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Event Debuts TMA Botanical Medicine Exhibit in Spanish

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 21:27:57 GMT

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) unveils a Spanish-language translation of its popular History of Medicine exhibit, “Deep Roots: Botanical Medicine From Plants to Prescriptions,” with a special Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event. Dia de los Muertos is a celebrated holiday in Mexico and other regions.

Doctors Warn of Hurricane Harvey’s Hidden Aftermath

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:45:12 GMT

There is a hidden danger beyond the piles of debris and damage left behind by Hurricane Harvey, and it might come as a surprise. Besides mold-related respiratory illnesses, disease from exposure to floodwaters and even mosquito-borne sickness like West Nile and Zika viruses, Texas physicians warn of another, unexpected post-hurricane health concern: Mental and emotional health.

TMA Hits $1 Million Milestone to Aid Harvey-Damaged Medical Practices

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:53:27 GMT

The TMA Disaster Relief Program, set up to aid Texas physicians’ practices damaged by Hurricane Harvey, has reached the $1 million mark. A gift of $5,000 from the Michigan State Medical Society Foundation to the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) Disaster Relief Campaign, tipped the total raised to over $1 million, fulfilling the campaign goal.

Old Medications a Potential Health Threat

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:45:35 GMT

Expired or unused prescription medications are a common sight in the medicine cabinet of a typical American home, but public health experts say leftover medications are an increasing health risk. A December Texas Medicine magazine article says patients who hold on to old prescription drugs might not understand the risk they pose for poisoning and misuse, but getting rid of old medications poses challenges too.

Physicians to Congress: Don’t Let Sequestration Scrooge Medicare

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:47:35 GMT

Texas physicians are urging Congress to prevent the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act currently being reconciled in the U.S. House and Senate from slashing Medicare.

New Funds Will Keep TMA Walk With a Doc Walkers Active, Informed, Healthier

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:41:38 GMT

The Texas Medical Association Foundation received a $42,625 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) that the foundation will use to help fund the 2018 Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas program. The goal of the BCBSTX grant is to help raise awareness about prevention and early detection of chronic kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — diseases often prevented by an active and tobacco-free lifestyle. The Walk With a Doc Texas program supports this goal by helping physicians organize walks in their communities to encourage physical activity, reverse the consequences of a sedentary life, and improve the health and well-being of Texans.

Texas Physicians Inject Billions Into Lone Star State’s Economy

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:44:40 GMT

Physicians add opportunity, growth, and prosperity to the Texas economy by creating 670,172 jobs and generating $117.9 billion in state economic activity, according to a new report, The Economic Impact of Physicians in Texas, released today by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

New Death Registry Rollout May Improve Vital Statistics

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:52:37 GMT

The state of Texas is giving new life to system that records how people died, and Texas doctors are optimistic it will be easier to use and will lead to more accurate death records, which collect vital data used to monitor public health.

Maternal Health, Cyber Liability Highlight State Health Conference Saturday

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:55:38 GMT

Women dying after childbirth, criminals hacking into medical records, universal health care coverage, and doctors fighting misinformation are some of the important topics physicians and other experts will cover at 2018 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Winter Conference, in Austin.

Join Torres Center’s First Anniversary Walk With a Doc Texas Event This Week

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:47:51 GMT

Houston residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Ana Torres, MD, for her Houston clinic’s first anniversary Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.

Amarillo Physician Named Top TMA Foundation Champion of Health

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:36:13 GMT

The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) presented its top 2018 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award to Alan Keister, MD, founder of Heal the City Free Clinic (HTC), an urgent care facility in Amarillo. TMAF presented the award at 2018 TMA Winter Conference in Austin on Saturday. The award is TMAF’s highest honor, and it recognizes exceptional projects that address urgent public health threats and furthers TMAF’s mission to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans.

Austin’s Kind Clinic Wins TMA Foundation’s Champion of Health Secondary Award

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:44:39 GMT

The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) presented its 2018 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Secondary Award to the Kind Clinic of Austin. The clinic won for its Pill that Prevents HIV program, an HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program. The clinic provides patients with PrEP, a daily pill that can prevent HIV infection, at low or no cost. The Champion of Health Secondary Award recognizes exceptional projects like this one that address urgent public health threats and furthers TMAF’s mission to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans.

TMA Foundation Grants Funds to Help Improve Texans’ Health

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 18:35:51 GMT

Texans from the panhandle to the Rio Grande Valley will benefit from $11,420 in Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) grant funding for health-improvement projects. TMAF awarded the funds to four county medical societies, TMA medical student chapters, and county chapters of the TMA Alliance (TMA physician members and their spouses who volunteer for TMA outreach programs).

HPV Causes Cancer — A Vaccine Can Prevent It

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 16:08:18 GMT

More than 30,000 Americans develop one of several kinds of cancer each year caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) — some of which will kill them. Fortunately, physicians say a too-seldom-used vaccine can protect people from HPV-caused cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and oropharynx (head and neck).

Quicker Physician Exams of Foster Children Could Save Young Lives

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:07:50 GMT

Texas children suddenly thrust into the state’s foster care system will receive a necessary health check by a physician sooner, potentially addressing life-threatening issues. Senate Bill 11, one of four child welfare reform bills the Texas Legislature passed during the 2017 session, requires foster kids to see a physician within three business days of placement in foster care. Texas’ Child Protective Services (CPS) is expanding “community-based” foster care throughout the state as part of the change.

Top Physician Experts to Convene First-Ever Maternal Health Congress to Address Maternal Deaths Crisis

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:54:41 GMT

More than 70 top obstetrician-gynecologists, family physicians, and other physicians and health experts from across Texas will convene the state’s first-ever Texas Medical Association (TMA) Maternal Health Congress in Austin on Saturday. Their goal is to address the alarming rate of women dying after childbirth and seek solutions to the complex issue.

Measles: Once Gone, Its Threat Has Returned

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 21:29:44 GMT

Measles, a highly contagious disease previously eradicated in the United States, is back, causing outbreaks in Texas and beyond.