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Gym safety: How to exercise safely during COVID-19

Exercise for each and every one of us is important — and exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic is equally, if not more, important. No matter what type of exercise is right for you, it’s a way to not only keep your body moving, but also give your mind a break for the sake of your mental health.  The caveat? …

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How to talk to your doctor about a second opinion

When you’ve been told you have a potentially life-threatening condition, like heart disease, and need a major procedure such as open-heart surgery, it’s not only a good idea to seek a second opinion, but it’s actually encouraged by many physicians. Traditionally, second opinions have often been associated with complicated or dire diagnoses but are becoming …

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How diabetes is connected to your bone and joint health

Often, people with diabetes don’t learn about the effects of their condition on bone health until they seek care for an orthopedic issue. Most have heard about caring for their kidneys, eyes or heart. But, when it comes to orthopedic health and diabetes, they’re surprised to find out there’s a connection there, too.  From an increased risk …

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Understanding the different COVID-19 vaccines

Update: On April 13, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended pausing the administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine due to a rare and severe type of blood clot reported in a small number of individuals. While the adverse reactions appear to be extremely …

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How to exercise for heart health at home

In the era of COVID-19, many people face new challenges in remaining active. It is well known that exercise and an active lifestyle greatly reduces risk factors for and risk of developing cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 cause of death in the US. However, many traditional methods of exercise are now inaccessible (gyms, sporting groups, cardiac rehabilitations, etc.).  …

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How your body builds immunity against COVID-19

After receiving the vaccine for COVID-19, folks are asking, what happens with our immune systems? What is actually going on inside of the body? And how long does it take to build immunity? Here is a breakdown of information on how vaccines work. Step one: Build a defense  Our immune systems have defense mechanisms that are …

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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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