New technology detects critical feeding problems in preemies

Many babies born prematurely have trouble eating because of swallowing difficulties, making new moms anxious during bottle feeding or breastfeeding. Whereas a full-term pregnancy is 39 to 40 weeks, infants born prematurely before 37 weeks may experience a feeding problem because they may have difficulty coordinating sucking, swallowing and breathing. If a feeding problem is … Continue reading New technology detects critical feeding problems in preemies

Nurse shares joyful memories from medical mission trip

Nikki Vermeer, RN, spent last Christmas an ocean away from her family and working with people she’d never met before. Earlier that month, she stepped outside her comfort zone and onto the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest charity hospital ship, for a months-long medical mission trip that would change her life. “I taught the patients … Continue reading Nurse shares joyful memories from medical mission trip

New technology repairs art teacher’s ‘hole in the heart’ to reduce stroke risk

Heidi Easley was going over her Monday morning to-do list when suddenly letters and full words were missing off the page. Terrified, she grabbed her phone to search the internet for a cause, but couldn’t read anything. “One of my biggest fears came true,” she said. “I lost part of my vision for over ten … Continue reading New technology repairs art teacher’s ‘hole in the heart’ to reduce stroke risk

Lifesaving heart valve surgery restored triathlete’s active life

Bill Ruth can’t imagine a lifestyle that doesn’t involve physical activity — biking, running and swimming are his passions. As a former professional triathlete and 24-year high school track coach, he and wife Sherry start almost every day with a run together. When the 64-year-old noticed a decline in his running performance, he assumed it … Continue reading Lifesaving heart valve surgery restored triathlete’s active life

Researchers develop first-ever tuberculosis treatment for children

In response to a growing tuberculosis epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling health experts worldwide to make better strides towards saving lives affected by the deadly respiratory infection. Tuberculosis is one of the top ten causes of death worldwide, according to recent data from the WHO. “There must be a massive scale-up of efforts, … Continue reading Researchers develop first-ever tuberculosis treatment for children

Platelet donor gives gifts to encourage more blood center donations

For Baylor Scott & White courier Ricky Smith, delivering donated blood and platelets gets personal. “When I’m carrying a box of donations into a hospital, I often wonder if my own platelets are inside,” he said. Ricky is among a handful of faithful “regulars” at the Scott & White Blood Center, where donors have the … Continue reading Platelet donor gives gifts to encourage more blood center donations