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TMA Hits $1 Million Milestone to Aid Harvey-Damaged Medical Practices
The TMA Disaster Relief Program, set up to aid Texas physicians ’ practices damaged by Hurricane Harvey, has reached the $1 million mark. A gift of $5,000 from the Michigan State Medical Society Foundation to the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) Disaster Relief Campaign, tipped the total raised to over $1 million, fulfilling the campaign goal. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors Warn of Hurricane Harvey ’s Hidden Aftermath
There is a hidden danger beyond the piles of debris and damage left behind by Hurricane Harvey, and it might come as a surprise. Besides mold-related respiratory illnesses, disease from exposure to floodwaters and even mosquito-borne sickness like West Nile and Zika viruses, Texas physicians warn of another, unexpected post-hurricane health concern: Mental and emotional health. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccinations Help Ensure Holiday Merriment
Neatly wrapped packages, pies fresh from the oven, and a peck on the cheek make holiday gatherings merry for the youngest to the oldest. Sadly, someone ’s cough or sneeze could spread a life-threatening illness to grandma or your new grandbaby whose bodies are less able to fight off infection. That’s why Texas physicians say making sure your family is up to date on vaccinations, including flu, is key to keeping everyone healthy this holiday sea son. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Event Debuts TMA Botanical Medicine Exhibit in Spanish
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) unveils a Spanish-language translation of its popular History of Medicine exhibit, “Deep Roots: Botanical Medicine From Plants to Prescriptions,” with a special Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event. Dia de los Muertos is a celebrated holiday in Mexico and other regions. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical Students Assume Huge Debt to Become Physicians
The thought of amassing a half-million dollars in medical school debt, in some cases, is steering some of the best and brightest aspiring physicians to choose certain specialties over others, altering their life plans, or discouraging them from going into medicine altogether. An October Texas Medicine magazine article covering the cost of medical education reports staggering student debt is shaping how new physicians approach medicine. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Disaster Relief Program Sends $350,000 in Aid to First Physician Applicants
Relief is on the way for some Texas physicians uprooted from their medical practice by Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Medical Association (TMA) Disaster Relief Program committee distributed nearly $350,000 to the first 28 medical practices to apply for assistance to rebuild. Physicians whose Harvey-damaged medical practice is located in a federally declared disaster area have been applying for assistance for damage not covered by insurance or other means, to speed the rebuilding of their community doctor offices. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Shots Vital for Moms-to-Be, Babies
Flu vaccination during pregnancy is a given. The benefits far outweigh any potential risks. Influenza can kill, and pregnant women — and newborns — are high risk for the disease. Unless proven otherwise, my colleagues and I will continue adamantly to advise the flu vaccine’s protection to our patients. We’re heading into flu season; get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns, be sure to talk with your doctor. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adults: Prevent Illness, Get Vaccinated
As people age, they know they should get an eye exam, have their cholesterol and blood pressure checked, and get that colonoscopy. One more thing, say Texas physicians, is making sure all vaccinations are up to date. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Generous Contributions Push TMA Relief Program Near $1 Million
Two substantial contributions by national physician organizations gave the Texas Medical Association (TMA) TMA Disaster Relief Program a giant boost today, pushing the total raised to nearly $1 million. The program aims to assist thousands of Texas physician practices damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey recover and reopen to care for patients as quickly as possible. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Generous Contributions Push TMA Relief Program Funds Near $1 Million
Two substantial contributions by national physician organizations gave the Texas Medical Association (TMA) TMA Disaster Relief Program a giant boost today, pushing the total raised to nearly $1 million. The program aims to assist thousands of Texas physician practices damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey recover and reopen to care for patients as quickly as possible. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Generous Donations Push TMA Relief Program Funds Near $1 Million
Two substantial contributions by national physician organizations gave the Texas Medical Association (TMA) TMA Disaster Relief Program a giant boost today, pushing the total raised to nearly $1 million. The program aims to assist thousands of Texas physician practices damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey recover and reopen to care for patients as quickly as possible. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hurricane Harvey Emergency Response Highlights TMA Conference
