How PTSD Changed the Way I Care For Pregnant Women

Appointments with my doctor make me nervous. That’s highly ironic because I’m a doctor, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who regularly deals with high-risk pregnancies. But ever since developing preeclampsia during my first pregnancy eight years ago, the thought of having my blood pressure taken triggers flashbacks and anxiety. The silver lining is that my experience has changed the way that I care for patients. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 32 weeks after my blood pressure rose and I experienced headaches and blurred vision. The condition, which affects upwards of 10 percent of pregnant women, can lead to seizures or… Full Story

How to Embrace the Transition to Menopause and Not Lose Your Mind

Tiffany Jackson is a physician with Baylor Scott & White Gynecology Specialists. Don’t ask her to deliver your baby—her practice is exclusively in gynecology. As a woman in the throes of the “change of life,” I asked the expert to share her insights and survival tips.  I tell people that the day you think you’ve lost your mind is the day you know you’ve started menopause. Is there a way to actually test for it? With regard to losing your mind, you’re probably referring to some of the mood changes that might occur with the transition. As the ovaries are… Full Story

Headington Companies and Aging Mind Foundation Team Up Against Alzheimer’s

With a huge boost from Headington Companies, the Aging Mind Foundation has raised over $2.5 million in the last five years for Alzheimer’s research. While the physical and emotional costs are invaluable, the financial burden of the disease is also growing. This year, 16 million Americans will provide 18.5 billion hours of unpaid care for those with Alzheimers and other dementias, valued at $234 billion. Over the next 40 years, the overall financial impact of the disease is expected to top $20 trillion. Six million Americans currently battling Alzheimer’s disease, almost two-thirds of whom are women. While deaths from heart… Full Story

Obesity Alone isn’t a Problem – Your Fat’s Mood is What Matters

In 1995, Dr. Philipp Scherer discovered adiponectin, a hormone that circulates in the blood after being produced by fat cells. The UT Southwestern professor had essentially won the third leg of the Triple Crown of diabetes research. More than two decades later, he was awarded the 2017 EASD-Novo Nordisk Foundation Diabetes Prize for Excellence (which came with a cash award of close to $1 million) for his research explaining the relationship between body fat and Type 2 diabetes. We talked with him about what his research has taught him about the surprising nature of fat. What does what you’ve learned… Full Story

Why Providers Need to be Familiar with Lyme Disease

When I first felt the sharp stab of pain between my shoulder blades in the fall of 2017, I wasn’t worried. Why should I be? I was a healthy, active, 26-year-old woman who’d never broken a bone, never been hospitalized, and hardly ever taken any medication. Surely this unexpected pain was nothing more than a mild strain that would resolve itself within a day or so. I slapped a heating pad on my back, took an Advil, and went about my day. I should have been worried. The pain in my back did not disappear. A few weeks later, a… Full Story

Free Lodging for Cancer Patients with Help from Jerry Jones Family, American Cancer Society, Baylor, and More

Cancer patients and their caregivers who come to North Texas for treatment will now have a place to stay while being treated at any of the area’s medical centers. The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Hope Lodge will be built on property donated by Baylor Scott and White Health near its Baylor University Medical Center campus. The lodge will help serve the thousands of cancer patients who travel to the region for cancer treatment they can’t get in their home town, often spending weeks or months away from home. In addition to the inconveniences of being stuck in a hotel… Full Story

Local Psychiatrist Partners with Dallas Businesses to Help Others Find Purpose

A local psychiatrist is hoping to motivate others to find their purpose and is teaming up with local businesses to make it happen. Dr. David Henderson is a local psychiatrist at Four Stones Collaborative Group, and has created 30 videos to be released in May regarding various mental health topics. Called Psyched30, the videos are meant to be watched in order over the course of a month, and part of the program is to respond to five to seven prompt questions in the journal and reflect about what they want in life, and then make plans to achieve those goals.… Full Story

Battling the Sickest ZIP Code in Dallas

A study performed by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council found that 75216 in southern Dallas is the unhealthiest ZIP code in the city. In an effort to address social factors that determine a majority of health outcomes in any community, the council looked a number of chronic diseases such as asthma, obesity, heart disease and depression, and found that area has the highest rate of nearly every disease that was measured. The analysis was done in order to help organizations such as the American Heart Association target certain areas with their health outreach, which was discussed during Dallas Startup Week… Full Story

Olympic Hopeful Sues Cooper Concepts over Multivitamin with Banned Substance

Former University of Texas All-American swimmer Madisyn Cox is suing a company connected to Cooper Clinic after a banned substance was found in her system, resulting in her suspension by the Olympic affiliate for water sports, Dallas Morning News reports. Cox says the multi-vitamin contained trimetazidine, a banned substance that is not approved for sale in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration, DMN reports. A lab accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency found the substance in the vitamin she was taking. Though she was cleared to swim in 2018, Cox says the damage was done in the two year… Full Story

Expert Opinion: Four Steps to Reduce Workplace Stress

As a manager or leader, the well-being of your staff should be of utmost importance. Workplace stress is detrimental to the overall health and productivity of employees. In recognition of April being National Stress Awareness Month, the following strategies help foster a reduced-stress environment with engaged employees. Understand the Negative Effects of Stress A 2012 study that monitored about 22,000 women over the course of 10 years showed that work-related stress significantly increased the risk of cardiovascular disease. The long hours associated with high-stress jobs present further health problems, which was shown in another study: “Employees who work long hours… Full Story