Doctor`s Day

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National Doctors’ Day
Every year as winter thaws
into a warm spring, America
honors its physicians with
National Doctors’ Day,
a special observance first
celebrated in 1933 by a wife
of a Georgia doctor who
wanted to honor her husband.
Eudora Brown Almond
set aside March 30, 1933
to honor her husband, Dr.
Charles Almond, and from
that first observance the U.S.
House of Representatives
passed a resolution in 1958
commemorating Doctors’ Day.
In 1990, legislation was
formally introduced in the
U.S. House and Senate to
establish a national Doctors’
Day. Both houses of Congress
overwhelmingly approved the
proposal on Oct. 30, 1990,
and President George H.W.
Bush signed the bill into law,
officially designating March 30
as “National Doctors’ Day.”
This late March day has
now become a special day to
celebrate the contributions
of physicians who serve
our country by caring for
its citizens. Today’s doctors
utilize the tools of modern
technology, including surgical
lasers and robots, and highpowered magnetic imaging
today. Doctors of this era were
already using forms of forceps,
surgical needles, scalpels and
the surgical spoon.
devices and networked data
Modern medicine as we
know it arguably began in the
19th Century as doctors came
to benefit from the use of
developing sciences, such as
chemistry. It was during this
era when physicians began to
incorporate other disciplines
to help heal and treat patients,
including psychiatry, the
beginnings of genetics and
immunology. Then came
reliable prescription drugs.
Penicillin began to heal
sicknesses, and modern surgery
with new tools and technology
began to come of age.
The great history of
medicine stretches back
thousands of year. The
Egyptians of 5,000 years
ago credited their health care
system, as they knew it, for
making their people some of
the healthiest in their world
then. It was the Egyptians who
performed some of the first
recorded surgeries, including
root canals. Doctors of that
era long, long ago worked
to master supernatural texts
as well as being trained in
anatomy and diagnosis.
Greece is considered the
birthplace of medical ethics. It
is in Greece where the famed
“physician” Hippocrates
wrote a collection of early
medical works from which
came the Hippocratic Oath
for physicians, which is still in
use today. By the 9th Century
in the Middle East, doctors
started practicing in what
we would consider hospitals
It is from these historical
foundations that the modern
doctor practices today. The
future of medicine can seem
limitless. Some believe the
future of medicine will be
tailored to each patient’s
individual genome. Other
experts predict with ever
advancing technologies
that some physicians will
see patients from the other
end of a screen or robotic
device. Other physicians
would say that—no matter
the technology—the personal
touch between doctor and
patient is essential and will
On this National Doctors’
Day, we honor the good work
and care that physicians in
our community and around
the nation do in tending to
the sick and healing patients
of all ages and backgrounds.
Whether in shiny glass medical
complexes or large hospital
campuses, or the family doctor
office next door, we salute all
those doctors who toil in their
profession to make the world a
healthier place.
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Recently my husband suffered a terrible
accident which left him with serious injuries.
As he recovered from such a traumatic
event our family doctor Dr. Humberto De La
Vega tended to him.
Due to the nature of his condition other
doctors also treated him as well each a
specialist in his field yet it was clear from
the start that Dr. De La Vega stood out.
He was always at our side through very
dark days and nights always with words of
He gave us at this most difficult time not
only his knowledge but most importantly his
compassion and
support through endless nights of unrest
and worry.
Humberto De La Vega, M.D.
Family Practitioner
We are very grateful to this wonderful
doctor who to this day continues to provide
us with such stability.
May God bless him always.
-Rosie Williams
Recientemente mi marido sufrió un
terrible accidente que lo dejó con lesiones
Mientras se recuperaba de un evento tan
traumático nuestro médico de cabecera
Dr. Humberto De La Vega se encargó de
Debido a la naturaleza de su condición
los otros médicos, especialistas en
diferentes campos, también lo atendían con
dedicación, sin embargo, estaba claro desde
el principio que el Dr. De La Vega fue quien
más se destacó.
