Throwback Thursday: Fun in the sun

Throwback Thursday: Fun in the sun

How are you celebrating the Fourth of July? If you’re heading to the beach you’ve got something in common with these freshmen students from the 1954 the Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives.

The heroes in plain sight

The heroes in plain sight

Walking among us, usually unbeknownst to us, are people who have experienced war. My grandfather and two of his brothers fought with the U.S. Army in Europe during the war. One of my great uncles went ashore at Normandy on D-Day. My grandfather and my other great uncle soon followed with the waves of Allied … Continue reading

Keep your July 4 celebration safe

Keep your July 4 celebration safe

Planning an outdoor barbecue or a day at the lake or pool over Independence Day? Experts at Baylor College of Medicine offer these reminders to help keep your long weekend safe and fun. Food and heat When it comes to eating outdoors, dietitian Roberta Anding says approximately half of food-borne illnesses can be eliminated with … Continue reading

A miracle in a medical odyssey

A miracle in a medical odyssey

Miracles. From the day they were born, with all of their medical challenges, delays, life threatening and mysterious ailments, we knew they were absolute miracles. Noah and Alexis, our 18 year old twins, graduated from high school on June 5, 2015. They both gave speeches that would move even the hardest of hearts. The grace … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Living Spaces

Throwback Thursday: Living Spaces

When a medical student isn’t studying or getting hands-on training, where do they go? What does life look like at home for these aspiring doctors? From the 1978 edition of the Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, we get a look at some student living spaces. Writing desks. Bathroom. Kitchen (with … Continue reading

Q&A: What you should know about VATS lobectomy

Q&A: What you should know about VATS lobectomy

Early stage lung cancer patients may have a less invasive option when it comes to surgery. Baylor College of Medicine Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Bryan Burt says video-assisted lobectomies are becoming a more common technique for treating select patients. Burt, an assistant professor in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, who specializes in thoracic surgical … Continue reading

Congratulations, 2016 MSOP Class!

Congratulations, 2016 MSOP Class!

The 2016 class of the Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics program had reason to celebrate recently as they received an important symbol of their medical training – their first white coat. The White Coat ceremony, held Thursday, June 18, marks the completion of basic sciences and didactic coursework. These 20 students will now … Continue reading

Undergraduates access tropical medicine at Baylor

Undergraduates access tropical medicine at Baylor

Undergraduate students from Baylor University are getting hands-on experience in tropical medicine and public health through Baylor College of Medicine’s Tropical Medicine Summer Institute. Now in its third year, the two-week program is an introductory course tailored to explore tropical medicine through global health, epidemiology, infectious diseases, parasitic diseases and neglected tropical disease. Not all program … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Father’s Day

Throwback Thursday: Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this weekend. Lots of dads are probably going to spend time relaxing or doing something fun with their children. When you’re a new father, however, there’s no breakfast in bed made by your kid(s) – you’re still doing the feeding. From the 1997 Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine … Continue reading

Hydration with a twist

Hydration with a twist

Water is the best type of hydration for our bodies, and although we can get tired of it at times, we don’t want the calories from other types of drinks. Here are a few things to add a twist to your hydration this summer. Drink water, but add one or more of the following: Cucumbers … Continue reading

Celebrating strides on #WhiteOutCancerDay

Celebrating strides on #WhiteOutCancerDay

In recognition of National Cancer Immunotherapy Month and today’s “White Out Cancer Day,” we celebrate significant advances in immunotherapy and its ability to treat cancer. The Texas Medical Center is home to one of the leading centers making strides in the field – the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, a collaborative initiative between Baylor … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Poolside

Throwback Thursday: Poolside

Summer is here! Schools are out, pools are open and many students are getting a well-deserved break from their studies. From the 1998 edition of the Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, these medical students enjoy a relaxing lounge by the pool. Hopefully they didn’t go swimming with scrubs and stethoscopes … Continue reading

Reach for these egg alternatives

Reach for these egg alternatives

The avian flu may have caused an egg shortage for some grocery stores, but Roberta Anding, registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, says there are alternatives for your baking needs and other ways to add protein to your diet. For instance, if you usually reach for a breakfast taco in … Continue reading

