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Pumpkin – More than just decoration!

by Christina Salina, MS, TTU Dietetic Intern   Few people think of pumpkins besides Halloween decorations and carvings or the traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. However, it might be time to rethink this nutritious and delicious orange plant. Pumpkin is considered a fruit that is rich in nutrients and has a wide range of fantastic health […]

Blueberries and Bone Health

Adding blueberries to breakfast cereal or snacks may help your children ward off osteoporosis later in life. That’s the hypothesis of U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers who fed young, growing rodents a diet with 10 percent freeze dried blueberry powder. The berry eating animals ended up with significantly more bone mass than a comparable group […]

Chores can help your brain stay young!

Even if you don’t engage in vigorous exercise as you grow older, don’t discount the benefit of everyday activities for physical and cognitive health. Making the bed, taking out the garbage and sweeping the floor all add up, say University of Florida researchers. And the more energy you expend on those daily chores other, the […]

Tachycardia: Don’t let the beat go on!

by Dr. Fernando Boccalandro   As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_75ef015c-95af-11e7-9558-1f74d39495d1.html Frequently patients complain of a rapid heartbeat. The medical term for a rapid heartbeat is tachycardia, which is a heart rate above 100 beats per minute. The term tachycardia comes from the Greek words Takhus meaning swift, and Kardia meaning heart. When the heart beats too fast, […]

Sports Physicals – One of the most important visits to your doctor

by Dr. Bonnie Carter   As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_2c3a7a7e-9063-11e7-919c-133b45db6b47.html   It’s that time of year again …time for sweaty teenage boys and girls to flock to clinics and gyms for sports physicals. While parents and kids just want to get in and out as quick as possible, there’s a method […]

Some Like It Hot

by Dr. Bonnie Carter As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_e4a67b46-8ab7-11e7-a364-833e575d9cdb.html   Well, it’s that time of year again … time for two-a-days, marching practice and heat illness. Heat illness is a very real threat, even in cooler climates than the Permian Basin. There are several risk factors for heat illness which I […]

When Your Pump Fails

by Dr. Fernando Boccalandro   As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters:  http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_81202e92-8516-11e7-8a91-57b71afd1822.html Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure (CHF) is a very common problem. It occurs when the heart muscle cannot pump blood to provide the rest of the organs with adequate blood supply. This happens when the heart is too […]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

by Dr. Gerald L. Farber – Fellowship Trained in Hand Surgery   As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_3644725e-7f88-11e7-ba6e-8b4a3a67dda7.html Many patients who are experiencing hand or wrist pain are given a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome and then referred to a physician who specializes in treating orthopedic conditions affecting the upper extremities. True […]

Insulated Society – Benefits of Vaccines Still Outweigh the Risks

by Dr. Kevin Benson As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_ad299438-7a0d-11e7-85c3-4333ffb68e2f.html Heard from a caller to a local radio call in show “vaccinations ruin kids immunity and there hasn’t been anyone who died from mumps in a really long time.” Our insulated, vaccinated society. Recently there has been a mumps “outbreak” in Texas. […]

Concussion – Serious Injury and Serious Talk: “Tips for Observation at Home”

by Tim “Trapper” OConnell MS  LAT MCHS Divisional Director/Pro Care Orthopedics/CHW Family Med/Occupational Med First and most important, my thoughts and prayers to all family members associated with a loss or affliction as a result of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). We have looked at signs and symptoms observed immediately following a suspected concussion. If injured […]