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Throwback Thursday: In one ear and…

Throwback Thursday: In one ear and…

Many forms of modern-day entertainment involve the use of our ears. The ability to hear also plays a critical role in completing daily work tasks and communicating with our families and friends, so the science of otolaryngology remains an important aspect of medicine. Take a look at this photo from the Aesculapian Yearbook, courtesy of … Continue reading

Avoid bed bugs while traveling

Avoid bed bugs while traveling

Traveling soon? Dr. Stephen Richards, associate professor in Baylor College of Medicine’s Human Genome Sequencing Center, and Dr. Coby Schal of North Carolina State University offer tips on how to avoid picking up bed bugs and ultimately infestations in your home. Both scientists are contributors on a recent study in Nature Communications that describes the genome sequence … Continue reading

Things to do today to improve heart health

Things to do today to improve heart health

Have your well-intended New Year’s resolutions fallen to the wayside? If so, here’s another chance to get motivated. February is American Heart Month and a great time to adopt lifestyle changes to improve heart health. “Think of the good choices you can make today,” said Dr. John Foreyt, professor of medicine-atherosclerosis and vascular medicine at Baylor … Continue reading

Losing real weight in a virtual world

Losing real weight in a virtual world

I use a manual wheelchair every day. So for me, one of the best features of the GoWoman Weight Management Program was participating in the “virtual world” of Second Life. At first I strongly resisted Second Life (SL), figuring it was a fantasy world full of 13 year-old boys. But then I actually entered it … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Seeing double

Throwback Thursday: Seeing double

Did you know that both red blood cells and taste buds were discovered using microscopes? The all-important device continues to be a mainstay in the world of medicine. This is evident when you take a look at these two photos that were taken over 30 years apart at Baylor College of Medicine. On the left, … Continue reading

Finding relief for your cold symptoms

Finding relief for your cold symptoms

Having a cold can be miserable. Sneezing, a stuffy nose, sore throat, fever, cough, headache and fatigue can leave you searching for ways to find relief from your symptoms. Dr. Jeffrey Steinbauer, professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine says you don’t need antibiotics to feel better and most cold relief … Continue reading

Experts offer insight on concussions and brain injuries

Experts offer insight on concussions and brain injuries

Have you seen the movie “Concussion”? The film follows the work of forensic pathologist Dr. Bennett Omalu as he first published his findings on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease of the brain that is found in athletes and those with a history of repetitive brain trauma. At a recent panel hosted by … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: The X-ray life

Throwback Thursday: The X-ray life

Although the medical sciences are constantly evolving with the introduction of new research, many day-to-day practices have remained the same over several decades. On the left, we have a photo of a Baylor student reviewing an X-ray. Notice her documentation practices and attention to detail. Now flash forward to 1998. From the paper and pen … Continue reading

Dispelling nutrition myths

Dispelling nutrition myths

Diet and exercise typically comes down to common sense, but we don’t always want to believe it, according to Roberta Anding, registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine. Instead, we’re more likely to believe the sensationalized information or fads. Anding breaks down some common myths for us and simplifies how to eat healthy. Myth No. 1: … Continue reading

Are you having symptoms of GERD?

Are you having symptoms of GERD?

Heartburn, indigestion, regurgitation or reflux can all happen after indulging in a big meal. But did you know these issues are also a sign of a chronic digestive disease? Dr. Shawn Groth, assistant professor in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and director of Esophageal Surgical Services at Baylor … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Spin Urine, Get Money

Throwback Thursday: Spin Urine, Get Money

When you can see how close you are to achieving your dream, it can make day-to-day life a little frustrating. It can be so frustrating when five days and a giant project stand between you and the weekend or when your Powerball numbers are this close. This medical student from the 1974 Aesculapian Yearbook, courtesy … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Strike a pose

Throwback Thursday: Strike a pose

You’ll have to admit – people looked pretty cool when posing for photos 100 years ago. From the 1918 Baylor University Round Up yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, we see an amazing collage of young men and women striking poses and mugging for the camera. Some of the photos look like … Continue reading

A look back at 2015 at Baylor

A look back at 2015 at Baylor

Before we close the books on 2015 and start a new year, we invite you to take a look back at a year packed with achievements and celebrations. Join us as we relive the highlights in education, research, healthcare and more at Baylor College of Medicine. Comprehensive Designation Baylor’s Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center … Continue reading

Challenges in weight loss: Doing it blind

Challenges in weight loss: Doing it blind

Losing weight can be pretty complicated for most of us. Imagine doing it while going blind! That’s where I’m at these days. Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an abnormal development of the blood vessels in the eye. It primarily effects infants born early and is one of the most common causes of vision loss in … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: A totally normal party

Throwback Thursday: A totally normal party

Ah, yes. A few friends standing around at some function or event, enjoying some refreshments and- wait, is that a brain? Why is there a brain on that table? This photo is from the 1957 Aesculapian Yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives. It seems like a normal enough party, but… That’s not … Continue reading

Is it more than menopause?

