<![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-usWed, 22 Feb 2017 23:33:26 -0600Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:33:26 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cannabis Oil Licensing Set to Begin in Texas]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:03:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/marijuana+cannabis.jpg

Medicine made from cannabis could soon be within reach in North Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety will begin accepting applications Thursday for companies that want to produce cannabis oil.

The Compassionate Care Act, now the Compassionate Care Program, was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott and became effective June 1, 2015.

The bill requires DPS to create a secure registry of physicians who treat epilepsy for the purpose of prescribing low-THC cannabis to patients who have been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy.

The license will authorize the organizations to cultivate, process and dispense low-THC cannabis to prescribed patients.

At least three licenses will be issued statewide.

A McKinney-based company called Acquiflow could be one of them.

Acquiflow is planning to convert an old cotton gin in Gunter into a cannabis oil dispensary.

Despite some controversy early on, Gunter Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Peters says he's always welcomed the business.

"I'm glad to see it coming. If it's going to come some place, I'm glad it's coming to Gunter, because the revenue and the sales tax of it is really going to help us out," Peters said.

Peters was there last March for a heated town hall meeting when dozens turned out to oppose and support the business.

Jeff Davis, of Arlington, spoke at the meeting. He led the fight to legalize cannabis oil in 2015.

It could help his daughter, Karley, who sometimes suffers from 100 seizures per day.

"Of all the places in Texas, I wouldn't have picked Gunter to be the first location, but that's OK," Davis said in March.

The inside of cotton gin is in the process of being converted.

The plan is to build a store and cultivate cannabis strictly for the oil.

Patients will have to go through a strict prescription process before they can buy cannabis oil.

By law, the state must license at least three dispensaries by Sept. 1.

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<![CDATA[Doctors Detect Heart Problem in Youth Soccer Player]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:10:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kendal+Daniels.jpg

One of the more common heart problems is one that often goes undetected, even in young athletes.  

A heart arrhythmia, or improper beating of the heart, can be caused by a number of things, but a Dallas-area 15-year-old is lucky doctors caught hers in time.

Kendal Daniels plays forward on her soccer team.

"l love scoring the goals," she said.

However, it was off the soccer field, where Kendal felt something off with her body.

"I had a lot of dizziness and I could feel my heart beating a little bit faster than it should, but mostly dizziness," she said as she described what she calls "episodes."

Kendal's mother, Andrea, at first thought the symptoms were the result of physical exertion and stress, but noticed the episodes continued at home, while Kendal was at rest.

"We were eating and all of a sudden I look at her and her face was red and flush and I asked Kendal what's wrong. She said 'I'm having one of those episodes,'" Andrea said about the moment she decided to take Kendal to the doctor.

Doctors at Medical City Dallas said Kendal had ventricular tachycardia, a short circuit inside the heart, explained Dr.Rajeev Joshi, who added that it can be deadly.

"A lot of times, when people die suddenly on the field, it is due to malignant ventricular arrhythmia," said Joshi.

"This is the type of arrhythmia and the type of heart condition that you see people dropping down on the field and dying or needing defibrillating from," said Andrea.

Doctors caught Kendal's ventricular tachycardia just in the nick of time.

"By the time we were getting ready for surgery, she wasn't able to get up to go to the bathroom without having these lethal rhythms that people die from daily," said Andrea.

But now, a year later, Kendal is back on the field and says she feels better than she has in a long time.

Andrea wonders if a routine EKG would have detected Kendal's heart problem.

"If she would have had an EKG at the beginning of soccer, we would have looked further and wouldn’t have progressed as much as it has," she said. "It takes five minutes to get an EKG on our kids. Even if it’s one person that we save, it’s one person, and it could have been my daughter."

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<![CDATA[Screenings Can Detect Potential Deadly Heart Arrythmia]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:35:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Heart-Screening-051112.jpg

One of the most common heart problems that often goes undetected, even in young athletes, is a heart arrythmia.

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<![CDATA[Cooling Cap May Help Fight Chemo Hair Loss]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:43:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chemo+cooling+cap.jpg

A cooling cap may help prevent hair loss for women going through chemotherapy. Dr. Jay Courtright, with Texas Oncology-Medical City Dallas, explains how it works.

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<![CDATA[New Charity Fights Hunger in North Texas]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:56:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jambalaya-red-lentil.jpg

There is a new charity to help fight hunger in North Texas.

The organization "Feeding Children Everywhere" works to feed hungry people around the world. According to the charity's website, they've packaged more than 66 million meals for people globally.

Based in Florida, the charity is now opening a satellite office in Grand Prairie and has launched a new app called "Fed 40."

People can download the free app, fill out a form and request meals be delivered straight to their doorstep. Each order will prompt 40 servings of the charity's pre-packaged red lentil jambalaya to be delivered within one business day, for free.

The meal includes red lentils, rice, dehydrated vegetables, and pink Himalayan salt. The meal is designed to be healthy and filling.

Feeding Children Everywhere launched a pilot program involving the app in Florida during the fall. Following it's success, they decided to expand its use nationwide.

Now, they're hoping to reach people living in food deserts in southern Dallas.

Volunteers will be working with local churches to reach people in those areas and sending mailers to those living in historically low-income areas altering them about the service.

Click here to find out how to download the Fed 40 app to your device.

<![CDATA[Twins Recovering from Major Surgery Practice with FC Dallas]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:05:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bogale+boys.jpg

Twin boys from Ethiopia who came to North Texas for life-changing back surgeries got the chance to kick around soccer balls with FC Dallas players Tuesday morning.

Markos and Tamirat Bogale, 17, landed in America in early December.

For years, both boys suffered from severe cases of scoliosis

Tamirat's spine was curved at 120 degrees, while Markos's was curved at 60 degrees. It was difficult for them to stand up straight.

