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The heart disease risk factor you probably haven’t heard of: Lipoprotein (a)

True or false? If you’ve eaten “heart-healthy” your whole life and exercise daily, you’re not at any risk for a heart attack. The answer: False.   A few years ago, Bob Harper, a trainer from reality TV show “The Biggest Loser,” had a heart attack at 52 years old. But how? Wasn’t he healthy and active? Turns out, right under his nose—and the noses of many others—another powerful …

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Is a vegan diet nutritionally adequate?

The vegan diet has gained much popularity over the last decade. Promotion of the diet by celebrities and athletes has increased awareness of the many health benefits of veganism. In fact, as many as 3-6% of US consumers report being vegan. This is a significant increase, compared to just 1% in 2014. The American Institute …

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How to build your child’s self-esteem at every age

The best part of my job is when I get to help families support and nurture kids’ mental health. One of the primary ways we do that is by building young peoples’ self-esteem. Positive self-esteem in kids is characterized by a feeling of positive self-worth, general optimism, a willingness to try new things, and a …

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Cortney’s story: My baby and I barely survived COVID-19

In February, I learned I was pregnant with the most precious gift, a baby girl three years in the making. After two miscarriages, chemo from a molar pregnancy, health issues and infertility struggles, I was finally pregnant. I diligently took my vitamins and some extra supplements and baby aspirin due to finding out I have …

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Considering weight loss surgery? Here’s what to know and what to expect

Carrying around excess weight can be a health hazard, but it’s not easy to figure out how to manage your weight—especially during major life events like marriage, pregnancy, career stress, injuries, and pandemics, when weight gain is especially common. The thought of surgical and non-surgical weight loss can bring up a lot of questions. But …

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A life-changing kidney transplant and a major milestone: Baylor University Medical Center celebrates 10,000th transplanted organ

When Jose Suarez moved to Dallas in the mid-80’s, he worked as a high-rise window washer. He remembers washing the windows at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, and wondering what it was like inside the big Dallas hospital. This summer, Jose got a firsthand look at what happens behind …

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ADHD testing: Everything parents need to know

If your child’s brain tried to communicate that it had a problem, would anyone notice? In my office, kids’ brains sometimes ask for help by displaying symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). My job is to work with you, the child’s parent or caregiver, to determine whether ADHD is causing the emotional, social and …

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Lisa’s story: Reflecting on her dad’s life, cut short by COVID-19

As one of eight children and mom to two, family is everything to Lisa Havens. But family looks a lot different now after the passing of the family patriarch, her dad. Her dad may have been 84 when he passed from COVID-19 but according to Lisa, he still had a lot of life left to …

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