Like many people, you may have developed an annoying cough this winter. In most cases, the cause of a cough is nothing more than the common cold or flu. However, that lingering cough could also be a sign of pneumonia. Because pneumonia has many symptoms in common with less serious illnesses, it can be difficult to diagnose and treat early. Many people delay seeking medical attention because they think their illness will go away with home treatment. Read more »
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 ever recorded in Austin, topped only by a pollen count of 32,000 grains per cubic meter in the mid-1990s. Read more »
February is American Heart Month, an important awareness effort because millions of Americans do not know the devastating effect that heart disease continues to have on families and communities. Heart disease is the #1 killer of American women and men, and was responsible for about one in every four deaths in 2014. Read more »
Texas has reported its first case of locally transmitted Zika virus, making it the second state in which the disease is believed to have been spread from person to person by mosquitoes. The Texas Department of State Health Services made the report in late November.
Local transmission of the Zika virus was identified in Florida in July 2016. Miami-Dade County quickly became a hotspot for the virus, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later advised all pregnant women to avoid travel to the area to avoid infection. Read more »
With spring sports seasons just around the corner, you may have a child that needs a school sports physical. Although many schools offer sports physicals at the beginning of the school year in hopes of covering many sports and getting paperwork requirements out of the way, this approach may not be optimal for all athletes. Read more »
Cedar trees are a notoriously nasty allergen for residents of Central Texas, and experts are predicting the 2016-17 cedar fever season could be the worst on record when all is said and done. Dr. Robert Cook, an allergist who has practiced in Austin for more than 30 years, anticipates the current season may be “the worst we’ve ever seen.” Read more »
Cold weather and shorter days are a reminder that cold and flu season is once again upon us. However, if you work in an office or are a student, the coughing and sneezing going on around you may be all the reminding you need! Even in environments where you come in close contact with others, there are many steps you can take to stay healthy and stop the spread of illness when someone does get sick. Read more »
Statistics show that more than 30% of New Year’s resolutions – including those that have to do with weight loss – are broken by February. If you want to get your weight under control, it’s vital to set realistic goals. If you fail to meet an unrealistic goal, you are more likely to quit trying instead of giving your resolution another shot! The experts at your neighborhood RediClinic health clinic remind you to avoid the following resolutions that are sure to set you up for failure. Read more »
Since the first enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchanges in the fall of 2013, millions of Americans have signed up for the government-sponsored healthcare plan. The recent news that unsubsidized healthcare premiums for the ACA are expected to rise nationally by an average of 25% – and more than 50% in some states – came as a shock to many. Significant increases are also expected in ACA plan deductibles.
In the private sector, health insurance premiums are expected to rise about 5% for those with employer-sponsored health plans. Read more »