Women in Labor Turned Away from Hospitals

Growing a human is a true labor of love. When the time comes for the arrival of the child, every mother wants to have reliable medical professionals ready to handle their needs. Pregnant women in rural areas have several risk factors, including insufficient prenatal care, tobacco and alcohol use during pregnancy, and few choices of … Continued

Read More

911 Keeps Hospice Patients Out of the ER

Fort Worth area paramedics have partnered with VITAS Healthcare, the country’s largest hospice organization, to treat hospice patients to help avoid trips to the ER. These specially trained community paramedics spend time with the patient and family, most often reducing a costly hospital trip and unnecessary treatment. An average of 18% of hospice patients go … Continued

Read More

Future of FluMist Nasal Flu Vaccine Uncertain

FluMist, the only non-injectable flu vaccine, was not recommended for use in the United States this winter. Studies showed it offered limited protection the last few years. MedImmune, the company that makes the vaccine, is attempting efforts to fix the vaccine which could be an important component in a future flu pandemic. The vaccine is … Continued

Read More

New Dads Risk Postpartum Depression Too

The stereotypical man does not ask for help. He is the “King of the Castle”: mowing the yard, working on the car, running the remote control, and never asking for directions. They suffer in silence, not asking for emotional help either. Men might not go through the bodily changes and mood swings of pregnancy, but … Continued

Read More

Medical Community Split Over Opioid Treatment

After seeing a record number of deaths from prescription opioid medications in the U.S., physicians and regulators are sharply restricting access to drugs like Oxycontin. Patients who truly need the drugs to manage their pain fear for their future treatments. One side of the pain community wants to cut back on all opioid prescribing, while … Continued

Read More

A Real “Buzz-kill”: Running out of Insecticide

Summer has begun in the southern hemisphere and the Zika outbreaks persist. The arsenal of mosquito insecticides is running thin. There soon may not be enough effective chemicals. Zika was recently found in several people in Brownsville, Texas, prompting CDC travel warnings. Miami is still detecting new cases. The market in the United States for … Continued

Read More

Female Physicians: Shaking Up the Boys’ Club?

A new study by Harvard researchers, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, finds that older patients with female doctors are less likely to die or be readmitted within a month. Earlier studies found that female doctors spend more time with patients, communicate better, and follow clinical guidelines more often than male doctors. The study examined over … Continued

Read More
Image copyright Catherine Lane 2015

Seniors Can Be Organ Donors Too!

My late grandfather was blessed with an extra, small yet functional, kidney. We always said he could have donated one to someone in need, but thought he was too old. When 76-year-old Diana Teller of San Diego died last year of a sudden brain hemorrhage, her age did not prevent her from becoming an organ … Continued

Read More