After years of chronic pain, islet cell transplant changed this man’s life

Chronic pancreatitis can lead to debilitating, life-limiting pain. That pain routinely stopped David Wright in his tracks.  “I would literally double over and couldn’t move,” he said. Medication would sometimes reduce the attacks. Pain blocks administered by an advanced endoscopist at Baylor University Medical Center worked for a while, too. But the chronic pancreatitis pain …

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Orthopedic injuries: Why being male or female makes a difference

From competitive athletes to weekend warriors, you may have specific orthopedic needs based on your age or the sports you play. But did you know being male or female can affect your orthopedic health, too? Differences in bony anatomy, ligaments or muscle mass mean males and females have different orthopedic vulnerabilities. Fortunately, by being aware …

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When will you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Updated 12/22/20 Please note: Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 vaccine situation, information may change frequently — please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (or your local state authorities) for the most up-to-date information. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the …

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3 ways to cope with loneliness this holiday season

The holiday season can be exciting and full of fun, but it can also cause depression and loneliness for some, especially those celebrating alone or away from loved ones. Add on a global pandemic and those feelings can be exacerbated. In order to keep yourself and those around you safe, your normal holiday activities may …

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Dancing as therapy: After stroke, husband and wife rediscover love for dance

For Hsujeng and Amy Liu, dancing has always been their love language. They met while dancing at a birthday party in 1976 and have been dancing through life together ever since. “He was a gentleman, which was extremely rare on the dance floor,” Amy said. “It also helped that he was a good dancer.” When …

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How to help a child cope with anxiety

Is your child feeling anxious, sad or worried? As a parent, it’s only natural to be concerned, but these feelings are all part of a child’s normal development. However, if your child does not outgrow these fears and worries, it can lead to problems at home and school. When these anxieties persist, or when there are …

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Is my diet broken or do I have a nutritional deficiency?

When it comes to dietary changes, weight loss or achieving new wellness goals, many people assume a big overhaul is needed. Questions such as, “Do I need to go Paleo, Keto or eliminate sugar altogether? What about Whole30?” often come up.  But you might be surprised to learn that it’s the small changes that make the biggest …

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Meet the opera singing nurse who comforts patients with her voice

From singing in musical productions to caring for patients in the operating room — meet Christine Giammona, BSN, RN, CNOR. When she was only 2 years old, Christine sang her first solo in a church Christmas program. Deemed her “gift” by family and friends, singing came naturally to Christine — a talent she has worked …

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