Siempre estaba a nuestro lado, a través
de los días y noches oscuras, siempre con
palabras de aliento.
Él nos dio en los momentos más difíciles,
no sólo sus conocimientos, sino que lo más
importante su compasión y apoyo a través
de interminables noches de inquietud y
Estamos muy agradecidos con este
maravilloso doctor que hasta ek día de hoy
sigue proporcionandonos dicha estabilidad.
Yearly eye exams can reveal
more than just vision trouble
More evidence points to the importance
of routine eye exams, not only to pinpoint
potential conditions of the eye, but also to
serve as windows to diseases that affect the
entire body. Now more than ever it is essential
to make and keep annual eye exams, as they
can help to reveal the first signs of serious
Doctors from around the world say dozens
of diseases Ñ from certain cancers to arthritis
to high blood pressure Ñ can show symptoms
in the eye. Under the watchful and knowing
gaze of an eye care professional, individuals
can get early diagnosis and begin treatment
According to Dr. Roy Chuck, chair of
the Department of Ophthalmology and
Visual Sciences at Albert Einstein College of
Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center,
there are many systemic diseases that can be
seen in the eye. In addition to the conditions
mentioned, jaundice can indicate liver disease
while retinal detachment and bleeding in new
blood vessels may indicate hypertension.
By looking at the color of the cornea, some
doctors can tell if a patient has elevated levels
of cholesterol. Many people have had their eye
doctors be the first healthcare professional to
detect the presence of their diabetes.
If an ophthalmologist suspects an underlying
medical condition, he or she will likely refer
men and women to their primary care doctors
for a more thorough examination.
Going to the eye doctor can do more than
ensure your vision is sharp. It’s a life-saving
decision for many people who have major
health conditions diagnosed through the eyes.
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It’s just one day,
but the gratitude
lasts all year!
To all our dedicated and
compassionate doctors,
Happy Doctors’ Day
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100 E. Alton Gloor Blvd. • Brownsville, TX 78526 • (956) 350-7000
For a physician referral, call 956-350-7300.
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Recommended immunizations
for those age 50+
Routine immunizations can
keep people safe and healthy.
Certain vaccinations can prevent
diseases from producing
symptoms, while others can lessen
the duration of an illness or make
conditions less severe.
Vaccination schedules become
a way of life for parents to young
children. But vaccinations aren’t
just for kids, and adults should
keep tabs on their immunization
histories to ensure they’re up-todate with vaccinations for their
particular age group and lifestyle.
The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention warns that
the elderly are more likely to die of
a vaccine-preventable disease than
other age groups. The immune
system begins to decline as we age,
so the body can benefit from the
disease-fighting boost provided by
vaccinations. Individuals at any age
should discuss immunizations with
their doctors, but it’s a particularly
important conversation for those
age 50 and older.
Vaccine schedules and
recommendations may
vary depending on where a
person lives, but the following
immunization recommendations
are offered courtesy of the CDC.
influenZa: An annual
flu shot can help prevent the
nearly 36,000 deaths that occur
due to flu each year in the United
States. The flu vaccine is designed
to combat the current strain of
flu, so it is recommended anytime
between September to March,
which is the prime flu season.
People age 50 and older should
opt for the injection rather than
the nasal form of the vaccine.
tdap: This vaccine protects
against tetanus, diphtheria
and pertussis and is especially
necessary for people who have
close contact with young infants.
Pertussis, or whooping cough, can
be passed on to youngsters and
make them very ill. If you’ve never
received a Tdap vaccine, the CDC
suggests getting it at least once.
Individual tetanus boosters should
be received every 10 years.
Pneumococcal disease is
an infection caused by the
pneumococcus bacteria. It can
cause pneumonia, blood infection,
ear infections, and even bacterial
meningitis. This vaccine is given
to adults age 65 and older or to
younger adults at their physicians’
hepatitis a: Individuals
with medical, occupational or
lifestyle conditions, such as
healthcare workers or people with
chronic liver disease, may need a
two-dose series of the hepatitis A
Adults who are avid travelers
to various parts of the world
that may bring them in contact
with animals or people who
do not receive the same course
of immunizations may need
additional vaccines. Speak
with a doctor about which
immunizations are recommended
before travel.
