<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Health Connection]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSun, 23 Apr 2017 18:33:28 -0500Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:33:28 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[CVS, Starbucks and the Love-Hate Relationship With Sugar ]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:46:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CVS-Starbcucks.jpg

Healthy foods are taking real estate from candy at some CVS stores, the store chain announced Thursday, a response to changing customer preferences and shopping habits, NBC News reported.

In CVS Pharmacy's new store prototype there's less space for sugary snacks, particularly at the front of the store, where healthier food, vitamins, supplements and cosmetics with more natural ingredients will be displayed.

"It seems pretty clear that CVS has a fairly serious approach to trying to create a healthier environment in its stores," said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University, pointing to its 2014 decision to stop selling tobacco products.

But she and other food branding experts note that health food labeling can mislead or misdirect consumers, too. The fancifully colored "Unicorn" Frappuccino from Starbucks could have as much as 76 grams of sugar, because Starbucks is known more for coffee than milkshakes.

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<![CDATA[Sweet Drinks Linked to Dementia: Study]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:26:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_drinksdementia0420_1500x845.jpg

Don't be so fast to finish that soda. The latest report from the Framingham Heart Study found that people who frequently drink sodas and fruit juices are more likely to have a poorer memory and less brain volume. Additionally, people who drink artificial sweeteners were three times as likely to develop both strokes and dementia. 

<![CDATA[Cedar Hill ISD Holds Forum About Mumps Problem]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:50:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cedar+hill+mumps+forum.jpg

There have been more people with mumps in the Cedar Hill Independent School District than the number of people who attended a forum Tuesday night about the mumps problem.

"Come ask questions so you can be informed," pleaded parent, Shana Gardner, to those who did not attend. "Do your research so you're not just falling for the okie-doke."

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 64 related mumps cases among staff and students in the Cedar Hill ISD since the first case was reported Feb. 9.

"Mumps is a sneaky virus," explained Dr. Mike Marshall, a pediatrician who has been consulting with the school district. "So it's transmitted very easily."

Mumps is an airborne virus. People are contagious before they have symptoms, making it difficult to stop the spread. Marshall said vaccines and hand-washing are the best prevention.

"Did we do it right the first time in putting information out the first time? We didn't," admitted Cedar Hill ISD Superintendent Orlando Riddick. "We're not the epicenter for the mumps!"

Riddick assured the two dozen people who came to the forum that the district was doing what it could to try to stop the spread of mumps.

"One thing I am not going to do is be fearful of something that I can help mitigate and control," Riddick said. "There's a lot of disruptions in the world right now, and mumps are not going to stop our kids."

Some parents expressed concern that the school might not be doing enough.

"We were just told that it was too much money to have a company come in and clean, and I was left with the impression that no cleaning was being done," Gardner said to the panel.

"We are cleaning rooms," Riddick replied. "And that process started early on."

"You say 'Cedar Hill,' (and) people don't want to be around you," said Anna Green, who serves as PTSA president. "Our kids are like laughing stocks when they go to other competitions because it's in the media. Everybody knows. We've made national news!"

The school district is waiting for confirmation on a new probable mumps case. Cedar Hill ISD has offered two vaccine clinics already, and it plans to offer a third one.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves New Cosmetic Filler]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:09:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new+laughline+image.jpg

A new cosmetic filler that could change your "selfie" game is now on the market.

The FDA approved Juvéderm Vollure™ XC for the correction of facial wrinkles and folds in adults over the age of 21 and Plano cosmetic physician Dr. Fiona Wright believes the product will be a game changer for a newer "problem" sending people to her office.

"Instead of people coming for, "oh, I look old," they're actually coming in saying, "I don't look as good in my selfies," or, "when I Facetime my children or grandchildren, I really am not looking radiant," said Dr. Wright.

Dr. Wright says Vollure can go deep into the skin to add volume to the areas you'd naturally want highlighted, like the cheekbones, and it can also go right underneath the skin to fill in wrinkles.

The look it gives is similar to cosmetic contouring, a recent make-up trend that brightens areas of the face for a slimmer, younger appearance. "The art of facial fillers is to contour so that we take into account the highlights and lowlights and make faces more photogenic," said Dr. Wright.  "Where a makeup artist needs multiple brushes, I need one face brush and that's Vollure."

