Back in the 1970s, mastectomy was the only accepted surgical option for breast cancer treatment. A lot has changed since then, including steadily increasing breast cancer survival rates, more sophisticated diagnostic techniques and a wide range of treatment options. What remains the same, however, is that the earlier you can catch cancer, the better your chances … Continue reading Therapeutic vaccine for triple negative breast cancer, a breakthrough in cancer research
If you’re experiencing tingling, numbness or weakness in the hand, thumb or first three fingers, this could be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. With this, you might also experience pain between the wrist and the elbow. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an inflammation of the tendons within the carpal tunnel (on the palm side of … Continue reading How to relieve pain from carpal tunnel syndrome
It’s no secret that men and women view the world differently. One bestselling book summed it up like this: “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” Actually, we’re all from Earth, but we’re not all coming from the same place, especially when it comes to medical care. Researchers at Stanford University demonstrated this in … Continue reading Mars vs. Venus: Gender bias in health?
After struggling for years to have children, there are no greater words to hear than, “You’re pregnant.” Add to that the joy — or maybe shock — of the words “with twins,” and parents-to-be John and Stacy Ash felt doubly blessed. Everything was going well with Stacy’s pregnancy at mid-term, but not with John. During a routine eye exam, the doctor noticed pressure on … Continue reading Twin babies give father hope to fight through brain tumor diagnosis
For four decades, people have been taking aspirin to ward off strokes and heart attacks. But is the commonly used “baby aspirin” dose of 81 milligrams better, or the regular dose of 325 milligrams? To help settle the issue, an unusual clinical trial is underway at Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center … Continue reading An aspirin a day: Clinical trial aims to find cheaper ways to research medicine
The hip is one of the hardest working joints in the human body, tasked with supporting the weight of our upper torso and giving us the ability to walk and move. So when things go wrong, the consequences can be serious. The Hip Preservation Center at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas provides advanced treatment of hip … Continue reading Hip preservation specialists can repair joints without major surgery
Cancer is a master of disguise. Normally, our immune systems can quickly destroy abnormal cells. But tumors are tricky — they are able to confuse the attacking immune cells, or hide altogether. “When the immune system recognizes a cancer cell, there is no doubt it will kill that cell,” said Carlos Becerra, MD, medical director … Continue reading Dendritic cell vaccines could revolutionize care for pancreatic cancer
The holidays are over and you’re left with some presents, a lot of dishes and most likely a few extra pounds. So how can you lose those holiday pounds? One solution: more exercise. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health looked at how many calories the average American woman burns doing … Continue reading Shed the holiday weight
Imagine that you’re home alone with your 7-year-old, helping her with homework. You reach over to point to a math problem, but your arm goes numb and falls off the table. The right side of your face droops. You try to say her name, but your speech slurs and you can’t talk. These are all symptoms … Continue reading Would your kids know to call 911 if you had a stroke?
When it comes to what can hurt our joints, illusions abound. So we asked Torrance Walker, MD, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth, to help clear up the confusion surrounding five common misconceptions. Climbing stairs can harm your knees. FALSE. “In fact, climbing … Continue reading Is cracking your knuckles bad for you? 5 Joint myths busted