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Pneumonia – Dr. David Coultas

One of the diseases we begin to worry about in the fall and winter is pneumonia. For most people, pneumonia is an uncomfortable, sometimes temporarily debilitating disease that runs its course on its own. For others, however, pneumonia can cause severe complications and can even be life-threatening. U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler pulmonologist Dr. David Coultas answers questions here regarding pneumonia.

What is pneumonia and how serious is it? (first question)

What are the symptoms of pneumonia? (skip to 0:54)

What is the “walking pneumonia?” (skip to 1:39)

How do you treat pneumonia? (skip to 2:12)

Is there a vaccine for pneumonia? (skip to 2:59)

Are people on acid reducing medications more susceptible to pneumonia? (skip to 3:40)

What are the chances of contracting pneumonia? (skip to 4:48)

What can be done to reduce the chance of getting pneumonia? (skip to 5:04)

How is pneumonia transmitted? (skip to 5:59)

Diabetes Clinical Trial – Dr. David Shafer

Because of clinical trials, deaths from heart disease have dropped by over 40 percent, AIDS is no longer an automatic death sentence and cancer drugs can now attack the root cause of the disease. Now at the U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler, a new treatment is clinical trial that could prove just as revolutionary in fighting the devastating effects of diabetes. The U.T. Health Science Center’s Dr. David Shafer discusses this clinical trial in this edition of Health Connection.

What exactly is a clinical trial? (first question)

Why are clinical trials important? (skip to 0:59)

Tell us about the Type 2 diabetes clinical trial now underway at the U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler. (skip to 2:08)

What specifically are you looking for in this trial? How is the treatment being studied different? (skip to 2:54)

How does one qualify to participate in the trial? (skip to 4:06)

Why is Type 2 diabetes so difficult to control for so many people? (skip to 5:10)

How does one obtain more information on this clinical trial or other clinical trials being conducted at the U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler? (skip to 5:53)

Hives – Dr. Jonathan Buttram

They’re unsightly, they’re uncomfortable and they seem to come at the worst times. The hives affect nearly all of us at one time or another and they affect some of us nearly all the time. The U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. Jonathan Buttram talks about the hives in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

What are hives and how do you know if you have them? Are they difficult to diagnose? (first question)

What is the difference between a short episode of hives and chronic hives? (skip to 0:37)

How do you treat short-term hives? (skip to 1:15)

What about people whose necks turn red and splotchy when they are nervous – is that hives? (skip to 1:37)

Is there any way to prevent a nervous skin reaction? (skip to 2:31)

If you have red, splotchy welts, how do you know if it’s hives or something more serious that might require a trip to the emergency room? (skip to 2:31)

Why do some individuals have chronic hives? (skip to 3:30)

How do you treat chronic hives? (skip to 4:30)

Are there serious, long-term effects attendant to having chronic hives? (skip to 5:27)

Can chronic hives go into remission? If so, are they likely to come back? (skip to 6:33)

Other than medication, what can people with chronic hives do to reduce the likelihood of an episode? (skip to 7:00)