Is it more than menopause?

Fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, hair loss and difficulty sleeping are all common symptoms of menopause. But these symptoms are similar to hypothyroidism, better known as underactive thyroid. So, is it menopause or something else? How can you tell? In women, hypothyroidism tends to develop around the menopause years. It occurs when the thyroid – … Continue reading

Cut calories, keep treats sweet with baking swaps

Cut calories, keep treats sweet with baking swaps

Thinking about holiday baking? Hearty, rich meals and decadent desserts during the holidays can make your waistline grow. Our dietitians and experts from the Baylor College of Medicine Sugar, Heart and Life program, offer swaps to help keep your baked goods delicious while reducing fat and calories. If the recipe calls for an egg, Registered Dietitian … Continue reading

Sex and weight loss: What better form of exercise?

Sex and weight loss: What better form of exercise?

Over the last 15 years I have watched as my weight has slowly increased due to my physical limitations. The challenges can be overwhelming and frustrating. Many exercises can cause extreme fatigue and it is next to impossible to find a gym or facility with accessible equipment for a woman in a power wheelchair. So, … Continue reading

Recipe offers meatless option for lasagna

Recipe offers meatless option for lasagna

In the rush of the holidays it’s easy to indulge and pass up on the foods and nutrients you need. Try this vegetable lasagna recipe for when you want a meatless dinner option. With this lasagna recipe, it’s easy to add vegetables to the filling. This version adds chopped spinach, chopped cauliflower, and shredded carrots to the … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Conference Period

Throwback Thursday: Conference Period

Medical students don’t spend all their time studying and seeing patients. At least back in 1963, it was common for students to assist the Baylor College of Medicine faculty and staff with certain tasks during their clinical clerkships. Here we see an excerpt from a book about medical education along with a tongue-in-cheek example of … Continue reading

Hotez: Chagas poses threat to Texas, Western Hemisphere

Hotez: Chagas poses threat to Texas, Western Hemisphere

It has a funny name, but the kissing bug isn’t a laughing matter. The kissing bug (pictured below) is the source of Chagas disease, a neglected tropical disease making landfall here in America. Learn more:   More Resources Read more about Chagas See what Baylor is doing to help fight Chagas -By Andy Phifer

Healthy Habits: Progress, not perfection

Healthy Habits: Progress, not perfection

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. Dr. Jeffrey Steinbauer, professor of family and community medicine, tells us what keeps him motivated during his workouts. Q: … Continue reading

Allied Health graduation 2015: By the numbers

Allied Health graduation 2015: By the numbers

Congratulations, Baylor College of Medicine Allied Health class of 2015! The graduation ceremony was held Saturday, Dec. 5 in the Grand Hall at the Lancaster Center. Adrianne Haslet, a competitive ballroom dancer who lost her lower left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, served as commencement speaker. The class of 2015 is the first group … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Study Partners

Throwback Thursday: Study Partners

Since most people attend medical school at the same age that young people often start families, it is common enough for medical students to be married with children during their studies. So, it isn’t a surprise there’s more than one Throwback Thursday featuring someone far too young for medical school. But why not one more? … Continue reading

Is there sleep after menopause?

Is there sleep after menopause?

For women, sleep can be elusive at every stage of life. But perhaps none more so than the menopause years. I hear from exhausted patients all the time who would feel so much better – and be able to handle the symptoms of menopause so much easier – if they could just get some sleep. … Continue reading

Diabetes, your feet, and you

Diabetes, your feet, and you

Living with diabetes is more than insulin shots and watching your diet. It also includes caring for your feet. Dr. Joseph Mills, professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, said sores, ulcers and other feet injuries can … Continue reading

Getting along, handling family stress during the holidays

Getting along, handling family stress during the holidays

Pair obligations, traditions and responsibilities with tension of family dynamics and you can create a holiday season overshadowed by stress and anxiety before it even arrives. Dr. Asim Shah, assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, says it is important to set differences apart and be more accepting … Continue reading

Check in on relatives health during holiday visits

Check in on relatives health during holiday visits

For many, the holiday season means gathering with family to celebrate. While you’re spending time with cousins or that new baby, a Baylor expert suggests taking time to check in on the health and well-being of elderly relatives. Physical, mental and fiscal health are all important to people as they age, explains Dr. Robert Roush, director … Continue reading