<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Health Connection]]>Copyright 2016http://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-usWed, 07 Dec 2016 03:10:17 -0600Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:10:17 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Biden Emotional at Cancer Funding Bill Partly Named for Son]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:34:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16341007670452.jpg

A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for outgoing Vice President Joe Biden, NBC News reported. 

The overwhelming 85-13 vote put the measure on track for final legislative approval by the Senate as early as Tuesday. President Barack Obama has promised to sign the measure, one of the last for the president and the 114th Congress, whose leaders hope to adjourn by week's end after a two-year session that has seen them clash frequently with the president. 

The bill envisions providing $6.3 billion over the next decade, including $1.8 billion for cancer research. Obama had placed Biden in charge of a "moonshot" to find ways to cure and treat the disease, which killed his son Beau, 46, last year. 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sought approval for renaming a portion of the bill after Beau Biden. The Senate agreed, and lawmakers of both parties applauded and lined up to share quiet words and pats on the shoulder with the vice president, who sat teary-eyed in the presiding officer's chair of the chamber where he served as senator for 36 years. A clerk handed Biden a tissue.



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<![CDATA[New Program to Serve Needs of Foster Care Children]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:45:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/foster+care+center.jpg

Children's Health has opened its new, state-of-the-art Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence in Dallas.

The 15,000 square-foot facility is the only integrated foster care program of its kind in North Texas, and officials say it brings together experts in pediatric medicine, behavioral health, research and child welfare to deliver rehabilitative, recovery-focused care.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was on hand for the ribbon cutting.

According to the hospital system, more than 46,000 children in Texas are in foster care each year, with the vast majority entering due to substantiated or high risk for serious abuse or neglect.

National studies indicate that up to 80 percent of children in foster care have at least one chronic medical condition, while 25 percent have three or more chronic conditions.

Foster parent Melinda Nelson shared her story at the event Monday.

She adopted two brothers who dealt with post traumatic stress disorder from their past.

She says because the state foster care children are on Medicaid, few providers offer the special services for foster children, some of whom suffer from severe mental health illnesses.

"There are a lot of foster families out there that struggle with that, and trying to get the help that these children need – as well as the love that they need and the attention that they need – it's daunting at times," Nelson said.

At the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence, children will have access to doctors and nurses, who will manage their medical needs and work with Child Protective Service as they go from foster home to foster home.

Children's Health says it is actively working with legislators to influence foster care policy in the state of Texas.

The aim is to improve long-term health outcomes for this vulnerable population of youth.



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<![CDATA[North Texas City Named Most Polluted in Texas]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:16:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is reviewing a plan to decrease air pollution in North Texas.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency within the state of Texas, Denton has had the highest ozone level in Texas for the last three years.

Within the United States, Dallas-Fort Worth is ranked at number 11. On average, North Texas has more high ozone polluted days than New York City, Newark and Houston.

For seven months, the EPA collected data outside of Denton Executive Airport and compared results cities across the U.S.

Ozone is produced with sunlight reacts to emission from power plants, emissions from utilities, and exhaust from vehicles, which includes 18-wheelers and construction tractors with diesel engines.

Research has found a correlation between high ozone levels and high health risks among adults and children. The American Lung Association states that “air pollution leads to premature death, asthma attacks, lung cancer, and cardiovascular harm.”

According to the Dallas County Medical Society, doctors found that a small reduction in ozone levels could have prevented 165 hospital visits, 350 emergency room visits, 120,000 school absences, and 77 deaths from lung and heart disease. The doctors, who were a part of this study, believe ”legacy” cement and coal-fire power plants need to be regulated.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Protection believes weather, exhaust from vehicles, construction equipment, and exhaust from aircrafts and trains are the main factors for Denton’s high ozone levels.

TCEQ submitted a proposal outlining the state’s plan to bring down the air pollution. The plan did not include additional regulations on power plants in Texas.



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<![CDATA[Enjoy the Holidays without the Extra Fat and Calories]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:48:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BZ2016Dec.jpg

Looking forward to the holiday season but not the extra pounds that often come with it? Add a “plant slant” to the occasion by including more lean protein sources, whole grains, fruits, and veggies on the menu. Plant Slant is one of Blue Zones Project’s Power 9® principles – nine principles for a longer, healthier life inspired by the people who live the longest. With a few simple ideas and substitutions, you can still enjoy satisfying flavor without the extra fat and calories, and improve your overall well-being.

•    Use healthy cooking techniques. Roast, broil, steam, grill, poach, or stir-fry meats and veggies. Cook in wine, water, or broth rather than in butter. Trim fat off meat before cooking, and drain the fat drippings after cooking. Skim fat off the tops of soups, stews, sauces, and gravies.
•    Bring on the bird! Skinless turkey breasts are low in fat and high in protein – 3 ounces contains 20 grams of protein, hardly any fat, and only 100 calories. Not only that, but you get 25 percent of the recommended daily value for both niacin and Vitamin B6. Other lean protein sources include fish, chicken, beans, peas, lentils, and tofu (bean curd).
•    Add more fruits and vegetables to your holiday meals. Create festive combinations such as broccoli with cherry tomatoes, or add red and green apple slices to your dessert dishes for more color and nutrition.
•    Add whole grains. Whole grains are low in fat and calories and are great sources of fiber. Use whole grain breads in your stuffing, and serve wild and brown rice with whole grain dinner rolls. Look for recipes that call for grains such as barley, cracked wheat, couscous, and brown or wild rice.
•    Toss in some vibrant, fresh cranberries. Fresh cranberries, which contain the most nutrients, are at their peak from October to December, just in time to add their vibrant color, tangy flavor, and health-protecting benefits to your holiday meals. These festive berries are a good source of Vitamin C and cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Pair them with roasted pears, fold them into pancake batter, or blend them into a smoothie.
•    Substitute sweet potatoes. Skip the mashed potatoes and gravy, and opt for simple sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a tasty way to pack in plenty of vitamins and minerals. They are high in fiber, potassium, Vitamins A and C, and folic acid. And, they’re easy to prepare. Just poke holes in the potato with a fork, and microwave it for about five minutes. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

If you want to take it a step further and plan a truly Blue Zones Project-inspired menu, check out these recipes that only take 30 minutes to prepare and follow the Blue Zones guidelines for longevity.

To learn more about Blue Zones Project, visit www.LiveLongFortWorth.com.



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<![CDATA[Garland Schools See Benefits in Breakfast Program]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:27:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Garland-Breakfast-program.jpg

If an apple a day can keep the doctor away, imagine what an entire breakfast can do.

