Sam Baker http://keranews.org en Three Things You Should Know About Taking Statins That Lower Cholesterol http://keranews.org/post/three-things-you-should-know-about-taking-statins-lower-cholesterol <p>New guidelines were released earlier this month on who should take statin drugs to reduce cholesterol. It turns out that those cholesterol numbers we’re so obsessed with may be less important than risk factors.</p><p>Amid controversy over the recommendations,&nbsp;we take a look at what statins are and how they work. In <em>Vital Signs</em>, KERA’s Sam Baker spoke with <a href="http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org/physicians/Dr-Roberto-Wayhs-MD">Dr. Roberto Wayhs,</a> a cardiologist&nbsp;with<a href="http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org/charlton"> </a><a href="http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org/">Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas.</a></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:05:58 +0000 Sam Baker 41863 at http://keranews.org Three Things You Should Know About Taking Statins That Lower Cholesterol Three Things You Should Know About Type 2 Diabetes http://keranews.org/post/three-things-you-should-know-about-type-2-diabetes <p>Actor Tom Hanks recently revealed he has the most common form of diabetes – type 2.</p><p>Those with type 2 diabetes don’t properly use insulin, which is needed to absorb sugar and starches in the blood.</p><p>Hanks has attributed the disease to both lifestyle choices and genetics. In the latest installment of KERA’s Vital Signs, Dr. Saleemah Fahmi, an endocrinologist at Methodist Charlton Medical Center, explains how those factors impact the disease.</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:01:40 +0000 Eric Aasen & Sam Baker 40068 at http://keranews.org Three Things You Should Know About Type 2 Diabetes Vital Signs: When The Brain's A Bit Out Of Place http://keranews.org/post/vital-signs-when-brains-bit-out-place <p>A malformation of the head and brain occurring at birth can lead to a number of physical problems - or maybe even none at all. In this installment of KERA&#39;s Vital Signs, Dr. Sabatino Bianco, a neurosurgeon with Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, talks about the two most common forms of Chiari.</p><p><a href="http://breakthroughs.kera.org/vital-signs-what-you-should-know-about-chiari-malformations/">Learn more about Chiari malformations.</a></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:11:39 +0000 Sam Baker & Eric Aasen 39706 at http://keranews.org Vital Signs: When The Brain's A Bit Out Of Place New High-Dose Flu Shots For Seniors: Three Things You Need To Know http://keranews.org/post/new-high-dose-flu-shots-seniors-three-things-you-need-know <div>Senior citizens will have some extra protection this flu season: A new &ldquo;high dose&rdquo; version of the flu vaccine intended the boost the immune system of people 65 and older. <a href="http://breakthroughs.kera.org/vital-signs-new-flu-shot-for-seniors/#more-4117">In this installment of KERA&rsquo;s Vital Signs,</a> Dr. Adam McDaniel, an internist with Centennial Medical Center, explains how the new vaccine works.</div><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:58:08 +0000 Sam Baker 39354 at http://keranews.org Chronic Illness And Mental Health http://keranews.org/post/chronic-illness-and-mental-health <p>Research shows high rates of depression among patients with chronic illnesses. It’s best to treat them both at the same time, but that can present problems for hospitals. Dr. Radha Kambhampati is Medical Director of&nbsp;Behavioral Health for Baylor Health Care&nbsp;System. It&nbsp;opened facilities in Garland and Irving in 2013 to address this issue. He talks about it in this edition of Vital Signs.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Sam Baker 36203 at http://keranews.org Chronic Illness And Mental Health Dementia: Why You Should Have Read Good Books Lately http://keranews.org/post/dementia-why-you-should-have-read-good-books-lately <P>There’s no cure for dementia. But a study recently published in the journal <EM>Neurology </EM>found evidence to suggest reading, writing and playing games throughout your life can slow the disease's progress. Dr. Kevin Conner, a neurologist and the director of the Stroke Center at&nbsp;Texas Health Arlington Memorial&nbsp;hospital, explains why in this edition of Vital Signs.&nbsp;</P> <P> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Sam Baker 35780 at http://keranews.org Dementia: Why You Should Have Read Good Books Lately Healthy Food Can Be Harmful If You're Not Careful http://keranews.org/post/healthy-food-can-be-harmful-if-youre-not-careful <p>Health officials are trying to&nbsp;find the&nbsp;source&nbsp;of an outbreak in North Texas of cyclosporiasis. Nearly 50 cases have been reported statewide - most of them in Dallas, Denton, Collin and Tarrant counties. &nbsp;Cyclosporiasis&nbsp;is a foodborne illness that can cause severe diarrhea and other symptoms. Tarrant County Medical Director Dr. Sandra Parker talked about the disease with KERA’s Sam Baker in this edition of Vital Signs.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Sam Baker 35508 at http://keranews.org Healthy Food Can Be Harmful If You're Not Careful Hope For Hot Flashes: New Treatment Is Hormone-Free http://keranews.org/post/hope-hot-flashes-new-treatment-hormone-free <P>The Food and Drug Administration’s approved a new treatment for the most frequent symptom of menopause: hot flashes. Brisdelle is significant because it doesn’t contain hormones – something many menopausal women have avoided as treatment since a 2002 study linked hormonal replacement therapy to breast cancer. Dr. Jill Waggoner, a family medicine specialist&nbsp;with Methodist Charlton Medical Center, talks about this with KERA’s Sam Baker in this week’s Vital Signs.</P> <P> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Sam Baker 35120 at http://keranews.org Hope For Hot Flashes: New Treatment Is Hormone-Free One More Reason To Watch Your Mouth http://keranews.org/post/one-more-reason-watch-your-mouth <P>A dental exam will certainly spot cavities, gum disease and other signs of poor oral health, but research is showing the mouth can also show early signs of health problems elsewhere in the body. Dr. Charles Wakefield is a professor and director of the advanced education in general dentistry residency program at Texas A&amp;M University Baylor College of Dentistry. He shares some examples in this edition of Vital Signs.</P> <P> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:45:27 +0000 Sam Baker 34653 at http://keranews.org One More Reason To Watch Your Mouth Celebrating The 4th Of July Independent Of Junk Food http://keranews.org/post/celebrating-4th-july-independent-junk-food <P>Like many American holidays,&nbsp;a Fourth&nbsp;of July celebration for many is tied to food – and usually not the nutritious kind. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this week’s Vital Signs, Lona Sandon of UT Southwestern Medical Center shares suggestions for healthier eating with KERA’s Sam Baker, beginning with burgers and hot dogs.</P> <P> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:43:53 +0000 Sam Baker 34372 at http://keranews.org Celebrating The 4th Of July Independent Of Junk Food