MinuteClinic, the in-store retail health clinic inside CVS pharmacies, is expanding its North Texas presence with newly opened clinics in Plano and Frisco. The company plans to add 100 new clinics a year, with the goal of having 1,000 locations by 2016. It now has 23 Dallas-Fort Worth outlets and plans to add another in Arlington this fall. Executives declined to disclose how many it ultimately plans to have locally. MinuteClinic considers DFW one of its prime markets. It entered San Antonio earlier this year. MinuteClinics are staffed by nurse practitioners who treat common family illnesses and administer wellness and… Full Story
An important health measure is premature death, or years of potential life lost. The standard age for this measure in the developed world is 75 years, meaning most people would live to be that age if not for extenuating circumstances. There is considerable debate about the causes of premature death. Some blame shortcomings in the U.S. health-care system. Others point to destructive health behaviors. Still others cite the effects of poverty. Nearly one-quarter of American women and one-third of American men die before age 75 of causes that potentially could have been prevented by timely and effective health care, according… Full Story
Village Health Partners has opened a second location in Plano. The new site, at 5501 Independence Pkwy., will serve patients in Plano and throughout Collin County. The new facility will be staffed by physicians Gregory Lensing, Todd Wein, Keith Eppich, and Rima Khoury, along with physician assistants and other staff.
Three North Texas contenders—AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative, and West Dallas Community Centers Inc.—are in the running to win $30,000 as part of an Aetna program that rewards groups for closing racial and ethnic gaps in helping people live healthier lives.
A local infectious disease doctor must pay a former patient $5.2 million for negligence. The patient in the case, David Fitzgerald, filed a complaint in 2005 after an ulcer treatment went tragically awry.
To combat the rising number of West Nile infections, aerial spraying continues. Tarrant County will be sprayed tonight and tomorrow night.
The federal government tracks an index called health-related quality of life (HRQOL-4), also known as the Healthy Days Measures. The index is designed to be a measurable summary of a subjective self-evaluation of health, which can be a complex and difficult concept to define. One of the questions is: The questions is: “Would you say that in general your health is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?” Health-related quality of life captures a general sense of well-being comfort with life, and reflects the confidence in being to perform physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. It has been suggested that the… Full Story
The Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano is the first in the world to merge multi-electrode mapping (MEM) software with the Epoch platform, for atrial fibrillation therapy. Merging these two technologies means higher levels of efficiencies than before in mapping and correcting the patient’s cardiac arrhythmias. J. Brian DeVille, MD, FACC, FHRS, medical director of Electrophysiology and an electrophysiologist on the medical staff of The Heart Hospital, said this first-in-the-world procedure is an important step to further advancing patient care in the arena of cardiac electrophysiology. “The integration of these two technologies confirms The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano’s commitment to excellence… Full Story
Ten years ago, the percentage of people considered clinically obese was under 20 percent in 28 states. That is the case now in only one state: Colorado. Moreover, in nine states, more than 30 percent of the residents are now obese. The Centers for Disease Control, which now reports the nation’s obesity rate at 28 percent, indicated that it’s probably much higher, because people often underestimate or understate their weight in surveys. A previous CDC study based on actual measurements of height and weight found that almost 34 percent of Americans were obese. Obesity is based on a body-mass index… Full Story
Excessive drinking measures reflect the percent of adults who report either binge drinking, defined as consuming more than four (women) or five (men) alcoholic beverages on a single occasion in the past 30 days, or heavy drinking, defined as drinking more than one (women) or two (men) drinks per day on average. Unlike moderate drinking, binge drinking is unequivocally bad. It is a leading preventable cause of death, killing about 79,000 Americans annually and shortening lives by an average of about 30 years. Binge drinkers consume an average of eight drinks at a time. They tend to be men younger… Full Story
The reduction in cigarette smoking is arguably the most successful achievement in U.S. public health in the last 50 years. However, smoking remains the most common cause of preventable death. The adult smoking rate has declined by half, to about 19 percent, since the early 1960s. If the trend continues, the smoking rate will be less than 17 percent by 2020 and stabilize at about 13.5 percent by 2050, according to an Institute of Medicine computer simulation. Nevertheless, the rate essentially has hovered around 20 percent since 2004. Adult smoking rates in Collin and Denton counties are significantly below the… Full Story
Extend Health Inc., which operates the country’s largest private Medicare exchange, has opened a second service center in Richardson. It plans to hire another 200 employees, bringing its total local jobs base to more than 500. “Richardson is a great place to find highly skilled employees,” said Bryce Williams, managing director of Extend Health for Towers Watson, in a statement. “Having a second service center here will allow us to serve our customers well and grow with them. We have a long-standing, deep commitment to the Richardson community, and we look forward to expanding our employee base in the greater… Full Story