Mother holding child with measles

Measles, Mumps, Rubella – Oh My!

Categories: Children's Health

Why should we vaccinate? From a growing  2019 measles outbreak in Seattle, the Centers for Disease Control now reports outbreaks in Washington and New York states, with more reported cases in Texas so far this month. While measles are caused by a virus – as is the mumps and rubella, whooping cough is caused by bacteria. What is the first sign of measles, mumps, rubella or whooping cough? Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing. …Read More >

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Man in blue shirt is holding a weekly pill organizer and is putting an orange pill into Tuesday's slot.

Could skipping meds lead to a second heart attack?

Categories: Heart Health

Many heart patients aren’t taking their medicine. Are they at greater risk for another heart attack? Imagine: the shortness of breath and the occasional chest pain you’ve been feeling intensifies. You’re rushed to the emergency room where doctors decide you need bypass surgery to survive. Then, following surgery, your cardiologist prescribes five medications you’ve never taken before. You feel brain-fogged, exhausted, achy and depressed. Is it part of the recovery process or the new drugs? Do you have to take all those pills? Results of a study published by the American College of Cardiology show that proper medication can reduce …Read More >

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Why am I so tired?

Categories: Wellness

Tired women, listen up. Multitasking and poor sleep habits are your enemy. If you want better sleep, you might have to make some (admittedly difficult) lifestyle changes. There are reasons you may not be getting enough high-quality sleep—like hormones, pregnancy and newborns—that you can’t do much about. But getting more Zs may be within reach just by managing some of your daytime activities. “Women are likely to be affected because they’re working and also multitasking at home, thus compromising on their sleep time and quality,” said Dr. Suhaib Haq, who is a family practice physician at University Medicine Associates and …Read More >

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Don’t let your child lose sleep over sleep apnea

Categories: Children's Health

If your child is restless or snores during the night, and then is also extra tired during the day, it might be time for an overnight sleep study. These symptoms point to sleep apnea, which occurs when a person’s breathing pauses off and on all night, waking him or her up dozens or even hundreds of times every night—and leaving the person exhausted the next morning without knowing why. And without treatment, the symptoms will only get worse. “They might have trouble getting up in the morning or want to take naps as elementary school kids,” says Dr. Karen Hentschel-Franks, …Read More >

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Could you have this common thyroid condition, and not know it?

Categories: Wellness

Dr. Jorge Velez Garza questions a 33- year old mother about symptoms that would indicate her common, but often undetected condition, needs additional treatment. He asks, are you extremely tired, have brain fog, constipation, or dry skin? What about uncontrollable weight gain, thinning hair or feeling cold a lot of the time? She says no to having those symptoms. He checks the results of her blood tests, and concludes the medication she takes daily is working. Dr. Velez is an endocrinologist who specializes in treating hormone-related diseases. His patient has hypothyroidism, the most common among thyroid conditions, which affect an …Read More >

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