In Iran, unique system allows payments for kidney donors

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The whirling hum of a dialysis machine could have been the soundtrack to the rest of Zahra Hajikarimi's life but for an unusual program in Iran that allows people to buy a kidney from a living donor. Iran's kidney program stands apart from other organ donation systems around the world by openly allowing payments, typically of…

Mylan says it will expand programs that lower EpiPen costs

NEW YORK (AP) - Mylan, now in the crosshairs over severe price hikes for its EpiPen, says it will expand programs that lower out-of-pocket costs by as much as half. Mylan N.V. said Thursday that the patient cost will be reduced through a savings card that will cover up to $300 for an EpiPen 2-Pak. The company said it's also doubling eligibility

Northeast Texas fares poorly in new health report

If northeast Texas - a 35-county area - were a state, it would rank among the least healthy states to live. A 106-page report released Monday shows the region is 45th for its mortality rate from all causes of death and 47th in chronic lower respiratory disease mortality. The report spearheaded by The University of Texas System and UT Health

Public health workers working to improve East Texas babies’ health, reduce infant mortality

COSHANDRA DILLARD, cdillard@tylerpaper.com Local public health workers are continuing with efforts to reduce infant mortality in East Texas, and more events are planned in the fall. A coalition, now called Healthy Me, Healthy You was formed in 2014 and is charged with identifying factors that contribute to negative birth outcomes and disparities

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Community groups host first breastfeeding wellness expo

Tyler-based My African American Mothers Alliance (MAAMA) and World on My Shoulders will host the inaugural Black Breastfeeding Wellness Expo from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Members of the groups - formed to improve the African American mothers’ experience…

25 August 2016 [04:06 PM]
Don't forget about mental health of children when returning to school

COSHANDRA DILLARD, cdillard@tylerpaper.com The back-to-school fervor doesn’t have to be simplified only to school supplies, vaccines and athletic events. Another area of importance is the need to address children’s emotional and mental health. Facing change, particularly those who transition…

12 August 2016 [07:19 PM]
HEALTH PAGE: 8.7 Christus MF health brief

Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System earns accreditation from COC of the American College of Surgeons The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at Christus Trinity Mother…

05 August 2016 [03:17 PM]
Your motivation for the day comes from a 9-year-old

It doesn’t take much physical activity to maintain a healthy weight. You don’t have to run a marathon or become an Iron Man to be healthy. Daily walks or regularly playing outside would suffice. But if you’ve got a significant…

05 August 2016 [03:03 PM]
UT Health Northeast employee receives award

Janise McPherson, continuing medical education manager at UT Health Northeast, received the 2016 Texas Alliance for Continuing Medical Education Outstanding Achievement in CME Award during a ceremony in June in Austin. The Texas Medical Association and the Texas Alliance for…

05 August 2016 [12:06 PM]
At least 30 children dead in Myanmar from unknown disease

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - At least 30 children have died in northwestern Myanmar since mid-June from an unknown disease that causes breathing difficulty, officials said Thursday. "We have this problem since two months ago and we haven't received any help…

04 August 2016 [07:17 AM]
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