She adds since Vollure can be used deep in the skin and in the subcutaneous tissue, it can do the work that previously required two separate fillers.

"This is going to be really attractive to patients because now, you only need to buy one filler with one price and it's going to be cost effective for people," said Dr. Wright.

The price for a syringe of Vollure is $700 and the results can last up to 18 months.

Whitney Fox is one of the first in North Texas to receive the treatment.
"I have a chin and I have a little bit of cheekbone now!" said Fox.

She had the procedure done ten years ago and says she experienced no downtime yet received results better than any social media filter.

"I wont have to depend on filters, or this angle, or threatening my friends not to post them until I see them first," said Fox.

Dr. Wright cautions people to find a provider who knows what he or she is doing and has a proven track record with cosmetic fillers.

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<![CDATA[One El Centro College Student Confirmed to Have Tuberculosis]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:57:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tuberculosis-dfw-generic-10.jpg

Students and staff attending one class at El Centro College may have been exposed to tuberculosis.

One student is battling the infection and people attending a specific class have been told they were exposed.

The Dallas County Health and Human Services Department will offer free TB screening at the school's downtown campus, at the Paramount Building, on Monday.

The infected student is only attending one class in the spring 2017 semester and only students and faculty from that one class are recommended for screening.

Results from the tests should be available by Wednesday, April 26.

Students who have TB-related questions can contact Ken Johnson, El Centro's college nurse, at 214-860-2111; or the Dallas County Health and Human Services TB Clinic at 214-819-2071.

Online: More information about TB is available here.

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<![CDATA[Komen Fort Worth 2017 Race for the Cure]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:45:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Komen_Race_Cure_2017_1200x675_924448323552.jpg

Discussing the 2017 Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Clearfork in Fort Worth.

<![CDATA[NTX Mosques Running Free Health Clinics for Uninsured]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:49:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Mosque+Clinic.jpg

Doctors practice more than just their faith in several mosques across North Texas – they are also practicing medicine, free of charge.

The Islamic Association of North Texas in Richardson boasts one of the longest-running free health clinics in the Muslim community.

Like many of the patients they treat, the clinic had humble beginnings.

It was started in 1999 by Dr. Amer Shakil and Dr. Khalida Yasmin, husband and wife from Pakistan.

They came to North Texas with a will to heal – and the will to help.

“Amer had this dream, of having a clinic,” Yasmin said.

“When we go to medical school, we have this thinking, this passion that you’re going to do something for other people,” added Shakil.

They began with donated equipment, a table and chair set up inside the mosque.

In nearly 20 years, they have grown to an actual clinic with an exam room, a dentist’s set up, and an optometrist’s office. A gynecologist and psychiatrist are on stand-by. 

They see only uninsured patients and treat nearly 2,000 people every single year.

“We basically see patients that have nothing and who are eligible for nothing,” Yasmin said. “There is no other option. They can’t go anywhere, it’s too expensive for them.”

There are about 15 doctors who volunteer their time and expertise. The people who run the clinic, from the woman who checks in patients to the high school student who schedules appointments, are also volunteers.

"We don’t have any financial sources, but I think there are great blessings from God almighty that this thing runs just superbly on its own," Yasmin said. 

On a Tuesday evening, Layla Marouf was the last patient to be seen by orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Umar Burney. The 71-year-old is from Syria, visiting family in Dallas for six months.

A slip led to a broken bone in her foot. A walk into her nephew’s mosque means a quick diagnosis, a prescription, and peace of mind. There is no payment needed, only a donation if they choose to do so. 

“I never appreciated it because I never needed it,” said Marwan Marouf, Layla’s nephew. “Now that we walked in here, it is truly a blessing.”

A blessing, too, for the doctors who donate their time.

“If you cannot serve your own community, you can’t serve a bigger community. But the purpose was to serve everybody," Shakil said.

The clinic in the Richardson mosque is by appointment only, open Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as Saturdays and Sundays. It is open to people of all faiths.

There are also free medical clinics in several mosques across North Texas, including the Islamic Association of Collin County, the East Plano Islamic Center, and Valley Ranch Islamic Center

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<![CDATA[Health Headlines for Tuesday April 18, 2017]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:04:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/web_vo_flu_1200x675_879497795972.jpg

NBC 5's Bianca Castro has the health headlines for Tuesday April 18, 2017 including a study showing frog slime could cure the flu.