In the Garland Independent School District they do not have to imagine; they see the results of a growing program that offers Breakfast in the Classroom.

Those results include fewer instances of tardiness, and a decrease in truancy, discipline problems and visits to the school nurse.

“Typically a kid will go to the nurse if their stomach is hurting. They don’t realize that those are hunger pains,” said Principal Tyisha Nelson of Ida Handley Elementary School.

Regarding the relationship between breakfast and discipline problems, Principal Nelson provides a straightforward connection.

“Because think about when you’re hungry. Are you in the best mood?” Principal Nelson said.

What began in five Garland ISD schools two years ago has now been expanded to 23 schools for the 2016-2017 school year.

The program does what its name implies – it offers breakfast to students at their desks every morning.

At Handley Elementary breakfast is served from 7:45 a.m. to 8, which is when the academic day begins. That means students must arrive early to get the food.

“It’s okay [to arrive early] because I don’t eat at home,” said Jaden Davis, 10, who spoke between bites of his pumpkin spice muffin and sips from his cup of apple juice. “So I get to come to school and have a free, delicious breakfast.”

In order to qualify for Breakfast in the Classroom, 80 percent of the students in the school must be able to qualify for free or reduced meals. But the breakfast is offered to every student.

Jennifer Craig is the Assistant Director of Nutrition and Menu Operations for Garland ISD. She helps decide which menu items stay, which appear more frequently and which are less popular.

The most popular items are the sausage biscuit and the mini cinnamon rolls, according to Craig.

“[Breakfast in the Classroom] gives them the nutrition to start the day so that they can focus and don’t have to worry about empty bellies or hunger. Some of these students may have not even had dinner the night before,” Craig said.

Breakfast in the Classroom is offered in dozens of school districts in 18 states.



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<![CDATA[Ethiopian Twins Fly To DFW For Life-Changing Surgery]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:59:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bogale+Brothers.jpg

Sixteen-year-olds Markos and Tamrat Bogale stepped off a plane into America for the first time this weekend; hoping their stay in North Texas will prove life-changing.

The twin brothers from Ethiopia have long shared a common problem: severe cases of scoliosis.

Markos’ spine curves about 60 percent while brother Tamrat lives with a 120 percent curve that leaves him unable to stand up straight.

In Ethiopia, the funds and resources to fix that kind of disorder are scarce, but they’re finding renewed hope in the Lone Star State.

During a pilgrimage to the African country this year, Dr. Theodore Belanger from the Texas Back Institute met the boys and examined their situation.

Through a partnership with Medical Center Plano, Dr. Belanger and his staff at the institute offered to take on the brothers’ cases and to give them the care needed free of charge.

So the Bogales made the trip to town where they will live with Belanger’s Chief Development Officer Cheryl Zapata and her family for several months while they undergo the multiple surgeries and long recoveries required to fix their backs.

“It’s beautiful,” said Tamrat about seeing America for the first time.

The twins took in their first American church experience Sunday at Prairie Creek Baptist in Plano as they work to learn more of the English language and more about the American culture.

Zapata said the boys are shy as they immerse in the new place, but clearly excited and grateful for the journey they are about to take.

They will continue evaluations at the Texas Back Institute this week and then surgeries will be scheduled at Medical Center Plano.



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<![CDATA[In 2015, Health Spending Surges in the U.S. ]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:00:42 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/170*120/AP_16320836144895-doctor.jpg

In 2015, Americans spent $3.2 trillion on medical expenses, up by 5.8 percent since 2014, NBC News reported.

Experts say there are also indications that health spending increased because people sought medical treatment for diseases they previously ignored because of lack of resources, according to a report released Friday by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Spending on prescription drugs also surged last year, with a nine percent increase since 2014.

"Recent rapid growth was due to increased spending for new medicines (particularly for specialty drugs such as those used to treat hepatitis C), price growth in existing brand-name drugs, increased spending on generics, and a decrease in the number of expensive blockbuster drugs whose patents expired," the CMS report read.



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<![CDATA[Veteran Explains What PTSD Looks Like to Him]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:29:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PTSD3.jpg Jeremiah Dee served in the military for ten years, working as a mechanic on Black Hawk helicopters. When two of those helicopters crashed in Mosul, Iraq, Dee was called in to help take it apart. That included removing some of the crash victims' bodies, some of those victims he knew personally. He said that was the moment that caused his post traumatic stress disorder, but it was several years after he came home that it brought his life to a halt. Dee shared what PTSD looks like to him.

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<![CDATA[Mumps Cases Prompts Warning From State]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:34:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mumps1.jpg

Cases of mumps are cropping up across the country and Texas state health officials are warning of potential exposure as families prepare for holiday travel.

Mumps is a viral infection that affects the salivary glands.
Dr. Mark Till, with Texas Health Dallas, says the symptoms of mumps are "fever, body aches, malaise cough, followed rapidly in the swelling of your parotid glands.  Your cheeks swell. You look like a chipmunk."
It's spread through saliva and while childhood vaccinations can protect against the mumps, officials say it's only about 90 percent effective.
The state is asking doctors to consider mumps for any patient showing symptoms and asking healthcare facilities to make sure they have update immunization records for all their staff members.
20 percent of people who get mumps may not show any symptoms.
The incubation period is 16-18 days (rang of 12-25 days) from exposure to onset of parotitis, inflamation of salivory glands.
In Texas, medical providers are asked to report mumps, or even suspicion of mumps in their patients, to state as soon as possible.
"The incidences of mumps dropped dramatically when the vaccinations came out, but it's creeping back up because people are not doing the immunizations," says Dr. Till

Cases of mumps are cropping up across the country and Texas state health officials are warning of potential exposure as families prepare for holiday travel.

Mumps is a viral infection that affects the salivary glands.

Dr. Mark Till, with Texas Health Dallas, said the symptoms of mumps are "fever, bodyaches, malaise cough, followed rapidly in the swelling of your parotid glands. Your cheeks swell. You look like a chipmunk."

It's spread through saliva and, while childhood vaccinations can protect against the mumps, officials said it's only about 90 percent effective.

The state is asking doctors to consider mumps for any patient showing symptoms and asking healthcare facilities to make sure they have update immunization records for all their staff members. Of people who get mumps, 20 percent may not show any symptoms.

The incubation period is 16-18 days (rang of 12-25 days) from exposure to onset of parotitis, inflamation of salivory glands.

In Texas, medical providers are asked to report mumps, or even suspicion of mumps in their patients, to state as soon as possible.

"The incidences of mumps dropped dramatically when the vaccinations came out, but it's creeping back up because people are not doing the immunizations," said Till.



