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CBS 11: Wire Brush Presents Hidden Grilling Dangers

May 17, 2012 – Five years ago, Matt McMahon took a bite of burger, cooked on the family’s backyard grill, and got more than just a bite of hamburger.  A tiny piece of grill brush hidden in that bite became lodged inside of the muscle of his esophagus, sending him to the emergency department. Dr. Mark Bickert, Baylor Medical Center in Carrollton, operated on McMahon. “I can only liken this to a needle in a haystack,” he said. Learn more about the growing problem that the Consumer Product Safety Commission is leaving up to manufacturers to regulate.

Baylor Carrollton Receives Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award

May 9, 2012 – Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton has received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Silver Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. Read the press release to learn more.

CBS Ch. 11: Exercise in Children Lead to Better Performance in School

February 16, 2012 – Cynthia Stuart, MD, comments on a new study released which states children who get more exercise tend to do better in school. Whether the exercise comes as recess, physical education classes or getting exercise outside of school, all improve the ability to do better in school according to the recent international study. The findings, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, come as U.S. schools in general cut physical activity time in favor of more academic test preparation.

Ask the Expert: Cervical Cancer & HPV with Julie Thomas, MD, OB/Gyn

December 19, 2011 – Dr. Julie Thomas, an obstetrician/gynecologist on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, answers some frequently asked questions about cervical cancer: Learn more about the screening guidelines for cervical cancer and its possible link to the Human Pappilloma Virus (HPV).

KDAF Ch. 33: Women and Exercise

November 3, 2011 – An active lifestyle and a heart healthy diet – it's what many women strive for, but now Japanese study finds both may lead to early menopause. Baylor Carrollton Dr. Cynthia Stuart recalled a patient who exercised a lot and entered menopause when she was just 33. Dr. Stuart called the study interesting and if true may come with certain health benefits. "It doesn't really seem to be a big healthy issue," Dr. Stuart surmised. "Early menopause can actually be protective against some of the reproductive issues, so we can have a reduced risk of breast cancer and uterine cancer with early menopause."

Dallas Morning News Healthy Living: What Doctors Wish Women Would Do for Their Health

October 3, 2011 – Ramona Raj, endocrinologist on the medical staff of Baylor Carrollton and North Dallas Endocrinology, contributed the following: Women are more likely to suffer from thyroid and autoimmune diseases, which can leave them feeling fatigued or anxious and, in the case of autoimmune diseases, feverish and achy. Too many women may not realize they have these conditions and so don't get the help they need, Raj says.

KADF Ch. 33: Pregnancy and Asthma – The Risks of Poorly Controlled Asthma

September 8, 2011 – British researchers reviewed 34 years of data on more than 1 million expectant mothers and found those with uncontrolled asthma were 50 percent more likely to have high blood pressure during pregnancy and 25 percent more likely to have a premature baby. Dr. Nikki Walden, on the medical staff at Baylor Carrollton, said asthma is the most common medical condition in pregnancy and the study highlights the need for patients to be monitored closely. "I think it definitely requires counseling with the patient because most of them, especially if someone has mild asthma, may not understand that there can be risks to the baby," Dr. Walden said.

KADF Ch. 33: New Law Requiring College Students to Receive Meningitis Vaccine

August 10, 2011 – Rupal Chiniwala, MD, was featured in a health segment on channel 33 news about a new law requiring college students to receive the meningitis vaccine.  The law, which will go into effect January 2012, is expected to save lives.

KDAF Ch. 33: Long Work Hours Raise Risk of Heart Disease

June 13, 2011 – Working too many long hours? A European study notes that people who averaged 11 hours a day at work increased risk of heart disease by 67 percent. Chronic, low-level stress does contribute to heart disease according to Baylor Carrollton cardiologist Dr. Vidyasagar Chodimella.

CBS Ch. 11: High Heels Could be Killing Your Feet

May 4, 2011 – Podiatrist Rick Miller, DPM, offered tips about the pros and cons of today's ultra-high heels in a live interview.

KDAF Ch. 33: Enlarged Tonsils Cause Sleep Issues

April 26, 2011 – Ear, nose and throat physician Nicole Bryan, MD, was interviewed about tonsil removal procedures that are often done to help kids sleep better. Patient Pierson Carter, 4, said in the interview that he called his swollen tonsils "dinosaur eggs."  After the removal of the tonsils Pierson sleeps better and teachers noted improvements at school. 

