Can a saliva test really detect your genetic “risk” of Alzheimer’s?

Unlocking the data stored within our DNA can help us learn a host of different things about our ancestry and health. But how much should you worry if your genes are linked to the development of disease? 23andMe, a genetic testing company, aims to arm people with foreshadowing about their health risks. It recently received … Continue reading Can a saliva test really detect your genetic “risk” of Alzheimer’s?

A physician trained in space medicine brings skills to wound care

As far back as she can remember, Laurie Aten, MD, wanted to be part of the space program. Instead, she pursued a career in medicine. Then opportunity knocked. After practicing family medicine for four years, Dr. Aten applied for a residency in aerospace medicine at Wright State University in Ohio. “I decided if I was … Continue reading A physician trained in space medicine brings skills to wound care

How Baylor Scott & White is addressing the shortage of mental health professionals

The family physician’s office has become the front line of defense against mental illness. The ideal population-to-psychiatrist ratio is 4000-1. In Texas, the ratio is triple that size. Four out of five people with a behavioral health diagnosis visit a primary care provider every year. It is no surprise that most mental health patients bring … Continue reading How Baylor Scott & White is addressing the shortage of mental health professionals

Hope on the horizon for the opioid addiction

One out of five Americans say they have a family member who has been addicted to prescription painkillers and twice that number personally know someone who has been addicted. The addiction to opioids is an epidemic that plagues our nation. Access to anti-opioid medication has been an ongoing conversation. Now, a new over-the-counter treatment looks to change the … Continue reading Hope on the horizon for the opioid addiction

How NASA’s Challenger tragedy influenced the way we treat stroke victims

Televisions were strategically positioned in the Clear Lake High School hallways in suburban Houston on Jan. 28, 1986. The TVs were broadcasting the late-morning launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Dion Graybeal was among those shuffling between classes and catching glimpses of the countdown with fellow student Scott Smith, the oldest child of mission pilot Michael … Continue reading How NASA’s Challenger tragedy influenced the way we treat stroke victims