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<![CDATA[Shkreli Belittles Students Who Recreated His $750 Drug]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:56:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/shkreli.jpg

Martin Shkreli, the infamous former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who hiked the price on a live-saving drug from $13.50 to $750, is making news again. This time, it's for belittling a group of Australian students who replicated the active ingredient in his anti-parasitic medication for just $20, CNN reported.

The drug, Daraprim, is used to treat people with malaria. It is also used for those with weakened immune systems, such as chemotherapy and HIV patients. The group of 17-year-olds recreated the active ingredient in Daraprim, pyrimethamine, in a Sydney Grammar School chemistry lab.

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But the 33-year-old so-called “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli was not impressed. He slammed the students’ achievement on Twitter and Periscope.

“These kids who ‘made Daraprim’ reminds me of Ahmed who ‘made the clock,” he tweeted. “Dumb journalists want a feel good story.”

The students worked with scientists from the University of Sydney under the direction of Dr. Alice Williamson and Associate Professor Matthew Todd.

"There were definitely a few obstacles along the way," said Brandon Lee, a Sydney student who took part in the research. "We had to try a lot of different reactions with a lot of different chemicals. But eventually we got there -- it took a bit over a year."  

Daraprim is named on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. They produced about $110,000 worth of the replica, according to Turing’s prices, which are inflated 5000 percent. However, they could not sell it due to FDA regulations and Turing’s marketing rights to the drug.

Shkreli also expressed frustration at “the inability for people to understand how drugs come to be made” as social media users tweeted snarky responses to him. He replied to dozens of tweets, mentioning his patent and the complexities that he believes are being overlooked in the students' replication.

“Labor and equipment costs? Didn’t know you could get physical chemists to work for free?” he wrote. “I should use high school kids to make my medicines!”

And Shkreli had a final, Walter White-esque response to the “Breaking Good” project.

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“And never, ever compare your cook game to mine,” he tweeted. “Highest yield, best purity, most scale. I have the synthesis game on lock.”

Shkreli was arrested in December 2015 on allegations of securities fraud. He pleaded not guilty during his hearing in July. His trial date has been set for June 26, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Mumps Cases Spark Precautions at Cleburne Schools]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:36:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cleburne+Logo.jpg

Parents in the Cleburne Independent School District are being cautioned after two cases of mumps were confirmed in the district.

District leaders were notified by regional health officials late Wednesday that a student at Cleburne High School and one at neighboring Wheat Middle School had gotten sick with the rare illness.

Parents were notified by email that night and district Director of Community Relations Lisa Magers said a note was sent home Thursday with students as well.

The notices made families aware of the signs and symptoms of mumps and also gave information about prevention of the illness that, to many, has been off the radar in recent years.

"Due to immunizations and other things it's kind of like, in very few cases do you hear much of it anymore. So, yes, this it kind of a new wrinkle," said Magers.

Notification of Cleburne's cases came just hours after families in nearby Keene were put on notice. That school district has seven confirmed cases among students.

"Some of these students have traveled to Arkansas, and so there may be an Arkansas connection as well," said Dr. Elvin Adams, with the Johnson County Health Authority.

Mumps can be spread through the air from coughs and sneezes, and it is highly contagious. Symptoms include swollen salivary glands below the ears, fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite, the Texas Department of State Health Services says on its website.

There is no treatment for mumps, and the illness can take up to 25 days for symptoms to appear.

The MMR vaccine, which also protects against measles and rubella, is the best way to protect yourself from mumps, officials said.

As an extra precaution, both Cleburne and Keene school leaders said their custodians are deep cleaning the schools with industrial-grade disinfectants to help prevent further spread of the illness.

Dallas County also confirms four adult cases of the illness there.



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<![CDATA[Tired of Chronic Fatigue?]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:44:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Chronic+Fatigue.jpg

It’s often called a mystery illness, but people who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome experience real pain and extreme fatigue. Researchers are looking to help those tired of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complicated disease characterized by extreme fatigue that is not correlated to any medical condition.

The fatigue can get worse with any physical activity, but it does not get better with any type of rest.

The cause for this syndrome is unknown, but there are several theories that state it can be caused due to viral infections, immune system problems, hormonal imbalances or psychological stress. 

Paula Bushman loves working in her garden. But the former marine and mom of three suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and some days she can’t get off the couch.

“It’s a 500 pound gorilla on your back,” described Bushman.

Chronic fatigue syndrome can be difficult to diagnose. Researchers say it could be triggered by a bad virus or in Bushman’s case possibly toxic water she was exposed to while stationed at Camp LeJeune. At first, doctors told her it was in her head.

“We think you need to go to a psychiatrist, and I said ‘what you think I’m crazy?,’” Bushman says.

It wasn’t until Bushman found Nancy Klimas, M.D., director of Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that she finally got some answers.

“It’s certainly not some abhorrent depression or psychological thing; it's a biological condition,” explained Dr. Klimas.

The illness involves inflammation of the brain.

Dr. Klimas detailed, “It affects how you think. It affects your cognition. It affects your hormone regulation.”

Now Dr. Klimas and her team are on the verge of a breakthrough identifying a specific gene which will allow them to predict the best medications.

For now, Dr. Klimas put Bushman on a regimen of vitamins and supplements to boost her immune system.

She feels better then she has in years.

Bushman says, “I wasn't always in bed. I could do dishes, simple things.”

Doctors say it’s important for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome to pace themselves. The first clinical trial is expected next spring. 



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<![CDATA[World AIDS Day 2016: Activists Urge Testing, Education]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:52:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_405806892642.jpg

Dec. 1 marks World AIDS Day. It's a time to remember over 35 million people who have died from the disease since the early-1980s and show support for those who are struggling with it now. It's also a chance for health organizations and charities to raise awareness about testing and treatment.

In the United Kingdom, activists are spreading the message that HIV stigma is “not retro, just wrong.” The U.S. World AIDS Day theme for 2016 is “Leadership. Commitment. Impact,” and the United Nations launched the “Hands up for #HIVprevention” awareness campaign, emphasizing the importance of protecting at-risk demographics like young women and girls. 

Across the globe, approximately 34 million people suffer from HIV/AIDS, including more than 1.2 million who live in the United States. 

A red ribbon is a universal symbol of support and solidarity for those living with HIV or AIDS. Here's how organizations are raising awareness and money to help combat AIDS: 

World Health Organization
For World AIDS Day, the UN agency is advocating that health organizations should make self-testing equipment more readily available. About 14 million people around the world don’t know they have the disease -- one in eight AIDS survivors in the U.S. goes undiagnosed.