KDAF Ch. 33: Alzheimer's and Genetics

March 25, 2011 – Results from a new study contribute to growing evidence that if one of your parents has Alzheimer's, the chances of inheriting it from your mother are higher than from your father. Baylor Carrollton's Dr. Seema Modi states that if your mother has the illness, it is not an automatic. Many people in the United States and globally are at risk for Alzheimer's. After the age of 85, half of people are showing signs of dementia, so just the odds are high.

NBC 5: Weight a Factor in Fertility

March 9, 2011 – Can weight make a difference in a woman's ability to become pregnant? Baylor Carrollton OB/Gyn Julie Thomas, M.D. discussed this with NBC anchor/reporter Meredith Land. Patient and dance instructor Brandye Lewis, who is expecting twins, discussed her fertility issues.

CBS 11: New Guidelines Urge More Tonsillectomy Regulation

February 22, 2011 – Ear, nose and throat specialist Nicole Bryan, M.D., discusses new guidelines for tonsil removal in children. These guidelines help pediatricians determine which children are best candidates. 

CBS 11: Is Weight Training Also Good For The Brain?

February 17, 2011 – Family medicine physician Cynthia Stuart, MD, discussed a new study that indicates weight lifting is a good way to stay physically active and mentally alert. Past research indicated aerobic exercise helped you stay mentally alert; now weight lifting has shown same benefit.

KDAF Ch. 33: Dry Eyes to Catching a Cold – Really?

February 9, 2011 – Viruses and bacteria make us sick, not the cold. While it is wise to wear hat and gloves during cold weather, the reality is that viruses cause colds, says Dr. Leigh Galatzan, emergency medicine physician on the medical staff at Baylor Carrollton. Cold weather also causes problems with dry eyes according to Dr. Marvin Hsiao, an ophthalmologist on the medical staff at Baylor Carrollton.

KTVT Ch. 11: Parents Placing Chubby Babies On Unnecessary Diets

December 7, 2010 – Dr. Stellman was interviewed in studio on Channel 11 earlier this month.  The topic discussed chubby babies and how some parents are placing their children on unnecessary diets, which raise the question of putting the child at risk later in life. Dr. Stellman commented that babies are expected to have some baby fat which is normal during the growth period. The best way to determine if weight is normal is at the doctor's office with your checkup, with your baby, to look at the growth chart.

KDAF Ch. 33: Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later: Young Kids and Daycare Center Sickness

December 6, 2010 – Having younger kids get sick while attending daycare may not be so bad, according to a recent study. Children develop immunities earlier, so they do not miss school days later due to illness. Dr. Farah Naz, a pediatrician on the medical staff, commented, "When your immune system gets exposed to all the germs it makes antibodies and that will help you when you're four or five years old so when you get exposed to the same germs you already have antibodies and you won't get sick."

WFAA Ch 8: Are You Giving Your Child the Right Amount of Medicine?

November 30, 2010 – According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, problems were found in 99 percent of labels and measuring products in the 200 pediatric, over-the-counter liquid medications tested. An unscientific test conducted by News 8 of pediatric liquid medicine also shows that different devices often measure doses differently. It's not only confusing for parents, Bill Paruolo, M.D., a pediatrician on the medical staff at Baylor Carrollton, says it's potentially dangerous for children. "If you're giving something like Tylenol or acetaminophen," says Dr. Paruolo. "Giving too much of that medicine too often, could make a difference." Researchers are calling for standardized measuring devices and directions for all over-the-counter pediatric medicines.

KDAF Ch. 33: Vaccinate to Eliminate the Potential for Catching Preventable Disease

September 13, 2010 – In Texas, the number of parents exempting their children from routine vaccines is growing – from 0.08 percent in 2004 to 0.28 percent (nearly 13,000 kids) last year. According to Cynthia Stuart, D.O., family practitioner on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, parents may have unfounded fears about vaccines that could lead to possible outbreaks of preventable diseases, like the measles. "It's a huge health issue, especially from the local health community; however, it can spread beyond that local pod of patients that do get exposed to someone who has traveled outside the country to areas where these are still endemic," says Dr. Stuart.

