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

Texas Physicians Inject Billions Into Lone Star State ’s Economy
Physicians add opportunity, growth, and prosperity to the Texas economy by creating 670,172 jobs and generating $117.9 billion in state economic activity, according to a new report, The Economic Impact of Physicians in Texas, released today by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the American Medical Association (AMA). (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Funds Will Keep TMA Walk With a Doc Walkers Active, Informed, Healthier
The Texas Medical Association Foundation received a $42,625 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) that the foundation will use to help fund the 2018 Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas program. The goal of the BCBSTX grant is to help raise awareness about prevention and early detection of chronic kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — diseases often prevented by an active and tobacco-free lifestyle. The Walk With a Doc Texas program supports this goal by helping physicians organize walks in their communities to encourage physical activity, reverse the consequences of a sedentary life, a...
Source: TMA News Room - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians to Congress: Don ’t Let Sequestration Scrooge Medicare
Texas physicians are urging Congress to prevent the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act currently being reconciled in the U.S. House and Senate from slashing Medicare. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Old Medications a Potential Health Threat
Expired or unused prescription medications are a common sight in the medicine cabinet of a typical American home, but public health experts say leftover medications are an increasing health risk. A December Texas Medicine magazine article says patients who hold on to old prescription drugs might not understand the risk they pose for poisoning and misuse, but getting rid of old medications poses challenges too. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Giving a Bike? Don't Forget the Helmet
If you ’re surprising a child with a shiny new bicycle this holiday season, remember to give a helmet, too. The physicians of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) say that accessory could save your child’s life. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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