Baylor Scott & White Convenient Care Clinics aim to reduce health care costs

Why is it that we seem to need health care the most when the doctor’s office is closed? Maybe you’ve come down with flu-like symptoms, you’re suffering from a severe headache, your blood pressure is high or you have a sore throat. A trip to an urgent care center or emergency room to address these … Continue reading Baylor Scott & White Convenient Care Clinics aim to reduce health care costs




The Unicorn Smoothie: A healthy, magical treat

So, let’s talk about this new Unicorn Frappuccino at Starbucks®. It’s quite the craze! You’ve probably seen it in all its pink and sprinkled glory all over Facebook and social media channels. I haven’t tried this magical drink, but at first glance, it doesn’t scream “healthy.” They describe it as “color and flavor changing”, which … Continue reading The Unicorn Smoothie: A healthy, magical treat




Why exercise and diet might be better heartburn treatment than medication

If you suffer from heartburn, you’re not alone. It’s a weekly occurrence for 20 percent of Americans. But as medications to treat heartburn are now being linked to a growing number of complications, more patients are exploring alternative ways to relieve symptoms. A class of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are commonly prescribed for … Continue reading Why exercise and diet might be better heartburn treatment than medication




Music therapist finds companionship and aid from service dog

Melanie Knecht has been in a wheelchair most of her life. She always wanted a service dog. Thanks to Baylor Scott & White and Canine Companions for Independence, she’s got one. The organizations’ collaboration is believed to be the first in the U.S. between an assistance dog organization and a health care system. Assistance dogs help … Continue reading Music therapist finds companionship and aid from service dog




Achalasia: Rare swallowing disorder treated with new minimally invasive procedure

After losing an alarming 17 pounds in a month, Wayne Weaver, 80, learned he had a rare and potentially life-threatening swallowing condition called achalasia. Treatment for achalasia includes cutting the muscles in the lower esophagus, and the treatment of choice at most hospitals is an extensive surgery involving incisions in the abdomen through to the esophagus. But … Continue reading Achalasia: Rare swallowing disorder treated with new minimally invasive procedure




How TAVR has changed patient recovery for those with aortic stenosis

For a doctor, the hardest conversation you ever have with patients is when you have to tell them, “No, there’s nothing I can do for you.” I went into medicine to make folks better. When you can’t do that, it’s like admitting your own fallibility. You feel you’ve hit a brick wall. Until just a … Continue reading How TAVR has changed patient recovery for those with aortic stenosis