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Dr. Jane Sadler's Health Blog

Dr. Jane Sadler is a family medicine physician on staff at Baylor Medical Center at Garland and is a regular contributor to the Dallas Morning News Health Blog. Read her latest contributions:

March 2016:

Five First-aid Spring Break Beach Tips
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

March 5, 2016 – Beach season is upon us. It is time to pack the traveler’s first aid pack before heading for the shoreline. In preparation, exposure history is key to knowing the best way to stock the medical kit.  Many people fear the shark in open waters. As a well-traveled Texan, I would be more concerned about hitting a deer on open highway, getting bit by a dog in the parking lot, or being knocked over by a roving cow. Read Blog

February 2016:

I Have Stomach Flu, So What Do I Do?
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

Feb 26, 2016 – "#doctorscannotbesick" messaged my patient when she discovered I was out of the office Monday. Gastroenteritis (stomach flu) is most commonly a viral infection. It can be foodborne or transmitted by direct person-person contact and common for people housed in close quarters. Read Blog

Calories Don't Count When I Steal Them Off Your Plate
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

Feb 19, 2016 – Scientists challenged the calorie-counting weight loss methods by contesting that "a calorie is not a calorie." In October 2014, these authors placed greater emphasis on higher quality whole foods instead of high sugars and starchy processed "lower quality" foods. Even when the calorie content is similar, the physiologic effects on body weight and body fat can be very different. Read Blog

My Cold Has Gone Viral!
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

Feb 12, 2016 – Runny nose, low-grade fever, cough, and fatigue. My symptoms began yesterday and have escalated to a full-blown cold! Like many people, I will push through and manage the symptoms at home. Like I tell my patients, it has only been a few days and there is no reason to seek medical attention. Most colds are viral and prompt recovery does not necessitate an antibiotic prescription (for further “cold care”, refer to my Dallas Morning News article on the pesky cold!). Read Blog

Mirror, Mirror…Early intervention may stall skin aging in perimenopausal women
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

Feb 6, 2016 – The American Academy of Dermatology summer 2015 meeting disclosed studies supporting a “timing hypothesis” of estrogen use that could help decrease collagen loss in perimenopausal women. According to the report, some types of collagen decrease by up to 50 percent within a few years of menopause, writers Dr. Jane Sadler. Read Blog

January 2016:

Does a Full Moon Affect Your Mood? Truth Be Told…
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

Jan 28, 2016 – Several years ago, a study revealed that (1987) 80 percent of nurses and up to 64 percent of emergency room doctors believed there was a significant lunar effect on patients. A more recent study sheds a different light writes Dr. Jane Sadler, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Garland. Read Blog

Four basic facts to know about the Zika Virus
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

Jan 19, 2016 – First discovered in 1947, the Zika virus initially was confined to Africa and Asia. Not everyone exposed to the virus becomes ill. About 20 percent of people infected with Zika virus will develop symptoms. Fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis are among the most common complaints. Infected pregnant women may have babies born with microcephaly; a condition that could include a multitude of neurologic conditions. Read Blog

Can You Hear Me Now? How I Learned to Better Work with a Hearing Impaired Student
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

January 13, 2016 – She is my first deaf medical student and she is exceptional. Her disability easily recognized by the presence of hearing aids, she mostly reads my lips and looks for my cues. I learned how to work with a student who must not only survive the rigors of medical training, but survive it with a significant disability. Read Blog

Are Stethoscopes Going the Way of the Typewriter, or Just Aging Gracefully?
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

January 6, 2016 – Then today I read "The stethoscope is dead." and "The time for the stethoscope is gone," writes Jane Sadler, M.D. "What is that all about? Reading on, another physician replied, "We are not at the place, and probably won’t be for a very long time… it is valuable." OK, I can take another breath (and I will use my stethoscope to hear it)! Read Blog

December 2015:

Party Recovery; 5 False Myths and 5 Recovery Tools for Celebrating the New Year
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

Dec 31, 2015 – A hangover may be caused by a combination of the toxic effects of excessive alcohol to the brain, physiologic response to withdrawal*, and the metabolic breakdown of alcohol’s chemicals. Read Blog

Santa’s Doctor’s Visit: A Christmas Story
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

December 22, 2015– Santa Claus checks in with Dr. Jane Sadler for his annual physical. Read Blog

Frozen with Sleep Paralysis
Dallas Morning News

December 18, 2015– Frozen. She was caught in sleep paralysis. Experiencing disturbing hallucinations and unable to voluntarily move during sleep, she lay feeling helpless. Sleep paralysis is the feeling of being fully awake but unable to move. It may be accompanied by chest pressure or breath-holding and last several seconds to a few minutes. Most commonly, sleep paralysis occurs as people fall asleep or as they are awakening. Read Blog

Know When Your habit Becomes Harmful
The Dallas Morning News

Dec 11, 2015Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric disorder that can be diagnosed as early as 10 years of age but generally begins at about 19.5 years of age. Common symptoms include fear of harming others or violent images or fear of germs and environmental factors. OCD can be treated with behavioral therapy by a psychologist and many patients may benefit from medications such as Prozac (fluoxetine), citalopram, paroxetine and sertraline. Read Blog

November 2015:

Giving Thanks to Our Pilgrims, Their Native American Friends and Clean Water
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

