July 2011 News Tips

Kids’ lunch can pack a dangerous punch
When you’re packing your kids’ lunches as they head off to day care or summer camp, remember that choking on food is one of the most common pediatric problems seen in emergency rooms today, says Dr. Pam Okada, a pediatrician at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Read More

Newborn saliva can help detect potential for hearing loss
Swabbing a newborn’s mouth for saliva is one way to quickly and effectively screen for cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, a major cause of hearing loss in children. Researchers in a recent national study found that saliva enabled them to correctly identify every baby born with the infection when the saliva sample was liquid, and 97.4 percent when dried saliva specimens were used. Read More

Menopause puts women at risk for bone breakdown
Estrogen is necessary to prevent bone loss. When women go into menopause, their ovaries stop producing the hormone. But bone specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center say that estrogen replacement therapy is not the treatment of choice for osteoporosis, and caution women to check with their physician first. Read More

Men not wearing out a path to the doctor’s office
It seems the stereotype is true: Men just don’t go to the doctor unless it is absolutely necessary. In a recent survey commissioned by and reported in Esquire magazine, nearly half of men ages 18 to 50 said they don’t have a primary-care physician, and one-third admitted they haven’t had a checkup in more than a year. Read More