Goodman Announces Retirement After 22 Years of Leading America ’s Largest State Medical Society
Louis J. Goodman, PhD, CAE, the executive vice president and CEO of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for 22 years, has announced he is retiring. The association has begun a nationwide search for a new leader, and Dr. Goodman will step down when the new CEO is in place. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccination Still Needed to Keep Frightful Polio Away
The bottom line: Polio, a disease that once terrified Americans, is a vaccine success story. Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly disease caused by a virus. Even though polio cases are rare, parents need to be vigilant about vaccinating their kids to keep it from returning to the United States. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians to Fill Capitol on Feb. 5 ’s “First Tuesdays”
Continuing a 16-year tradition, hundreds of lab coat-clad Texas physicians and medical students, and TMA Alliance members will fill the Capitol to urge legislators to support good patient care during the Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA’s) initial First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy day of the 86th Texas Legislature. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - February 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA: Put Health Back Into Health Care
As the 86th Texas Legislature zeroes in on problems to solve this legislative session, physicians urge lawmakers to prioritize improving the health of Texans. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Maternal Illness and Deaths, Coverage Expansion Top Saturday ’s TMA Conference
How to protect women from severe illness and death surrounding childbirth; ensuring Texans are vaccinated against diseases; covering low-income Texans with insurance so they can access care; top medical issues in the legislature; ethical considerations of “do not resuscitate” (DNR) law; and the state’s changing demographics and how to care for Texas of the future. Doctors will address these pressing issues and more during the 2019 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Winter Conference, in Austin. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rotavirus Causes Severe Diarrhea in Kids
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide, especially in children under 2 years of age. The highly contagious illness is most common in the winter and spring months. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physicians Release 2019 Legislative Prescription for a Healthier Texas
The political landscape has changed, but many of the health care issues hotly debated two years ago are back on the table for the upcoming 86th session of the Texas Legislature. The Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA’s) goal: persuade legislators to improve Texas laws for patients and their physicians. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Medical Association Eager to Work Alongside Governor Abbott to Improve Access to Health Care in Texas
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) believes a Texas federal judge ’s recent ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional provides a bipartisan pathway to strengthen access to health care and provide coverage for the 4.5 million Texans without health care overage. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians Warn of Overreach in New Pharmacy Prescription Rules
Physicians are questioning whether some Texas pharmacists are overstepping bounds by using a new rule to second-guess whether a doctor ’s prescription is appropriate. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rubella Endangers Pregnant Women, Their Developing Babies
Rubella can be deceptively mild, causing no symptoms in up to half the people who get the viral illness. But if pregnant women get the disease, it can kill, causing miscarriages and stillbirths, or can leave the babies with lifelong disabilities.  (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping Cough: Vaccinating Can Prevent Deadly Childhood Infection
The sound of pertussis, or whooping cough, is terrifying. It is the sound of someone coughing violently, and then gasping for air; the gasp is the “whoop” sound. Whooping cough is a highly contagious, potentially fatal respiratory disease, and a big problem in Texas. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians Shift Focus to Prevent Suicide, a Growing Public Health Problem
The Bottom Line: Some Texas physicians are trying to help prevent suicides with mental health screening and identifying patients ’ suicidal thoughts during a routine examination. Data shows most victims visit a doctor shortly before taking his or her life. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Avoid COPD One Step at a Time with Walk With a Doc Texas
Could walking more save your life? Physicians say taking extra steps are beneficial, and can help prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic lung disease that hinders breathing. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccination Strategy Can Prevent a Deadly Childhood Infection
The sound of pertussis, or whooping cough, is terrifying. It is the sound of someone coughing violently, and then gasping for air; the gasp is the “whoop” sound. Whooping cough is a highly contagious, potentially fatal respiratory disease, and a big problem in Texas. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Care Leaders Host First-Ever Joint Summit on Texas Medicaid
As the future of Texas Medicaid promises to be a central topic of discussion in the 86th Texas Legislature, leaders from three pillars of the Texas health care system gathered in Austin on Oct. 12 for a first-ever summit to identify and commit to working on shared priorities for strengthening the program. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors Say Vaccinations Key to Preventing a Deadly Flu Season
Look out: Here comes flu season. Even though the flu is an annual occurrence, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) branded the 2017-18 flu season as one of the worst in recent years. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Influenza Threat to Take Center Stage at TMA Distinguished Speaker Event
Top physician public health experts will address Texas ’ plan to combat influenza this flu season, at Preparing for Texas ’ Next Great Public Health Emergency: Influenza, the next installment of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) distinguished speaker series. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Athens Family Physician Joins TMA Foundation Board
Curtis Eric Grey, MD, an Athens family physician in practice for 15 years, begins service on the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) Board of Trustees this week. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lawmakers Talk Opioids: Panel to Top TMA Conference
