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Texas Health Matters is a weekly column that focuses on consumer issues related to health and human services. These columns, available in English and Spanish, help Texans with everything from selecting quality child care to the importance of living wills. Learn more about Texas Health Matters

January 2013 Columns

Jan. 7-13, 2013

Respiratory Etiquette is Key to Cold, Flu Prevention
January is often the peak time for the flu season in Texas, and it’s not too late to get a flu shot and take other common sense steps to protect yourself from illness. 

Jan. 14-20, 2013

Expert Advice Makes Babies’ Sleep Safer — and Yours Easier
The Texas Department of State Health Services and Department of Family and Protective Services have some reassuring news about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.

Jan. 21-27, 2013

Early Diagnosis Is Best Strategy Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Having a senior moment? How worried should people in their early 60s really be when they lock their keys in the car or lose a thought in mid-sentence?

Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2013

Pregnant Moms, Family Members Can Protect Babies by Getting Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccine Now
Most doctors take pains to placate jangly-nerved parents who hover over their babies and pack them off to the ER for every run-of-the-mill sniffle or rash. But right now there’s a very real — and rising — health threat that’s even more serious than most realize and deserves every bit of vigilance and preventive care we can lavish on it: pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

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