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Dr. Antonio M. Diaz, Jr., became my
primary care physician about 50 years
ago when both he and I were “young
He has seen me “through thick and thin,”
doing both routine care and emergency care
for me ever since, and I recently celebrated
my “piano keys birthday”--88.
In large part due to Dr. Diaz’ good care I
am still here, doing well and enjoying life
with my wife, my three children, and my
seven grandchildren.
A thousand thanks/ Mil gracias, Dr. Diaz.
Sincerely yours,
Dr. Antonio M. Díaz, Jr., se convirtió en
mi médico de cabecera hace unos 50 años
cuando él y yo éramos “jovenzuelos.”
Él me ha visto “en las buenas y en las
malas”, haciendo tanto la atención de
rutina y de emergencia para mí desde
entonces, y recientemente he celebrado mi
“cumpleaños 88”.
En gran parte debido a la buena
atención del Dr. Díaz todavía estoy aquí,
sitiendome bien y disfrutando de la vida
con mi esposa, mis tres hijos, y mis siete
Un millón de gracias / Mil gracias, Dr.
-Robert B. Buchanan
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Antonio M. Diaz Jr. M.D.
Happy Doctor’s Day!
It is only one short day, but the gratitude and
the appreciation lasts all year!
From your office Staff.
Antonio M. Diaz Jr. M.D., P.A.
Certified American Board of Family Medicine
Certified Medical Review Officer
Certified Senior Aviation Medical Examiner
Certified DOT Medical Examiner
Christian Johann Camargo, MD
Lo Felicitamos Por Todos Sus Logros
Hoy Dia Del Medico
El Dr. Camargo comenzó sus estudios académicos en la escuela primaria Egly Elementary,
y luego en Oliveira Middel School y Hanna High School en Brownsville, TX. Luego estudio
en el prestigioso y universalmente reconocido MIT donde se recibio con doble titulo, en
Neurociencia y tambien en Musica. Ahi hizo investigaciones con el Profesor Dr. Susumu
Tonegawa, premio Nobel en medicina. Luego fue aceptado a la exclusiva Cleveland Clinic
Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, donde se recibió con su
título de médico. Su tesis de medicina fue hecha y aprobada en el prestigioso Massachussetts
General Hospital, y Harvard Medical School. Después de un internado en cirugía en el único
hospital LEVEL 1 Trauma de Washington DC, el epónimo Washington Hospital Center,
comenzó en su puesto actual como residente en la facultad de Neurologia el la Universidad
de Miami y Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Además de ser graduado de varias instituciones de alto prestigio, el Dr. Camargo ha recibido
varios premios y reconocimientos, incluyendo el premio “Walle JH Nauta Award for
Outstanding Research” del MIT en 2007, el “Silvero Cabellon Award for Best Performance
by a Junior Resident” del Washington Hospital Center Facultad de Cirugia Vascular, y
ser reconocido como “Lector” en el prestigioso serie de conferencias para estudiantes de
medicina internacionales “William Harrington” en University of Miami.
Ha sido publicado en el reconocido “Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine”, y tambien ha
presentado sus obras de investigaciones en conferencias neurocientificas y neuroquirurgicas
nacionales e internacionales en Tokyo, Philadelphia, Boston y Cleveland. Ha sido mencionado
en la seccion “Apuntes Cientificos” del periodico nacional de Espana “El Pais” por sus
investigaciones en pacientes neuroquirurgicos en Harvard Medical School. Finalmente,
tambien ha sido publicado en la revista “en Route” Canadiense, donde una, fotografia, que
tomo fueron seleccionadas para promocionar viajes a Santiago, Chile.
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Travel tips for older adults
with medical conditions
medications if they transfer
pills from their original
containers into pill organizers.
