Want to do your heart a favor? Turn off the TV, log out of the video game, put down the book — and go to sleep. Lack of sleep doesn’t always show up on the list of risk factors for heart disease, but many studies document that it should. People who don’t get enough sleep, … Continue reading How sleep affects your heart health
It began when a mailer arrived and caught my attention with its bright yellow background and bold headline — Lung Cancer Screening Program. My profile was certainly in the description: an ex-smoker between 55-77 years of age who had smoked 30 years. I had no symptoms; I was jogging between five and 10 miles a … Continue reading A simple lung cancer screening saved my life
Every person has a story to share. We learn that life is a journey and with every experience, we learn and grow. What makes my journey unique, is that I was given the chance to meet my real life super hero. This is an amazing and emotional journey that began on May 9, 2012. I … Continue reading Bonded by blood: Cancer survivor meets bone marrow donor who saved her life
For most people struggling with high cholesterol, a prescription for a statin medication is enough to help lower their numbers with relatively few problems. But for some, the side effects outweigh the benefits of statin use. “There is a tremendous unmet need” beyond statins, said Dr. Robert S. Rosenson, director of the Cardiometabolics Unit at … Continue reading New cholesterol drugs: An alternative to statins
Throughout history, our ancestors understood the nutrient-rich nature of the umbilical cord and of leaving babies attached to it minutes beyond birth. Some mammals, such as chimpanzees, leave the cord attached for days after delivery, while others slowly chew it off. Now, a new study from Baylor Research Institute shows the science behind those animal … Continue reading Cutting the umbilical cord? Not so fast, says new research
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration took a stand for America’s heart health, requiring food manufacturers to remove artificial trans fats from processed food within three years. Now, the food industry is petitioning for certain exemptions to continue using trans fats in hundreds of food products. So what exactly is trans fat? You’ve heard of it, seen it … Continue reading Food industry petitions FDA on trans fat ruling
On Tuesday, July 21, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano held its first Dog Days of Summer Parade, which featured 21 dogs in their best summer outfit of the day. You could see the excitement in all these animal assisted therapy volunteers as they walked in with leashes in hand. The dogs too couldn’t resist … Continue reading Dog Days of Summer brings joy, mayor to Plano
Imagine if we could install a security system for the body that would warn us against cancerous attackers. And if cancer even thought about approaching, it would alert us so that we could prepare for the invasion. In a few years, it could happen. But instead of an actual alarm, the security system would be … Continue reading Could your blood detect cancer before it develops?
Most parents already know that babies should sleep on their backs. But, as an important way to prevent infant suffocation, backside snoozing comes with unfortunate complications, including skull deformity. The problem is worse for premature babies, whose ultra-soft heads can’t withstand the pressure from long-term rest on a flat surface. As a result, their small … Continue reading New gel cap used in the NICU to help prevent ‘flat head syndrome’
Written by Trina Dorrah, MD When patients are admitted to the hospital at Baylor Scott & White, there is a good chance their admitting physicians will be hospitalists. What’s a hospitalist? We are a group of doctors and advanced practice professionals who work exclusively in the hospital. When I explain it to patients, I tell … Continue reading Behind the scenes – What’s a Hospitalist?