Author Archives: Carolina Boyd

Cervical Health Awareness Month and the Importance of Regular Screenings

By Dr. Wendi Monthy, Legacy Medical Director of OB/GYN Every year almost 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer. January has been designated Cervical Health Awareness Month by Congress to raise awareness about the role regular screenings play in cervical health. Cervical cancer used to be one of the most common …

How Legacy can help you prepare for Becoming a Mom

By Carolina Boyd Pregnancy can be an exciting yet anxious time for a woman. Whether it is her first pregnancy or her last, there can be a lot to learn about what to do before and after the baby arrives. Legacy Community Health offers Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien (BAM) classes to help our pregnant patients …

Teaching your children personal hygiene skills

By Dr. Tamisha Jones, Medical Director of Pediatrics The winter months are often synonymous with the cold and flu season. Teaching your children personal hygiene will help them to stay healthy as well as ward off illnesses this time of year.  It’s never too early to begin teaching your little ones the importance of good …

Save the Date: 2020 Legacy HIV Day in our Nation’s Capital

By Carolina Boyd The New Year brings a first for Legacy Community Health. Texas’ largest Federally Qualified Health Center is hosting its first-ever HIV Day in Washington, DC on March 29-31, 2020. The event is being held in conjunction with AIDS United’s AIDSWatch 2020. Three Legacy patients will be selected to attend the event through …

Taking your folic acid in 2020

By Carolina Boyd The New Year is starting off with a reminder for women to take their folic acid. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the March of Dimes have partnered together for National Folic Acid Awareness Week (Jan. 5-11, 2020). Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper …

What you need to know about Croup

By Carolina Boyd Croup is one of the most common respiratory illnesses to send young children to the hospital. Also known as laryngotracheitis, this upper airway infection causes swelling around the voice box and windpipe, which can block a child’s ability to breathe. Children between 3 months and 5 years of age are most at …

What permanent post-pregnancy body changes to expect

It’s no secret that a woman’s body changes after pregnancy. Issues like postpartum weight gain, breast sensitivity and constipation usually go away in the months and year following the birth of a baby.  What can be surprising for new mothers to learn is that there are many permanent body changes that follow a pregnancy. Here …

Seven Myths about the Flu Vaccine

By Kimberly Cooper, Occupational Health and Infection Control Nurse This week marks National Influenza Vaccination week. This event was created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2005 to highlight the importance of getting vaccinated for the flu.  Despite various efforts to get people vaccinated, many myths remain about the flu vaccine. We are …

Surviving the Holiday Eating Season

By Sean Barrett, Registered Dietitian Beginning with Halloween all the way through New Year’s Day, ‘tis the season for holiday eating. This time of year provides us with many opportunities to gather with family, friends or co-workers and most of these gatherings revolve around food. The holiday food environment can be especially daunting to patients …

RSV: What to do when it is more than just a cold

By Carolina Boyd This time of year, parents know to be on alert for the cold virus or the flu. However, there is another health issue that should not be overlooked—respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). This childhood virus can cause mild, cold-like symptoms, as well as infections of the lungs and respiratory tract. RSV season varies …