How should Texas address the issue of people dying from opioid abuse? What role should the Texas Legislature — and physicians — play in curbing this nationwide problem? Two top lawmakers who lead legislative health care committees will discuss the issue, highlighting the 2018 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Fall Conference. Experts also will detail how venture-capitalist investing is changing medicine. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Regulations Keep Some Life-Saving Vaccines on the Shelf
Prototype vaccines that potentially could save lives are either sitting on a shelf or nowhere near completion because of red tape. So-called “orphan” vaccines are delayed from helping people because of stringent regulations leading to expensive development costs. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA to Lawmakers: Stop Proposed Medicare Changes
Federal lawmakers must hold hearings immediately to stop proposed changes to Medicare that would cause lasting and serious damage to the program and to health care in the United States, Texas Medical Association President Douglas Curran, MD, told two key Texas congressmen today. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical Liability Reform Anniversary: More Doctors to Care for Texas Patients
In the 15 years this month since Texas passed landmark medical liability reform, the state ’s patients have enjoyed greater access to physicians’ care, as more doctors practice medicine throughout the state. House Bill 4, the Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform Act, and passage of Proposition 12, a constitutional amendment, lessened the likelihood of frivolous lawsuits against phy sicians and hospitals. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Virus Common in Children Poses a Greater Threat to Adults
A common childhood illness can strike the same person twice, once as a child and later as an adult — and without treatment, the adult version of the virus can be even more painful. The varicella-zoster virus does double duty, causing itchy, fluid-filled blisters on the head and body of young patients, and then can reactivate as a more painful, blistery rash called shingles after the child grows up. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Care Sharing Ministries Are Not Typical Health Insurance, Doctors Caution
TMA asked TDI to inform consumers that health care sharing ministries are not insurance. TMA also sought a response about ministries ’ promoting themselves using PPO language. TDI responded that it would review TMA’s recommendation. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Following the Vaccine Schedule Protects Children From Deadly Diseases
Texas children have a better likelihood of fighting off diseases circulating at school if their parents make sure they get their shots before the first bell rings. Doctors urge parents to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended school vaccine schedule to build their child ’s immune system against dangerous diseases, reports the August issue of Texas Medicine magazine. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Survey: GOP Voters Overwhelmingly Support Child Immunization Laws
Most Republican voters want schoolchildren to have their shots before going to school, according to a recent Texas survey. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diseases Passed from Mom to Newborn Can Threaten Baby
Doctors say the transfer of an infection from a pregnant mother to a newborn can pose a serious threat to the baby, including deafness and a malformed brain. Three congenital infections — syphilis, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and HIV — are especially problematic in Texas, reports the July issue of Texas Medicine magazine. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Hidden Threat of Meningococcal Disease
Meningococcal bacteria can cause severe illness, even death. The most severe illnesses are meningitis (infection of the lining covering the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (bloodstream infection). Two types of meningococcal vaccines are available to prevent this infection that can kill up to 15 percent of patients who become infected. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Medicine Investigation Exposes Threats to Texas ’ Ban on Corporate Practice of Medicine
An Austin physician group, one of the city ’s largest hospital systems, and an outside hiring firm are engaged in a tug of war that pits corporate finances against the physicians’ view of what’s best for their patients, a three-month investigation by Texas Medicine magazine found. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mosquito Bites Can Lead to Deadly Diseases
As summer heats up, you may find yourself swatting that occasional seasonal annoyance, the mosquito. For most people, the bite is just a temporary irritation; but for some, it can be life-changing — even life-threatening. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Doctors Seek Red-Tape Reduction to Help Patients in Need
The 34-member Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates will ask the policymaking body to adopt a resolution this week to help patients with disabilities get devices to help them move, and another to allow physicians to prescribe medications electronically for patients they know. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pneumococcal Disease: A Vaccine Preventable Threat
Pneumococcal disease is one of the leading causes of illness among children and seniors. The potentially deadly pneumococcal bacteria causes pneumonia, but it also causes meningitis, sinusitis, sepsis, and ear infections. However, a pneumococcal vaccine can protect both children and adults. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physicians Adopt “Zero Maternal Deaths” Goal
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) will not rest until maternal mortality is eliminated in Texas. Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, TMA ’s immediate past president, threw down a gauntlet today to his physician colleagues — a goal of zero deaths among Texas women who are pregnant or new mothers. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Installs “Country Doc” as 153rd President
Today the Texas Medical Association (TMA) installed a self-proclaimed “old country doc” from Athens, Texas, as president of America’s largest state medical society. Douglas W. Curran, MD, an east Texas family physician, took the reins during TexMed, the association’s annual conference in San Antonio. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Corpus Christi Volunteer Installed as TMA Alliance President
The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) has installed Sunshine Moore, a Corpus Christi volunteer, as its 101st president. TMAA is the volunteer service organization of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), comprising physicians and physicians ’ spouses. Mrs. Moore was inducted into office today during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in San Antonio. She is married to Jacob J. Moore, MD, a Corpus Christi ophthalmologist and TMA member. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Austin Surgeon Selected TMA President-Elect
