What to expect during a bone marrow transplant

If you or a loved one is facing a blood cancer diagnosis, you’ve likely heard the term “bone marrow transplant.” Since the first successful bone marrow transplant in 1956, this curative therapy has been the gold standard for treating blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Unlike solid organ transplants, a bone marrow transplant …

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Baylor Scott & White researchers look to “crack the cancer code” with new immuno-oncology repository

The idea that a patient’s own immune system could be harnessed to fight cancer was once a radical notion, but today, it’s reality. Over the past several years, immunotherapy has revolutionized how cancer is treated as a number of immunotherapies have been approved to treat many forms of cancer. Now, a new initiative from Baylor …

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What to know about the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine

Distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine will soon be underway, providing another highly effective source of vaccination for everyone. As we work to reach herd immunity, having more vaccine options available to distribute is a very good thing. Remember, we’re trying to get at least 70-90% of our population vaccinated, so each and …

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Working from home may hurt your feet

Working from home has become the standard for millions of Americans due to COVID-19, and it’s a trend that many believe will continue past this pandemic. People who previously spent hours on their feet or frequently moving around throughout the day suddenly find themselves sitting stationary at a computer or desk for hours on end. …

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National study to analyze the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine on healthcare personnel, first responders, and essential and frontline workers

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while many have shifted to spending most of their time at home, essential and frontline workers of all types have spent day after day protecting and providing for our communities. Where would we be without the retail workers who devote countless hours to restocking shelves with toilet paper and cleaning products? …

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Our hospital room wedding: Bringing the ceremony to my mom’s bedside

My mom was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, or LMS — a rare type of cancer in the smooth muscle that starts in the uterine area — around December of 2017. At the time, the tumor was small and when testing was done, it came back negative for cancer. Though surgery was still scheduled to remove it, it …

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Why it’s time to talk about body image and self-esteem

When you think of “body image,” you may not correlate it to health. What many people, both inside and outside of healthcare, don’t know is how much body image plays into our lives and the decisions we make. Many also don’t know how it impacts children and their future as they grow into adults.  It’s …

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Why masking up is just as important after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

As the country continues its efforts to reach herd immunity against COVID-19, it’s each of our responsibilities to safely carry on with our new normal without putting others at risk. Sure, the distribution of the vaccine brings some much-needed hope, but we can’t let our guard down just yet. Here’s why it’s not quite time to ditch …

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How to get rid of that pain in your neck

Chances are, you’ve experienced neck pain at some point in your life. While neck pain is usually temporary, it can be caused by numerous factors. Here’s what you should know. Common causes of neck pain Trauma — whiplash, falls or lifting injuries Minor instances like sleeping position or turning the neck quickly Infections Arthritis in …

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