Such devices can be very
convenient at home, but they
make create problems when
traveling through customs or
even on domestic flights. Pills
can always be transferred to
organizers upon your arrival
at your destination; just make
sure they are placed back into
their original containers before
you return home.
The opportunity to travel
is one of the best perks of
retirement. Even men and
women who are only semi-retired
have more freedom to travel than
those who are still working fulltime.
But while men and women
over 50 may have more time to
travel, they also must take more
precautions when traveling,
thanks in large part to medical
conditions. Many men and
women over 50 have medical
conditions that may require they
take medication and/or visit their
physicians somewhat regularly.
But those who want to travel
need not let their health prevent
them from seeing the world. The
following are a few travel tips for
men and women with medical
l Speak with your
healthcare provider
before any trips.
Whether you are about to embark
on an overseas adventure or just
spend a couple of weeks visiting
your grandchildren, speak to your
healthcare provider in advance of
your trip. Healthcare providers
may recommend certain
vaccinations to men and women
traveling abroad, and providers
also can explain coverage and
what to do in case of a medical
Drink plenty of
water on flights.
Airplane cabins can be very
dry, which can exacerbate dry
mouth that results from taking
medication. When boarding
a flight, speak to the flight
attendant and explain that you
need some extra water so you
can stay hydrated and avoid
irritating dry mouth that may
result from your medication. If
you must take medication while
on your flight, don’t be afraid
to ask the flight attendant for
a fresh glass of water and even
a light snack if you need to eat
something with your medicine.
emergency while away from
l Refill your
prescriptions. Men and
women who must take medication
should refill their prescriptions
before traveling away from home.
Doing so ensures you will have
enough medication to last your
trip. When filling a prescription,
explain to your pharmacist and/
or physician that you are about to
travel and tell them where you will
be going. They may recommend
you avoid certain foods native to
your destination, or they may give
you the green light to indulge in
the local cuisine.
Carry a list of your
medications and
medical conditions
with you when
traveling. Before
traveling, make a detailed list
of the medications you take
and why you take them. The
list should include dosage
and the names, both generic
and brand name, of the
medications you take. Include
any past medical conditions,
such as a heart attack, you
have had as well. Carry this
list with you when traveling.
In case of emergency, the list
will alert responding medical
professionals to any current
or past medical conditions you
have so they can better treat
l Keep medications
in their original
containers. Some men
and women find it easier
to remember to take their
Men and women over
50 have more freedom to
travel than many of their
adult counterparts. But such
travelers must exercise extra
caution if they have medical
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Medication safety tips for adults
Prescription and over-the-counter medications can
save lives and help people of all ages manage certain
conditions. When used correctly and under the guidance
of a physician, medications are largely safe. It’s when
medicines are used off-label, shared or taken in error that
reactions and injury can occur.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and their
Healthy Children Organization warns that more than
7,000 children visit hospital emergency rooms every year
for problems related to medication errors. Children are
not the only ones in danger. Adults can make mistakes
with their medications as well. For example, seniors who
may be managing several different types of medications
can inadvertently cause dangerous drug interactions by
mixing the wrong pills.
Pharmacists work diligently to help prevent
medication errors. However, the general public can also
do their part. The American Society of Health-System
Pharmacists and the National Association of Boards of
Pharmacy offer these medication safety tips.
When a new medication is
prescribed, ask the doctor to explain more about it,
including its intended purpose and any common side
effects to be expected.
Make sure your doctor knows
about all the medications you are taking, including
non-prescription products, herbal remedies, dietary
supplements, and vitamins. Some medications do
not mix with seemingly innocent ingredients. Keep
a running list of any medicines you take so you can
easily and accurately share this information with your
Question anything that you do
not understand. Check the prescription for dosing
information. For refills, make sure the refill information
conforms to the original prescription strength.
l Fill all prescriptions at the same
pharmacy and develop a rapport with the pharmacist
so that potential drug interactions will be flagged.