But that was before North Texas doctors gave them the medical help they needed.

Dr. Ted Belanger, a spine surgeon with the Texas Back Institute, met Tamirat and Markos during a medical pilgrimage to Ethiopia last year. Texas Back then teamed up with Medical City Plano to provide the twins care free of charge.

The twins underwent back surgery just days before Christmas.

During their recovery, the boys formed an unlikely friendship with FC Dallas defender Atiba Harris, who came to visit them at the hospital and at home.

"It was kind of bittersweet, you know. Sad to see them going through what they were going through with the spinal issues, but happy to see them smiling at the same time," Harris said.

On Tuesday, the twins laced up brand-new cleats and joined FC Dallas players during practice.

Standing tall, they wore custom jerseys that players signed afterwards.

"They never take those jerseys off," Harris said, laughing.

"I'm feeling good," Tamirat said. "It's exciting."

He is now nearly five inches taller, but will undergo one more surgery on Friday.

After six to eight weeks of recovery, the twins will head back home to Ethiopia.

They have been living with Cheryl Zapata, chief development officer at the Texas Back Institute, for the last several months.

"I haven't seen so many smiles on them in a long time," Zapata said, watching as "her boys" played on the field.

"Trying to get the jerseys off of them has become a chore. I had to tell them last night, 'No, seriously, wash them!'" Zapata added, laughing.

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<![CDATA[Young Boy's Bone Marrow Journey Leads to Texas Donor]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:43:55 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trevor+and+danny.jpg

At first a young mother thought her son just had a stomach bug. But he was soon diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, and a nearly one-in-a-million shot at saving his life led them to a Texas man.

DeDe Harris shared that journey with NBC 5's Wayne Carter from her home in Georgia.

Her 8-year-old son, Trevor, was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic condition, Fanconi anemia, which affects a person's bone marrow.

"I asked, 'Can he live a long, normal life?' And she (the doctor) hesitated, and that's when the fear, the gut punch happened," DeDe Harris said.

Trevor would need a bone marrow transplant, so his doctors in Cincinnati turned to the National Marrow Donor Program's registry.

"You're putting the life of your child is someone else's hands. You don't know where they are, who they are," DeDe Harris said.

Out of the millions on the registry, only three people had the potential to save Trevor, and a Texas man was the best match.

Danny Work entered the registry years ago trying to save his aunt.

"So what did I have to do exactly?" he wondered when he got the call about a little boy needing his marrow donation.

The registry is anonymous, so the families couldn't know any details about one another.

The next 12 months were filled with wonder and worry – not to mention tests, blood draws, and injections that can be so painful doctors compare them to a heart attack.

"I always had a fear of needles and doctors," Work said.

Still, he went forward only knowing there was a little boy somewhere who needed him.

"You have to make that pledge to follow through, because if you don't, the patient will likely die," he said.

Work's marrow cells were sent to a hospital in Cincinnati where doctors would give Trevor the biggest gift he'll likely receive, but would they work?

Waiting was the hardest part for both sides.

Finally they got word the transplant was a success, but the story doesn't end there.

Danny Work and Trevor Harris wanted to meet. They spoke for hours on the phone that day, and the calls haven't stopped.

They soon learned Trevor's mom and Work's aunt have the same name, and the similarities continued. The donor and recipient both listen to National Public Radio, love British comedies and find humor in all they have been through.

Trevor's cousin even wrote a song about the pair who themselves "blood brothers."

"Danny's bone marrow gave me back the other half of my life," said Trevor Harris.

"He's like an old man in a little boy's body," Work said.

That's true in more ways than one.

If you're interested in learning more about their story and the comic book character Trevor created, Marrow Man, to raise awareness about the need for bone marrow donors click here.

If you are willing to sign up for the registry, to potentially help someone like Trevor, click here.

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<![CDATA[Heart Attack: Slashing Door-to-Balloon Times]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:05:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/121416+emergency+room+outside+door.jpg

Each year, approximately 250,000 Americans suffer from the most severe type of heart attack.

Getting them treatment quickly is the key to a better outcome.

Now, there’s a novel way to cut the time it takes to get heart attack patients life-saving care.

When a heart attack happens, each passing minute could mean the difference between life and death.

The goal is to get patients treatment and fast. It’s what hospitals call "door-to-balloon time."

“Door-to-balloon time basically takes the time you hit the front door of the hospital to the time the device in the heart is actually opening up the blood flow,” Travis Gullett, M.D., an emergency physician at Cleveland Clinic explained.

“By removing that clot as soon as possible, then the heart can come back," said Umesh N. Khot, M.D., a cardiologist also at the Cleveland Clinic.

National guidelines suggest door-to-balloon times should be 90 minutes or less for the most severe type of heart attack, known as a STEMI.

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic have been able to cut those times dramatically.

“Now, our current median time is 49 minutes,” detailed Gullett

The Cleveland Clinic’s protocol standardizes criteria for the entire treatment team, including nurses, doctors, paramedics and pharmacists.

There’s a detailed checklist for everyone involved with the patient’s care and door-to-balloon times are posted daily.

“That really gives us a marker for how well we’re doing as a system,” said Gullett.

In the first year, 100 percent of the heart attack patients were treated within the recommended 90 minutes. Thirty-five percent of patients had door-to-balloon times of 45 minutes or less. Many were treated in as little as 21 minutes.

“I think it’s really changed the natural history of these types of heart attacks,” Knot said.

It’s a system that’s saving hearts, and saving lives.

Cleveland Clinic doctors hope to publish results of how their protocol is specifically impacting death rates soon.

Their new door-to-balloon goal is now 45 minutes.

Hospitals from around the world have contacted these doctors, asking them how they can implement similar systems.