Medicine ’s response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas (including a new fund to help Harvey-destroyed physician practices rebuild); a 2017 legislative recap from physician-lawmakers; and an examination of how adversity and toxic stress affect patients all highlight 2017 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Fall Conference. Experts also will detail changes to the practice of telemedicine after the Texas Legislature passed a law this year governing this method of care delivery. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Relief Program Launched to Reopen Hurricane-Devastated Medical Practices
When staff of a Houston-area children ’s urgent care clinic saw security-camera images of brown, murky Hurricane Harvey floodwater submerging the waiting room, they knew it was bad. Quickly, the physicians and other clinic workers jumped into action. Soon they also consulted the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for help, and learned ab out the TMA Disaster Relief Program. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rio Grande Medical School Expands Health Care Despite Tight Budget Year
A medical school created to serve one of the poorest and most underserved areas in Texas faces a major challenge as state education funds are cut in a tight budget year. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Child Care Workers: Get Vaccinated to Share Good Health
Children are notorious germ-spreaders, and sharing those germs is easy in child care settings. Keeping kids healthy there requires the cooperation of parents and the people who care for their children. Like washing hands and disinfecting toys, vaccinations are an important piece of that puzzle, say Texas physicians. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Health Care Laws to Take Effect September 1
The landscape of Texas medicine is about to change as new laws take effect on September 1. The August issue of Texas Medicine magazine analyzes the new laws important to patients and physicians in its 85th Legislative session summary. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Honors Outstanding Health Reporting
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) announced winning journalists across the state in the 2017 TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards for excellence in health and medical news reporting during 2016 (see winner list below). TMA member physicians presented the awards to journalists in their newsrooms throughout the spring and summer on this, the 60th anniversary of the competition. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA to Vaccinate Kids for School in August
During National Immunization Awareness Month, Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA’s) Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program supports vaccination clinics across the state to prepare children for school and prevent harmful and potentially deadly diseases. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

25 Days ’Til “Health Care Doomsday” Could Strike Texas
The Texas Medical Association (TMA), representing more than 50,000 physicians and medical students, today launched the “Texas Health Care Doomsday Calendar Countdown” awareness campaign to let the public know about the dire and shocking crisis ahead for our state if the legislature fails to pass a Sunset continuation bill for the Texas Medical Board. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

25 Days ‘Til “Health Care Doomsday” Could Strike Texas
The Texas Medical Association (TMA), representing more than 50,000 physicians and medical students, today launched the “Texas Health Care Doomsday Calendar Countdown” awareness campaign to let the public know about the dire and shocking crisis ahead for our state if the legislature fails to pass a Sunset continuation bill for the Texas Medical Board. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Future of Medicine Tops 12th Annual Border Health Conference
Physician leaders will meet in Edinburg, Texas with federal lawmakers and government officials to discuss critical health care needs and challenges facing communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. The 12th Annual Border Health Conference is sponsored by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Border Health Caucus (BHC) . The BHC ’s mission is to ensure access to care for all patients along the border, and this year’s conference agenda also covers top issues of national importance. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heads Up: Vaccine Required for College-Bound Students
As recent high-school graduates prepare to move into a college dorm, Texas physicians remind them to make sure their vaccinations are up to date, particularly one that is required for college admission. Texas law requires almost all new and transfer college students under age 22 to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease caused by the most common types of bacteria — or “serogroups” A,C,W, and Y — at least 10 days before classes begin. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Insurance Laws Will Benefit Texas Patients
Patients soon will have an easier time dealing with health insurance-related problems, thanks to new laws. Two bills backed by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) this legislative session — each of which passed and earned Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature into law — should give patients some relief from the headaches of surprise medical bills and unwarranted changes to their prescribed medication. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Law Shapes the Future of Telemedicine in Texas
Texas physicians and telehealth providers are now playing by the same rules to treat patients by phone, computer, and other new technologies — the same as when physicians see patients face-to-face in a traditional doctor’s office visit. Senate Bill 1107, passed this session by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in late May, clarifies the framework to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients remotely via telec ommunication technology. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Paris Physician Named TMA Health Hero
