LVADs remove blood from the left ventricle of the heart and pump it into the aorta. The device was once used as a temporary solution to keep patients alive until a heart transplant. Now the pumps are used as a permanent treatment for many patients. "It's a good thing, and for those patients who need it, it's lifesaving," David Rawitscher, MD, Congestive Heart Failure Clinic, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. Watch Video

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