Skin cancer: Reduce your risks

Skin cancer: Reduce your risks

Baylor College of Medicine dermatologist Dr. Ida Orengo says there are two easy precautions you can take to help reduce your risk for developing skin cancer: slather on broad spectrum sunscreen and see a dermatologist regularly for early detection skin cancer screenings. “Skin cancer is the most common cancer in humans,” she said. “It affects … Continue reading

Breaking bad moods with these tips

Breaking bad moods with these tips

We’re all human, and we all feel a little blue sometimes. And for many people, it isn’t easy to get out of a bad mood. Dr. Sanjay Mathew, associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, has some advice on pulling out of a blue mood. “Everyone … Continue reading

Don’t get burned: Wear sunblock, read labels

Don’t get burned: Wear sunblock, read labels

Summer is here. That means outdoor fun and, if you’re not careful, sunburns. Besides using hats or limiting time outdoors, pay attention to labels when buying your sun protection. Sunblock and sunscreen aren’t interchangeable words. For many people, sunblocks can be more effective at protecting than sunscreens. “Sunblocks containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Yearbook face off

Throwback Thursday: Yearbook face off

The end of the school year often means saying goodbye to some classmates. Thankfully, things like Facebook and other social media services help keep people in touch with old friends. But before Facebook, we had yearbooks to look back to. Faces placed alongside mugshots created a permanent record of how people looked that year – … Continue reading

Help protect elderly from fall-related injuries

Help protect elderly from fall-related injuries

The only way to steady the rising number of elderly deaths due to falls is by preventing them from happening in the first place, according to balance expert Helen Cohen, EdD., OTR, FAOTA, professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. The Center for Balance Disorders and the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor treats chronic problems that often … Continue reading

Scavenger hunt helps pediatric bariatric support group put theory into practice

Scavenger hunt helps pediatric bariatric support group put theory into practice

What’s the best way to get teens at their bariatric surgery classes excited about healthy food? For several years, students from Baylor College of Medicine’s Choosing Healthy, Eating Fresh (CHEF) elective have lent a hand with the Texas Children’s Hospital Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program support group through interactive lectures and hands-on cooking classes. We realized … Continue reading

Congratulations graduates!

Congratulations graduates!

Heavy rains and floods couldn’t keep Baylor College of Medicine’s Class of 2015 from graduation May 26 at the Jesse H. Jones Hall for Performing Arts. The ceremony awarded 184 medical school graduates and 92 graduates of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences with diplomas. See a rundown of our graduates, including national society honors … Continue reading

Graduation 2015: By the Numbers

Graduation 2015: By the Numbers

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

Usher in summer with tasty grilling recipes

Usher in summer with tasty grilling recipes

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

Throwback Thursday: Military Men

Throwback Thursday: Military Men

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

Countdown to celebrating our graduates

Countdown to celebrating our graduates

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

Helping Swaziland’s children fight tuberculosis

Helping Swaziland’s children fight tuberculosis

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

Throwback Thursday: It isn’t a contest…

Throwback Thursday: It isn’t a contest…

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

Recipe: Meatless spaghetti easy vegetarian dinner choice

Recipe: Meatless spaghetti easy vegetarian dinner choice

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

Kick start hurricane season with early prep

Kick start hurricane season with early prep

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

Throwback Thursday: Same sights, different day

Throwback Thursday: Same sights, different day

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

Endoscopy: How does it work and what are the benefits?

Endoscopy: How does it work and what are the benefits?

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

Bliss through strawberries

Bliss through strawberries

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

Honoring our history

Honoring our history

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

Preventing head and neck cancers with HPV vaccine

Preventing head and neck cancers with HPV vaccine

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.  

Mentorship, guidance help steer careers

Mentorship, guidance help steer careers

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

Exploring benefits, limitations of genomic sequencing

Exploring benefits, limitations of genomic sequencing

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

Throwback Thursday: The social hour

Throwback Thursday: The social hour

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