<![CDATA[Ask the Pediatrician - Behavioral Disorders]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:03:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ask_the_Pediatrician_4p_041817_1200x675_923886147924.jpg

Psychiatrist Dr. Joel Holiner answers your questions about ADHD and other childhood behavioral disorders.

<![CDATA[Cedar Hill to Hold Health Forum on Mumps]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:08:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mumps0310.jpg

The Cedar Hill Independent School District is holding a health forum Wednesday, April 19, to provide an update on the mumps outbreak in the district.

So far this year 33 cases of mumps have been reported in Dallas County, 27 of those at Cedar Hill High School.

The forum will include a panel of physicians and health experts representing Dallas County Health and Human Services and is open to parents, teachers, students or any other member of the community. It'll take place at Hawkins Hall inside Cedar Hill High School from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

During the event attendees will be able to submit written questions to the panel, the district said.

Texas health officials say the state is experiencing its highest incidence of mumps in more than 20 years, including cases possibly linked to the popular spring break destination of South Padre Island. The Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday that Texas has had 221 cases of mumps so far this year, the largest total since there were 234 cases in 1994.

The Cedar Hill event is free and no registration is required.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves New Cosmetic Filler]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:08:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new+laughline+image.jpg

New cosmetic filler can help smooth lines and add volume to face, giving customers the perfect "selfie" look.

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<![CDATA[Mental Health Expert on Netflix's '13 Reasons Why']]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:37:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cash-13reasons.jpg

Dr. Taaka Cash joins NBC 5 to talk about the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" and whether it romanticizes teen suicide.

<![CDATA[Stopping Zika in its Tracks: Medicine's Next Big Thing]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:28:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-5434985760zika.jpg

Over 5,000 cases of Zika virus have been reported in the United States since 2015, and scientists say there may be a resurgence of cases of this mosquito-borne disease over the next few months. Researchers have learned more about how Zika is transmitted and are finding therapies to stop the virus before it does its damage.

“We still don’t know enough about what are all the short-term and long-term effects on the baby,” said Dr. Indira Mysorekar, an associate professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Pathology & Immunology and the associate director of the Center for Reproductive Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Mysorekar is an expert in fetal infections. She and her colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis are looking at ways to stop the spread of Zika from mother to child.

Researchers infected pregnant mice with Zika. During pregnancy the virus can be seen passing through the placenta. Next, researchers injected other mice with antibodies that blocked the virus.

“It was not allowed to cross over into the placenta into the area where the blood flow, nutrient and oxygen exchange is happening, so the babies were fine,” said Mysorekar.

Professor Mysorekar said what works in mice should also work in people.

“This is going into human trials,” detailed Mysorekar. “First round of human trials are starting now with this antibody.”

At the same time, Kelle Moley, M.D., a professor and Vice Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis, is researching the impact of Zika on men. Dr. Moley examined the reproductive systems of Zika-infected mice.

“By day 21, we saw no germ cells so basically this would imply that it would lead to infertility, if it has the same effect,” Dr. Moley said.

Dr. Moley said it’s a reminder to both men and women in infected areas to take precautions.

There have been very few studies linking Zika virus to infertility in men. Dr. Moley said there is a CDC study underway in men in Puerto Rico examining a link between Zika, sperm motility, and a decrease in testosterone levels. 

According to the National Institute of Health, the first human clinical trial of a potential Zika vaccine is underway at Walter Reed Army Institute of research in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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<![CDATA[Central Market Redefining 'Eating Fresh']]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 06:18:32 -0500 1. Central Market: Drawn by organic produce, a convenient cafe, and loads of free samples, 5,429 shoppers checked into Central Market's Lovers Lane locale.]]> 1. Central Market: Drawn by organic produce, a convenient cafe, and loads of free samples, 5,429 shoppers checked into Central Market's Lovers Lane locale.]]> http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/CentralMarket.JPG

Central Market is redefining what it means to "eat fresh" with its community gardens.

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<![CDATA[Technology Increases Success Rates For Fertility Treatment]]> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:44:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ivf+technology+image.jpg

New technology is transforming fertility treatments for would-be parents in North Texas.