<![CDATA[Some Bug Repellents Work Better Than Others]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:39:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/AHORA-Mosquitos-Florida.jpg

A milder winter means more bugs come spring, and a new study from New Mexico State University shows not all repellents work like they claim to.

<![CDATA[North Texas Couple Shows Love Is About Second Chances]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:21:42 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/second-chance-couple-021917.jpg

When you meet Don and D.J. Pool, you know there's love between them. It's a look, a laugh, and a lot of history. The couple from Fairview has been together most of their lives.

"You know, you go through this stuff and you realize how old you really are," Don Pool laughed looking at scrapbooks from the 1970s. "Those are some pretty brown tuxes, aren't they?" 

NBC 5 spent several days with the Pools this week for the week-long series of reports about all the ways we show love "Deep in the Heart."

Pool warned, "You guys didn't know what you were getting into!"

Theirs is not the conventional "boy meets girl" love story. The Pools met in high school. They lived across the street from each other. 

"We didn't start dating until my best friend in high school had a brain tumor," recalled D.J. Pool. She was impressed to see Don at the hospital, waiting for news with her friend's family. "Right then at the hospital was when I fell in love with him."

In all the ways the Pools showed they love one another, one thing was always off the table. 

"No PDA. None. Period. Not even holding hands," D.J. laughed.

"This guy will not hold your hand in public!" Don sat silent, blushing.

The Pools married in 1986. Their photos show a life of laughs, and some bumps in the road.

"This was probably right before we got divorced," Don said looking at a ski trip photograph.

"We learned a lot in those three to four years," D.J. said. "The grass isn't always greener." 

That explains a saying on the wall over their family room. "Eat. Drink. And Remarry."

After getting married, then divorced, the Pools remarried 13 years ago, same day as the first marriage so they wouldn't forget their anniversary.

"I'm more in love with him now than I've ever been," D.J. explained. 

On Valentine's Day, the Pools packed their bags for the most romantic of trips. We were there when they checked in at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. 

"I want to grow old with this man," explained D.J. "And he's going to hold my hand in that park."

"I'm sure going to try," Don laughed.

Don Pool has diabetes. For the last year his kidneys have slowly been shutting down. They were functioning at 11 percent. Pool needed a transplant. The donor came from an unlikely source -- his wife.

On Valentine's Day, the couple had adjoining rooms in pre-op, getting their last checkups. 

"I'm feeling good. I'm ready," D.J. told her doctor as Don listened on the other side of the curtain.

"No chills, fever, nothing going on," the doctor asked D.J. "No nothing," she answered.

"She better answer these right," Don laughed out loud.

"How could you be nervous when you've got all the entertainment next door making you laugh," D.J. said wiping away tears of laughter.

D.J. was wheeled away for surgery first. The couple blew kisses until they couldn't see each other anymore.

"I can't believe this day is here," Don remarked. "I'll be paying for this one for a long time," he joked. 

Two days later, we caught up with the Pools in the hospital as they recovered from surgery with a stroll around the 14th floor.

"Look how fast you're going," D.J. remarked to her husband.

"You have anyone we can race," Don joked. "Preferably really old!" 

"He's got some good looking legs," D.J. laughed looking at her husband in his hospital gown.

"Each day we grow older, you grow more and more in love," said Don. 

The Pools know better than most, marriage isn't always a walk in the park. D.J. says when they do walk in that park, Don will be holding her hand. 

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<![CDATA[Sargento Expands Cheese Recall]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:27:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/650.jpg

Sargento Foods Inc. is voluntarily expanding its recall of cheese earlier this week. All products included in the recall are supplied by Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC and may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes originating in the supplier's facility.  

There have been no confirmed illnesses from the products in this recall. 

Sargento has terminated its relationship with the supplier due to this contamination.

The original recall was announced February 10, 2017. The new products under the recall are:

  • Sargento Sliced Colby, 8 oz., UPC 4610000105, Sell By date 15MAY17F
  • Sargento Sliced Muenster, 8oz., UPC 4610000107, Sell By dates 05MAR17F, 06MAR17F, 15APR17F, 16APR17F and 17APR17F
  • Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack, 7.5 oz., UPC 4610000122, Sell By date 03MAY17B
  • Sargento Sliced Tomato & Basil Jack, 6.67 oz., UPC 4610000279, Sell By date 03MAR17B
  • Sargento Shredded Reduced Fat Colby-Jack, 8 oz., UPC 4610041018, Sell By date H07APR17
  • Sargento Shredded Chef Blends 4 Cheese Pizzeria, 8 oz., UPC 4610041105, Sell By date H10APR17
  • Sargento Artisan Blends Double Cheddar Shredded Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040094, Sell By date H08JUN17 and H09JUN17

The company also added more "sell by" dates to previously recalled products:

  • Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby, 6.84 oz., UPC 4610000228, Sell By dates 02FEB17F, 01MAR17B and 16MAR17F
  • Sargento Chefs Blend Taco Blend Shredded Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040002, Sell By dates H11MAY17 and H01JUN17
  • Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack, 12oz., UPC 4610000108, Sell By dates  02MAY17B, 03MAY17B, 11JUN17B
  • Sargento Sliced Colby-Jack, 12oz., UPC 4610000109, Sell By date 01MAY17B
  • Sargento Off the Block Fine Cut Colby-Jack Shredded Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040014, Sell By date H06MAY17
  • Sargento Chef Blends Nacho & Taco Shredded Cheese, 8oz., UPC 4610040041, Sell By dates H04MAY17, S15MAY17 and H01JUN17
  • Sargento Off the Block Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Shredded Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040076, Sell By dates H07MAY17, H08MAY17 and H09MAY17

People worried about Sargento products in their home can visit info.sargento.com to check the complete list of products incuded in the recall. The company will update this list should anything change. 

Customers can also call Sargento Consumer Affairs at 1-800-243-3737 or submit questions on the website. 

