Lone Star Family Health Center News

Learn About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Jan 27, 2021 7:30:00 AM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in Published Articles

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With the wonderful news of very effective vaccines being developed and released to the public on a worldwide scale there are of course many questions that come to mind.

I know that I celebrated the news of effective vaccines being developed for the COVID-19 virus after caring for many patients over the last 10 months with COVID-19 infections. It has been horrible to witness firsthand our case and fatality numbers steadily climb, but even with the release of the vaccine I knew that many people would be hesitant to get it.

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Holiday Weight Gain in Winter

Jan 13, 2021 8:43:00 AM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in Published Articles

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The holidays have passed, your New Year’s goals were set, only to be pushed to the Monday following the fireworks… and now it’s time to get serious about actually pursuing those goals. Among the most popular goals include: getting healthy, losing weight or maybe even just maintaining one’s current weight. Estimated obesity in the US (BMI >30, 2011-2012) is 35%, meaning, no one is alone in this battle, and many Americans struggle with achieving and maintaining these goals. Let’s go over what you can do on your own and how the medical community is involved.

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Pneumonia

Jan 6, 2021 2:24:00 PM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in Published Articles

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Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can involve one or both sides of the chest. The seriousness of this illness can range from mild to life-threatening. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, this infection was one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States. 

The lungs are made up of many smaller air sacs called alveoli where oxygen enters the body. When germs enter the lungs and activate the immune system, inflammation occurs, which can result in the air sacs filling up with fluid or pus. Signs and symptoms of pneumonia include fever, chills, cough, chest pain when you cough or breath, and shortness of breath. 

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Strep Throat in the COVID Winter

Dec 30, 2020 10:09:53 AM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in Published Articles

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With all the changes and headlines we have experienced over the last year it may seem strange to be discussing the common strep throat. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a new situation in our lives, but some things remain the same. The days will begin to grow longer, and we (or at least I) look forward to Spring.

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Don’t Make Rash Decisions this Winter

Dec 23, 2020 10:09:00 AM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in Published Articles

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Many of us get dry, itchy skin at times, but for some, it is a vicious cycle, especially during the winter.

What is eczema? Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin problem that causes itchy, dry, scaly, red skin. It often runs in families and can affect people of all ages. The main cause of eczema is genetic changes passed on from parents. People with eczema are born with a unique outer layer of skin. This layer, the epidermis, is the body’s first line of defense and keeps bacteria, viruses, and irritating substances from entering the body. It also keeps the skin from losing too much water. In people with eczema, this barrier is weaker and more permeable, which allows irritating substances to get in and water to get out.

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Osteoarthritis in the Wintertime

Dec 16, 2020 10:07:00 AM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in Published Articles

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It’s that time of year again! Hot chocolate filled with marshmallows, bright lights lining homes and circling trees, a much-needed break from the Houston heat, and…achy joints? Most of us look forward to the holidays coming around every year whether that is because you finally get to see family, or you are finally going to get that gift that you have been wanting all year. For those with osteoarthritis, it may also mean increased pain in your joints.

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The Silent Winter Killer That You Never Think Of?

Dec 10, 2020 11:57:19 AM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in Published Articles

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You never think it is going to happen to you, but I woke up a few weeks ago to a blaring alarm in the middle of the night. It sounded like a fire alarm was going off in my apartment. On further investigation, it was actually my carbon monoxide alarm. Initially, I thought it was just low on battery so I replaced it before going back to bed. Soon, it was blaring again. I was shocked to realize it was actually indicating carbon monoxide in my apartment. I grabbed my two pets and vacated my apartment before calling 911 to alert the fire department. 

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