Self-testing allows individuals to check their HIV/AIDS status. If they do get a positive test result, they can then explore much-needed medical resources that will improve their standard of living and protect others from infection.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are two types of self-HIV tests: the Home Access HIV-1 Test System and the OraQuick In-home HIV test. You can buy a self-testing kit at drug stores like Walgreens and Rite Aid. 

(RED)
When U2’s Bono and activist Bobby Shriver founded (RED) in 2006, they were bent on eradicating HIV/AIDS in Africa. Since then, they’ve raised $365 million for grants to provide survivors with anti-retroviral treatments that can cost as little as 30 cents a day, but that still aren’t accessible to about 18 million people suffering from the disease.

This World AIDS Day, (RED) has partnered with companies to raise money for the Global Fund to Help Fight AIDS. For every handcrafted holiday drink purchased today, Starbucks will donate 25 cents to the cause. Profits from 20 Apple games sold on the iTunes app store are also going toward AIDS prevention, and New Yorkers can swing by the (BANK OF AMERICA)RED pop-up in Bryant Park to buy holiday gifts through Dec. 4.

According to (RED)’s website, “Bank of America will donate $1 for every purchase made with a Bank of America card using Apple Pay, up to $1M” beginning on Dec. 1. This contribution will be doubled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has promised to match the money raised by (RED) this year, up to $78 million.

AIDS.gov
This World AIDS Day, the website’s team is asking Americans to educate themselves about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how it manifests in the U.S. They’ve put together a resource page for readers to peruse, including links to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, a timeline of HIV/AIDS, and information about the Affordable Care Act, which has provided coverage to survivors who couldn’t find insurance before because of their pre-existing condition.



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<![CDATA[Mumps Cases Identified in North Texas: Health Officials]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:28:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462294300.jpg

The Texas Department of State Health Services is investigating two outbreaks of mumps in North Texas.

The first involves four adult cases in Dallas County, while the other involves 10 confirmed cases in Johnson County, most of them children in the Keene Independent School District and Cleburne Independent School District.[[403861156,R]]

Six students at Keene Elementary School have tested positive for mumps, along with one student at Keene High School, officials say.

In the Cleburne ISD, there is one case at the high school, and another at the middle school.

"Some of these students have traveled to Arkansas, and so there may be an Arkansas connection as well," said Dr. Elvin Adams, with the Johnson County Health Authority.

Currently, there is a large outbreak of mumps in Arkansas.

"Some of them are relatives, but the most common thing is that they are students in the same school. This is what is a concern to us," Adams said.

The Keene ISD has 1,100 students, and right now, 34 may be at risk because they are not immunized against the virus that causes mumps.

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"Starting tomorrow (Thursday) they won't be allowed back in school for 26 days, long incubation period for mumps," said Keene ISD Superintendent Ricky Stephens. "We're fortunate the Christmas break is here, which is only going to make them miss 12 days of school."

Students say their parents are concerned.

“She’s just really worried because even in the past, when my sister came to this high school and I was in elementary, people got the flu and there was a really bad case, she didn’t want to take me and my sister to school,” said Miguel Cruz, a student at Keene High School.

Mumps can be spread through the air from coughs and sneezes, and it is highly contagious. Symptoms include swollen salivary glands below the ears, fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite, DSHS said.

There is no treatment for mumps, and the illness can take up to 25 days for symptoms to appear.

The MMR vaccine, which also protects against measles and rubella, is the best way to protect yourself from mumps, officials said.

Thursday morning, the district's three schools will offer vaccines for those who want one, allowing them to return to class.

Officials are working to find anyone who came into contact with the people exhibiting symptoms of mumps.



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<![CDATA[Mosquito Expert Predicts More Zika Cases]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:42:25 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zika-Mosquito-GettyImages-513621730.jpg

The man who first discovered West Nile virus in Texas has been screening mosquitoes for the Zika virus all season long.

James Kennedy, a mosquito expert and biology professor at the University of North Texas, says he's not surprised by news of the first locally transmitted case of Zika in Texas and he predicts more cases of mosquitoes infecting people with Zika in Texas next summer.

In his latest collection of mosquitoes last week, he says he didn't the species that carry the Zika virus, which he says means the population isn't very high, but he does predict things to pick back up in the spring.

Experts say don't let your guard down.

If you're traveling somewhere with mild temperatures, experts say use insect repellent, wear clothes that cover your skin.

Continue to protect yourself here at home by draining standing water around your home.



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<![CDATA[Arlington ISD Searching for Cause of Illnesses at School]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:26:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Mystery+Illness+at+Arlington+Junior+High.jpg

There's a mysterious illness going around at an Arlington junior high school.

"I knew they were testing the air,” said parent Natasha Jackson. “They said 'oh, everything's fine.' Well if they're still getting sick, everything's not fine."

What's making staff members at Nichols Junior High sick? It's a question Arlington ISD (AISD) leaders have been trying to answer for two months now.

At least a dozen staff members have reported feeling ill, as recently as Monday.

The district doesn't know if it's just a virus, or something wrong in the building. They've run a battery of tests with no answers yet.

Symptoms are ranging from dizziness and tingling to upset stomach.

So far, attendance records show students haven't been as seriously affected, but to be safe, over Thanksgiving break, crews scrubbed the school from top to bottom.

The halls of Nichols Junior High are packed again this week, with students hurrying down the cleanest corridors in Arlington ISD.

"We simply dusted from the ceiling all the way down the walls, wiped the walls down, cleaned the carpets. In this case, we steam-cleaned this carpet," said Kelly Horn, Executive Director of Plant Services for AISD.

The deep-clean comes after more than a dozen staff members reported feeling sick, starting back on September 22, when the school had to be evacuated.

"We did air testing that day and have continued to do a variety of air and mold and all kinds of testing," said Leslie Johnston, Director of Communications for AISD.

So far, every test has come back normal, but at least one staff member was still reporting symptoms on Monday of this week.

"I want to take my son out of the school because if y'all can't figure out what's going on, I don't want to have to get a call saying that something's happened," Jackson said.

Crews replaced every air filter.

"Just to make sure that we have good clean air going into the spaces," said Horn.

They've also called in two independent labs, the fire department, the EPA and now the Tarrant County Health Department.

So far, they've ruled out a natural gas leak, although they did find two small sanitary sewer leaks they've repaired.

"Won't stop there,” Johnston said. “We're going to continue to investigate. We want everyone to be healthy."

But Jackson says she needs more information, faster.

"I have a son in the car and we're not even knowing what's going on right now," she said.

Johnston says the district has sent out multiple updates to parents and staff members.

They've also asked the staff to take home anything they don't need in the classroom to try to get rid of anything that could cause an allergic reaction.