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<![CDATA[Azle ISD Brings in Germ Busters to Prevent Spreading the Flu]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:55:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/germ+gu.jpg

As if you needed more proof that we are knee deep in flu season, Texas is now one of the states where activity is high, the worst category to be in.

So far this season, 29 children across the country have died from the flu. The current vaccine has been shown to work about half the time.

Hospitals like John Peter Smith Hospital are seeing a steady rise in flu cases.

The Tarrant County Health Department says the flu is widespread and happening more than average for this time of year.

That includes two reported outbreaks in Tarrant County schools, leading the Azle school district to new levels of disinfecting.

If love were enough, no child at Eagle Heights Elementary would ever get sick. Nurse Heather Lee has evidence all around her office of the children she's helped heal. 

"These might make me cry," Lee said as she pulled out a box of handwritten thank you notes from students.

A sampling:

"Dear Nurse Lee, I love when you help me when something is wrong."

"Thank you for the itching medication that you put on my arm, thank you for everything you have done."

"You are the best of all the nurses."

But when it comes to the flu in an elementary school, love is not enough.

"When those kids cough or sneeze, even speak, those droplets of germs travel about six feet away from where they're standing,” said Lee. “That's much more surface than just a child's desk."

So Azle ISD is bringing in the big guns. It's not Ghostbusters, but germ busters, a disinfecting e-mist spray that coats everything in a room at a rate of 8,000 square feet an hour.

"We could come in and treat an entire campus in a weekend or evening if we felt there was an outbreak," said Todd Smith, Director of District Operations for Azle ISD.

The e-misters are made by a Fort Worth company and Azle is now the first school district to have one in every campus with a simple goal.

"Keep kids in school,” Smith said. “We want kids to come to school. We want kids to learn in school and same with our teachers. We want our teachers to be here."

Hoping to keep visits to Nurse Lee more about arts and crafts than coughs and sneezes.

While Tarrant County Health says flu cases are above average, they say it's not off the charts like in some years past and point out there are other illnesses out there crowding doctors’ offices, as well.

They also say it’s still not too late to get a flu shot, even if you have already gotten sick, the shot can protect against other strains of the flu.

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<![CDATA[Stem Cells Treat Baldness with PRP]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:50:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stem+cells+hair+loss.jpg

Americans spend between one and four billion dollars a year treating hair loss.

Now, four surgeons in the U.S. are testing a stem cell treatment in a non-surgical procedure.

Overseas trials in Japan and Egypt are already showing some success.

“It’s been 30 years of concern,” Roy Woelke said.

Woelke knows how overwhelming hair loss can be.

“I noticed thinning in my late twenties, and it never stops. It seems like it just goes on and on,” Woelke detailed.

He’s had three hair replacement surgeries, but that’s really just moving hair around the head, and as he says, you run out of supply.

Kenneth Williams, D.O., a hair restoration surgeon at Orange County Hair Restoration in Los Angeles, California, may have new hope for Woelke and millions of others.

He’s running a clinical trial that uses stem cells and platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, to treat baldness.

“The study is taking cells that are in our body that help to regenerate or stimulate inactive or dormant hair follicles," Williams explained. "That is the theory behind what we’re doing this procedure on.”

Williams takes fat from the abdomen, emulsifies it and separates the stem cells, mixes it with the patient’s own plasma which has been spun down to be super concentrated. Then with 300 shots, injects the mixture into the scalp, twice over a three-month period.

Woelke hopes to get into the trial, which has five participants so far.

Williams already does the procedure for paying patients who’ve had promising results. 

“Those patients are seeing some differences in the density of the hair," Williams said. "We’re waiting for the final results, which take nine to 12 months after the administration. We look to see the final results of what we’re doing.”

He hopes to publish results in two years.

Williams’ trial is supported by NIH, but not by a major pharmaceutical company yet. That means his trial is patient-funded, meaning they’ll pay a reduced cost of the $2,500 to $5,800 procedure, depending on which arm of the trial is chosen.

Contact the Irvine Institute of Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery at (949) 333-2999 or visit www.straandstudy.com for more information. 

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<![CDATA[Texas in the Center of High Flu Action]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:05:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flu-map.jpg

Texas is in the middle of high flu activity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Texas, along with 28 other states and New York City, is in the highest category for influenza-like-illness for the week ending in February 11, 2017. This means outpatient clinics around the state are reporting much higher activity dealing with flu-like symptoms. 

Influenza in Texas is also widespread and confirmed cases reached most parts of the state this week.

North Texans have tested positive for both strains A and B of the flu, with the largest increase in influenza A since last week. 

Weeks 5 and 6 are the worst weeks for influenza cases reported so far in 2017. 

<![CDATA[Weight Loss with Love]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:12:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Walter+and+Kathleen+Waller.jpg

A couple from Oklahoma recently came to North Texas to kick off their new healthy lifestyle and have since lost more than a 160 pounds combined.

Walter and Kathleen Waller underwent gastric bypass surgery six months ago.

Their case, however, is unique because they underwent surgeries on the same day.

"To agree on something as important as major as weight loss surgery and to decide to support each other in that endeavor is pretty remarkable," said bariatric surgeon Dr. Folahan Ayoola of Medical City Frisco.

The two say they had reach a point in their lives where their weight was affecting everything.

"At breakfast I said, 'hey I want to tell you about this, you know, this surgery,' and he said 'let's do it' and I was so excited!" Kathleen said.

"I was 348 pounds," Walter said. "When Kathleen told me about it, I thought, 'hey this is a God send. This is what we need.'". 

After consulting with Ayoola, they made the decision to have surgery the same day.

"It’s usually the wife or the husband. Usually the wife has already had surgery and then the spouse says, 'well, give me some of that' and they come in have weight loss surgery as well," said. Ayoola. "They both ended up having surgery on the same day because they were both ready to have surgery." 

