Entries by Jmoultroup

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 […]

Antibiotic Misuse and YOU!

by Lindsay Rumold PharmD, BCPS, and Erica Wilson PharmD, BCPS As seen in Odessa American’s Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_c1e30958-bc0d-11e7-a9ab-7bd8c012ce5b.html Do the medications amoxicillin, azithromycin, cephalexin or ciprofloxacin ring any bells? These are among the most prescribed antibiotics in the United States. And, chances are, you or someone you know has received a prescription for one of […]

Mammography: Frequently Asked Questions

by Dr. Mason “Gage” Hicks, Radiologist As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters at: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_6a3aea48-b692-11e7-9190-137b296bd2ab.html Why do women need to have yearly screening mammograms? It reduces a woman’s risk of dying from breast cancer. Studies have shown that mammography screening cuts the risk of dying from breast cancer nearly in half. When should a […]

Hiatal Hernia – A Very Common Condition

by Dr. Ramalinga Kedika As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters: http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/medical_matters/article_8245b52a-b163-11e7-9720-079e5674f3e0.html Patients often come to me very worried after having been told they have a hiatal hernia. A hiatal hernia is very common and often not a cause for alarm. What is a hiatal hernia? A hiatal hernia simply means that a part of […]

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 […]