The Tarrant County Health Department is now interviewing everyone who's reported symptoms, to look for a pattern and see if the illnesses could be coming from somewhere else.

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<![CDATA[Border Counties Prepare For Zika-Related Birth Defects]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:26:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg

Even before the state's first locally transmitted case of the Zika virus in Cameron County was confirmed Monday, border counties have been preparing for the worst-case scenario: an increase in babies born with birth defects related to the mosquito-borne illness.

The Texas Department of State Health Services issued in October a health alert encouraging health care providers in Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata counties to consider Zika virus infection in their patients and order testing as medically indicated.

In Hidalgo County, home to the largest number of "colonias," residential areas along the Texas-Mexico border that may lack some of the most basic living necessities, public health officials said they've been in close contact with the DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure local providers have the latest information on the spread of the virus.

Forty-five percent of Hidalgo County residents have little or no insurance, according to Eddie Olivarez, chief administrative officer of Health and Human Services in Hidalgo County. 

"The worst-case scenario is you're going to have a family that totally distraught about their child being born with a major neurological birth defect. When is anybody really prepared for that? You're not," said Olivarez.

He said they've strengthened communication with federally qualified clinics, community agencies and hospital networks.

"We've actually sent old-school mail, where we've actually mailed the letters to all the obstetricians and family doctors that work with them [pregnant females], because we have more than 800 physicians in our county, so our focus has been with those who work with that population," said Olivarez.

He hopes ongoing education about Zika will prevent a potential health crisis, which is why community advocate and colonia resident Lourdes Salinas has spent months spreading awareness about the dangers of the virus in her neighborhood.

"We passed the fliers. We tell them, 'You know what? Protect yourself, get inside the house early, put repellent. Do whatever you need to do because you're not going to have the assistance that you need if a baby comes with birth defects," said Salinas.

South Texas is considered the front line of the virus because local transmission has been reported in neighboring cities across the border in Mexico.

The Rio Grande Valley is dealing with a surge of illegal border crossings.
Plus, many residents go back and forth from Texas to Mexico weekly, even daily.

DSHS said the Rio Grande Valley is considered to be at higher risk for Zika transmission because of previous outbreaks of dengue, a similar virus spread by the same type of mosquito.

A spokesperson for South Texas Health System, the largest health system in Hidalgo County, said Zika education is now a part of childbirth classes.

"Every pregnant woman has an Infectious Disease Screen performed and questions are asked about travel and any signs or symptoms of infection (acute onset of fever, maculopapular rash, arthralgia or conjunctivitis)," said spokesperson Cari Lambrecht in an email to NBC 5. 

"Our neonatology team specializes in care of newborn infants, especially those with acute needs, such as premature or underweight infants, those with congenital birth defects and infants with serious illnesses. Any baby born with microcephaly due to Zika virus, would be provided standard NICU care and would have imaging series performed and would involve a consult with a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist," said Lambrecht.

As of Nov. 29, 2016, two cases of travel-related Zika have been reported in Hidalgo County.



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<![CDATA[Border Counties Prepare For Local Zika Transmission]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:56:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zika25.jpg

On Monday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported the state's first case of locally transmitted Zika virus.

The 43-year-old woman, who lives in Brownsville, tested positive for Zika.

Officials say she reported no recent travel to any areas where local Zika transmission is prevalent.

According to the state, further investigation will be necessary to attempt to pinpoint how and where the infection occurred.

Cameron County Health Administrator Esmeralda Guajardo spoke with NBC 5 about the possibility of local transmission two weeks ago.

"I’m surprised that we don’t have a local acquired case at this point," she told NBC 5's Bianca Castro in mid-November.

Travel back and forth to Mexico is a way of life for Rio Grande Valley residents, she says and until now late November, all Zika cases in Cameron County have originated from Mexico.

"When 80 percent of the people who have Zika do not have symptoms, we have to think about the possibility that a lot of us here are walking around with it," she said.

She also talked about concerns on handling a possible increase in babies born with microcephaly, the birth defect linked to Zika.

"We don’t have the resources that other areas do where they have universities, where they have big hospitals. We have minimal number of hospitals, minimal number of providers. We are a medically-underserved area and so to give a patient the care that they need, that is my fear," she said.

Her department has been working with local municipalities to conduct mosquito spraying and vector control.

She has also coordinated with hospitals and clinics to assure medical providers have the latest information on Zika transmissions.

According to DSHS, Cameron County and the City of Brownsville have conducted an environmental assessment at the patient’s home and have been trapping and testing mosquitoes to learn more about activity in the area.

Health workers from Cameron County and DSHS will be going door to door in the area around where the case lived to educate the public about Zika. They will help people reduce potential mosquito breeding habitat on their property and collect voluntary urine samples to determine whether other infections are present.

Health officials warn that pregnant women should not travel to Mexico and should avoid sexual contact or use condoms with partners who have traveled there.

Officials believe the patient in Brownsville is the only locally transmitted case in Texas so far.

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<![CDATA[First Local Zika Virus Case Reported in Texas]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:22:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg

The first case of locally transmitted Zika virus in Texas has been reported in the Rio Grande Valley, the Texas Department of State Health Services reports.

“We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. 

The patient is a Cameron County resident who is not pregnant and who was confirmed last week by lab test to have been infected. She reported no recent travel to Mexico or anywhere else with ongoing Zika virus transmission and no other risk factors.

Laboratory testing found genetic material from the Zika virus in the patient’s urine, but a blood test was negative, indicating that the virus can no longer be spread from her by a mosquito.

Through last week, Texas has had 257 confirmed cases of Zika virus disease. Until now, all cases in the state had been associated with travel, including two infants born to women who had traveled during their pregnancy and two people who had sexual contact with infected travelers.

There are no other cases of suspected local transmission at this time, but health officials continue to conduct disease surveillance activities as part of the state's ongoing Zika response.

Cameron County, DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working together to investigate and respond to the case. Further investigation will be necessary to attempt to pinpoint how and where the infection occurred, and health officials are also responding in a number of other ways.

DSHS has activated the State Medical Operations Center to support the response and is providing expertise, personnel and equipment for activities from disease investigation to mosquito surveillance to public education.

Cameron County and the City of Brownsville, with help from DSHS, have conducted an environmental assessment at the patient’s home and have been trapping and testing mosquitoes to learn more about activity in the area.

The samples collected will be tested at the DSHS laboratory in Austin.

Brownsville has recently sprayed for mosquitoes in the area and will continue to take action to reduce the mosquito population.

