Some Like It Hot

by Dr. Bonnie Carter As seen in the Odessa American Medical Matters:   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: 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: 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: 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 […]