Category Archives: Health and Wellness

Positive West Nile Virus Mosquito Sample in Grapevine

43088540_10161229397245268_8128279694203158528_nOne mosquito sample tested positive for carrying the West Nile Virus in the area of the 1500 block of North Dooley Street.

Mosquito control ground spraying will take place within a half-mile radius of the relevant area on Thursday, October 4 at 10pm. View a map of the area to be sprayed at or look at the map below.

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Baylor Scott & White Health, Memorial Hermann Health System Sign Letter of Intent to Create New Combined Health System


DALLAS and HOUSTON (Oct. 1, 2018) — The boards of Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann Health System have signed a letter of intent to merge into a combined system to further strengthen communities, advance the health of Texans and transform the delivery of healthcare.

As two of the most comprehensive not-for-profit health systems in Texas, Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann, both founded as faith-based organizations, share similar missions and values. Equally important, they share like-minded, forward-thinking visions for the future. This proposed combined health system is positioned to become a national model for integrated, consumer-centric, cost-effective care.

“This is about two mission-driven organizations – both committed to making safe, high-quality healthcare more convenient and affordable – building something transformative together,” said Jim Hinton, CEO, Baylor Scott & White Health. “We must lead the change in our industry, while insisting we continue to fulfill our unwavering commitments to meeting the needs of all Texans.”

The health systems, both nationally recognized and dedicated to improving access and continuity of care, serve as vibrant, economic engines in more than 30 Texas counties, employing more than 73,000 across the state. Both have strong ties to the academic medical community, and together will be positioned to expand those affiliations to advance medical training and research programs, while continuing to attract and retain the very best talent.

“Together, we believe we will be able to accelerate our commitments to make care more consumer centric; grow our capabilities to manage the health of populations; and bend the unsustainable healthcare cost curve in the state,” said Chuck Stokes, president and CEO, Memorial Hermann. “Through this combined system, we have a unique opportunity to reinvent healthcare and make a profound difference in the lives of millions of Texans.”  

The details of the letter of intent include:

  • Unified Board: A unified board will be comprised of an equal number of appointees from both organizations. Ross McKnight, the current chair of the Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees, will serve as the first chair of the proposed combined system’s board. A vice chair, selected by the Memorial Hermann Health System Board of Directors, will be named prior to closing and will become chair at the end of McKnight’s two-year term.
  • Leadership: Jim Hinton, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, will be the CEO of the proposed combined system and will be joined in the proposed Office of the CEO by Chuck Stokes, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann and Pete McCanna, president of Baylor Scott & White Health. Other members of the executive leadership team will be comprised of leaders from both Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann.
  • Operations: The proposed combined system will have executive and support staff based in Austin, Dallas, Houston and Temple.
  • Name: The proposed combined system will have a new name to be determined before closing; however, Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann will continue to operate under their strong, highly regarded brands in their respective service areas. 

“Baylor Scott & White was founded as a Christian Ministry more than 100 years ago; ever since, it has advanced health and driven change in North and Central Texas,” said Ross McKnight, chair of the Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees. “This proposed combination starts the next chapter in the legacies of service and innovation for both systems. It will not only make a positive difference in the lives of millions here, it will become a national model.”

Together, the two systems include 68 hospital campuses, more than 1,100 care delivery sites, nearly 14,000 employed, independent and academic physicians and two health plans; and they currently record nearly 10 million patient encounters annually.

“Memorial Hermann has proudly served the Greater Houston area for more than 110 years with nationally recognized, high-quality patient care,” said Deborah Cannon, chair of the Memorial Hermann Health System Board of Directors. “Our mutual history of providing accessible and leading-edge healthcare for all people has laid a strong foundation for our shared vision to build a future together for the benefit of all Texans.

”With approval of the letter of intent, the two organizations have entered into a period of exclusive negotiations, due diligence and the standard regulatory review processes. The next stage in the transaction – a definitive agreement – is anticipated to be complete in 2019.

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Now more than 500 sick from outbreak linked to McDonald’s salads

By Debra Goldschmidt, CNN

The number of people sick from an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness, called cyclosporiasis, linked to McDonald’s salads is now 507, federal health officials said Thursday.

All of the illnesses have been confirmed with lab tests. Twenty-four of those individuals have been hospitalized.

The illnesses began between May 20 and July 21, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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32 children’s medicines being recalled

By: staff

 – More than two dozen children’s medicines are being recalled due to a contamination that could result in increased infections that could be life-threatening, according to officials.