Health workers from Cameron County and DSHS will be going door to door in the area around where the case lived beginning this evening to educate the public about Zika, help people reduce potential mosquito breeding habitat on their property, and collect voluntary urine samples to determine whether other infections are present.

Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, though sexual transmission can occur.

The four most common symptoms are fever, itchy rash, joint pain and eye redness.

While symptoms are usually minor, Zika can also cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, and other poor birth outcomes in some women infected during pregnancy.



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<![CDATA[Millions May Be Misdiagnosed as Allergic to Penicillin]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:41:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pennicillin.jpg

Some 90 percent of those diagnosed with a penicillin allergy can actually tolerate the antibiotics, according to a study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

In a finding that many doctors may not be aware of, an estimated 25 to 50 million Americans who may have been told they had the allergy could have been initially misdiagnosed or grown out of it, NBC News reported.

The solution for many is a simple two-step test, followed, as needed, by a low-dose oral penicillin, taken under a doctor's observation.

"The whole process takes about three hours and then we can say they're free to take penicillin in the future," said Dr. Elizabeth Phillips, a professor at Vanderbilt University.



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<![CDATA[Free Cataract Surgery Changing Lives in Fort Worth]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 17:42:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/free-cataract-surgery.jpg

Imagine suddenly going blind and not being able to afford a simple surgery to fix it. That's the damage cataracts can cause, forcing people out of work and stealing their independence.

But Fort Worth has a unique clinic that's changing lives for free. NBC 5 followed one Denton woman on her journey back to sight.

On a recent morning at Fort Worth’s Cornerstone Cataract Clinic, Lisa Morgan took a big leap.

"Lisa, what are we going to do today?" a clinician asked her. "My right eye," she answered.

Standing on the edge can be scary.

"Yeah, very anxious," Morgan said.

But it's nothing like the fear of losing the world around her.

"I couldn't see," said Morgan.

It came on quickly, severe cataracts that left Morgan legally blind for a year.

"These are my babies," she said, pointing to a row of photos of her young grandchildren.

In her blind months, she missed precious moments in her grandchildren's lives.

"I couldn't take care of them," Morgan said.

She tripped and broke both knees.

"This knee, I broke the patella," she said pointing to still-visible scars on her knee.

And she fell into a deep depression.

"What are you good for?” Morgan asked. “I mean really what are you good for? You're not good for nothing. You can't drive, you can't babysit. Because if something were to happen with the kids then I can't drive them to the hospital. It's very devastating."

Morgan didn't have insurance and couldn't afford the surgery that was her only way out, until she learned about the Cornerstone Cataract Clinic.

Through a partnership with Alcon, it’s the only dedicated cataract surgery procedure room, and free clinic, in the country.

"It's a huge, huge impact," said Dr. Aaron Amacher, who performed Morgan’s surgery.

Doctors like Amacher volunteer their time for a 15-minute surgery that changes an entire life.

Morgan had her left eye done back in February.

"Just the one eye was miraculous," she said.

After her second surgery, she left with her right eye patched, and with new hope.

"Can't wait until tomorrow," she said, walking out the clinic doors.

The next morning, NBC 5 joined her at the Community Eye Clinic in downtown Fort Worth, for the big reveal.

"Oh OK, OK. Ooh, I see really weird right now," Morgan said as she took off the patch.

It's an adjustment but soon, Morgan can see how much her life just changed.

"E and it looks like L," she said, reading off an eye chart.

"Yeah, that's great. That's 20/20," the doctor answered.

"Oh is it?? Yay, that's amazing," Morgan said. "It's amazing. It's absolutely amazing. I mean I'm, I'm sorry. I went so long without being able to see."

Doctors said they shouldn't be finding such advanced cases here.

"In the United States, you really expect to see mild cataracts," said Dr. Jennifer Deakins, Clinic Director of the Community Eye Clinic. "It's just amazing because usually in a developing nation, you would see these kind of cataracts."

Without being able to afford medical care, patients are feeling their way through life. But for Morgan, that's all over now.

"OK, let's see what I can see, Community Eye Clinic, 655 Taylor Street," Morgan said as she stepped out onto the street. "I can read that license plate FXK… West 5th Street, see I can see that all the way over there."

The world opens up.

"Ah! It's so gorgeous out here!" Morgan exclaimed.

And the future looks bright.

"I'm very blessed, very blessed," she said.

The Cornerstone Cataract Clinic has performed more than 120 free surgeries in the past five years. For more information, visit: http://www.canetwork.org/cataract_clinic.aspx



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<![CDATA[Laser Cap Restores Hair]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:46:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LASER+HAIR+CAP.jpg

Skeptical about all of those hair regrowth products and treatments?

You’re not alone.

One women was about to give up and buy a wig.

Then, she met a doctor who turned everything around with a novel treatment.

For years, Joan Chabrowe’s thinning hair made her self-conscious. She visited many doctor's offices and tried lots of things.

“I was trying orally, topically, electronically, all the methods that I could,” Chabrowe said.

Chabrowe almost gave up, even after hearing about the LaserCap at Bauman Medical Group. 

Like others, she thought it was a gimmick.

The LaserCap was the real deal.

Like its name, it’s a hat with lasers, worn for 30 minutes, every other day. It carries a hefty price tag of $3,000, but Chabrowe said it’s worth it.

“It increases energy production. It increases blood flow and you’re going to get thicker, stronger, healthier hair over time,” explained Alan J. Bauman, M.D., a hair transplant surgeon in Boca Raton, Florida.

Bauman said before trying anything, it’s important to really look into who is treating you and what their experience in hair restoration is.

“Find someone who does this every single day of the week,” said Bauman.

Now, looking at before and after pictures, Chabrowe is resting easy on a full head of hair.

“I am not embarrassed about bald patches or terribly thinning hair and if it’s for a special occasion, I’m able to get it blown out in a salon and it looks terrific,” detailed Chabrowe.

Bauman said it’s important to make sure your doctor is a member of a credentialed organization, like the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.



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<![CDATA[Woman With Spina Bifida Becomes Mother Despite Challenges]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 04:06:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stephanie+Warner.jpg

Stephanie Warner, 27, wasn't sure she would ever have children.

She was born with spina bifida, a condition that affects the spine.

She's had multiple surgeries in her life, but not one that doctors recommended.

Many women with spina bifida have partial or full hysterectomies. Because of their anatomy, they are prone to uterine prolapse, which happened to Warner twice as a young teen.

A doctor recommended a hysterectomy, a procedure to remove the uterus, when Warner was 10-years-old, but her mother refused.

"They just were afraid that if I did get pregnant, that it would be hard and it would be a good idea to get a hysterectomy," said Warner.

