Vista360health Sponsors Campfire at TechRanch

Vista360health was proud to sponsor a 'Campfire' networking event at TechRanch, a local entrepreneur incubator.

It was a packed house when Vista360health's President, Sharon Alvis and Sr. VP of Operations, Karen Ator talked about what makes their local HMO-plan different from giant insurance companies.

They highlighted their 'local' presence - everything frm their provider network to their customer service reps who are all in the ATX. 

Vista360health especially caters to individuals, entrepreneurs and small businesses. They plan to extend that reach to large employers in 2017.

 

A Mother's Day Story

Kim Overton, an entrepreneur, was in her mid-30s and hadn't found the "right partner" so she had her fist child solo via IVF. A few years later, when she found a great partner, she hoped for a second child but was unsuccessful after several attempts. When she shared her experience with her family, her cousin's daughter offered to be her surrogate. She became a mother for a second time to Oliver Overton in March of 2016.

One of the founders of Texas Fertility Center, Dr. Thomas Vaughn, understands deeply both the medical and emotional sides to surrogacy. TFC is implanting embryos in gestational carriers 10 to 15 times a year.

Read more about the steps to having their baby here.

10-Year-Old with Brain "Pacemaker" to Control his Seizures Launches Non-Profit to Raise Awareness About his Disease, Epilepsy

Child Neurology Consultants of Austin's 10 year old client, Chase, was frustrated that his school's disease awareness programs ignored epilepsy, a condition he has lived with all of his life. So, with the help of his father, he launched Chase for the Cure, a non-profit bringing epilepsy awareness to local schools and raising money to let epilepsy kids experience the joy of camp at Camp Brainstorm. Kids with epilepsy often aren't allowed to take part in swimming, canoeing, horse back riding, water skiing and related summer camp activities because of the seizure risk. Chase has organized a Hoop-a-thon fundraiser on October 22.

Diagnosed with epilepsy at 3 years old, Chase once experienced 20-25 seizures a day. When his anti-seizure medicines stopped being effective, his pediatric neurologist, Dr. Karen Keough, recommended VNS, essentially a pacemaker for the brain. The device is surgically implanted in the chest. Electrodes from the device run up through his neck and send regular shocks to the brain to prevent seizures. While Chase will have future procedures to replace the batteries of this device, his seizures are now nearly gone. Now he wants to use his experience to talk to others about his disease.

Epilepsy is not an uncommon condition. There are about 130,000 adults and children in Central and South Texas who suffer from the disease. Read more about the story here.

From the AAP Conference Floor, Dr. Ari Brown Reports on New Screen Time Policy

Parents have been increasingly skeptical about the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) strict screen time policy for children believing that it isn’t reflective of 21st century media culture.
 
In October, the AAP finally updated its policy.

 

MedVoice PR’s client Dr. Ari Brown of 411 Pediatrics was on the ground at the AAP Conference when the new policy was issued. We connected her to local media to detail the changes from the conference floor.

 

The Austin American-Statesman outlined the new policy:

·      Children younger than 18 months of age: Avoid the use of any screen media except video chatting (with grandparents, for example).

·      Children ages 18 months to 24 months: Introduce high-quality programs or apps, but do it with your children to create a dialog about what they are seeing and how it relates to the world around them.

·      Children ages 2 to 5 years: Limit screen time to one hour a day of high-quality programs that you view with your children.

·      Children ages six and older, place consistent limits on time spent using media, the types of media and make sure that the use of media does not take the place of sleeping, exercise and other healthy behaviors.

·      Designate media-free times together such as during dinner or while driving as well as media-free locations at home such as bedrooms.


Read the full article here.

Zika: MedVoice PR’s Client Explains What Women Should Know

This past summer, Zika virus has been a concern for all women who are pregnant or hoping to conceive…and for good reason. The mosquito-born illness is associated with a condition called microcephaly, a devastating neurological disease that affects unborn children.

 

 

When an outbreak of Zika occurred in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, the first reported in the United States, health officials issued a travel warning for pregnant women.


MedVoice PR’s client, Texas Fertility Center, received many questions from concerned patients. Should they delay fertility treatments? How can they safely avoid Zika?

 

We connected Dr. Thomas Vaughn, fertility specialist at TFC, to KXAN to answer these and others questions.

 

One of the key messages provided by Dr. Vaughn…wherever you are, protect yourself. That means if you’re outside wear long sleeves and mosquito repellant.

 

To learn more, check out the news story here.