Couples undergoing invitro fertilization are able see their embyros develop almost in real time.

The technology, called EmbryoScope is being used at the Frisco Institute for Reproductive Medicine, and is some of the latest in IVF technology.

It's a specialized incubator for embryos designed to reduce risks from exposure to impurities in the air and to identify the best embryos for transfer by their cell-division patterns.

A camera and microscope are equipped inside the incubator, taking pictures every two to three minutes for a time-lapse video of the embryos.

Traditional incubators required doctors to remove the embryos and take snapshots every 24 hours. "We are putting the microscope in the incubator, use a computer to control and take a picture every two to three minutes," said Dr. Marius Meintjes, scientific director at Frisco Institute for Reproductive Medicine.

Chris and Candace Storey have watched 10-month-old Conner's life blossom from the moment the cells that would become Conner developed during the invitro fertilization process.

""You could see him moving. You could see the cells. You could see everything of him and it was amazing," said Candace.

The couple struggled to have children so they went to Dr. Meintjes, who, with the EmbryoScope, can see potential problems in almost real time to weed out the embryos that wouldn't be viable.

"It's not as easy to tell which embryo is the best, but it's fairly easy to tell which embryos are not good," said Dr. Meintjes. "By using this technology, we can now select between the embroys and find the one with the largest or biggest implantation potential and give them the best chance to a healthy baby."

Fertility scientists are always trying to improve IVF success rates, and the EmbryoScope is one of the latest advances in that area, says the clinic's website.

The technology also gives parents peace of mind.

"It was very miraculous to be able to see and know that we could keep track and make sure he was viable and healthy enough for a good pregnancy," said The Storeys, who look forward to adding to their family in the future.

"Maybe in a few years! Give us a few years! We are banked up in the egg department so we are good," they said.

EmbryoScope services cost about $500 in addition to regular IVF costs.

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<![CDATA[The Difference Between ADHD & Immaturity]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:50:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/generic+pills.jpg

New research shows that younger students in classrooms are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.

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<![CDATA[Marathons May Delay Medical Care for Non-Runners]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:06:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/20151006+Marine+Corps+Marathon1.jpg Marathons can be risky for hearts, but not necessarily those of the runners. It takes longer for nearby residents to get to a hospital for emergency heart care on the day of a race and they're less likely to survive, a U.S. study finds.

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<![CDATA[Is Pig Extract A Thyroid Cure?]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 03:59:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/thyroid+image.jpg

At least 20 million Americans, 80 percent of them women, suffer from low levels of thyroid hormones, which can have major consequences. The thyroid gland regulates metabolism, heart, muscle and brain functions.  An old, but rarely-used therapy may be a making a comeback among patients looking for a natural solution.

Cheryl Williams, 61, has a lot of energy these days for walking the dog and practicing yoga, but for years she had none and doctors had no idea why.

Williams said, “they’ll say ‘oh, everything looks great. All your levels are just great.’ I’m going, ‘well how come I need a wheelchair to get out of here?’”

Jane Sadler, M.D., a family physician at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Dallas, did tests which showed that Williams has a thyroid deficiency, hypothyroidism.

“Their body is going to run into problems with heart failure, osteoporosis, low heart rate,” said Dr. Sadler.

Hypothyroidism is often treated with synthetic human thyroid hormone, but that didn’t improve Williams’s energy level so Dr. Sadler tried a seldom used remedy: pig thyroid extract. Doctors rarely prescribe the pig hormone because unlike the synthetic hormone, the concentration can vary. But it worked for Williams.

“It’s rewarding, but I will emphasize that I have to monitor Cheryl’s levels of thyroid much more closely than I would somebody on a synthetic thyroid hormone replacement,” Dr. Sadler said.

“When I think back now, it’s like wow, I can do these things without it being such a challenge and struggle,” said Williams.

The American Thyroid Association said the number of Americans with thyroid deficiency could be as high as 60 million, with 60 percent undiagnosed. A simple blood test to measure TSH-thyroid stimulating hormone- will provide the answer.   

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<![CDATA[The Most Popular Easter Candies Ranked by Nutrition]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:21:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-57339112.jpg

'Tis the season for dyeing Easter eggs — and snacking on chocolate ones. Worried you'll wreck your healthy eating streak come Easter Sunday on April 16?