"My mom didn’t want to do that 'cause I was young and she didn’t want to make that decision for me," Warner said.

After she got married, Warner says she and her husband were ready to try for a family.

She got pregnant, but her uterus couldn't support the baby, whom she lost at 20 weeks.

"I had so many thoughts like giving up and not trying again. I was scared," she said.

She teamed up with Dr. Brian Rinehart, Director of Maternal High Risk program at Texas Health Dallas.

"She's got a lot of challenges there. How do you make this work? But that's her life and she's good at it," said Rinehart.

Warner says she and her husband got pregnant again and under Rinehart's surveillance, carried a healthy baby and delivered at 34 weeks.

"When you see the heartbreak of the first loss and then you see the joy of taking home the baby, it's a great feeling," said Rinehart.

Warner says she hopes other women with spina bifida don't give up on their dreams of becoming mothers.

"If they're having doubts, just don't give up," she said.



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<![CDATA[ER Visits Spike on Thanksgiving]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:54:42 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Emergency-Hospital-Stock-Generic.jpg The holidays can be a stressful time, and Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year in the emergency room. Dr. Glenn Hardesty, with Texas Health, discusses the most prevalent medical issues.

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<![CDATA[HCA North Texas Unveils New Branding]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 04:36:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/168*120/Medical+City+Healthcare+Banner+Photo.jpg

One of the healthcare systems in North Texas has a new name.

HCA North Texas is now known as Medical City Healthcare.

The new name is effective immediately and affects 13 North Texas hospitals and seven off-campus hospital ERs.

The Medical City Healthcare system also includes 11 ambulatory surgery locations, six children’s urgent care centers and the CareNow urgent care network.

A spokesperson says a unifying name change coincides with a major capital investment initiative of more than $1.5 billion spent or committed over three years.

Investments include expansion and improvements to existing hospitals, new services such as burn and trauma care, upgraded technology, and purchasing two new facilities.

On Monday, the healthcare system announced plans to build a Women’s Hospital.

The $125 million Women's Hospital will add five floors to the top of Care Tower D at Medical City Dallas and will feature a total of 222 patient rooms.

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    <![CDATA[Heinz Voluntarily Recalls Pork Gravy After Labeling Issue]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:57:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gravy-sm-1.jpg

    Heinz is voluntarily recalling about 500 cases of its HomeStyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy because some jars have been mislabeled as Heinz Pork Gravy without mentioning it contains milk and soy.

    The labeling issue could present a health risk for people with allergies or sensitivity to milk or soy who consume the gravy. There have been no consumer reports of illness related to this product, according to the FDA recall notice.

    Recalled jars can be identified with UPC 013000798907. They wre distributed to retailers across the United States.

    “We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed,” Heinz said in a statement about the recall.

    The statement recommended consumers return or exchange the product. They can contact the company directly for a full refund by calling 866-572-3808 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET.

    The 12 oz jars of Heinz HomeStyle Gravy Bistro Au Jus is the only Heinz product being recalled. No other size or flavor has been mislabeled.



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    <![CDATA[Dementia Rates Might Be Declining, New Study Finds]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:40:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_460730682850-Alzheimers-poster.jpg

    Rates of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia appear to have fallen considerably since 2000, and better education may be partly responsible, researchers reported Monday.

    Better treatment for diabetes and cardiovascular disease may also be helping, the researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, NBC News reported.

    Dr. Kenneth Langa of the University of Michigan and colleagues studied records from 21,000 people with an average age of 75. 

    Their study showed the rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in adults aged 65 and up dropped to about 9 percent in 2012 from nearly 12 percent in 2000, continuing a decline noted in earlier research.



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    <![CDATA[New HPV Vaccine Study]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:27:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/HPV+Vaccine.jpeg This year marks the tenth year of the HPV vaccination program in the U.S. A new study released on Monday compared two and three doses of the vaccine and a new policy is now being recommended.

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    <![CDATA[Cryotherapy: Chill Your Way to Faster Recovery?]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:43:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cryotherapyt.jpg

    Cryotherapy is fast becoming the treatment of choice for pro athletes, like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, who are looking to recover from intense training.

    It is also becoming more widely available to everyday sufferers of chronic pain and those looking for faster healing after injury.

    Here are the cold, hard details on this cutting-edge treatment.

    Jermaine Taylor, 29, dribbled and scored his way to the NBA, but a knee injury had him sidelined very early in his career.

    “Second game of the season, I did a move and came down, landed on my leg wrong,” said Taylor.

    Wanting to get back in the game as soon as possible, Taylor went to Lorrie Jago, a licensed practical nurse and expert in cryotherapy.

    “Cryotherapy is the use of extreme cold temperatures to stimulate healing throughout your body,” Jago said.

    A person is placed in a special chamber with temperatures as low as negative 240 degrees Fahrenheit, for three-minute sessions.

    “This triggers a reaction in your nervous system, your sensory receptors in your skin send signals to your brain that you are in trouble. This sets off a whole chain of events inside your nervous system that go to healing,” explained Jago.

    But how effective is cryotherapy in the healing process? More research is needed to answer that question, but Taylor said it’s working for him.

    “It’s just three minutes of being uncomfortable, but as soon as you get out, you feel the relief right away,” said Taylor, who is getting back to the game that he has loved for more than twenty years.

    Recent studies on athletes under the age of 35 indicate that cryotherapy is good for quick pain relief, but may not speed the healing process significantly.

    Jago said the treatment is also beneficial for those suffering from arthritis, but would not be good for those with heart conditions or women who are pregnant since it is too much of a stressor on the body.

    Cryotherapy is not covered by insurance.

    The Federal Drug Administration says consumers should be leery of claims that cyrotherapy treats ailments.

    According to a FDA scientific reviewer, potential hazards include asphyxiation, frostbite, burns and eye injury from the extreme temperatures.

    Read the FDA warning here.



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    <![CDATA[Non-Opioid Drug Developed in Dallas]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:08:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-517239628-opioid-pills.jpg

    Researchers and doctors at Cersci Therapeutics and the University of Texas-Dallas are developing a new drug that could prevent or cut down opioid addiction and overdoses.

    As many as 1 in 4 people who treat chronic pain with opioids, such as Vicodin, oxycotin, morphine, hydrocodone and fentanyl, struggle with addiction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who are addicted to opioids are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.

    A team of medical professionals at Cersci and UT-Dallas are developing an alternative medication to treat pain.

    “Our idea has been to try to target chronic pain at the source in the sensory nervous system where pain signals originate,” UT-Dallas' Dr. Ted Price said. “We want to reverse that or at least inhibit it without having side-effects in the brain."

