Entries by Jmoultroup

H. pylori – Who should be tested?

by Ramalinga Kedika   As seen in the Odessa American’s Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_846c9ea8-03c1-11e8-844a-176e0df84d1a.html   Did you know there is a stomach infection present in approximately half of the world’s population? That infection is a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori for short. Signs and symptoms of H. pylori Most people with H. pylori will never […]

RSV and the Nose Goblins

By Dr. Bonnie Carter, Board Certified in Family Medicine   As seen in OA Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_24b41b36-f344-11e7-9bdf-5304c112ea19.html   RSV … three simple letters that strike fear into the hearts of parents everywhere. Probably everyone knows someone whose child has been hospitalized due to the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). We’ve all heard the horror stories and, […]

Soup and Salad for Cold and Flu?

by Deborah McPherson MS,RD, LD, CDE and Mia Gibson RDN, LD, CDE As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_7651392c-e298-11e7-9893-2b7b151c4e84.html We may have all heard that chicken soup is good for what ails you, but can it actually cure a cold? The answer is, of course, no. However, it has been proven to help relieve […]

Urinary Incontinence

by Dr. Avelino Garcia As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_5e237dea-dd36-11e7-b864-efb69ed2f589.html Though many are embarrassed to discuss it, urinary incontinence is very common among women. Urinary incontinence is leakage of urine. It can range from leaking just a few drops of urine to complete bladder emptying. Other accompanying symptoms include having the strong […]

Winter Weather Safety

by Amanda Everett, MCHS Emergency Management Coordinator Vehicle Preparedness and Safety: Plan your travel and check the latest forecasts. If you encounter snow, sleet or freezing rain, drive extremely cautiously. Even four-wheel drive vehicles will have difficulty on icy roads. Dressing for the Weather: Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Outer garments should be […]

Handwashing – The “do-it-yourself” vaccine that reduces the spread of germs.

By Veronica Montano, MSN, RN – Bridge Nurse Residency Coordinator, CNE Planner National Handwashing Awareness Week is Dec. 3 through Dec. 9. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine that reduces the spread of germs. You can reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illnesses by […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like … Asthma.

By Dr. Kevin Benson As seen in the Odessa American “Medical Matters”: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_c2285462-a09d-11e7-b46c-cfb9e97cafd1.html   Many of us have enjoyed a wheeze-free summer …and let’s face it, summer in West Texas lasts until at least October. Inevitably, with the change of seasons, along with fall-colored outfits and pumpkin spice flavored everything, we see the shiny yellow, […]

Special Requests during Holiday Meals

by Mia Gibson RDN, LD, CDE Dietitian at Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab, Center for Health and Wellness The holidays are a time to gather for meals with our families and friends. If you are the host or attendee, there are things to consider so the meals will go smoothly to accommodate special requests. For some, […]

So, I have to have a breast biopsy. Now what?

by Dr. Gage Hicks   As seen in Odessa American Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_a5d8b580-d21c-11e7-8f31-9faf6bd0e5e2.html Maybe an abnormality was detected on your screening mammogram or you were feeling a lump, imaging of your breast most likely showed an abnormality that needs further evaluation with biopsy. This means that additional evaluation of the abnormality is needed in order […]

You CAN Quit Being Trapped by Tobacco Use!

by Timothy Marquez, BA, RRT – Former MCHS Pulmonary Patient Educator/Cardiopulmonary Cold Hard Facts from Texas health and Human Services and Center for Disease Control: According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, the average age a person first starts using tobacco is 12 to 13 years old. Almost nine out of 10 […]