The FDA announced on Wednesday that King Bio issued a voluntarily recall for 32 of its children’s medicines due to a “microbial contamination.”

King Bio said some of its products made between April and August have tested positive for microbial contamination. The company said it has not any reports of injury or illness to date due to the issue.

This Woman Had a Contact Stuck in Her Eye for 28 Years—and She Had No Idea

By Sarah Klein

A 42-year-old woman recently had just about every contacts-wearer’s nightmare scenario come true: Doctors found a contact lens that had been stuck in her eye. Except her nightmare is even worse than you’ve probably ever imagined. That contact went unnoticed in her eye for 28 years.


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New Research Shows That Vaping is More Harmful Than We Previously Thought

woman-vaping-750x364Hailed as a safer alternative to smoking, vaping has become a popular weaning tool for those who want to kick their nicotine addiction. Chemicals inhaled from tobacco smoke cause cancer and a host of other health issues, but vaping liquids are considered a lesser evil.

What’s still up for debate however, are the risks involved with vaping. Unlike regular cigarettes, vaporizing devices heat up a liquid until it turns into an inhalable vapor. The device emits a puff of vapor that is usually scented.

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Self-made horsefly trap design goes viral

Dan Owsley from Salem, Indiana built a horsefly trap a few days ago. Horseflies can be a big problem when keeping horses; thus the name,” Horsefly.” They can also bite humans.

On day 1, his horsefly trap killed 146 flies. On day 2, it killed killed 375! Owsley thought, “We either have a terrible horsefly problem or it’s a great trap!” 

Owsley’s 7-day total was 1,697 horseflies killed. He said, “They are big (about 1″ long) and easy to count. The dead flies need to be cleaned out every day so they won’t rot, so it’s a good time to take a count if you want to.”

How It Works: Horseflies are visual hunters. From a distance, the black bag looks like something to bite, so the horseflies do a flyover and are deflected into the soapy water, and drown within a few seconds.

How to Make Your Own: “The leg configuration can be whatever you like. I just made mine so it would be easy to move and change the bag. Also, the plexiglass needs to be kept clean and free of scratches. We have high humidity where I live, so I squeegee the dew off the plexiglass every morning. The saw cuts in the 2×4 that holds the plexiglass are at 45 degree angles, about an inch deep. The plexiglass fits tightly enough that I didn’t need to fasten it in any way. The bag I used was a 55-gallon trash bag from Sam’s Club. It holds about a 5-gallon bucket of water with a big squirt of liquid dish soap.

“Make sure to set your trap in an open area where the horseflies can see it from a distance. You may need to move it around until you find the “sweet spot.” Clean it out with a cat litter scoop or large slotted spoon. 

“Be sure to paint the top board a dark color so the light color of the wood won’t reflect in the plexiglass and make it visible to the flies,” Owsley explained.

The video below is from Dan Fowler in Tennessee of his horsefly trap set-up. He caught over 6,300 in one week!

For more information, visit Dan’s original Facebook post at


Owsley’s original rig:


Rising Insulin Prices Push Woman to Buy Medicine on Craigslist

Insulin prices have tripled in recent years, forcing families to make drastic choices when purchasing the lifesaving medication, including one local woman who has resorted to purchasing insulin on Craigslist.

A recent study from Yale University found 1 in 4 patients admitted to cutting back and rationing their insulin because of the hike in prices.

More than 700,000 people in North Texas have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association of North Texas. The price for insulin has tripled since 2003.

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Actor Alan Alda Reveals His Parkinson’s Diagnosis: ‘It’s like a puzzle to be solved’

Posted by Allison Boiles

Alan Alda_1Today, during an appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Alan Alda revealed he has been living with Parkinson’s disease for more than three years. Alda decided to disclose his disease publicly now because he wanted to ensure he told his own story before it was misreported:

“I was diagnosed three and a half years ago. And I’ve had a full life since then. I’ve acted, I’ve given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook. I started this new podcast. And I noticed that — I had been on television a lot in the last couple of weeks talking about the new podcast — and I could see my thumb twitch in some shots and I thought, it’s probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad point of view, but that’s not where I am.”

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Woman Almost Loses Leg After Nightmare Pedicure

Author: Taheshah Moise

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– A woman has a warning for everyone who gets pedicures -watch out for illegal callus scrapers.

Tracy Lynn Martinez shared her story on Facebook and the post has gone viral.

What started as a normal pedicure turned into something much more dangerous.

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