Fast facts: Measles comeback

Fast facts: Measles comeback

February 11, 2019
With the recent measles outbreak, we discuss what you need to know to protect yourself and your family

Fast facts: Norovirus

February 21, 2018
Olympic officials are dealing with an outbreak of norovirus, often referred to as the “winter vomiting disease”

Mosquito-borne diseases: What to know

August 14, 2017
A guide to keeping yourself safe from infections spread by the pesky insects

Fast facts: What you should know about mumps

December 16, 2016
A disease of the past makes a resurgence in Texas

Surviving the stomach bug

December 18, 2015

The stomach bug is a highly contagious illness that plagues schools and daycares almost every year. Texas A&M College of Medicine expert Cristie Columbus, M.D., tells us what you need to know when illness strikes your household.

4 Things you didn’t know about Meningitis

April 23, 2015

Most people are familiar with the telltale signs of meningitis – a headache and stiff neck – but little else. To brush up on our knowledge about this potentially deadly disease, we sat down with Dr. Cristie Columbus, who shares information about the different strains and people most at risk.

Airplane or giant germ-mobile: How to avoid travel germs

February 26, 2015

Traveling isn’t always fun, especially during cold and flu season, but sometimes it’s necessary. While a plastic bubble and a personal supply of oxygen may seem like the only way to keep those germs away, Cristie Columbus, M.D., vice dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Dallas and an infectious disease specialist, offers some tactics to avoid catching anything in-flight.

The cost of taking (or not taking) flu antivirals

January 27, 2015

With the uptick in flu cases and only a 23 percent effectiveness among the flu vaccine this year, the flu is beginning to reach epidemic proportions. Antivirals, including Tamiflu, are one of the biggest lines of defense against the flu, but some are questioning if they really work.

Fast Facts: CRE “superbug” cases soar in U.S. hospitals, what you should know

July 30, 2014

Cases of the deadly “superbug” known as CRE increased five-fold in community hospitals from 2008 to 2012 in the Southeastern U.S. We sat down with infectious disease specialist Cristie Columbus, M.D., vice dean at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, to discuss what hospitals can do to take action against further spread.