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Vital Signs
7:41 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Glaucoma: A Silent Attack On The Eyes

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The World Health Organization lists glaucoma as the second leading cause of blindness in the world. It’s estimated more than two million Americans have the disease, but only half know it. No one’s certain exactly what causes the damage to the optic nerve that results in glaucoma, but in this edition of KERA's consumer health series, Vital Signs, Dr. Roger Velasquez, an opthalmologist with Parkland Hospital System in Dallas says there are certain risk factors to watch out for.

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Health/Science
9:38 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Poetry As A Tool In Dementia Care

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There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. But there are people trying to make a difference for the millions of Americans who have the disease. Molly Meyer helps people living with Alzheimer’s rediscover lost memories, and create new ones through poetry.

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Vital Signs
6:45 am
Mon January 19, 2015

RSV: A Respiratory Virus That Can Send Infants And Kids To The Hospital

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Amid high flu activity in North Texas, health officials also are tracking respiratory syncytial (sinSISHuhl) virus. In this edition of KERA's consumer health series Vital Signs, Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, explains why he calls RSV “probably the most important respiratory virus that most people have never heard of.”

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Vital Signs
6:45 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Why The Flu Vaccine's Still Your Best Shot Against Getting Sick

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Flu activity remains high in North Texas.  Dallas County has reported five flu-related deaths this season. There have been two in Tarrant County.

With Texas and 45 other states reporting widespread flu activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared a flu epidemic. Part of the blame goes to the current flu vaccine. It's less effective against Influenza A or H3N2 - the more severe strain causing the majority of cases.

However, Dr. Glenn Hardesty says get the shot, if you haven’t already. The emergency room physician at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital talked about the vaccine and the flu season in this edition of KERA’s consumer health series, Vital Signs. 

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Vital Signs
6:45 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Don't Take Your Feet For Granted: How To Take Better Care Of Them

Athletic Shoes: Good for support, running or walking
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Dr. Daralie Wilkerson, a podiatrist at Parkland Hospital says we don't stop to think about the long hours we spend on our feet during our normal daily routine - not to mention all those activities over the holidays like shopping, parties and extra cooking. Skin problems from winter weather don't help either.

Dr. Willkerson shares some tip to better care for your feet in this edition of Vital Signs. She begins with the crucial step of choosing the right shoe.

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Health/Science
6:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Ebola-Fighting Robots And Fishing-Line Muscles: Top Breakthroughs Stories Of 2014

UT Dallas researchers showed how ordinary sewing thread can have superhuman power.
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This year in Breakthroughs, we’ve reported on everything from Ebola-fighting robots and high-tech fall prevention to an academic rehab program for concussions. Here's a best of 2014 stocking stuffer for the New Year.

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Vital Signs
2:49 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Shingles: A Painful Reminder Of Chickenpox

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No one’s sure why. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found annual rates of shingles have been on the rise in the U-S. It’s a highly uncomfortable disease that strikes adults who’ve already had chickenpox.

Dr. Brian Jones, a family health physician with Methodist Family Health Center in Cedar Hill, talked about shingles in this edition of Vital Signs.

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Health/Science
11:10 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Texas Listeria Patient May Have Bought Caramel Apple In Dallas County

One of the Texas patients sickened in a multistate listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples may have bought a caramel apple in Dallas County, health officials say.
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One of the Texas patients sickened in a multistate listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples may have bought a caramel apple in Dallas County, health officials say.

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Vital Signs
6:45 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Middle-Aged Women and Depression: More Than Just A Mid-Life Crisis

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A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found women ages 40 to 59 have the highest rate of depression of any group based on age or gender.

Dr. Quazi Imam is medical director of the Texas Health Behavioral Health Center at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. He talked about some of factors behind the findings in this edition of Vital Signs.

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Health
2:44 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Food Poisoning Outbreak May Be Linked To Prepackaged Caramel Apples

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Texas health officials say one person has died and three became sick in a food poisoning outbreak linked to prepackaged caramel apples.

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