Amanda D. Green, MD, a hospitalist in Paris, was named a Health Hero by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for her commitment to improving the health of her community. She was one of only four physicians TMA honored with the inaugural award during TexMed, TMA ’s annual conference, in Houston. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cleveland Physician Named TMA Health Hero
Jasmine Sulaiman, MD, a Cleveland family physician, was named a Health Hero by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for her commitment to improving the health of her community. She was one of only four physicians TMA honored with the inaugural award during TexMed, TMA ’s annual conference, in Houston. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Statement Regarding Maintenance of Certification Bill
Statements by Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, president of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), and Ray Callas, MD, a member of TMA ’s Board of Trustees, in reaction to Gov. Greg Abbott having signed Senate Bill 1148 into law on Thursday. SB 1148 pertains to maintenance of certification requirements for physicians. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physician, Medical Student Leaders Elected to AMA Positions
The American Medical Association (AMA) elected four Texas Medical Association (TMA) physicians and four medical student members to AMA leadership positions. AMA elected the Texans during its annual policymaking meeting taking place this week in Chicago. The physician and medical student leaders are part of the Texas delegation to the AMA. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HPV Vaccination Prevents Cancers in Men, Too
For years, scientists have touted the HPV vaccination ’s power to reduce cervical cancer in women. Now, during Men’s Health Week, Texas physicians urge men to get vaccinated against HPV to prevent cancers. HPV causes several cancers in men and women, including oropharyngeal (cancers of the head and neck such as the throat and mouth), penile, anal, cervical and vaginal. Some cases are fatal. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Seeks New Standards for Health Insurance Sold Across State Lines
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) is pushing for national consensus on standards to protect consumers who purchase health insurance across state lines. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Grants Enable Six Texas Cities to Fight Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses
People in six Texas communities will receive disease-preventing and potentially life-saving vaccinations, thanks to special grants from the Texas Medical Association ’s ( TMA’s) Be Wise —ImmunizeSM program. TMA recently awarded $13,500 in grants to physicians and TMA Alliance (TMAA) chapters to provide free and low-cost vaccinations to uninsured and underinsured Texans in their hometowns. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Victoria Physician Named TMA Health Hero
C. Leilani Valdes, MD, a Victoria pathologist, was named a Health Hero by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for her commitment to improving the health of her community. She was one of only four physicians TMA honored with the inaugural award earlier this month during TexMed, TMA ’s annual conference, in Houston. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Edinburg Physician Becomes TMA President
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) today installed Edinburg gastroenterologist Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, as its 152nd president. Outgoing TMA President Don R. Read, MD, of Dallas installed Dr. Cardenas today during TexMed, the association ’s annual conference. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Athens Physician Elected TMA President-Elect
Douglas W. Curran, MD, an Athens family physician, has been elected president-elect oftheTexas Medical Association (TMA).The TMA House of Delegates policymaking body elected Dr. Curran todayat TexMed, the association ’s annual conference. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Belton Volunteer Installed as TMA Alliance President
The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) has installed Karen Lairmore, a Belton volunteer, as its 100th president. TMAA is the volunteer service organization of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), comprising physicians and physicians ’ spouses. Mrs. Lairmore was inducted into office today during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in Houston. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Corpus Christi Volunteer Elected TMA Alliance President-Elect
The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) has elected Sunshine Moore, a Corpus Christi volunteer, as its president-elect. TMAA is the volunteer service organization of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), comprising physicians and physicians ’ spouses. Mrs. Moore was elected today during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in Houston. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dallas Physician Receives TMA Distinguished Service Award
Robert T. Gunby Jr., MD, had one concern as he anticipated rising before the Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA’s) House of Delegates to receive the association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physicians to Tackle Medicine ’s Top Issues in Houston
