Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a very common, usually innocuous, virus. In healthy individuals, it rarely causes symptoms. Symptoms may include fever, malaise, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and loss of appetite. However, when a baby is infected in utero, it’s called “congenital CMV,” and can cause significant problems such as hearing and vision loss and learning disabilities.
The College of Medicine has been instructing students on palliative, or “end-of-life” care, the care patients receive for terminal conditions where the goal is to comfort and ease pain rather than to cure, for years. But with the help of students, the college now offers the chance to practice the doctor’s challenging role in such care: Delivering devastating news to patients and their loved ones, and telling patients what comes next when there is no curative path forward.
DeTar Healthcare System, along with the Texas A&M Health Science Center, recently broke ground on the DeTar Family Medicine Center, where physician faculty and residents will improve the health of the Victoria community.
Meet Hessa. There’s not a whole lot this young girl doesn’t do: She’s just as likely to cough or sneeze during appointments as she is to close her mouth in fatigue, hyperventilate, or simply complain of a hurting tooth. Her behaviors help second-year dental students feel more comfortable with practical skills and chairside manner before they begin seeing patients in clinic. There’s one more thing: Hessa is a robot.
Take a stroll around your local grocery store and it’s evident that healthy is “in.” As the public becomes more aware that overall health starts with what we put into our bodies, food producers and manufacturers have begun marketing their products with enticing labels such as “good source of fiber,” “low fat” and “sugar free.” While these words seem like good indicators that we’re making health-conscious choices, they can also be red herrings.
Outfit for the first day? Check. Backpack? Check. Lunch box? Check. A nutritious lunch to pack in that new lunch box? Oops. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. But with childhood obesity levels more than tripling in the last 30 years, packing a nutritious lunch is becoming more and more essential, says the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing.