Health

Neglect, Abuse, and Violence Toward Children Rises in Harris County

Foster Care and Child Welfare Community Rallies for Child Abuse Prevention HOUSTON, TX— Children in our communities are harmed, injured and victimized at troubling rates.  In 2017, there were 6,551 confirmed victims of child abuse in Harris County.  Sadly, this number continues to grow. In 2018, there were 6,961 children in Harris County confirmed as victims.  That’s nearly 7,000 children aged 0 to 17 suffering from neglect, abuse, and violence.  So why is this happening […]

The Objectives of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs

Rehabs are treatment programs customized to help people struggling with alcohol and drugs recover. The facilities are tailored to the needs of individuals. They combine detox, relapse prevention, and substance abuse therapy. They also offer aftercare planning aimed at maintaining long term sobriety. This article looks at the main goals of Indianapolis drug treatment centers. To reduce substance abuse This is the primary goal of a drug abuse treatment center.  Note that different centers use […]

Texas Decreases Use of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

AUSTIN – Texas nursing facilities have dramatically reduced the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications for nursing facility residents with dementia, according to a recent report that ranks states on this key measure of long-term care quality. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has several initiatives to help nursing homes reduce the unnecessary use of antipsychotics among residents, and Texas recently experienced the largest reduction of any state in the nation. Specifically, Texas’ ranking has improved from […]

HHS Reminds Texans to Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer

AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services encourages people to talk with their physician about colorectal cancer screening and whether they may be at risk. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Texas, it is estimated that 11,533 people will be newly diagnosed and 4,242 will die from […]

Microchipping is a FREE CALL HOME FOR LIFE

Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Live Oak Grill – Sugar Land 12935 Dairy Ashford Rd, Sugar Land, Texas 77478   Please note, pets and their families do not need to live IN Sugar Land to take advantage of this offer. Cats should be in a secure carrier and it is recommended that dogs be on a no-slip leash with a securely fastened collar that they can’t pull out of (please no retractable leashes). […]

Free Dental Services

Young pretty girl dressed like a dentist examined her friend at the medical room

Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center to offer free dental screenings to Fort Bend children Friday, April 19 The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Houston/Galveston have joined forces to bring a free dental mobile clinic to children in Fort Bend County. Free dental screening will be available for children, 12 months to 18 years of age, from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 19 at the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery […]

Update on ITC Deer Park Incident

What is the danger? Clean up operations continue at the Intercontinental Terminal Company (ITC) plant in the City of Deer Park. Residents are encouraged to monitor and stay informed about ongoing events. Nearby school districts have cancelled classes as a precaution and health authorities continue to monitor air quality. Residents should follow their local offices of emergency management regarding safety information and road closures. Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management is working […]

Texas Researcher Fighting to Get More Suboxone Doctors Approved to Help Fight Epidemic

Texas is one of the largest states in the country, and yet, it has only 2500 doctors licensed to provide Suboxone for opioid addiction treatment. The lack of waivered doctors in the state makes it nearly impossible for many Texas residents to get the opiate addiction treatment that they desperately need. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment needs to be readily available for addicts to succeed in recovery. Sadly, Suboxone is not […]

Texas Announces First IDD Strategic Plan

AUSTIN – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is developing the state’s first Intellectual and Developmental Disability Strategic Plan and has posted the plan’s foundation online. This is the state’s first statewide strategic plan focused solely on intellectual disabilities. Working with stakeholders across Texas, HHSC identified a need to develop a comprehensive strategy, given the unique challenges faced by people with IDD, according to Sonja Gaines, HHSC deputy executive commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental […]

Attractive Health Options for Business Owners

If you are a business owner, then something you will need to think about is health insurance. This is for yourself and family and maybe even for your workers. You will probably be looking for something not too expensive, but also good as well. The increasing costs of health care tend to not only be an issue for individuals, but they have even affected businesses which regard health benefits as important for their employees. Some […]