    The major shift stems from a molecule that can treat the physical pain without affecting brain receptors that can trigger addiction. This molecule has been tested on animals. Doctors are enthusiastic about the results.

    Cersci Therapeutics' Lucas Rodriguez said the team thinks they will be able to treat patients with chronic lower back pain, diabetic neurotherapy, migraines and more.

    “There is strong scientific rationale and early efficacy in our rodent models to suggests that this molecule will help a wide variety of patience who are in pain," he said.

    The Surgeon General recently released staggering statistics, stating 78 people die every day from overdoses to prescription painkillers. The Dallas-based company would like to start clinical trials on people in one year. They would like to have the drug in capsule form in three to four years.



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    <![CDATA[Health Scare Inspires 'Movember' Message for Men]]> Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:52:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cxwj1h5XUAQolQb.jpg A North Texas man who thought he was the picture of perfect health experienced a serious health scare and now has a message for other men.]]> <![CDATA[Sabra Recalls Hummus Products Over Listeria Concerns]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:31:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sabra-hummus.jpg

    Sabra Dipping Company has issued a voluntary recall for a variety of its hummus products after Listeria monocytogenes was found at the Colonial Heights, Virginia-based company's manufacturing facility.

    The recall affects hummus products that were made before Nov. 8, 2016, and sold across the United States and Canada at supermarkets and other stores.

    Listeria monocytogenes was not found in tested finished product. Sabra said Saturday that its recall was issued out of an abundance of caution.

    Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The species of bacteria can result in stillbirths or miscarriages among pregnant women.

    Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms including high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

    The recalled products include a range across Sabra's line like hummus with red pepper, garlic, lemon, spinach and artichoke, and more.

    Sabra products not included in the recall are: Sabra Organic Hummus, Sabra Salsa, Sabra Guacamole and Sabra Greek Yogurt Dips.

    Consumers with a "best before" date up through Jan. 23, 2017, on the lid of these hummus items should discard the product:

     

    • Sabra Hummus Caramelized Onion 10OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Classic 7OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Classic 10OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Classic 17OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Classic 30OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Classic 5LB – 6ct
    • Sabra Hummus Classic 2OZ – 48ct: 3 x (16 x 2oz)
    • Sabra Hummus Classic with pretzels 4.56OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Garlic 7OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Garlic 10OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Garlic 17OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Garlic 32OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Garlic 30OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Garlic with pretzels 4.56OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Jalapeno 10OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Olive 10OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 10OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 7OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 17OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 32OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 7OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 10OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 17OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 32OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 30OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 5LB – 6ct
    • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper with pretzels 4.56OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Supremely Spicy 7OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Supremely Spicy 10OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Supremely Spicy 17OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Spinach & Artichoke 10OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Sun Dried Tomato 10OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Spinach & Artichoke 32OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Spinach & Artichoke 17OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 17OZ – 6ct
    • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 17OZ – 6ct
    • Sabra Hummus Basil-Pesto 10OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Tuscan Herb Garden 32OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Classic 32OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Classic with pretzels 4.56OZ – 8ct
    • Sabra Hummus Garlic 23.5OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Classic 17OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Bold & Spicy with tortilla chips 4.56OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Garlic 17OZ – 6ct
    • Sabra Hummus Classic 2OZ – 6 x 2oz (12 x 6pks)
    • Sabra Hummus Lemon 10OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 2OZ – 6 x 2oz (12 x 6pks)
    • Sabra Hummus Tuscan Herb Garden 17OZ
    • Sabra Hummus Classic 2OZ – 16 x 2oz – 12 ct
    • Sabra Hummus Classic 2OZ – 12 x 2oz – 12 ct
    • Sabra Hummus SF Rosemary/Sea Salt 10OZ
    • Sabra Spreads Spicy Chili 8.5OZ – 8ct
    • Sabra Spreads Garlic Herb 8.5OZ – 8ct
    • Sabra Spreads Honey Mustard 8.5OZ – 8ct
    • Sabra Spreads Salt & Pepper 8.5OZ – 8ct
    • Sabra Hummus Taco 10OZ
    • Sabra Hummus 3 Pepper Chili 10OZ

    Consumers can reach Sabra Consumer Relations at 1-866-265-6761 for from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET or visit www.sabrahummusrecall.com for information on being reimbursed. 

    For more information, click here.



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    <![CDATA[Treating Concussions With Activity]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:56:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Concussion-Care-111816.jpg

    Doctors at one of the Texas Health Resources say they've seen 1,400 student athletes with concussions between August and early November at their three sports medicine centers.

    They say that's slightly higher than normal but they also say new methods to treat concussions are leading to quicker recoveries.

    For years, doctors treated athletes with concussions with lots of rest, allowing them to do very few activities, but research is showing that keeping them active, even with the most complex concussion, can get them back on their feet faster.

    Taylor Horton received a complex concussion during volleyball practice at Navarro Junior College.

    "We were scrimmaging in practice and I was diving after a ball and when I dove for it, I hit my head on the ground and collided with another girl. Her knee in the back of my head," said Horton.

    Within days, nausea and headaches progressed into trouble seeing and functioning in class.

    "I was confused a lot and I didn't understand and it was frustrating because I couldn't grasp concepts and my head hurt all the time," said Horton.

    She came to the Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Center in Fort Worth, where doctors are using a new approach to concussion care.

    Patients are put through physical rehabilitation that targets balance, vision and cognitive problems related to their concussion.

    "We feel like these athletes that are shut down and don't do anything at all tend to struggle more than the ones that we allow to do a little activity and gradually increase it over time," said Dr. Damond Blueitt, sports medicine physician.

    He says staying active helps keep athletes from falling into other health pitfalls, like depression.

    New studies find that children who exercised within a week of getting a concussion reported fewer symptoms a month later compared to those students who didn't exercise.

    Horton says it seems to be working for her.

    "Now I can read and my balance is the last thing but it's getting there. I can run again," said Horton.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines still recommend physical and cognitive rest following a concussion until symptoms are gone both at rest and when active.



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    There is an update on the condition of a Texas boy, 5-year-old Braden Scott, who became paralyzed from a polio-like illness that's baffled doctors.

    Braden's mother, Rachel Scott, posted on Facebook that he's taken his first steps since his diagnosis of acute flaccid myelitis in July.

    AFM is mysterious illness that's paralyzing children across the country.

    Doctors aren't sure why it is spreading and had no idea whether Braden would ever be able to walk again.

    Read more on Braden's story here.

    Full recoveries from AFM have been rare.

    Rachel Scott says Braden has been able to breathe without a ventilator for 30-minute stretches, a major sign of progress.



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