Family Corner: Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease on the Rise

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It’s that time of year when many viruses start making their presence known, and lately one virus has been more prevalent than usual. Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a highly contagious illness that is most commonly seen in young children, but can affect adults. In late 2016, HFMD outbreaks began appearing across the […] Read more »

How to Get Cedar Fever Symptoms Under Control

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Unfortunately for a big percentage of Central Texas residents, the 2016-17 cedar fever season got an early start as a result of rainy weather and mild temperatures earlier in the year. On December 29, strong winds caused cedar pollen counts to skyrocket to nearly 22,000 grains per cubic meter. This reading was the second-highest count […] Read more »

CDC Study Finds Antibiotics Still Being Overprescribed in U.S.

For years, the medical profession has understood the dangers of overprescribing and overusing antibiotics. These strong medicines are used to slow down or destroy the growth of harmful bacteria within the body. However, antibiotics are sometimes prescribed even when they provide no benefit. Antibiotics cannot treat an infection caused by a virus, such as colds […] Read more »

Morning May Be the Best Time to Get a Flu Shot, Study Suggests

A recent study concluded that the timing of flu shots may make a difference in their effectiveness. According to a news release from the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham in Great Britain, many senior patients had better responses to the flu vaccine in the morning than in the […] Read more »

Family Corner: Dealing with Diarrhea

Diarrhea is something that everyone experiences at one time or another, and children experience at twice the rate of adults. It occurs when the food and drink you ingest moves too quickly and/or in too large an amount through the colon. During the normal digestive process, the colon absorbs the liquid you ingest, resulting in […] Read more »

Pregnant Women: How to Keep Zika Virus at Bay

Because there is currently no vaccine to prevent or treat Zika virus, it is crucial to take precautions when traveling to countries that are affected by the disease. These precautions are especially important for pregnant women and their partners. Zika infection can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby, and has been […] Read more »

What Parents Should Know About Zika

There has been much discussion about Zika virus since it first appeared on the global public health scene in 2014. By now, we know that the mosquito-borne disease is very dangerous for pregnant women and their developing babies because it can cause pregnancy complications and severe birth defects. But what about infection after birth? How […] Read more »