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Baylor Irving Volunteer Donates Stockings to Families of Newborns
Dallas Morning News

November 21, 2014 – Billie Dixon, Baylor volunteer, delivered holiday stockings for families of newborns at Baylor Medical Center at Irving. The roomy, hand-made, felt stockings can be used to swaddle baby for trip home from hospital or used a baby's first holiday stocking. Read Article

Diabetes Was Often Undiagnosed

November 19, 2014 – A new study from Centers for Disease Control revealed that diabetes was undiagnosed in almost a third of patient who had the condition. Says Jinju Weiss, DO, Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, "The classic symptoms of diabetes: are excessive thirst, frequent urination, and constant hunger." If someone has these symptoms, their physician can perform a simple test to rule out diabetes, she added. Read Article

Time for Your Physical! But What if Your Provider Finds Something Wrong?
Dallas Morning News Health Blog

November 19, 2014 – It is crunch time and many patients have to get their routine exams scheduled by year's end. November and December are busy months at a family practice clinic. This time of the season people schedule their routine medical exams, pap smears, mammograms, blood analysis and other tests. In general, I will (go out on a limb…) and tell you that healthy patients generally expect “normal” results. But what if the clinical findings or tests are not normal? Read Article

Pollution May Contribute to Kidney Disease

November 15, 2014 – Factors like aging, diabetes and high blood pressure may raise patients' risk of chronic kidney disease. New research suggests that air pollution may also raise that risk. The authors of a recent study found that areas with higher pollution had higher rates of chronic kidney disease. Matthew T. Smith, MD, Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, said past research on kidney disease causes has mostly focused on respiratory and cardiovascular factors. "Research in how air pollution would cause chronic kidney disease is very early," he told dailyRx News. Read Article

Saving the Day When a Seizure Occurs

November 14, 2014 – November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. But what is epilepsy? And how should you react if someone near you has a seizure? In epilepsy, abnormal electrical activity in the brain can cause seizures. Seizures are events that may cause convulsions, confusion and loss of consciousness. In an interview with dailyRx News, Sadat A. Shamim, MD, director of Inpatient Neurology and Neurophysiology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, explained that seizures may look very different from patient to patient. Read Article

Frigid Weather Tougher on North Texans Than Others in the U. S.

November 12, 2014 – If it seems like the freezing temperatures affect North Texans `more than in other areas of the country, it's partly true. While doctors say 'thin blood' is just an exaggerations, people in warmer climates ten to prepare less for colder weather. Baylor pediatrician and Parkland emergency doctor give some healthy cold weather tips. Watch Video

The Truth Be Told: You May Not Be Allergic to Penicillin
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

November 11, 2014 – While we have managed to care well for our patients, we have limited choices of antibiotics, writes health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler. More and more (it seems) patients have developed specific antibiotic allergies; most particularly to penicillin. Read Article

Laundry Detergent Pods May Pose Poisoning Risk

November 9, 2014 – Laundry detergent pods may be convenient, but they may also pose the threat of poisoning to children. A new study looked at poisonings from laundry detergent pods — small packets of liquid or powdered detergent. "After this study was published, I have been recommending that traditional detergent be used rather than laundry detergent pods for households with children under 4," said Robert Kotas, MD, a board-certified pediatrician, Baylor Pediatric and Adolescent Associates in Murphy, Texas and is on medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Garland. Read Article

Robot Technology Helps Diagnose, Treat Stroke Patients

November 7, 2014 – Telemedicine brings a neuro-hospitalist to the patient's bedside in many Baylor emergency departments. This means the on-site emergency physician and neuro-hospitalist work together to begin treatment with clot-busting drug TPA faster, improving patient's long-term outcomes. Watch Video

Is a Clean Home a Reflection of Your Physical Fitness?
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

November 5, 2014 – For years I have known that my professional housecleaning patients are in a high category of physical fitness. Their work leads to muscular builds, lean bodies, consistently and exceptionally good blood pressure, and blood glucose and cholesterol levels. I can't think of any of them that engage in purposeful physical exercise outside of their work. In the course of cleaning my own home, I began to wonder about my personal energy expenditure and my own physical conditioning. Sure, I break a sweat with vacuuming and mopping because it can be strenuous work. Read Article

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