NBC News sized up the nutrition labels of some of the most popular Easter candies, with a strong focus on calories, fat and sugar content per serving — as well as the serving size.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs top the list at only 90 calories and 8 grams of sugar per serving. Health-conscious snackers can also choose Tootsie Easter Egg Shaped Pops, which rank at No. 2.

Brach’s Tiny Jelly Bird Eggs round out NBC’s list at No. 9, with 250 calories and a whopping 53 grams of sugar per serving.

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<![CDATA[Air Ambulances: Taking Patients for a Ride]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:19:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/air-ambulance-corrected.gif

In a true medical emergency you call a ground ambulance and your insurance company is likely to pay most of the cost, but insurance companies say air ambulances charge such huge bills that they’re only willing to pay a fraction of the cost.

That means you, as the consumer, are stuck to pay the rest of the bill. Consumer Reports says the average bill for medical helicopters is more than $30,000.

What's even more shocking? Consumer Reports finds many people taken by air ambulance could have been safely driven to the hospital in a ground ambulance in the same amount of time, or even quicker.

This may seem unfair for consumers because, in an emergency situation, the last thing you’re thinking about is how you’re going to pay the bill for the transportation that takes you to the hospital. Consumers often have absolutely no idea they’re going to be on the hook for such a big bill.

If you get stuck with a high air-ambulance bill, Consumer Reports suggests you ask your insurance company to advocate on your behalf to challenge the bill directly with the air-ambulance provider. And to bolster your odds, file a formal complaint with the Texas Department of Insurance.

Online: Texas Department of Insurance

    <![CDATA[New Guidelines Released for Prostate Screenings]]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:37:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/7AS_SOT_PROSTATE_CANCER_KNSD3YCT_1200x675_252122179514.jpg

    New guidelines are out for prostate cancer screening, and doctors say yoga could help men cope with side effects from cancer treatment.

    <![CDATA[Ask the Pediatrician - Skin Conditions]]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:15:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ask_the_Pediatrician_4p_041117_1200x675_919022147658.jpg

    Dermatologist Dr. Adnan Mir with Children's Health answers your questions about your child's skin issues.

    <![CDATA[Treating Toenail Fungus with Lasers]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:39:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/toe+fungus+laser.jpg

    It's finally sandal weather in North Texas, but it can be an embarrassing time for people dealing with toenail fungus.

    Nails can become discolored and distorted for a few different reasons, but the most common culprit is a fungal infection.

    Laser treatments, however, are giving more men and women the perfect summer toes.

    Dr. Joel Brook, of Dallas Podiatry Works, demonstrates the Q-Clear Laser, which he says clears the toenail fungus of 80 to 85 percent of his clients.

    "Basically, it uses certain wavelengths of light that heat the tissue below the nail, killing the germs so that the healthy nail should grow out outside of that," Brook said.

    Infections thrive in warm, damp, dark places, making toenails perfect locations to grow and multiply, Brook said.

    Laser therapy for medical purposes has been around for many years, but FDA approval for laser treatment for skin and nail care is more recent, the doctor said.

    Previously, treatment for nail fungus often included prescription oral anti-fungal medication, which can increase the potential for liver toxicity issues.

    The FDA just approved a low laser portable device yet to make its way to North Texas.

    The Erchonia Corporation, which created the Lunula Laser, says in a clinical trial, 67 percent of patients met the success criteria of three millimeters of clear nail growth, and by six months after the initial treatment these patients average more than five millimeters of new growth.

    Nancy Stovall, of Mesquite, went to Brook after she noticed discoloration in her toenail.

    "I had noticed a while back that there was something wrong, but I had dropped a can of tomatoes on it," Stovall said.

    She is receiving a round of Q-Clear Laser treatments, which can cost between $500 and $1,000 and typically isn't covered by health insurance.

    She says the treatment is painless and she looks forward to healthy toenails.

    "I'm glad I did it," Stovall said.

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    <![CDATA[Dallas Salon Specializes in Care for Diabetics]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:00:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pedicure4.jpg

    It's sandal weather in North Texas, but getting the perfect pedicure can be hard for a person with diabetes.

