How viruses — like the flu — can damage your vocal cords

Winter is always a difficult season, with upper respiratory infections such as the common cold, cough and worst of all, the flu. It is quite common to experience laryngitis during an upper respiratory infection or other virus. Laryngitis results when the voice box — or larynx — becomes inflamed, causing you to experience difficulty making … Continue reading How viruses — like the flu — can damage your vocal cords

Meet Lorenzo, the new facility dog at McLane Children’s

A new four-legged friend now walks the halls and the campus of Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center — Lorenzo, the hospital’s new facility dog. Lorenzo, a two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, is the first Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) highly trained assistance dog to serve in a Texas-based children’s hospital. After extensive training and … Continue reading Meet Lorenzo, the new facility dog at McLane Children’s

Are essential oils dangerous?

Essential oils have become increasingly popular over the last decade, with uses ranging from aromatherapy to cleaning products. But a recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that compounds in essential oils, such as lavender and tea tree oil, may contain hormone-disrupting properties for young boys. According to the study, conducted by … Continue reading Are essential oils dangerous?

Could this new test change how we treat colorectal cancer?

We recently shared a look at how research at Baylor Scott & White is helping to crack the code to detect colon cancer earlier. Detection, however, isn’t the only variable to consider where colon cancer is concerned. Once diagnosed with the disease, attention turns to treatment options. For T1 colorectal cancer (CRC) patients, in particular, … Continue reading Could this new test change how we treat colorectal cancer?

Solving the mysteries of early-onset Alzheimer’s

A dangerous assumption many make when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease is that it only affects the elderly. In reality, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of the death in the United States and can be diagnosed as early as your 40s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, while deaths from chronic conditions like heart disease … Continue reading Solving the mysteries of early-onset Alzheimer’s

4 simple ways to reduce your exposure to common household toxins

The conversation surrounding toxins is rather “en vogue” right now, which can unfortunately cause some people to dismiss important information as simply part of the chatter. Although toxins are a hot topic, reducing your exposure to toxins should not be taken lightly. Everyday toxins may sound like small potatoes, but exposure to such chemicals — … Continue reading 4 simple ways to reduce your exposure to common household toxins