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How to ease acid reflux symptoms

How to ease acid reflux symptoms

Having problems with acid reflux? You’re not alone. Dr. Hashem B. El-Serag, section chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Baylor College of Medicine says the number of people experiencing acid reflux is increasing. “The increase of acid reflux symptoms is partly due to the rising obesity rate and continued fast food (high fat and low fiber) … Continue reading

Welcome new Baylor students

Welcome new Baylor students

Each summer, new classes of students join the ranks of Baylor College of Medicine’s education programs. We wish all students beginning a new academic journey a warm welcome to the Baylor community! School of Medicine Members of the Class of 2019 arrived on campus Monday to begin orientation. The students left Houston and headed for a two-day … Continue reading

Healthy Habits: What a dietitian eats for breakfast

Healthy Habits: What a dietitian eats for breakfast

Taking care of your health is a priority and nobody knows that more than physicians and healthcare providers. It can sometimes be difficult to find ways to stay healthy, so we’ve asked members of our Baylor College of Medicine community to share what they do in their daily lives to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Roberta … Continue reading

Six tips for better skin as we age

Six tips for better skin as we age

Want to retain the fresh and bright glow of your skin as you age? Dr. Ramsey Markus, associate professor of dermatology and director of the Laser Surgery Center, offers the following tips to help your skin age gracefully and correct damage. 1. Start with sunblock: The majority of age related skin changes are due to sun … Continue reading

Save your voice: Stop smoking

Save your voice: Stop smoking

For more than 40 years, public health officials and doctors have warned about the many negative effects smoking has on a person’s body and health, including vocal health. Smoking causes swelling and inflammation of the larynx and vocal cords, which can affect the voice. More seriously, smoking can increase the risk for vocal fold cancer … Continue reading

Sensitive skin? Don’t shy away from sunscreen

Sensitive skin? Don’t shy away from sunscreen

Does sensitive skin keep you from slathering on sunscreen? Dr. Rajani Katta, professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine, said fragrances or ingredients are likely to blame. “An allergy may occur to either the sunblock chemicals themselves, or to fragrances or preservatives in the product,” said Katta. “Rather than not wear sunscreen, look for brands that are … Continue reading

Healthy Habits: How Baylor stays fit

Healthy Habits: How Baylor stays fit

Taking care of your health is a priority and nobody knows that more than physicians and healthcare providers. It can sometimes be difficult to find ways to stay healthy, so we’ve asked some of the members of the Baylor College of Medicine community what they do in their daily lives to maintain a healthy lifestyle. First up … Continue reading

Custom swim plugs can keep infection at bay

Custom swim plugs can keep infection at bay

Before you dive into the water to cool off this summer, make sure your ears are protected. Dr. Lauren Placke, audiologist in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, said moisture buildup in the ear canal after swimming can lead to otitis externa, an infection commonly known as swimmer’s ear. … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Made Men and Women

Throwback Thursday: Made Men and Women

There’s lots of perks about coming to study or work at Baylor College of Medicine. The Medical Center is pleasant to walk around, there’s excellent culture and diversity and Baylor’s cafes have a great soup selection. And apparently, one of the lesser-known perks is the ability to ask for a special favor from a select … Continue reading

On the road? Drop the junk food!

On the road? Drop the junk food!

You’re on vacation, and you’re tired. Between the long car ride and the inevitable traveling headaches, you just want something to be easy. And what’s easier than stopping at a fast food place on your way back from the beach?

What academic medical centers can learn from Lippi

What academic medical centers can learn from Lippi

What does this 15th century Renaissance painting have to do with a 21st century academic medical center? Painted by Fra’ Filippo Lippi (a monk of some questionable repute) in about 1465, I selected this image as an analogy for our two broad challenges in building a successful academic medical enterprise in the rapidly changing healthcare environment. … Continue reading

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