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How to avoid heat-related illnesses

July 10, 2017

Houston residents are no strangers to summer heat waves, advisories and rising heat indexes. With August historically being the hottest month of the year, it is important to keep in mind that the combination of heat and humidity can create a dangerous heat index. A heat index is what the current temperature feels like to our bodies when the air temperature is combined with the relative humidity level, according to the National Weather Service.


Going to extremes

June 27, 2017

When Pat Sumner’s son, Eric, was in elementary school, she chalked up his moodiness to anxiety issues. After two decades of frustration and confusion, the diagnosis of bipolar disorder was tough.


Healthy hearing

June 27, 2017

We all produce earwax. Nevertheless, it’s one of those bodily fluids that most of us wish we didn’t have, so we try to get rid of it the best way we can.


Drowning on dry land

June 25, 2017

Summer is a time for sun and fun, but it’s also a time for safety, since the season can result in an increase in drowning-related accidents.


Children and Arthritis

May 17, 2017

When her 13-year-old son Cole started limping on and off for several months and resisted going anywhere that required a lot of walking, Dana Blount knew something was wrong. “He had a seventh-grade physical and he could not bend over to touch his knees, much less his toes,” she recalls.


Abuse and misuse

May 17, 2017

Centuries ago, people with heart failure risked their lives by eating the deadly foxglove, a plant that contains the effective yet easily overdosed drug digoxin. Today, we dose digoxin precisely, yet medications remain a double-edged sword: helpful, yet dangerous and frequently misused, particularly in the elderly. As prescriptions grow ever more common, it becomes increasingly important to grapple with the downside of drugs in older people.


The tipping point

April 3, 2017

When an infection appeared on the back of his right ankle where he had recently had surgery, Guy Tidmore, 62, who lives in Flower Mound just north of Dallas, was concerned. An orthopedic surgeon evaluated the infection, determined that the origin was near the center of an Achilles surgery and operated to remove the infection.


Making the most of Your doctor’s appointment

April 3, 2017

Some life events seem unending, while others zoom by, like school exams and one-on-one time with your doctor. As the clock seems to count down faster and faster, it’s understandable if we draw a blank with our primary care physician, only recalling things we hoped to address on the way home.


Common early allergies

Common early allergies

April 2, 2017

My kids don’t have food allergies, but I know when it’s my turn to bring snacks to after-school clubs or party treats for the classroom, foods that are nut-safe and dairy-free reign supreme to keep their classmates safe.


Underneath it all

March 17, 2017

The act of brushing your teeth and flossing may be one of the most underestimated ways to protect your health.



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