Since the surgeries six months ago, Kathleen and Walter have lost a combined 166 pounds.

"It just feels so good to feel good! I mean, we just feel fantastic!" said Kathleen.

"All that I can do is amazing compared to what it was," said Walter.

Their love for each other is stronger than ever.

"These kinds of things don't scare us. It's one of those deals you just go through together. It's easier to work through it together than to stumble through it on your own," Walter said.

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<![CDATA[Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:57:36 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5248112111.jpg

It may be possible to detect autism in babies before their first birthdays, a much earlier diagnosis than ever before, a small new study finds.

Using magnetic-resonance imaging scans, researchers at the University of North Carolina were able to predict — with an 80 percent accuracy rate — which babies who had an older sibling with autism would be diagnosed with the disorder, NBC News reported.

The brain imaging scans, taken at 6 months, at 12 months and again at 2 years, showed significant growth in brain volume during the first year in babies who would later meet the criteria for autism, such as not making eye contact, delaying speech or other displaying other developmental delays.

Parents who have a child with autism have a 2 percent to 18 percent increased risk of having a second child who is also affected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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<![CDATA[Dallas County Reports 6th Flu-Related Death of Season]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:57:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-000054.jpg

A sixth person has died from flu-related complications in Dallas County this season, health officials confirm.

The 83-year-old victim was a resident of the city of Dallas. Further information was not released by Dallas County Health and Human Services, citing medical confidentiality.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently classified the flu as widespread in Texas, and they recommend a yearly flu vaccine for people over 6 months.

The county health department says adult flu vaccinations are available at the DCHHS building at 2377 North Stemmons Freeway, and the children's vaccine is available at all county immunization clinics.

Appointments are not necessary. For more information call 214-819-2162.

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<![CDATA[Boosting Levels of Oxytocin, the Love Hormone]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:02:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sara+and+Michael+Montalvo.jpg

The secret to love might be found in the science of our bodies.

Hormones affect the way we feel and yoga can raise the level of love hormones in your body.

Sara and Michael Montalvo practice couples yoga on a regular basis, something Michael says he never thought he'd be into.

"My mom even made the comment when we told her we were going. She was like, 'you can't even touch your toes! You can't do anything like that,'" said Michael.

They started couples yoga seven months ago and in each class, practice stretches and mindfulness techniques.

"We take yoga right after work," said Sara. "We get in a nice zen state before we go home and get to hang out and spend the rest of the evening together."

With each stretch, the couple boost their levels of oxytocin, or the love hormone.  

Science shows as oxytocin is released throughout the body, levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, decrease.

David Sunshine, with the Dallas Yoga Center says the when a couple experiences higher levels of oxytocin together, they become more connected and intimate.

"Oxytocin is the hormone we feel when we fall in love. It makes us feel happy. It makes us feel connected. It makes us feel very joyful," Sunshine said. "When we are stressed, we want to shut down. We want to close up and feel less connected."

"When a couple does yoga together, they leave much more intimate, much more open, a much deeper sense of bondedness occurs," he added.

The practice had such an impact on the Sara and Michael, Michael proposed to Sara in the yoga studio.

A connection, made deeper through the power of science and love.

"I definitely think yoga makes our relationship more intimate. It's such a common practice and to do that with a partner, brings so much calm, tranquility and peace," Sara said.

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<![CDATA[South Florida Company Turns Cobra Venom Into Healing Treatment]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:42:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/021417+cobra+venom.jpg

When you think about Cobra venom, eventual death comes to mind. A South Florida company is changing the perception of the deadly venom.

Nutra Pharma Corp., a biotechnology company specializing in the acquisition, licensing and commercialization of pharmaceutical products and technologies,  has turned the toxin in the venom into treatment for pets and people.

The treatment fills medicine bottles at the facility in Plantation.

Tom Crutchfield, a herpetologist, says there’s really no need to be afraid of this potentially deadly snake.

“I always knew they were special even as a kid, because when I was a kid everybody hated snakes,” said Crutchfield.

He raises and handles the slithering creatures in his farm in Homestead.

Twice a month, Crutchfield milks the venom that will be used to help people and pets with chronic pain.

“The biodiversity on this planet never ceases to amaze me. And, the more we look, the more we find, the more medicines we find when we look at venoms and poisons and things like that. It’s amazing,” said Crutchfield.

The venom is taken to the Nutra Pharma lab, where it undergoes a process converting it from fluid to powder.

The product is then sold and marketed as Nyloxin, selling for $24.95.

“All the principle work has been in humans. So, the Nyloxin product is amazing. It’s non-addictive, no opiate, non-narcotic. In the last model, it outperformed morphine. It lasted six hours longer than morphine without any of the side effects,” explained Rik Deitsch, CEO of Nutra Pharma Corp.

Deitsch said the extracted venom is also good for pets. It’s sold as Pet Pain Away.

“The problem with pain medication for dogs and cats is there aren't a lot of choices,” said Deitsch.

The product comes as a spray and topical gel. The South Florida-based company says it has three patents on this specific healing formula.

Nutra Pharma says there are 46 published clinical studies about the product.

Nyloxin and Pet Pain Away are all natural and can also be used for auto immune diseases, viruses and pain. Every time the lab milks a cobra, more than 100 bottles of product are made.

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<![CDATA[Is Warmer Weather Affecting Local Flu Cases?]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:28:42 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/virus-influenza-muertes-eeuu.jpg

Doctor Juan Galvalda with Methodist Health System says warmer weather may be the reason for fewer cases of the flu.

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<![CDATA[Better To See You: Ryder's Story]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:42:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ryder+Stiner.jpg

The story of a mother determined to help her son can be a powerful love story.

Amarillo mom Lindsey Stiner lives out the story day in and day out, but recently experienced a chapter that will change the course of her son's life.