    An infection from a small cut can raise a diabetic's blood sugar levels and increase his or her risk of serious complications, like ulcers or even amputation, but a special nail salon in Dallas aims to put diabetics at ease.

    Dr. Richard Galperin and Dr. Maryam Raza make up part of the medical team behind Nail MD Spa and Nail Salon, a physician owned and operated salon and clinic designed with diabetics in mind.

    The salon uses sterilized nail equipment and follows policies and procedures to ensure hygienic and aesthetic pedicure and manicures for people with diabetes, according to the team.

    Nail technicians undergo training to practice sterile nail care for clients with circulation problems, cancer, autoimmune diseases, the elderly population and diabetes.

    Gail Morris, of Mesquite, is a client and patient.

    "If you have an issue or something, Dr. Galperin is right there and can take a look at it," Morris said.

    Raza explains that the idea was spawned while brainstorming prevention and education methods for diabetic patients.

    "If they are coming regularly to the nail salon to get their nails check, someone is overseeing their care, their foot care," Raza said.

    The salon isn't just for diabetic patients.

    Christy Wiggins received a cut during a pedicure at a different salon.

    It led to an infection and ulcer, which had to be removed and resulted in a year-long recovery.

    "I had to seek laser treatments. I had medications, ointments, prescriptions," Wiggins said. "It changed my life."

    She now goes to Nail MD for the peace of mind along with her pedicure.

    "It's comfortable to know that a doctor is right across the hall in case something happens," Wiggins said.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Exercising Tip with Larry North]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:06:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/640+Larry.jpg

    Larry North, the leading expert on health fitness nutrition and weight loss, stops by the studio to offer a quick health tip regarding exercise and pain to help keep you on a healthier track.

    <![CDATA[Komen Race for the Cure 2017]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:06:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TS_640_C_Komen_1200x675_917793347956.jpg

    Discussing the 2017 Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure with Tracey Boyes, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth, and Roxanne Martinez, a breast cancer survivor and Community Breast Health Advocate. This year's event will be taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Clearfork in Fort Worth. To learn more, visit www.komengreaterfortworth.org.

    <![CDATA[Fresh Express Recalls Packaged Salad After Bat Found: CDC]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:24:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-71902781.jpg

    Fresh Express recalled some of its prepackaged salad mix after a dead bat was found inside a container sold in a Florida Wal-mart, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Two people said they found a dead bat in their purchased package, and that they had eaten some of the salad before discovering the animal, according to a CDC statement

    The center added that the bat was sent to its lab to be tested for rabies, but the animal's deteriorated condition did not allow for a conclusive test.

    Wal-Mart removed the product from its store shelves.

    The company on Saturday announced a recall of a limited quantity of its 5-ounce Organic Marketside Spring Mix packages. The salads were sold in a clear container with production code G089B19 and best-if-used-by date of April 14, 2017. The announcement said the recalled packages were only distributed to Wal-mart stores located in the Southeastern region of the United States.

    As a precaution, the pair who ate the salad were recommended to undergo rabies treatment. However, the CDC said transmission of the disease by eating a rabid animal is "extremely uncommon."

    "Both people report being in good health and neither has any signs of rabies," the CDC said in the statement.

    Consumers who ate salad from recalled packages without animal matter are not at risk, the CDC added.

    Still, Fresh Express advised anyone who has purchased the recalled product to throw it out and not eat it. Those who have questions or wish to receive a full refund for their purchase can call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center 1-800-242-5472 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

    The CDC said it is working with the Florida Department of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to support an investigation of the incident.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images, File]]>
    <![CDATA[Woman's Blood Leads to Potential Treatment for Ebola Cousin]]> Sat, 08 Apr 2017 16:39:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_383650526882.jpg

    A woman came back from a trip to the Uganda jungle with Marburg virus, a cousin of Ebola that's even deadlier, NBC News reported.

    Now, Michelle Barnes' blood has a provided a potential cure for the infection.

    Researchers at Vanderbilt University and Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. isolated an especially potent immune system protein called a monoclonal antibody from Barnes and have used it to cure monkeys infected not only with Marburg virus, but with a related virus called Ravn.

    They are working to find ways to mass-produce the antibody and test it in people.

    The hope is to have supplies ready in case of outbreaks of viruses like Marburg and Ebola, which killed more than 11,000 people and sickened 28,000 in a 2014-2016 epidemic in West Africa.

