This week’s flooding in Houston left Baylor College of Medicine unscathed, but images of large swaths of Houston underwater bring up memories of a time when we weren’t so fortunate. Back in 2001 Tropical Storm Allison stormed through Houston and dropped enough water on the College to cause $495 million in damages. Years of research … Continue reading
Congratulations, Baylor College of Medicine class of 2015! Graduation was held Tuesday, May 26 at Jesse H. Jones Hall for Performing Arts, with community leader and advocate for education Melanie Gray giving the commencement speech. Below is a rundown of our graduates, including national society honors and educational certificate tracks. Read more about Graduation 2015. … Continue reading
Memorial Day marks the beginning of grilling season, and Roberta Anding, registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital; and Kristi King, clinical dietitian at Texas Children’s and a clinical instructor of Pediatrics, for Baylor‘s Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, have the perfect recipes to help you welcome summer. Main Dish … Continue reading
Baylor College of Medicine has a long history of working with the U.S. military. From our affiliation with the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center to the Baylor University College of Medicine’s Medical Reserve Officers Training Corps, Baylor has had close ties to our soldiers from the start. In this page taken from the … Continue reading
There are only six more days until our M.D. and Ph.D. trainees celebrate the completion of their programs with commencement Tuesday, May 26. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. Speaker Melanie Gray, a litigation partner at Winston & Strawn’s Houston office, is a recognized … Continue reading
Beyond the ribbon cutting and celebration of opening a new state-of-the-art facility for the Global Tuberculosis Program at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, the festivities offered the opportunity for our community to share stories that have touched our lives and hearts in the fight against TB. During the dedication event, we learned … Continue reading
Women aren’t the only ones who want to look their best. More men are looking to retain a youthful appearance and are turning to facial plastic surgery. Dr. Krista Olson, physician in the Facial Plastic Surgery Center at Baylor College of Medicine, said there has been a steady increase of male patients over the past … Continue reading
As the genome helps unlock health mysteries and advance individualized medicine, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Mayo Clinic are going to examine genomic markers to help flag possible drug reactions. Baylor‘s Human Genome Sequencing Center will help Mayo Clinic sequence the DNA of Mayo biobank members for 69 different genes that can influence … Continue reading
National Nurses Week 2015 wrapped up this week. It was a chance to appreciate the hard work and dedication of nurses across America. Back in 1921, the Baylor University Round Up yearbook celebrated nurses in their own way. Photographed here in “glamour shots” that capture their style, Ruby Morrison was voted the Most Popular Nurse, … Continue reading
Sometimes the scale does lie. Being a healthy weight does not rule out the risk for obesity, said an expert at Baylor College of Medicine. “Obesity is measured by excess body fat, not necessarily weight, so it is possible to have a normal weight and still be obese,” said Dr. John Foreyt, professor of medicine … Continue reading
Craving Italian cuisine but want to avoid calories? Try this vegetarian spaghetti recipe, courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar Heart and Life program, an interactive web experience for patients with diabetes and their families. The recipe below packs a big taste, with only 102 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving. Vegetarian Spaghetti Ingredients … Continue reading
The official start of hurricane season may still be several weeks away, but that doesn’t stop Mother Nature. On May 8, the U.S. National Hurricane Center issued the first hurricane-related weather advisory. Experts at Baylor College of Medicine offer ways to prepare now before a hurricane to make sure you stay healthy and safe. Get … Continue reading
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a ligament in the central part of the knee that stabilizes the knee during cutting and pivoting activities, such as changes in direction and landing from jumps, and other agility movements. ACL tears are one of the most common sports injuries requiring surgery, and ACL reconstruction surgery is recommended … Continue reading
The 1978 Aesculapian yearbook praises the importance of the Texas Medical Center, but warns that “familiarity yields invisibility.” What better reason to show fresh eyes some old photos that even today look familiar? The photo caption says that the medical center “becomes everyday scenery and therefore invisible. It takes the wide-eyed marvel of a visitor, … Continue reading
Have an endoscopy scheduled or just curious about the procedure? Dr. Hashem El-Serag, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Baylor College of Medicine, says patients shouldn’t fear having the procedure. He dispels myths and explains the importance of having an endoscopy and screening for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer in the Q&A below. Q: What … Continue reading
Have you noticed how incredibly delicious fruit is in the springtime? After a winter of limited selections, mostly apples and citrus, we suddenly find our favorite berries are back in town! Sure, you can always find berries in the freezer section of the grocery store, but there’s something extra enjoyable about fresh berries on a … Continue reading
From a virtual wilderness to the heart of the Texas Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine has played an important role in Houston’s medical and education history. On May 1, the Texas Historical Commission recognized Baylor’s place in Texas history through a dedication and unveiling of the Roy and Lillie Cullen Building as a Recorded … Continue reading
Each year approximately 6.2 million Americans are infected with the most common sexually transmitted disease, the human papilloma virus (HPV). Not only is HPV the causative agent in many base of tongue and tonsil cancers, it is also the culprit in virtually all cervical cancers.