Seeing life through the eyes of a child has a different meaning for 3-year-old Ryder Stiner, who was born with ocular albinism, a genetic condition that reduces the pigmentation of the iris and the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.

Pigmentation in the eye is essential for normal vision.

The condition also causes nystagmus, involuntary rapid movement of the eye.

"Doctors always told me at best he'd be legally blind," Lindsey Stiner said. "He really turns his head – even watching TV, he turns his head like this to watch."

"He can't verbalize to me what's going. It's just a guessing game," she added.

She calls it a lonely diagnosis.

"There's not a lot of awareness out there. There's not a lot of research," Lindsey Stiner said. "As a parent, I think, 'Am I doing enough? Is today the day that I didn't rise up and do what he needed me to do?'"

Her love, however, kept her determined.

"He was diagnosed when he was two months, and the biggest thing I wanted was for him to really see my face," she said.

Her dreams came true a few weeks ago, when after years of research, she found a pair of specialized glasses that would dramatically increase Ryder's vision.

She recorded the moment when Ryder put on the glasses and saw his mother's face for the time.

"I finally got to ask him if he could see my face, and when he said that the could see the black part of my eyes, it melted me. I've waited a couple years to hear that," the mother said.

Lindsey Stiner posted it on social media, and it's been shared thousands of times.

"It's a beautiful thing to see, especially since on the day he was diagnosed, I didn't know what his life would be like, and to see him now," she said.

It's a big step in their journey, but for Ryder, it's about being a 3-year-old boy.

He can now see many of his toys in full detail and can enjoy the playground without struggling to maneuver around the equipment.

"I just see a kid that's so full of life! That's not letting his disability define him," Lindsey Stiner said.

The family is traveling to Fort Worth for the next part in their journey.

Ryder will undergo surgery at Cook Children's Medical Center to correct the placement of his eyes, so he doesn't have to turn his neck to focus on objects.

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<![CDATA[Why Surrogacy is a Labor of Love]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:05:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/surrogate.jpg

Gestational surrogacy can be considered one of the deepest kinds of love, according to University of Texas at Arlington professor Heather Jacobson.

Jacobson, a family sociologist, recently studied the topic of surrogacy and published her findings in her book, Labor of Love: Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies.

She says the number one reason women choose to be surrogates is because they love pregnancy.

"In some ways, they kind of are doing it for themselves because they enjoy it so much. They really enjoy pregnancy!" said Jacobson.

Gestational surrogates are women who carry a baby, created from someone else's egg and sperm, for a family unable to get pregnant on their own.

"She's just the oven," Jacobson said.

The work of a surrogate, however, isn't easy, as they can go through rounds of in vitro fertilization, countless doctors appointments, psychological evaluations and long legal processes.

"I had surrogates that I interviewed who went though the IVF procedures and cycled through medicine for three years before they achieved a pregnancy for their intended parents," said Jacobson

It's why she calls surrogacy a labor of love.

"It really is a love of family and a love of babies and a love for helping someone else achieve their dreams, also a love of the pregnancy experience," said Jacobson.

There is no hard number of how many women become surrogates because it's not federally regulated and first-time surrogates are paid between $25,000-$30,000, according to Jacobson.

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<![CDATA[Sore Back? Try Heat and Exercise First, Guidelines Say]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:56:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/Back-Guy.jpg

Prescription drugs should only be a last resort as a treatment for lower back pain, a leading doctors' group said Monday.

NBC News reported on the new guidance from the American College of Physicians, which says doctors should tell patients to try heat wraps and exercise first, then over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen (Tylenol has been shown to do little for back pain), before they prescribe opioids.

"Given that most patients with acute or subacute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, clinicians and patients should select nonpharmacologic treatment with superficial heat massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation," the group says in its new guidance, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Among the therapies that may help and have little risk of harm are tai chi, yoga and cognitive behavioral therapy, the group said.

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<![CDATA[Flu Cases Spiking in North Texas]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:13:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic-Flu-123013.jpg

Doctors say the flu is reaching epidemic levels in parts of the country. Here in North Texas, hundreds of people are getting sick.

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<![CDATA[Firstborns Get Intellectual Advantage Over Siblings: Study]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:04:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*122/GettyImages-73781080.jpg

Firstborn children are set up for more academic and intellectual success, according to a new study that delved into nearly 40 years of data.

Today.com reported that firstborn babies and toddlers started scoring better on cognitive tests than their younger siblings at the same age, and the advantage continued through their lives.

The study was published in the Journal of Human Resources and based its findings on the Children of the National Longitudinal Survey of the Youth, which included information on thousands of Americans 14-21 years old who were interviewed several times starting in 1979.

“First-time parents tend to want to do everything right and generally have a greater awareness of their interactions with and investments in the firstborn," co-author Jee-Yeon K. Lehmann, an economist at the Analysis Group in Boston, told "Today."

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<![CDATA[Shoveling Snow Can Be Deadly for Men: Study]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:45:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462353044.jpg

Men are more likely to have a heart attack after a snowfall, probably from shoveling snow, according to Canadian researchers.

NBC News reported that researchers found a slight increase in heart attacks and deaths following a storm in Quebec. With each day of snow, these likelihoods increased. A single day of snowfall raised a man’s risk of heart attack by just less than one percent, the researchers reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

“Men are potentially more likely than women to shovel, particularly after heavy snowfalls,” researchers wrote. “Snow shoveling is a demanding cardiovascular exercise require more than 75 percent of the maximum heart rate, particularly with heavy loads.”

The study found that men were one-third more likely to die after an eight-inch snowfall compared to a dry day. Researchers did not find a similar trend with women.

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<![CDATA[21 Day Challenge Helps 'Kids Teach Kids' Healthy Eating]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:36:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/healthy-food-21-day-challenge-gilmore.jpg

For three weeks, students and families all over North Texas have learned about eating better by taking the 21 Day Snack Challenge.

