As researchers continue to explore treatment options for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, trials for individuals with mild enough symptoms to not need hospitalization have also moved toward activation in recent months. These trials seek to tackle COVID-19 earlier in the process when, in theory, antivirals and other treatment methods can more effectively shut down the … Continue reading Can we slow COVID-19 progression? New trial explores
Have you ever bonded with someone you don’t know over something funny? Or perhaps become closer with someone after a few good laughs? Let’s dive into what makes laughter so contagious — and so important in our day-to-day lives and relationships. The contagious effect of laughter Research has shown that the critical laughter trigger for … Continue reading Why is laughter contagious? Plus 7 ways to lighten up your day
Adaptogen products are everywhere in the food and supplement market right now. Curious about what these supplements are and if they are worth the hype? Let’s find out! What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are defined as herbs or roots that possibly act like a “stress vaccine” in the human body. Ultimately, they’re proposed to reduce chronic stress … Continue reading All about adaptogens: Do these healing herbs really work?
Just one day after the initiative was launched by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Baylor Scott & White Research Institute enrolled the first patient in the world for the ACTIV-3 clinical trial. A second patient was enrolled the following day. The NIH ACTIV-3 Trial is part of the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) program created in a partnership … Continue reading Baylor Scott & White Research Institute enrolls first patients in new COVID-19 global clinical trial
A common cause of neck and arm pain is a pinched nerve, also known as cervical radiculopathy. Several structures in the cervical spine can cause pressure on a nerve as it branches from the spinal cord to travel down your arm where it provides motor and sensory function. Two of the most common culprits behind … Continue reading What’s causing my neck pain and arm pain?
Morning sickness. Heartburn. Tearing up for no reason. Strange food cravings. Most women who have been pregnant know some or all these symptoms well. As an OB/GYN who specializes in maternal-fetal medicine and a mom, I am quite familiar with them myself. I also know that they are generally nothing to worry about. Most pregnant … Continue reading Pregnant? 6 abnormal signs you should call your doctor
Do you find yourself having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or not feeling rested when you wake up? Let us dig into some of the reasons why you may not be getting your best night’s sleep. You might be surprised to learn that your sleep is intimately connected to your mental health — especially to … Continue reading The complicated relationship between insomnia, depression and anxiety
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of healthcare, both inside the hospital and out. As the virus began to necessitate restrictions on hospital visitor policies, one physician was troubled by the thought of patients spending their days alone in a hospital bed without the support of their loved ones. Inspired to help, she took … Continue reading Physician launches care package program for COVID-19 patients and staff
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb, it is imperative for us to keep a watchful eye on how the virus is affecting our communities and our own health. After all, this virus is still around and still highly contagious. Safety — both our own and that of those around us — should … Continue reading COVID-19 self-monitoring symptom checklist
Let’s face it — pain is subjective and therefore, difficult to quantify. When experiencing female pelvic pain, many women find it challenging to figure out what is causing their pain and why. Is it indicative of a pathologic process like endometriosis or simply part of a normal process like menstruation? As an OB/GYN at Baylor Scott & White … Continue reading Female pelvic pain: Is it endometriosis?