Preparing physicians and first responders for an active shooter situation, a former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command who is now chancellor of The University of Texas System, and policy debates ripped from the headlines top this week ’s TexMed 2017, the Texas Medical Association's (TMA's) annual conference, in Houston. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Throat Cancer Increasing; Doctors Urge Vaccination to Prevent It
Doctors are diagnosing more throat cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV also causes other cancers, such as cervical, but throat cancer is quickly becoming the most common. The good news: the HPV vaccination, if people receive it early enough, can prevent most of these cancers, which are found in the tonsils and base of the tongue. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA to Give 2,300 Texas Kids a Bike Helmet in April
The Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give away more than 2,300 free bicycle helmets to children in April — designated as Child Safety Month in Texas — to protect them from brain and head injuries. TMA physicians and other volunteers will give Texas kids free bicycle helmets at giveaway events across the state. They also will teach parents and children the importance of properly fitting the helmet for best protection. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TPHC Praises Bill to Make State College Campuses and Offices Tobacco-Free
Statement by Eduardo Sanchez, MD, chair of the Texas Public Health Coalition and former Texas commissioner of health, in support of legislation filed to make Texas state college campuses and state agencies tobacco-free. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA to Give Nearly 1,000 Helmets in March: Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give children nearly 1,000 free bicycle helmets in March — designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month — to protect them from head injuries. TMA physicians and other volunteers will host helmet giveaway events across the state to teach paren ts and children the importance of wearing a helmet while riding, especially one that fits properly. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer-Prevention Vaccination Now Easier, Just as Effective
Preventing cancer just got a little easier. Adolescents under age 15 now need only two shots to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV), rather than three doses of vaccine as physicians previously recommended. HPV causes several cancers that sicken and kill both men and women, and the shots prevent HPV. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - February 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians to Flock to Capitol for First Tuesdays Event
More than 200 physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members from across Texas will fill the Capitol to urge legislators to back laws that protect patients ’ access to care, preserve public health, and more during the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) initial First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy day. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - February 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physician-Legislators to Host First Capitol Walk With a Doc Texas Event
Texas physician-legislators will host the first-ever Walk With a Doc event at the Texas Capitol, to promote physical activity. TMA physicians across Texas regularly host similar walks in their communities, as part of a successful national program. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - February 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors Race to Understand Spike in Texas ’ Maternal Mortality Rate
Mothers in Texas die more often during or after pregnancy than women in most other states, and a state task force is studying why. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physicians Offer Legislators Fix for Surprise Billing Problem
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and its physician members recognize surprise medical billing is a problem, and are offering lawmakers solutions that address the root causes. Physicians point to a confusing health insurance system they say leaves policyholders/patients too-often unaware, subject to unexpected out-of-pocket costs, inadequate coverage, and physicians frustrated by limited access to patients and their health plan networks. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Edinburg Physician Elected TMA President-Elect
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) today voted Edinburg gastroenterologist Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, president-elect. He will serve in the office for one year before he assumes the TMA presidency. TMA’s policymaking body, the House of Delegates, elected Dr. Cardenas today during TexMed, its annual conference, in Dallas. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Austin Physician Wins TMA ’s Highest Honor
As he steps up to receive the highest honor bestowed by America ’s largest state medical society, anesthesiologist Joseph P. Annis, MD, of Austin, says his accomplishments in medicine can be traced back to the loving support and encouragement of his closest family and friends. He says their influence gave him the maturity and wisdom to travel the pathway to su ccess. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Austin Physician Wins TMA’s Highest Honor
As he steps up to receive the highest honor bestowed by America’s largest state medical society, anesthesiologist Joseph P. Annis, MD, of Austin, says his accomplishments in medicine can be traced back to the loving support and encouragement of his closest family and friends. He says their influence gave him the maturity and wisdom to travel the pathway to success. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news