Mosquitoes, a familiar foe to anyone residing in Texas, have been in the local news more than usual in recent weeks. For decades, Texans have been dealing with their annoying presence most commonly during hot summer months and after wet weather. My dad would always tell me the Astros played inside because watching outdoor summer baseball in Houston was intolerable, not because of the heat but because of the mosquitoes.
By now most parents and college students in Texas know that incoming college freshmen under age 30 years have to get the meningitis vaccine before attending class. What you might not know though is why it’s so important to get the vaccine.
It’s important to get the meningococcal meningitis vaccine because the infection can be severely debilitating and even fatal. Teenagers and college students are at an increased risk for meningitis, which is spread through respiratory secretions transmitted from coughing, sneezing, kissing and sharing beverages or cigarettes.
The day my daughter Caroline was born, she weighed a little more than a can of soda. Three months premature, she was so small that I could've held her in the palm of my hand.
Physically, Caroline may not have been ready to take on the world. But what she lacked in body, she made up in spirit.
Even as a preemie, she was determined to survive.
Today, I’m pleased to announce the results of a long-term Berlin Heart study I led involving 17 of the top pediatric cardiac transplantation centers in North America.
Necrotizing fasciitis is a very rare but severe complication of a bacterial infection of the skin or soft tissues. The word “necrotize” means causing tissue to die, and the “fascia” is the fibrous tissue that surrounds muscles, blood vessels and nerves. The media often refer to this condition as “flesh-eating bacteria” disease because the infection destroys skin, underlying tissue and adjacent muscles.