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Baylor All Saints Receives Level III Trauma Designation
D Healthcare Daily

September 16, 2014 – Baylor All Saints in Fort Worth last week received designation as an Advanced Level III Trauma Facility by the state, joining 51 other Texas facilities to receive the accreditation. "Our designation confirms our ongoing commitment to providing quality emergency care to Fort Worth and surrounding communities," said David Klein, M.D., MBA president, Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth. Read Srticle

Organ Donation Rules Are Changing

Sept. 15, 2014 - An algorithm is used to determine who receives an organ donation at the Baylor Simmons Transplant Institute. Unfortunately, the wait is now longer than ever for people in need. Dr. James Trotter explains why the possible change in the liver allocation system could impact Texas, a state with high organ donation rates. Transplant recipient Linda Huante talks about her positive liver transplant experience, which allowed her to watch her children grow up. Watch Video

100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Heart Programs | 2014
Becker's Hospital Review

Sept. 15, 2014 – The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano was named by Becker's Hospital Review 2014 - 15 edition on the Becker's list, "100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs." The hospitals on the list lead the nation in cardiovascular and thoracic healthcare. Many have pioneered groundbreaking procedures, and all have received recognition for top-of-the-line patient care. To develop this list, the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team examined several reputable ranking and award agencies. Hospitals included on this list have received several marks of distinction, including rankings from U.S. News & World Report for cardiology and heart surgery, Truven Health Analytics 50 top hospitals for heart care, CareChex top 100 hospitals for cardiac care, Blue Distinction Center status for cardiac care, three-star ranking from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Magnet designation for nursing excellence. Read list

What Does Elevated Blood Sugar Have to Do With Cancer?
Dallas Morning News Health Blog

Sept. 13, 2014 – I cannot help that I have a passion for Cheetos and dark chocolate! However, when the physician announced that my fasting glucose (blood sugar) was borderline elevated, I was appalled. Despite maintaining a normal weight and a regular exercise program, my love for carbohydrates and chocolate had proven to be my downfall. Thankfully, I am not diabetic, but I must be cautious due to a family history of diabetes. Read article

Diabetes May Affect Young and Old Differently
Daily Rx

Sept. 11, 2014 – Diabetes affects millions in the U.S. but new research suggests that it may affect patients in different ways. Tenesha R. Chappell, MD, internist at Baylor Medical Center at Irving offered this comments on the University of Sydney in Australia study: "The overall goal for the treatment of diabetes in all ages is achieving blood sugar targets and reducing the risk of diabetic complications," said Dr. Chappell. "Diabetes control should be tailored to the individual." Read article

Rx Could Cut Diabetes Complications

Sept. 11, 2014 – The unknown link between statins and microvascular side effects of diabetes is the subject of new, large-scale research from Denmark. The researchers found that diabetes patients who used statins had lower risks of some common microvascular conditions such as vision loss and kidney damage. The authors compared two groups of patients: those who used stations and those who did not use statins. When compared with the non-statin users, statin users had lower incidences of vision loss, nerve damage and gangrene, but not kidney damage. "The mechanism as to how statins might prevent vision loss is unclear," David Winter, MD, MSc, MACP, internist, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, told dailyRx News in his comments about the study. "We know that the drugs have an anti-inflammatory effect in addition to their ability to lower cholesterol. Whatever the cause, it seems that diabetics who are not on statins should bring up the topic with their physician," Dr. Winter said. Read article

Salt and Blood Pressure Tie May Not Be Completely Clear

Sept. 10, 2014 – Limiting salt to save the heart is an idea that has long been stressed. But a new study suggests that the relationship between sodium and high blood pressure might be more complicated. The study, led by French researchers, looked at the relationship between a number of factors - including diet and weight - and blood pressure. Dr. Jeffrey Schussler, interventional cardiologist, Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital/Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, offered these comments on the study: "There are definitely genetic components to having high blood pressure, and medications can treat it to some degree, but we're always trying to additionally focus on things that we can do to help patients in addition to medications," said Dr. Schussler. Read article

Measles Making a Comeback in US

Sept. 10, 2014 – In 2000, health officials declared that measles had been eliminated from the United States. But this year, it seems measles is making a comeback. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has documented nearly 600 cases of measles this year. The health agency reports that most of the people who got measles were not vaccinated. "Measles is extremely contagious, and nine out of 10 susceptible persons exposed to a measles case will develop measles," said Steven Davis, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Baylor Medical Center at Irving. Read article

Dad's Smoking May Affect Future Children

Sept. 10, 2014 – Secondhand smoke can be harmful to children. But it may also harm children before they're even born. New research suggested that fathers who smoked were more likely to have children with non-allergic asthma. "This study is important as it is the first study looking at how a father's smoking habit pre-conception can affect the respiratory health of his children," said Dr. Svanes, a professor, Centre for International Health at the University of Bergen in Norway who presented the study. "Given these results, we can presume that exposure to any type of air pollution, from occupational exposures to chemical exposures, could also have an effect." According to Mark Millard, MD, Medical Director of the Martha Foster Lung Care Center, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, "This is a bit of a surprise, and the authors speculate that smoking may have some lasting effect upon sperm formation. But the real question is how much of an effect, and do the numbers prove smoking is the cause of this association? The odds ratios are also a bit low, even if statistically significant. Crunching numbers can sometimes lead to unusual conclusions which can form the substance of later studies to verify an observation. More research needs to be done here," Dr. Millard explained. Read article

Yoga May Benefit MS Patient

Sept. 10, 2014 – Yoga may improve walking balance and motor skills in multiple sclerosis patients according to a new pilot study at Rutgers University. Dr. Sadat Shamim, neuro-hospitalist, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, commented on the study: "Multiple sclerosis is a chronic central nervous system inflammatory condition in which there is a cumulative burden on the patient's motor, cognitive and emotional function," said Dr. Shamim. "Physical and psychological therapies have been an important part of MS treatment, and this study corroborates the need for a multidisciplinary approach to attaching this life dictating disease." Read Article

Sepsis Awareness Lacking in US

Sept. 9, 2014 – Sepsis — or "blood poisoning," as it is sometimes called — affects many patients across the US each year, but many others are not even aware of it. A new survey estimated that many US adults had not heard of sepsis. "Sepsis is a severe form of generalized infection that can result in failure of multiple organs," explained Steven Davis, MD, an infectious disease specialist who practices at Baylor Medical Center at Irving where he is the medical director of infection control. "For example, a strep or staph infection in a leg usually can be treated early with antibiotics in a physician's office. However, in its most severe form, septic shock can lead to release of toxins that result in kidney failure, lung failure and a dangerous decrease in blood pressure," Dr. Davis said. Read article

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