    "If somebody needed to get Marburg virus so you could donate your cells for research, I am glad it was me," Barnes said. "I happen to have really good immunity."

    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ben Curtis]]>
    <![CDATA[Artistic Nurse Creates Marker Drawings for Young Patients]]> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 23:26:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Edgar+Palomo.jpg

    Edgar Palomo, a nurse at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, illustrates beautiful characters on his patients' white boards to help bring smiles to their faces.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Hair Cloning is Happening]]> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:57:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/hair+cloning.jpg

    By the time they’re 50, 85 percent of American men will have significant hair loss, according to the American Hair Loss Association.

    Now, an international team of hair restoration doctors is turning to cutting-edge science to grow more hair through cloning.

    Ric Ortega has dealt with hair loss for a while. For him, it's a health concern.

    “I’m outside a lot because I work in the construction industry, and I worry about skin cancer on the top of my head,” explained Ortega.

    Ortega is considering a hair cloning clinical trial with Kenneth Williams, Jr. D.O, a hair restoration surgeon with Orange County Hair Restoration in Irvine, California.

    Williams is working with Hair Clone, a British company that believes it will perfect the science of cloning hair.

    “The typical candidate would be someone who has had multiple surgeries and can’t have any more hair transplantations, but they do have lots of areas of balding,” Williams said.

    Doctors would harvest 50 hair follicles and send them to a cryopreservation tank in England. Surgeons there would remove the hair shaft from the bulb, which holds cells that control growth. Then, the cells are multiplied in a special cell culture.

    “Then, when the patient is ready, they have the actual transplantation," Williams explained. "They would let us know and we’d go through the process of replication, and shortly, those 50 cells will now turn into 1,500 cells.”

    The trial would cost Ortega between $4,000 and $10,000, plus airfare to England, where he’d get his cloned hair. England is the only western country that allows this type of treatment.

    Williams said hair cloning is the next biggest frontier in hair science.

    Hair Clone hopes to start a small trial in England later this year.

    The good news is, companies around the world are racing to start hair cloning trials as soon as they can.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Arlington Oncology Doctor Discusses HPV Study]]> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:25:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/hpv4.jpg

    Dr. Scott Fleischauer of Texas Oncology-Arlington North discusses the findings in a new study that show nearly half of Americans ages 18-59 are infected with HPV.

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    <![CDATA[GSK Recalls Nearly 600,000 US Asthma Inhalers]]> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:12:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/198*120/102408gsk.jpg

    GlaxoSmithKline has recalled nearly 600,000 Albuterol inhalers.

    The company says certain Ventolin HFA 200D inhalers may not give patients the right dosage of medicine.

    The affected lot numbers are 6ZP0003, 6ZP9944 and 6ZP9848.

    The voluntary recall is considered "class two," meaning the products could cause a temporary health problem.

    The recall impacts hospitals, pharmacies and warehouses across the country.

    This is not a patient level recall, but if you believe you have an affected inhaler you can call GSK’s customer service line at 800-245-1040.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[North Texas Ground Spraying Schedule: 2017]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:56:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mosquito-spray-truck-01.jpg

    Below is the latest schedule of mosquito ground spraying, broken down by county.

    Cooke Collin Dallas Denton Johnson Kaufman Parker Tarrant

    Cooke County

      No sprayings scheduled.

    Collin County

        No sprayings scheduled.

        Dallas County

          • Highland Park - The town will spray for mosquitoes between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. on the east side of town only, between Preston Road east to the town limits.

              Denton County

                  No sprayings scheduled.

                    Johnson County

                      No sprayings scheduled.

                    Kaufman County

                      No sprayings scheduled.

                    Parker County

                            No sprayings scheduled.

                              Tarrant County

                                  • Grapevine - The City of Grapevine confirmed one mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile virus. It was taken from a sample in the 1500 block of North Dooley Street, where ground spraying will take place Thursday night at 10 p.m.

                                              <![CDATA[Study: More Than 1 in 5 U.S. Men Have Cancer-Causing HPV]]> Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:24:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hpv+vaccine.jpg

                                              More than a quarter of men in the United States have the strain of HPV that causes cancer, according to a new study released Thursday. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S.

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