Austin surgeon David C. Fleeger, MD, is the new president-elect of the Texas Medical Association (TMA). The TMA House of Delegates policymaking body elected Dr. Fleeger today at TexMed, the association ’s annual conference, in San Antonio. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fort Worth Volunteer Elected TMA Alliance President-Elect
The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) has elected Lisa Queralt, a Fort Worth volunteer, as its president-elect. TMAA is the volunteer service organization of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), comprising physicians and physicians ’ spouses. Mrs. Queralt was elected today during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in San Antonio. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lubbock Pediatrician, “a Giant Role Model,” Receives TMA’s Highest Honor
Among his many accomplishments, Surendra K. Varma, MD, likely prevented countless babies from intellectual and developmental disabilities. They are complications of congenital hypothyroidism, a treatable thyroid condition — for which Texas began to screen newborns in the 1970s. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physicians to Tackle Maternal Deaths, Other Top Issues at Conference
The issue of addressing preventable deaths and disease in pregnant women and new mothers leading top-priority policy debates; recommendations to protect physicians and other health care workers from potential retaliation in hospital “whistleblower” cases; cyberspace medicine (and drugs) in the era of the “dark web”; a physician’s perspective on the problem of school shootings; an edgy keynote speaker and more highlight TexMed 2018, the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) annual physician conference, in San Antonio . Close to 2,000 TMA physician leaders and other health care experts...
Source: TMA News Room - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hepatitis A: The Disease to Convince People to Wash Their Hands
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious viral infection that can make people very ill or even kill them. The disease attacks the liver, and people spread it through contact with infected fecal matter. While no cure exists, a vaccine can prevent the disease. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles: Once Gone, Its Threat Has Returned
Measles, a highly contagious disease previously eradicated in the United States, is back, causing outbreaks in Texas and beyond. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Top Physician Experts to Convene First-Ever Maternal Health Congress to Address Maternal Deaths Crisis
More than 70 top obstetrician-gynecologists, family physicians, and other physicians and health experts from across Texas will convene the state ’s first-ever Texas Medical Association (TMA) Maternal Health Congress in Austin on Saturday. Their goal is to address the alarming rate of women dying after childbirth and seek solutions to the complex issue. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Quicker Physician Exams of Foster Children Could Save Young Lives
Texas children suddenly thrust into the state ’s foster care system will receive a necessary health check by a physician sooner, potentially addressing life-threatening issues. Senate Bill 11, one of four child welfare reform bills the Texas Legislature passed during the 2017 session, requires foster kids to see a physician within three busi ness days of placement in foster care. Texas’ Child Protective Services (CPS) is expanding “community-based” foster care throughout the state as part of the change. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HPV Causes Cancer — A Vaccine Can Prevent It
More than 30,000 Americans develop one of several kinds of cancer each year caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) — some of which will kill them. Fortunately, physicians say a too-seldom-used vaccine can protect people from HPV-caused cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and oropharynx (head and neck). (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Foundation Grants Funds to Help Improve Texans ’ Health
Texans from the panhandle to the Rio Grande Valley will benefit from $13,510 in Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) grant funding for health-improvement projects. TMAF awarded the funds to five county medical societies, TMA medical student chapters, and county chapters of the TMA Alliance(TMA physician members and their spouses who volunteer for TMA outreach programs). (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Amarillo Physician Named Top TMA Foundation Champion of Health
The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) presented its top 2018 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award to Alan Keister, MD, founder of Heal the City Free Clinic (HTC), an urgent care facility in Amarillo. TMAF presented the award at 2018 TMA Winter Conference in Austin on Saturday. The award is TMAF ’s highest honor, and it recognizes exceptional projects that address urgent public health threats and furthers TMAF’s mission to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Austin ’s Kind Clinic Wins TMA Foundation’s Champion of Health Secondary Award
The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) presented its 2018 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Secondary Award to the Kind Clinic of Austin. The clinic won for its Pill that Prevents HIV program, an HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program. The clinic provides patients with PrEP, a daily pill that can prevent HIV infection, at low or no cost. The Champion of Health Secondary Award recognizes exceptional projects like this one that address urgent public health threats and furthers TMAF ’s mission to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Join Torres Center ’s First Anniversary Walk With a Doc Texas Event This Week
Houston residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Ana Torres, MD, for her Houston clinic ’s first anniversary Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Maternal Health, Cyber Liability Highlight State Health Conference Saturday
Women dying after childbirth, criminals hacking into medical records, universal health care coverage, and doctors fighting misinformation are some of the important topics physicians and other experts will cover at 2018 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Winter Conference, in Austin. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Death Registry Rollout May Improve Vital Statistics
The state of Texas is giving new life to system that records how people died, and Texas doctors are optimistic it will be easier to use and will lead to more accurate death records, which collect vital data used to monitor public health. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news