The program, designed by Medical City Children’s Hospital, also addresses the real challenge of finding healthy options while living in a food desert. Hundreds of children who live in the city of Dallas face this challenge every day.

Third grade students at Mount Auburn Elementary School participated in the program. Fresh produce was donated by Kroger and Fresh Point, and culinary students from Skyline High School created the healthy snacks and taught the elementary school students.

“It makes me feel good,” said 10th grader Lauren Glover.

Lauren is the head chef, culinary student from Skyline High School. Her snack puts a new twist on a classic cuisine.

“Today we’re making ‘Blackberry Sushi,’ and it taste so good. I like to show other people, especially younger students, how you can eat better,” she said.

The snack ingredients include apples and blackberries, wrapped in a tortilla with peanut butter and a drizzle of honey.

“We didn’t have these food growing up. We didn’t know about eating healthy. I just ate what I saw,  but now that I know better I’m eating better. Healthy foods helps your immune system to fight off sickness, it gives you energy. I wasn’t raised vegetarian, but I’m thinking about going vegetarian,” Lauren said.

"Our mission is to help children develop lifelong healthy eating habits starting with eating fruits and vegetables at snack time,’ said Jill Elliot, who is a dietary nutritionist with Medical City Children’s Hospital.

“There are a lot of families that live in the school boundaries of what the USDA labels as a food desert. We are combating two areas, but with the ‘Kids Teaching Kids’ part of the programs we are seeing great results. The high school students are so creative and the younger students love learning from them."

39 of Dallas ISD's 155 elementary schools are in food desert communities. Food deserts are defined as an area that is void of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole food. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers' markets, and healthy food providers.

The 21 Day Challenge program helps the students establish healthy eating habits, and opens their minds up to new foods. For many of the students it was their first time eating a black berry or kiwi (which were both in two of their snacks).

“There’s research that supports that dietary habits and academic achievement are directly linked,” said Jamie Berstein, the school nurse at Mount Auburn Elementary. “A lot of our students don’t have a choice. Their access to affordable healthy food options is limited. So I think sometimes their parents are doing the best they can,” she said.

“That’s why a lot of people in our communities have diseases like diabetes, and other health issues, because as kids we were never introduced to fresh vegetables and fruits. We’re learning now though, and I’m telling everyone,” said Lauren.

After the younger students graduate from the program their progress will be evaluated.

<![CDATA[Woman Praises 911 Dispatcher]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:29:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/258*120/170211-911-dispatcherJPG.JPG

There were happy tears all around Saturday at the Corona Police Department when a woman met the 911 dispatcher who helped save her husband’s life.

On Jan. 21, Carolyn Evans called 911. Her husband, 65-year-old Jeff Evans, had suffered a heart attack and wasn’t breathing.

“His face is turning purple,” Carolyn Evans can be heard saying to the dispatcher in the 911 call.

Elise Rodriguez, the voice on the other end, kept Carolyn Evans calm and walked her through two rounds of CPR until paramedics arrived four minutes later.

“I want you to put the heel of your hand on the breast bone in the center of his chest,” Rodriguez instructed. “I want you to count out loud with me."

Even as the paramedics arrived and continued to administer life-saving care, Evans said Rodriguez deserves tremendous credit.

"She really walked me through the whole thing. I’d never done it,” Evan said. “I’ve been told about it. My daughter told us, but I've never done it. And [Rodriguez] perfectly walked me through it.”

For Rodriguez, it’s all part of the job, but she said it’s nice to hear about the end result and meet Evans’ family.

“When I found out from one of the officers initially on scene that he survived, I was really excited about that,” Rodriguez said. “You always hope for the best, but you have no idea what happens once they've been taken away.”

Jeff Evans had two stints put in and was put into a medically induced coma. But three weeks after his heart attack, he’s recovering well.

On Saturday, Evans, his wife and his 11 grandchildren wanted to thank the dispatchers and first responders who helped make that recovery possible.

“I’m able to read and comprehend,” Jeff Evans said. “It’s a miracle. I don’t understand it, but I’m good.”

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<![CDATA[Texas Considered High Flu Activity State]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:47:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/217*120/ILIIntensity05_small.gif

Influenza activity is increasing in Texas and the Centers for Disease Control listed the state as a high activity state, meaning the risk of exposure is higher for Texans.

According to the weekly report put out by the Texas Department of State Health Services, intensity of flu cases increased since last week, as well as percentage of positive tests and the number of influenza outbreaks across the state.

Dallas County had 475 new cases of flu in the week of Jan. 22 - Jan. 28 alone. Tarrant County saw 327 new cases, Collin County had 139 and Denton County has 136.

The DSHS encourages Texans to get a flu shot in order to avoid this dangerous respiratory infection.

Flu is spread in the air when a sick person sneezes, coughs and even talks. Make sure everyone washes their hands before touching their face, eating or coming into contact with other people. Do not share food or drinks.  

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<![CDATA[Health Headlines: Mammograms and Melanoma]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:20:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new+mammograms+guidelines.jpg

Doctors are warning women to not let a false positive on a mammogram keep them from getting the procedure again in the future.

<![CDATA[Students Design Healthy, Creative Kids Dishes]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:06:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/21-day-challenge-food1.jpg

A group of students at Wilmer Hutchins High School in Dallas partnered with the restaurant, HG Sply Co., to create a new kids menu featuring healthy and creative dishes.

<![CDATA[Cannabis for Canines is a Growing Trend]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:41:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Cannabis1.jpg

Cannabis for canines, whether and using pols or edibles, medical marijuana could hold the key to helping furry friends feel better.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Woman Warns of Medical Tourism Dangers]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:56:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lisa+Hubbard.jpg

A North Texas woman has a warning for anyone thinking about traveling abroad for cheap weight loss surgery.

