Health Talks

Q&A with Barry Schwarz, M.D. - Birth Control and Stroke Risk

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While stroke is the third leading cause of death for women in the U.S., few people know the risk of stroke associated with the use of birth control. The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association recently published guidelines warning against the increased risk of stroke birth control may have on some women.

“The risk for heart attack and stroke is greatly increased if a woman takes birth control pills and smokes cigarettes, or takes birth control pills and has high blood pressure,” said Barry Schwarz, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair of [...]

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Q&A with Mark Alberts, M.D. - What you should know about stroke

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Stroke is a common and serious disease. Each year in the United States, almost 800,000 people suffer from a new or recurrent stroke, and about 130,000 die from its effects. In conjunction with National Stroke Awareness Month, this month a UT Southwestern Medical Center stroke expert answers some commonly asked questions about this devastating disease.

Mark Alberts, M.D., is the Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern. He was one of the authors that set national stroke certification guidelines for stroke centers, and also a member [...]

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Eye infection may be highly contagious, UT Southwestern doctor warns

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The good news about getting a nasty case of pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is that the infection usually runs its course without permanent damage.

The bad news: the viral form of conjunctivitis is highly contagious and can stay on surfaces for several days, potentially unleashing a widespread outbreak.

“This is a very hardy, robust virus that lives very well outside of the body. Tears are the principal vector for transmission. Anyone who touches a surface with the virus inoculated on it from an infected person and then touches their face can get infected,” said

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