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?
In the summer of 1982, Robert Probe drove down South 31st Street for the first time in a navy blue Ford Mustang. He was excited by the new vehicle but more so by the opportunity to come to Scott & White Memorial Hospital to complete his final two years as a Texas A&M Health Science … Continue reading Chief Medical Officer remembers the excitement of becoming a doctor
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
Joel Allison didn’t just want a career. He wanted a calling. Born in rural Missouri, he spent part of his childhood in a small four-room house with no indoor plumbing. He woke up early to milk the cows, gather eggs and feed the pigs before school. As a youngster, he forged a work ethic and … Continue reading Joel Allison found his calling serving others through healthcare
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
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
Rolando Solis, MD, a newly minted Filipino medical school graduate, boarded his very first airplane ride in Manila en route to a new life in the United States. All he had was the suit on his back, a small suitcase and $100. Dr. Solis spent two harrowing days of connecting flights and more “firsts.” He … Continue reading Practicing medicine for 50 years to achieve the American Dream
Prince died one day before he was going to see a specialist about an opioid painkiller addiction, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Sources told a Minneapolis TV station that Prince was being treated for possible dependence on pain medication for chronic hip pain. If true, it is one of a series of high-profile sagas … Continue reading Treating America’s troubling opioid addiction
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
Americans are diligent about preventive care for their pets and vehicles. Their own bodies? Not so much. According to a Cigna preventive care survey, nine out of 10 pet owners know when their dog or cat is due for their immunizations. About 80 percent of men know the mileage between oil changes and eight in 10 women … Continue reading Has health become less of a priority for Americans?