When it comes to careers, they aren’t always a straight line. The professional path can be filled with bumps and curves. Dr. Toi B. Harris, associate provost for Institutional Diversity and Student Services and interim associate dean for Student Affairs and Diversity at Baylor College of Medicine, said her own professional path didn’t lead directly … Continue reading
A doctor comes around the corner to find his colleague putting a patient through a very interesting test, in this photo from the 1965 Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives.
Given the opportunity, would you take a test to determine your chances of developing cancer or a disease like Alzheimer’s disease? Amy McGuire, Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, explores this question and moves beyond hypothetical questions in her … Continue reading
For the eighth year in a row, Baylor College of Medicine served as the official medical sponsor of the Houston Avon Walk, held April 25 – 26.
As much as we would like to say, “Oh, exercise is something I just can’t do,” that’s probably not true when you really think about it. And you have to admit that physical activity really is an important part of weight loss. Whatever your current level of activity, you can start where you are and … Continue reading
A cancer diagnosis can be an isolating and scary experience. Starting May 4, patients from the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women and Harris Health System’s Smith Clinic diagnosed with gynecologic cancer can find emotional support through Baylor College of Medicine’s new Woman to Woman program. The program connects gynecologic cancer survivors with newly diagnosed women. … Continue reading
When you spend enough time studying or working with the same people, you end up doing everything with them. That’s especially true on a college campus. In this photo from the 1956 Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, members of the Baylor community sit for a meal and a cup of … Continue reading
Spring is here! Aren’t we so glad to be out of winter? With seasonal changes, people often experience upper respiratory infections, allergies or a cold, which may result in voice changes that can last up to two weeks.
This feature is part of an ongoing series that focuses on VIICTR.org, highlighting clinical and translational research at Baylor College of Medicine. Christine Beeton, Ph.D, associate professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Baylor, will be the first person to admit her career hasn’t been linear.
Mary K. Estes, Ph.D., is a virologist with a passion for solving microbiology mysteries.
Looking for a main dinner dish packed with nutrients? Look no further than the Baylor College of Medicine Sugar, Heart and Life Program’s Baked Salmon Dijon recipe.
Your voice can evoke passion, emotion, and information. But did you know that your voice could indicate potential health concerns?
April is esophageal cancer awareness month, and Baylor College of Medicine’s gastroenterology experts are reminding people that this type of cancer is treatable.
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.
Imagine the sudden emergence of a new, previously unseen viral disease that is rapidly approaching epidemic levels.
The patient was 16 years old, 200 pounds and 7-feet long. Vital statistics like that aren’t unusual for the Houston Zoo, but for Baylor College of Medicine faculty members, treating Smaug the Komodo dragon wasn’t a typical experience.
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.
When it comes to effective communication and interaction with any person, respect and courtesy are key. These priorities don’t change when interacting with people with disabilities.
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
When I started at Baylor College of Medicine as an intern in 1991, I had no idea of the changes that were to come. The Internet, the mobile revolution, and the rise of wearable sensors is changing everything we understand about medicine. And for many, the digital health revolution is moving faster than we can … Continue reading
In a comment from one of our astute readers, the topic of food allergies came up. I was stumped. Maybe I’m not alone in trying to make sense of the very confusing information out there on the web and trying to apply it to my situation as a woman with a significant mobility limitation.
In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, Dr. Sherry Vinson, assistant professor of developmental pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, shared resources that parents of children with autism can easily access.
Whether you’re a student or a professor, keeping a sharp mind is important to teaching and learning – and a healthy body doesn’t hurt.
While most people may choose a postcard or refrigerator magnet to commemorate their spring break, others make more impulsive decisions and return home with a permanent reminder, like a tattoo or piercing. Dr. Ida Orengo, professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine, said it’s important to get tattoos in clean, reputable tattoo parlors. “Make … Continue reading
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
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
Weight loss is like any other training. You have to be really strict for a while, and then it’s supposed to become a lifestyle as you keep the techniques that work best for you over the long term. Some people say your first choice is making a commitment to losing weight. They acknowledge that you … Continue reading
In the last two years, actress Angelina Jolie—an identified carrier of a genetic mutation (BRCA) that significantly increases her risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer— has shared with the public her difficult decision to have surgeries to prevent cancers. Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer experts at Baylor College of Medicine applaud her decision, which … Continue reading
Anna was a first-year medical student who came to me seeking advice for success in medical school. She was surprised when one of the topics I touched upon was medical school scholarships and awards. I find that this is a common reaction from students. Apart from the distinct financial benefits, though, scholarships and awards may … Continue reading
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
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