Lisa Hubbard, of Fort Worth, says she had hoped gastric sleeve surgery would put her in better charge of her health for the sake of her new grandson.

She said she saw ads on television for cheap weight loss surgery and began researching options months ago.

The average cost of weight loss surgery in the United States is about $14,000, and insurance doesn't always cover it.

Hubbard found doctors in Mexico who would do the surgery for $3,800, which also includes the stay and medications.

"It almost seemed like a mini-vacation. You go down there and have your surgery and then you come back and everything would be good," Hubbard said.

Three days after her surgery, Hubbard was on a plane back to North Texas and five days after her surgery, she was in the hospital with her first complication: a blood clot.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flying soon after surgery can increase the risk for blood clots.

Days later, doctors found another complication.

"They told me my stitches had burst and they were gonna have to rush me to the ER," Hubbard said. "I felt like, 'Oh, my God, what did I do to myself?'"

Stomach contents were leaking into Hubbard's body, putting her at risk for sepsis, even death.

"I didn't realize I was really taking my life in my hands the way I was when I went down there," Hubbard said.

Her warning for others considering medical tourism?

"If everything goes OK, you're good, but if everything doesn't go OK, it can have serious complications and you can die," Hubbard said.

Doctors repaired the damage and Hubbard hopes no further surgery is required.

The CDC has a website dedicated to medical tourism, highlighting the risks and what consumers can do if considering traveling abroad for medical procedures.

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<![CDATA[Tuesday is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:57:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/138490324.jpg

Tuesday is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and many health departments and clinics are offering free testing nationwide. Alex Ortega, with AIDS Arms in Dallas, talks about why the African-American community is the focus on this day.

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<![CDATA[Kids Are Trying Potentially Harmful E-Cigarette Hack]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:25:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_34020085243.jpg

As many as a quarter of U.S. kids who are using e-cigarettes may be taking them apart and "dripping" — a method that gives them more vapor but a potentially higher hit of nicotine, researchers reported Monday, according to NBC News.

They recommended more research into whether it's more dangerous for kids, and experts said parents should ask their kids if they've tried it.

"E-cigarettes are also being used for 'dripping,' which involves vaporizing the e-liquid at high temperatures by dripping a couple of drops of e-liquid directly onto an atomizer's coil and then immediately inhaling the vapor that is produced," Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin of Yale University and colleagues reported in the journal Pediatrics.

"Among 1,080 ever e-cigarette users, 26.1 percent of students reported ever using e-cigarettes for dripping. Reasons for dripping included produced thicker clouds of vapor (63.5 percent), made flavors taste better (38.7 percent), produced a stronger throat hit (27.7 percent)," they added.

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<![CDATA[First Meniscus Replacement Procedure in Texas]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:04:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/meniscus+knee+model.jpg

A North Texas man is the first person in the state to undergo a groundbreaking procedure that could change sports medicine.

Jon Foerster, a Denton resident and 44-year-old father of two, became the first person in Texas to get a meniscus replacement to treat his persistent knee pain.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joseph Berman performed the procedure, which is part of a Food and Drug Administration clinical trial.

The meniscus is a tissue pad between the thigh and shin bones which has a very limited ability to heal once damaged. More than one million partial meniscectomies to remove or repair a torn meniscus are performed in the U.S. every year.

Many people still suffer from persistent knee pain but like Foerster are too young for knee replacement.

The implant, called NUsurface, will get Foerster back to his normally activity and prevent arthritis or even a knee replacement later in life, according to Berman.

"We are excited about the prospects of this. So far, we've had wonderful success in the European and Israeli studies that we are hopeful and excited about what we will see and do here in the United States," Berman said.

Foerster tore his meniscus and doctors were forced to remove it.

"I can run, but there's a price to pay and it's called pain," Foerster said.

After the surgery, Foerster's recovery should take eight weeks.

"I'm very optimistic that when I'm done recovering, I'm going to be running with my kids, coaching their teams, doing a lot of things," Foerster said.

The SUN study (Safety Using NUsurface®) will enroll approximately 120 patients as part of regulatory process to gain approval from FDA to sell the device in the U.S.

To be eligible for the study, participants must be between the ages of 30 and 75 and have pain after medial meniscus surgery that was performed at least six months ago.

To learn more about the SUN study, visit http://sun-trial.com.

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<![CDATA[Collin County Burn Center Treats 700 in First Year]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:49:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/burn+scars.jpg

The Burn and Reconstructive Centers of Texas at Medical City Plano, the first and only burn center in Collin County, is celebrating its one-year anniversary.

Since opening last year the burn center has treated more than 700 patients who required more than 4,000 burn and reconstructive-related appointments in the outpatient clinics.

Its first patient was Joel Thomas Hall, of Trophy Club.

Hall suffered third-degree burns on his legs after an accident near a fire pit while vacationing near Lake Texoma.

"Burns are something you live with the rest of your life. It's something you overcome," Hall said.

He was at a hospital in Gainesville when paramedics brought him to Medical City Plano.

"I like being the first. I like being able to say I was the first and when I would come to my burn clinic appointments, I would go up to the ICU and tell patients I was the first burn patient," Hall said.

“Specialized burn care complements our trauma program and places Medical City Plano at the pinnacle of emergency care," said Charles Gressle, CEO of Medical City Plano. "The numbers speak for themselves. There was a huge community need for providing exceptional and compassionate burn care close to home, and I am proud that we are meeting this need and treating so many people who require this highly specialized care."

Hall donated an original painting to reflect is thoughts of his stay.

The painting depicts an ocean wave.

"It was a flow, a rush of healing. Instead of getting surgical treatment, it was continual care, continually flowing over me while I was here," Hall said.

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