KDAF Ch. 33: Information Age: Digital blur causing vision fatigue

August 26, 2010 – According to The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health – 90% of people who spend more than three hours per day at a computer complain of computer vision syndrome – commonly referred to as CVS. Marvin Hsiao, M.D., an ophthalmologist on the medical staff at Baylor Carrollton, says that overuse of the eyes doesn't cause vision problems it can exasperate them. Dr. Hsiao said many people suffer from vision fatigue. "If you are on one of these devices a lot we don't blink as much as when we are using a cell phone. We're staring at a cell phone or a computer all the time so our eyes become a big problem and can cause eye strain," Dr. Hsiao said.

Health: Men May Have Menopause Too

August 6, 2010 – Women, you aren't the only ones anymore. Up to 25 percent of males have testosterone levels that fall below normal, and in some cases, may cause classic menopause symptoms, according to an article that appeared in Health magazine, a women's health and lifestyle publication reaching 11.7 million online users. But, David Zahaluk, M.D., a family medicine physician on the medical staff at Baylor Carrollton, and one of two physicians quoted in the article, says that the increasing trend of treating men for low testosterone levels has perhaps led to inflated estimates about male menopause. While 25 percent of men may have low testosterone levels, only about 5 percent actually experience menopause-like symptoms severe enough to warrant testosterone therapy. And it's not always clear that testosterone is to blame for symptoms that torment 5 percent of men. Dr. Zahaluk recommends a testosterone test as part of an annual physical. Visit to read the entire article featuring Dr. Zahaluk.

KDAF Ch. 33: Teens Going Gaga Over Contact Lenses

July 7, 2010 – Lady Gaga-inspired contact lenses are becoming more popular among teens, but wearing contacts without a prescription could have serious consequences. Covering the iris and some of the surrounding white part of the eye, circle lenses make eyes appear bigger. Dr. Marvin Hsiao, an ophthalmologist on the medical staff at Baylor Carrollton, discussed the importance of seeing an eye doctor before purchasing corrective or cosmetic lenses in a recent news story on the CW, Channel 33. 

KDAF Ch. 33: Pregnant Women Not Getting Enough Vitamin D

May 18, 2010 – CW33 reports that according to a new study, 70 percent of expectant mothers are Vitamin-D deficient. And Dr. Robert Levy, an OB/GYN on the medical staff at Baylor Carrollton, says that can increase the risk of preterm delivery and blood pressure problems for mom, and cause respiratory infections and wheezing in children. So what can you do to get more?

KDAF Ch. 33: Heavy Backpacks Cause Back Pain in Kids

January 29, 2010 – Overloaded backpacks are problem among teens.  Dr. Monica Beamer, a pediatrician on the medical staff of Baylor Carrollton, isn't surprised and said heavy backpacks are a growing problem.  "They are having back pain and they just don't know what it's being caused by, they're not sleeping well at night and that causes problems with attitude during the day, so it's not just a back problem, it's an all-over problem," said Dr. Beamer.

KDAF Ch. 33: Baylor Expert Explains Headaches Caused by 3D Movies January 13, 2010 – Dr. Marvin Hsiao, an ophthalmologist on the medical staff at Baylor Carrollton, was interviewed by CW33's health reporter about temporary eye issues caused by viewing 3D movies. Dr. Hsiao says headaches are common for people viewing 3D movies such as Avatar who have a slight alignment problem with their eyes. Minor eye problems, including muscle imbalance can cause a headache and even nausea. Side effects can be especially severe if you are sitting in front of a TV and watching that type of program for a long period of time. The good news? Dr. Hsiao says the symptoms are only temporary and shouldn't cause any long-term damage.

KDAF Ch. 33: Dr. Farah Naz Interviewed

Dr. Farah Naz, a pediatrician on the medical staff at Baylor Carrollton, urged parents to make sure children dress warmly on Thursday, January 7. Because of their small size, kids are at greater risk for frostbite and hypothermia. To dress for success in cold weather, bundle up. 

KDAF CH. 33: Important to Space Out Pregnancies

December 23, 2009 – Dr. Fred Creutzmann, chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, was featured in a story about a new study that emphasizes the importance of spacing out pregnancies. Dr. Creutzmann commented on the study's findings that new mothers should wait at least 11 months between pregnancies as becoming pregnant too soon could contribute to a high-risk pregnancy. A patient of Dr. Creutzmann's was interviewed and featured in the story as well.

KDAF Ch. 33: Patients with Sleep Disorders Fare Better in Colder Environment

September 11, 2009 – Dr. James Loftin, a pulmonologist on the medical staff at Baylor Carrollton, discussed his views about sleep disorders and the recent study indicating patients who have sleep disorders fare better when sleeping in a colder environment.