Getting comfortable with minimally invasive cardiac surgery

Getting comfortable with minimally invasive cardiac surgery

As minimally invasive surgical techniques become more widely available, how can cardiothoracic surgeons prepare themselves, healthcare teams and their patients? Three experts, including Dr. Todd K. Rosengart, professor and chairman of Baylor College of Medicine’s Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, join members of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons roundtable at the society’s annual meeting to … Continue reading

Baylor co-sponsored tissue collection event a success

Baylor co-sponsored tissue collection event a success

On Feb. 28, Baylor College of Medicine, with the Houston affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the local Pink Ribbons Project organization, made a big contribution to the fight against breast cancer and the mission to understand the differences in healthy and cancerous breast tissue.

Get active with Baylor

Get active with Baylor

At Baylor College of Medicine, we are committed to the health and well-being of our community through the work we do in all of our mission areas. As employees of an academic medical center, we also have a unique opportunity to be role models for a healthy lifestyle.

Bowling for a cause: Event supports Houston-area nonprofits

Bowling for a cause: Event supports Houston-area nonprofits

As a first-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine, I’ve had the opportunity join my classmates in volunteering at the H.O.M.E.S. Clinic. Entirely student-run since 1999, the clinic provides healthcare services and social resources to the homeless population of Houston. The clinic is a collaborative effort between Baylor, UT Health Science Center at Houston, the … Continue reading

Managing heart disease can improve quality of life

Managing heart disease can improve quality of life

More than 82 million American adults are estimated to suffer from some form of heart disease, according to statistics from the American Heart Association. Damage to the heart that has developed over time can’t be cured. But it can be treated, quite often with strategies to improve symptoms.

And the (lab) Grammy goes to…

And the (lab) Grammy goes to…

While you may have tuned into the Grammy awards this month, a smaller group waited at their keyboard to see who would win the 2015 Lab Grammy for Education Video and Song Parody Video of the year awarded by BioTechniques.

Exploiting cancer’s Achilles’ heel

Exploiting cancer’s Achilles’ heel

What drives innovation? For Dr. Trey Westbrook it’s a personal mission to find new treatments for invasive breast cancer. His work focuses on the genetic mechanisms and key targets for treating triple-negative breast cancer.

A gut feeling: Unlocking the mysteries of autism

A gut feeling: Unlocking the mysteries of autism

Autism spectrum disorders are one of the true medical mysteries of our time. From the scientists trying to discover the underlying cause, to the parents trying to find the best treatment plan, there is still so much that we don’t know. Even with the wide array of symptoms associated with autism, gastrointestinal issues remain a … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Man on a mission

Throwback Thursday: Man on a mission

February is American Heart Month, a time to put taking care of your heart at the top of your mind. Today we’re looking back at the father of modern cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, who made many advances in caring for the human heart.

Therapy dogs provide comfort to chemotherapy patients

Therapy dogs provide comfort to chemotherapy patients

Nearing the end of her chemotherapy treatment, Galvestonian June Merrell knew she was in for a long day at the Baylor Infusion Center. But her long day – treatment from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – quickly brightened up with a surprise visit from Sadie, a golden retriever and pet therapy dog.

Expired makeup can lead to blemishes

Expired makeup can lead to blemishes

Flawless makeup application and healthy skin rely heavily on using fresh makeup.  Annie Christenson, head aesthetician at Baylor College of Medicine’s Aesthetics Studio, reminds her clients to check makeup expiration dates before applying.

Contributing to new standard of global health service

Contributing to new standard of global health service

With advances in technology and the force of globalization, the face of global health is changing. At the recent Baylor College of Medicine Global Health Symposium, Dr. Michael Merson, founding director of Duke University’s Global Health Institute, focused his keynote address on the challenges of global health today. 

The cycle of disability and weight gain

The cycle of disability and weight gain

Now don’t let the word “disability” scare you off! We are just talking about those conditions that limit what you can do or how you do them. There are a lot of people who have such functional limitations; in fact, were talking one in five people in the United States.

Gates annual letter highlights neglected tropical diseases

Gates annual letter highlights neglected tropical diseases

Today, Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter in which they identified goals for what the world will look like in 15 years. They see a world in which the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than in any other time in history.

Gazpacho recipe adds zest to dinner table

Gazpacho recipe adds zest to dinner table

After a season full of rich holiday meals it’s time to focus on adding delicious and healthy recipes to your dinner table. This recipe for gazpacho, was shared with the Baylor College of Medicine CHEF elective students by Kyle Carpenter, a Baylor student with cooking experience.

Tips keep running marathon fun, safe

Tips keep running marathon fun, safe

Are you running in the Houston Marathon this weekend? Before you hit the course, Dr. Theodore Shybut, assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, has last minute tips for runners.

Apps, technology help patients with hearing loss

Apps, technology help patients with hearing loss

What started as a small device to help World War II combat veterans with hearing loss has evolved into a widely used hearing aid to help patients with hearing loss that is genetic, medical, traumatic or due to chronic high noise exposure.

Improve your health in 2015

Improve your health in 2015

Do you have plans to lose weight or get more active this year? Experts from Baylor College of Medicine have tips and tools to help you feel better and achieve your goals in 2015.

A year at Baylor: 2014 in review

A year at Baylor: 2014 in review

Between announcements in research and new partnerships, it has been an exciting year at Baylor College of Medicine. Before we open a new chapter and begin 2015, take a look at the highlights over the last year.