New Patient Appointment or 214-645-8300

MedBlog

All Stories

Cancer; Prevention

Which sunscreen is best – brand name or generic?

When shopping for sunscreen, many brands might catch your eye. But are brand name products more effective than generics? Rajiv Nijhawan, M.D., discusses what matters when choosing a sunscreen – and best practices for getting the most protection.

Your Pregnancy Matters

Why pregnant women need ‘pit crew’ Ob/Gyns, not ‘cowboys’

Checklists, cowboys, and pit crews – Shivani Patel, M.D., discusses how these three seemingly unrelated phrases can save patients’ lives in every area of medicine. Learn more.

Heart

TAVR is not the ‘beginning of the end’ for aortic stenosis open heart surgery

Two studies presented in March at #ACC19 are the talk of the cardiology community. Both address one question: Can low-risk patients with aortic stenosis benefit from TAVR? Dharam Kumbhani, M.D., says the data are intriguing, but the excitement is a bit premature. Learn more.

Your Pregnancy Matters

SADFACES: Diagnosing depression and anxiety during pregnancy

Fatigue and appetite changes are considered “normal” side effects of pregnancy – but these symptoms can also be signs of depression. In this week’s #YourPregnancyMatters blog, find out why we screen patients twice with the SADFACES survey and why physical and cognitive symptoms matter.

Cancer; Prevention

Rocket science: How the NASA Twins Study launched a novel radiation protection therapy

Patients will go to the ends of the earth to get the best cancer care, and we’re taking our research even further – into space. In partnership with NASA, UT Southwestern researcher Jerry Shay, Ph.D., is using data from the NASA Twins Study to develop a new drug to reduce cancer radiotherapy side effects.

Your Pregnancy Matters

Texas hospitals must prove pregnancy care expertise or lose Medicaid dollars

A new law is highlighting the importance of maternal health. By Sept. 1, 2020, Texas hospitals that provide pregnancy care are required to prove their expertise in high-risk pregnancy – or lose Medicaid reimbursement. Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, M.D., discusses what the new law means for patients.

Cancer; Dermatology

3 skin cancer treatments that might stop melanoma in its tracks

Melanoma rates are increasing in the U.S., even as incidences of other cancers are declining. However, treatment advances in the last decade have tripled survival rates for advanced melanoma.

Prevention

Teen vaping: Talking points for parents

Teen tobacco use has trended downward for years, but an alarming number of teens have turned to vaping instead. In this week’s blog, David Balis, M.D., discusses talking points for parents to help teens quit using e-cigarettes and kick their nicotine habits.

Heart; Nutrition

Considering keto? 3 health questions to think about

Is the keto diet safe? According to Anand Rohatgi, M.D., the answer is not as simple as ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Patients should consider these 3 health questions before giving up carbs to lose weight or prevent heart disease. Learn more in this week’s MedBlog.

Prevention; Your Pregnancy Matters

Allergic to penicillin? There’s a 90% chance that’s not true

More than 90 percent of patients who believe they are allergic to penicillin actually aren’t. This is a serious concern, particularly during pregnancy. In this week’s Your Pregnancy Matters blog, allergy expert David Khan, M.D., discusses penicillin allergy testing and antibiotic safety.