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Is the flu vaccine safe for pregnant women? Absolutely.

Influenza (flu) is one of the common viral illnesses, but it can lead to potentially serious illness during pregnancy.

Due to changes in the immune, respiratory and circulatory systems during pregnancy, pregnant women and post-partum (up to two weeks after delivery) women are at high risk of serious flu complications and are more likely to be hospitalized than women who are not pregnant.

The flu may be harmful for a pregnant woman's developing baby. Fever, a common symptom of the flu, can increase the risk of... Read More »

The term pulmonary fibrosis generally relates to diffuse scarring in the lungs, as opposed to local scarring that can occur following a pulmonary infection or trauma. There are many different causes of diffuse pulmonary fibrosis, among which idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most common. While IPF is often classified as an uncommon lung disease, the recognition of this form of pulmonary fibrosis seems to be increasing. Early IPF may be asymptomatic. More advanced disease is characterized by progressive pulmonary scarring and the development of shortness... Read More »

Health Screenings and Tests for Every Age and Why You Should Schedule One Today

Sometimes making checkup appointments and getting blood drawn doesn’t feel all that important. Health screenings get pushed to the next year or worse, are forgotten entirely. However, getting screenings is one the most essential things both men and women can do for their health because even being active every day and eating a balanced diet aren’t enough to ensure that you are healthy.

Check the lists below to see which screenings at what time you should discuss with your UT Health East Texas physician so you can be proactive about your health.

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Healthy aging is not the simple absence of disease in the age group above 65. It is a set of habits and behaviors to be implemented at the age of 40 and beyond if we want to keep an active, independent lifestyle in the geriatric population. Adequate physical activity, heathy nutrition, use of preventive services, judicious use of medications and awareness of mental health problems are areas that merit special attention.

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Childhood obesity continues to rise around the world, and the World Health Organization has called it one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. We know it’s on the rise and we know it’s a health risk, but what can we do as parents and as a community to stop it?

In the U.S. almost one in three children and adolescents are considered overweight or obese. One in five children qualify by definition as obese. These... Read More »

As a primary care physician, one of the best tools that I can offer my patients is immunization, as it helps to prevent disease before it happens by providing the immune system with a “home-court advantage,” or as I like to tell my patients, “the answers to the test before it has to take it.” August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so it is fitting to focus on vaccines, in this case the HPV vaccine.

What is HPV, how is it spread and why should I vaccinate myself and/or my children to protect them from it?

HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus. Humans are the... Read More »

As the summer vacation ends and the new school year approaches, parents prepare their children to do their best in school - proper nutrition, regular physical activity and optimal healthy sleep. Sleep profoundly affects school performance. Sleep has very important effects on growth, healing, immune function, cardiopulmonary function and metabolic activities. Sleep in humans is a biologic function as important as breathing. All mammals and birds sleep and sleep deprivation has serious consequences. Research has shown that rats die in... Read More »

Expectant mothers have a lot to be aware of when it comes to the health of their babies. The Group B streptococcus infection is one of the most common prenatal infections that can impact your baby. According to the American Pregnancy Association, Group B streptococcus affects about one in every 2,000 babies in the United States.

Dr. Adam Newman, obstetrician/gynecologist at UT Health East Texas, explains that Group B streptococcus is a normal bacteria that lives in the GI tract (gut) of about one in... Read More »

If you are reading this, chances are you are fully immunized. That means when you were a child, your parents took you to the doctor for your checkups and you got all of your shots. Since then, your immune system has protected you from a host of infectious diseases that used to kill a lot people. But you’ve probably never thought of it like that, so let’s take a look at how immunizations save lives every day.

If you are like me, you pushed a shopping cart around your favorite grocery store one day this week. The 11-month-old baby who was sitting in the that cart earlier was fussy... Read More »

When I think about some of the more controversial public health issues that we see in the U.S., vaccinations are usually at the top of the list. People argue back and forth with pro and anti-vaccination stances but oftentimes are unfamiliar or unclear about the actual data regarding vaccines. I am not using this space to take a pro- or anti-vaccine status, but to take a moment to explain what vaccines are, why we use them, what they can do and who should avoid them.

What are vaccines?

Vaccines are biological preparations that can help your body provide immunity... Read More »