How is your voice today?

How is your voice today?

Your voice can evoke passion, emotion, and information. But did you know that your voice could indicate potential health concerns? As we recognize World Voice Day, this year celebrated on April 16, a global initiative that celebrates the phenomenon of voice, members of Baylor College of Medicine’s Institute for Voice and Swallowing call into focus … Continue reading

Reducing your risk for esophageal cancer

Reducing your risk for esophageal cancer

April is esophageal cancer awareness month, and Baylor College of Medicine’s gastroenterology experts are reminding people that this type of cancer is treatable. “The most common type of esophageal cancer in the United States is adenocarcinoma, and it is the fastest rising cancer in Caucasian men in this country,” said Dr. Hashem El-Serag, chief of … Continue reading

Inside Baylor’s Optical Imaging and Vital Microscopy Core

Inside Baylor’s Optical Imaging and Vital Microscopy Core

This feature is part of a series that focuses on VIICTR.org, highlighting clinical and translational research at Baylor College of Medicine. Only within the past few decades have microscopes evolved dramatically into finely tuned instruments capable of imaging large biological specimens with razor-sharp resolution.

Throwback Thursday: America’s pastime

Throwback Thursday: America’s pastime

The 2015 baseball season arrived in Houston this week, with the Astros taking on the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park. This Baylor College of Medicine trio, from the 1983 Aesculapian yearbook, looks ready to take part in America’s pastime.

Getting ready for summer ‘arbovirus’ season in Houston

Getting ready for summer ‘arbovirus’ season in Houston

Dengue and Chikungunya are not exactly household worlds, but these two viral infections are serious diseases (known as “arbovirus infections”). Each is transmitted by mosquitoes, and there are real concerns they might be coming to Houston and Harris County this summer. The National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine is taking on … Continue reading

Baylor couple providing cancer care in Africa

Baylor couple providing cancer care in Africa

As a medical student, Dr. Jeremy Slone developed an interest in global health. He also was interested in pediatric oncology, but he didn’t know how to blend the two. He has found the perfect way to combine his medical interests – through the International Center at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. Slone, assistant professor of pediatrics at … Continue reading

Data is the new oil

Data is the new oil

I recently was given the opportunity to represent Baylor College of Medicine at the Association of American Medical Colleges as part of a year-long conversation on becoming a “Learning Health System”. At the inaugural event, I heard from others around the country examples of substantive efforts to harness the power of academic medical centers to … Continue reading

Experiencing new senses?

Experiencing new senses?

Can we create new ways for human beings to experience different senses? Dr. David Eagleman, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine, thinks so. During his March 18 TED talk, “Can We Create New Senses for Humans?” he presents his latest project, a sensory vest for the hearing impaired. This … Continue reading

Gas, bloating, irritable bowel:  A gut feeling that something is not right

Gas, bloating, irritable bowel: A gut feeling that something is not right

Those with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) know not all foods can be digested equally. IBS affects up to one in five people living in this country. The syndrome’s symptoms include abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and change in bowel habits either through constipation, diarrhea or both alternating. The average diet frequently contains sugars that are difficult to digest for some people. These … Continue reading

Match Day 2015 Wrap Up

Match Day 2015 Wrap Up

Match Day 2015 was one of the biggest days in our student’s educational career. And now that our 178 fourth-year medical students have matched with their residency programs, we can take a look back at everything that happened during the day. Check out our video recap of the day: Read the press release. Watch the … Continue reading

Match Day 2015 by the numbers

Match Day 2015 by the numbers

Today fourth year medical students found out where they would train for their residency program. See the 2015 results for Baylor College of Medicine’s fourth year students below: This year two additional students at Baylor participated in the Military Match. See a further breakdown by specialty in the graphic below.

Throwback Thursday: Match Day, 1978

Throwback Thursday: Match Day, 1978

Match Day, one of the most important days in a future doctor’s educational career, is March 20. Every year near the end of March, students across the nation discover which residency program they will join for training. And across the chasm of time, back to 1978, this eclectic group of students learned their matches as … Continue reading

At the doorsteps of our dreams

At the doorsteps of our dreams

Match Day is a monumental day for soon-to-be graduating medical students across the nation. The next phase of becoming a licensed physician is to train at a residency program, and after the past months of interviewing various institutions, we enlisted in the National Resident Matching Program where we committed ourselves to a binding agreement to … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: The Big Screen

Throwback Thursday: The Big Screen

Baylor College of Medicine is a research leader, and you don’t get to be that way without some medical technology. In this photo from the 1963 Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, our doctors sit with some lab equipment that looks like it could use an upgrade. With modern smartphones and … Continue reading

Exercise and the heart: Hitting your target rate

Exercise and the heart: Hitting your target rate

Want to get the most out of your physical activity? Dr. Theodore Shybut, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine said regular exercise can reduce blood pressure, increase good cholesterol, reduce bad and total cholesterol, increase overall fitness and improve insulin sensitivity—very important if you have type 2 diabetes or are pre-diabetic.

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 chair 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.

In focus: Our guiding values

In focus: Our guiding values

The name Baylor College of Medicine brings many things to mind – pioneering efforts in heart surgery and genetics, strength in research, well-prepared students, diversity, innovation, a pursuit of excellence. And while all of us know that Baylor College of Medicine is more than a College of Medicine, we’ve decided to make that abundantly clear … Continue reading

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.