Denton County commissioners and the Susan G. Komen Foundation are out to help women who have low income receive testing for breast cancer. Commissioners approved a $35,000 grant from the foundation that will go toward providing access to mammograms to women who qualify.
A new interagency report recommends investing in breast cancer research that focuses on environmental factors and prevention as much as diagnosis and cures. The report, “Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention,” was released Tuesday by federal health officials and follows a legislative mandate from the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act of 2008.
Vanita Halliburton said that when her son battled depression and bipolar disorder, she simply did not know how to help him. He began cutting himself at age 14. She and her family worked hard for five years to help him get well, she said. At 19, her son sought the assistance of a health professional and later checked into a hospital for 30 days.
Denton County Health Department officials are encouraging the public to make flu shots a priority. Reports here and across the country have indicated earlier instances of influenza activity, and while this isn’t likely to go down as the worst season ever, every flu season is a serious one.
Many of us will set “eating healthier” as a New Year’s resolution for 2013. One way to achieve this resolution is by reducing portion sizes. Most of us eat more than we realize.
As researchers work to improve the accuracy of flu forecasts, local health officials say this winter’s flu season has already begun. Juan Rodriguez, chief epidemiologist with the Denton County Health Department, has counted about 30 cases of influenza in Denton County this week, compared to only two cases at this time last year.
When Gerard Hedges took his first four steps, his specialists, fellow patients and the staff at Select Rehabilitation Hospital of Denton celebrated by clapping. “I didn’t think I could do anything,” said Hedges, 72, sitting in his wheelchair at the hospital Tuesday.
When Pam Gutierrez first began her career as a mental health case manager at the Denton County MHMR Center, it was in an old house located on Oak Street. There were at least 10 people on staff, and the center handled 15 cases.
With the addition of three new programs, Denton County Health Department officials are hoping to make a dent in the number of low-income residents going without diabetes care and immunizations. The programs were developed through the federal 1115 Medicaid Waiver, which gives states more flexibility to provide health care for those eligible for Medicaid.
Breast cancer survivor Charla Lee credits her friend with helping her through treatment. “I was wallowing and drowning in it,” Lee said. “She kept me from sinking.” Lee, a two-year survivor, and her friend Cindy Barthold, a six-year survivor, together walked the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at South Lakes Park on Saturday.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — When Chad Hill started cancer treatments in 2005, his doctor said he likely would be unable to father a child. In February 2005, Hill was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a blood cancer. He was physically active, played sports and had no family history of the disease that primarily affects men in their 60s.
HIGHLAND VILLAGE — U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, told constituents Thursday that health care reform, as it is currently written, won’t work and its problems must be dealt with regardless of who is elected in November.
A federal directive may impact how local hospitals get funding for uninsured patients and Medicaid beneficiaries.
WASHINGTON — Battling fiercely for the White House, President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney implored voters to see the Supreme Court’s health care ruling in different ways Thursday, with Obama appealing for people to move on with him and his challenger promising to rip up the law.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says the state will have to work swiftly to determine what is needed to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law Thursday.
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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's decision to uphold his health careoverhaul is a "victory for people all over the country" and will make their lives more secure.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the vast majority of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul a "stomach punch to the American economy."
The Supreme Court decision upholding President Barack Obama's health care law affects nearly every American. The law tells almost everyone they must have health coverage and guarantees it will be available to them even if they are already ill or need hugely expensive care. It helps the poor and many middle-class people afford coverage.
Two more cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Denton County, this time inside the city limits of Denton. County health department officials confirmed the cases last week. City officials soon will be spraying pesticide to ward off the pests, while health officials encourage people to heed their tips to protect themselves from mosquito exposure.
DALLAS — Arlington-based Texas Health Resources and Healthways, a Tennessee health consulting company, announced a partnership Tuesday focused on ensuring that people stay healthy and helping them become active participants in their own well-being.