Nov 26, 2015 – Health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler writes about some of the diseases the pilgrims faced when coming to America. Just a few of the dangers those brave Europeans had to avoid included "Indean fever" (leptospirosis), chicken pox, typhus, and typhoid fever. Just a reminder, says Dr. Sadler, of how much we have to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Read Blog

Seven Simple C’s to Lifesaving Steps
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

November 18, 2015 – The Paris bombings are a call for all us to step up and help people injured in traumatic events. It is not necessary to have a medical, nursing or emergency medical technician degree to manage an injury. In a medical emergency, here are simple steps to follow before professional aid becomes available. Read Blog

Five Acne Myths Debunked
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

November 14, 2015 – For most teens and adults, conservative care is enough to manage acne, but health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler says she commonly hears many misconceptions about good skin care. She shares her advice which if followed, may make your acne experience more successful and tolerable. Read Blog

Germs on a Plane! Avoid These Air Travel A,B,C’s
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

November 7, 2015 – An article form the Journal of Infectious Diseases reviews several unfortunate ways of contracting airline germs and methods do decrease your risk of becoming ill. Here are simple A,B,C’s to remember. Read Blog

October 2015:

Five Facts and Myths for Surviving Infant Colic
Dallas Morning News Health Blog

October 29, 2015 – The American Academy of Family Practice Journal's cover model is a crying baby with her mouth wide open. The article: Infantile Colic. OK…it is not my daughter, but it certainly looked like her baby picture. My mother promised me that in my later years I would develop selective amnesia and that I would only remember the good times during her infancy. If only I knew what I now know about infant colic, early motherhood might have been more blissful… Read Blog

Cliffnotes for Updated American Cancer Society Mammogram Guidelines
Dallas Morning News Health Blog

October 23, 2015 – In 2009, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) rolled out significant changes in mammogram screening ages and intervals. Many clinicians never adopted changes, which included biennial (every other year) mammograms beginning at age 50. Now, six years later, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has developed newer guidelines…and change is coming. Read Blog

Five Unforgettable Reasons to be Forgettable
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

October 9, 2015 – My daughter's recent Facebook post drew a lot of attention. As a sleep-deprived and somewhat stressed college student, she had admittedly become forgetful and lost her wallet. I understand the late-night study times are pulling her away from sleep. While she is performing very well at school, she has become forgetful. Several factors contribute to daily forgetfulness and, in researching this blog, I have come up with the top five. Read Blog

The Dog Is Eating My Superfood!
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

October 2, 2015 – My dog just ate all the figs. My bountiful fig tree had been both rich and ripe this season, heavy-laden with my favorite superfood and ready for eating. I suppose she could have preferred my shoes over figs…so the situation could be worse. Known primarily for their fiber content, figs are also rich in calcium and potassium and contain more iron than most other fruits. Read Blog

September 2015:

Five Fun (and not so fun) Flu Facts
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

September 4, 2015 – Really, the flu is NOT fun; in fact, it is uncomfortable and inconvenient and in some cases can be very serious or even deadly. The flu virus infects up to 20 percent of Americans annually. Up to 200,000 people end up in the hospital with flu-related complications, and the flu kills approximately 36,000 people every year in the U.S. That is why the time for the flu shot is NOW. Meaning, whenever you can get to your nearest healthcare center or worksite: line-up and take it. Read Blog

August 2015:

Hand Sanitizing: Skip the Scrub and Go for the Squirt?
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

August 28, 2015 – Getting rid of bad germs requires repetitive cleaning remedies. In a busy classroom setting, most children will rush through the tedious sanitizing ritual of lathering up and rinsing off. It is much easier to gather a dollop of hand sanitizer than to spend extra time washing with soap and water. So why not skip the scrub and go for the squirt? Read Blog

Seven Refrigerator-worthy Healthy Habits to Maintain Your Student’s Health
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

August 21, 2015 – The new school year has just begun and just like your New Year’s resolutions, it is time to refresh our kids on healthy school hygiene. Get out your magnets and get ready to hang another item on your already-crowded refrigerator board. You have enough on your plate (and your refrigerator) so I will keep it simple. Read Blog

Parenting Does Not Have to Be a Traumatic Experience
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

August 14, 2015 – My mother called it "selective amnesia." It was not until the birth of her fifth child (delivered within eight years of the first), that she and my father elected to stop having more babies. According to Demography 2015, statistically, my parents may have stopped after the first child and the rest of us would never have been born. In this scientific article, researchers evaluated parental well-being following the birth of their first child. Read Blog

Taking Care of Yourself in an Empty Nest
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

August 11, 2015 – When my daughter was 4, she made plans to run away. I calmly reminded her that she'd need a coat and a blanket for cool nights, and food for when she got hungry. She quickly changed her mind. Now she's 18, and she's making plans to leave again — for Duke University. There's no going back this time. My husband and I have mixed emotions of fear, anxiety, uncertainty — and relief. Read Blog

Spice It Up and Add Years to Your Life!
The Dallas Morning News Health Blog

August 7, 2015 – When treating patients with cold and flu symptoms, I advise a drive over to my favorite Thai restaurant for a delicious bowl of Tom Kha soup. The chicken broth has a favorable effect on respiratory illness recovery and the spicy flavors will clear any stuffy nose. That's good news if you have a cold. Now I have even better news. Recent evidence suggests that spicy food is associated with a reduced risk for death. Read Blog

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