Pharmacists are well versed in medications and may be
able to inform you as to the safety or risk involved in
taking an over-the-counter product at the same time that
you are on a prescription.
l Use the right dosing tools. A
spoon from the kitchen is not accurate for measuring
out a teaspoon of medication.
Medicines play important roles in personal health.
When used correctly, medications are assets, but caution
should always be taken to ensure safe usage and storage
of any medications
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The 10 warning signs of
Alzheimer’s disease
Few families are fortunate
enough to say they have not been
impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.
A progressive, degenerative disease
of the brain, Alzheimer’s impairs
thinking and memory, accounting
for 50 to 80 percent of dementia
cases according to the Alzheimer’s
Though many people’s
experiences with Alzheimer’s
disease involves an elderly relative,
the disease is not exclusive to the
elderly. Up to 5 percent of people
with the disease have early-onset
Alzheimer’s, which most often
appears when someone is in their
40s and 50s.
1. Memory loss that
disrupts daily life.
Memory loss is one of the most
common signs of Alzheimer’s.
This is especially so if men
and women forget things that
happened very recently, which can
negatively impact their daily lives.
Additional signs include forgetting
important dates and events; asking
for the same information over and
over again; or relying on memory
aides such as reminder notes or
even family members for things
individuals could once remember
on their own.
2. Difficulty planning.
Some people might start to
exhibit difficulty following a plan
or working with numbers, be it
following a recipe or paying the
monthly bills. Concentration is
often difficult for those exhibiting
symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
3. Difficulty
completing familiar
Daily tasks such as driving to
work or remembering the rules of
a familiar game will prove difficult
for people with Alzheimer’s.
4. Disorientation with
regards to time and/
or place.
Nearly everyone has had
momentary lapses where they
forget what time it is or what
day it is. But such lapses are not
momentary for people with
Alzheimer’s, who might even get
lost on their own street and not
remember how to get home.
5. Trouble
images and spatial
Some people with Alzheimer’s
have difficulty reading, judging
distance or determining color or
contrast. For example, a person
with Alzheimer’s might walk past a
mirror and not realize he or she is
the person in the mirror.
6. New problems with
words in speaking or
People with Alzheimer’s might
experience trouble holding or
joining a conversation. An example
is stopping in the middle of a
conversation and having no idea
how to continue. They might also
struggle with vocabulary, often
having trouble finding the right
word to express what they’re
7. Misplacing things.
People with Alzheimer’s might
put things in unusual places and
then experience difficulty retracing
their steps to find those items. This
tends to occur more frequently
over time, and they often accuse
others of stealing items they
simply can’t find.
8. Decreased or poor
Poor judgement, such as not
visiting the doctor or mishandling
finances, is another warning sign
for Alzheimer’s. These poor
decisions can extend to personal
grooming, which men and women
with Alzheimer’s might neglect.
9. Withdrawal from
Men and women with
Alzheimer’s might start to
withdraw from society, removing
themselves from social activities,
projects at work or hobbies. Avid
sports fans might no longer be
able to follow their favorite team,
while social butterflies might grow
10. Changes in mood
and personality.
People with Alzheimer’s might
experience mood swings for no
apparent reason and can become
anxious, confused, depressed,
fearful, or suspicious. Acting
out of character might also be
indicative of Alzheimer’s.
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The Brownsville Herald and El Nuevo Heraldo staff would like to
recognize our community physicians for the role they play in caring for
the sick, their contribution to researching & advancing medicine and
promoting good health.
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We proudly support our doctors and thank them
for their commitment and compassion.
Happy Doctor’s Day!
Todd Shenkenberg, M.D.
Medical Oncologist
Harlingen and Brownsville
Mark L. Harrison, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist
Harlingen Office
Brownsville Office
Dr. Laura Cisneros
Medical Oncologist
Harlingen Office
Nurturing & Compassionate Care Under One Roof
Rio Grande Valley
At Valley Baptist Medical Center
Offices in Harlingen and Brownsville
For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call:
(956) 364-2131 or (956) 430-9400