It’s no secret that men and women view the world differently. One bestselling book summed it up like this: “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” Actually, we’re all from Earth, but we’re not all coming from the same place, especially when it comes to medical care. Researchers at Stanford University demonstrated this in … Continue reading Mars vs. Venus: Gender bias in health?
When one faces a serious illness, “Plan A” is to utilize the powers of modern medicine to try to restore health. But what if that plan doesn’t work as desired? What if the patient is left chronically debilitated in a nursing home? What if the patient is trapped in the intensive care unit before inevitable … Continue reading Innovative approach to improving serious illness care
Martha Cochran begins 2017 with a sense of gratitude to her Baylor team. “They saved my life,” she said. On November 19 while at work, Martha had a severe allergic reaction to a high blood pressure medication. The reaction landed Martha in the hospital at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Carrollton where she … Continue reading Hospital worker saved by colleagues after allergic reaction
After struggling for years to have children, there are no greater words to hear than, “You’re pregnant.” Add to that the joy — or maybe shock — of the words “with twins,” and parents-to-be John and Stacy Ash felt doubly blessed. Everything was going well with Stacy’s pregnancy at mid-term, but not with John. During a routine eye exam, the doctor noticed pressure on … Continue reading Twin babies give father hope to fight through brain tumor diagnosis
Heartburn can be a pain, especially following the holiday season. To find relief, millions of Americans have relied on a class of drugs called Protein Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)—medications that bind to stomach cells to reduce acid, often associated with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. But a new study casts doubt on … Continue reading Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?
“He floated 18 inches off the floor back to his room,” Benny Barrett said, smiling at the memory of a cancer patient who played with one of his musical heroes. The experience happened during one of the weekly concerts at the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas. Jazz harpist Carlos Guedes was the … Continue reading The powerful effect of bedside music as medicine
Temperatures have been dropping again in North Texas, which could mean a rise in weather-related health problems. The best way to avoid illness is to get educated. Here’s the truth behind five common cold-weather health misconceptions: Myth: The cold air can make you sick. Even though it’s called a “cold,” cooler temperatures do not make … Continue reading 5 cold weather health myths debunked
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
Since 2006, vaccines have been available in the U.S. for preteens to prevent infection from the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes most cervical cancers, as well as some cancers of the vagina, vulva, penis, anus, rectum and throat. But what about those who already are infected by HPV? The U.S. Centers for Disease … Continue reading Dendritic cell vaccine aims to prevent cancer in those with HPV
For four decades, people have been taking aspirin to ward off strokes and heart attacks. But is the commonly used “baby aspirin” dose of 81 milligrams better, or the regular dose of 325 milligrams? To help settle the issue, an unusual clinical trial is underway at Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center … Continue reading An aspirin a day: Clinical trial aims to find cheaper ways to research medicine