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June 24th, 2019

Putting together a first-rate first aid kit

What’s the old saying? Expect the unexpected. It’s a great reminder to be prepared for accidents and injuries that can happen at home. In fact, more accidents actually happen at home than anywhere else. That’s why Denise Bruckerhoff, D.O., a board-certified internal medicine physician with USMD Midlothian, says it’s important to put together a first […]

June 19th, 2019

Don’t Let Age-Related Bladder Problems Get You Down

By Dr. Joshua Beck With age, it is common for bladder tissue to become less stretchy and to weaken. This decreases the amount of holding capacity of urine in the bladder, which increases trips to the restroom. It may also cause urine leakage challenges, such as urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence can occur in men and […]

May 20th, 2019

Trim the Fat, Become a Smart Snacker

By Mohit Joshipura, M.D. Americans are snackers. We consume more snacks than any other country in the world—nearly $30 billion worth of chips, pretzels, nuts, crackers and popcorn every year. And that doesn’t even include cookies and candy! We’re bombarded with ads for crunchy this and gooey that. Colorful displays in grocery stores, zip-in-and-zip-out convenience […]

May 20th, 2019

It’s never too late to help your heart

By Alyssa H. Tran, DO As an older adult, you might think you’re too old to improve your heart health. I have an 88-year-old patient who would prove you wrong. She has Type 2 diabetes and a history of heart disease, but that hasn’t stopped her from making changes that have helped her reach her […]

May 20th, 2019

Move in May

by Haley Newton, DO It’s May—National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Each year, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition encourages Americans to be more active. “This month is a fantastic time to put your focus on exercise and moving your body,” says Haley Newton, D.O., a family medicine physician with USMD Las Colinas […]

May 14th, 2019

A Game of Caregivers

By Carol Zernial, WellMed Charitable Foundation Executive Director Caregiving can actually be very similar to trying to conquer the seven kingdoms or the known world. Just like the HBO series, A Game of Thrones, caregiving has its own magical qualities, mythical beasts, loyal banner men and women, and schemers who may be working against us. […]

May 3rd, 2019

Prescription Medication and Vitamins Don’t Always Mix

by Hedieh Davanloo, MD Not all old habits are good habits—especially as we age. If you’ve been taking a prescription medication for a long time or a combination of vitamins for a long time “just because you always have,” it’s time to get guidance from your primary-care doctor. And this means a thorough review of […]

April 26th, 2019

Mom was right: Eating more veggies can be key to good health

  By Michele Raglin, M.D.   What would you say if I told you there was a way to boost your mood, cut your risk of heart disease and cancer, and reduce how much medicine you may be taking every day?   Studies have shown that changing your diet from one based on processed foods […]

April 16th, 2019

Completing Advance Directive Documents Can Bring Peace of Mind

By Dr. Thet Aung Imagine that a life-threatening accident or illness has left you unable to tell your family or physicians what medical treatment you want, or don’t want. Would you want to be kept alive no matter what, even if it meant being dependent on a machine to breathe or receiving food through a […]

April 2nd, 2019

The Best of Intentions

By Carol Zernial, WellMed Charitable Foundation Executive Director She was his high school sweetheart, so when he got cancer after 47 years of marriage, she knew that she would take care of him no matter what. They would get the best doctors and fight it together. She had the best of intentions. He was the […]