Category Archives: Health News

What is ‘social distancing’? How do I handle it?

With health officials across the country asking that we all practice ‘social distancing,’ the direction leaves many asking what that even means. Updated Jun 24, 2020 By Barrett White What is social distancing, and what’s the difference between that and going into quarantine? Social distancing is a measure taken by the public to restrict when …

Is It Allergies, the Flu or Coronavirus? How to Recognize Symptoms

With COVID-19 appearing in Houston at the end of flu season and the beginning of allergy season, how do we know the difference? By Dr. Vian Nguyen, Chief Medical Officer   Updated April 28, 2020. RodeoHouston has been cancelled for the first time in 80 years; Austin’s SXSW has fallen victim to the virus, too. …

The impact of sleep issues on a woman’s health

By Carolina Boyd Sleepless nights are all too common for the estimated 40 million Americans who suffer from sleep disorders. It is an especially difficult situation for women who, according to the National Sleep Foundation, are more likely than men to struggle with sleep. Hormonal changes during menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause affect how well …

Lack of affordable housing hurting health of Texas children

By Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle Reporter A majority of poor children in Texas live in families where more than half of the household income goes to housing, straining budgets and creating a ripple effect that ultimately damages their health, a new national study found. This often unseen poverty has far-reaching and interconnected consequences as families …

Heart Health Begins Early in Life

By Carolina Boyd Heart disease sounds like a very adult medical issue, but it begins as early as the childhood and adolescent years. An estimated 1.3 million youths in the United States between the ages of 12 – 19 have hypertension. High blood pressure, in addition to elevated cholesterol levels and obesity, are conditions linked …

More of what you can expect with a newborn

The first weeks following the birth of a baby brings a lot of adjustments and questions for parents.  We continue our look at what to expect as your newborn transitions from life in the womb to the world outside. Umbilical Cord Your baby’s umbilical cord stump usually falls out within the two weeks after birth. …

Today is Black HIV Awareness Day. Do you know your status?

By Barrett White “I don’t have HIV, I’m not gay,” said Kalvin Marshall, in disbelief, at learning he was living with HIV. But he was and so was his wife Eunice. The Marshalls are members of Positive Organizing Project (POP+), an advocacy training program designed by and for people living with HIV/AIDS. They were given …

Legacy Community Health encourages measles vaccination

Legacy Community Health, Texas’ largest community health system with 34 clinics, today encouraged parents to vaccinate their children against measles and to watch for signs or symptoms of measles infection. Five cases of the virus have been confirmed this week in Harris and surrounding counties. “Measles is an extremely contagious disease but is preventable with …

Healthy Habits to Develop During Early Pregnancy

Watching your diet, exercising and drinking lots of water are good health habits for everyone to develop.  However, if you are pregnant it is especially important to focus on caring for yourself and your baby. We have five healthy habit reminders that may be helpful for expectant moms, especially during early pregnancy. Discontinue harmful habits. …