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Ward off flu, get vaccinated

Ward off flu, get vaccinated

Want to avoid the flu this year? Dr. Simon Whitney, associate professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine offers this advice: Get vaccinated. The flu vaccine is now recommended for everyone over 6 months old, including pregnant women, he said. Last flu season hit middle-aged people especially hard, so no one … Continue reading

Experts tackle 3 key policy areas for using cutting-edge sequencing in patient care

Experts tackle 3 key policy areas for using cutting-edge sequencing in patient care

As techniques such as next generation sequencing, which determines the precise order of the nucleotides that make up DNA, are used in patient diagnosis and treatment, three critical policy areas remain ill-defined: Regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Reimbursement policies for clinical utility and payment. Intellectual … Continue reading

Keeping mind active improves aging memory

Keeping mind active improves aging memory

Feeling forgetful? Don’t automatically blame your “aging brain.” Our expert at Baylor College of Medicine’s Huffington Center on Aging, says memory loss has relatively little to do with growing old. “There is the assumption that memory fails when we get older when in fact, memory stays stable into old age,” said Dr. Anita Woods, a geriatrician at … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: A new way to lounge

Throwback Thursday: A new way to lounge

Kick back and relax, or study. Our students had a new space to do both during the 1953-1954 academic year. This photo, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, comes from the 1954 Round Up yearbook, the official yearbook of Baylor University when we were still called Baylor University College of Medicine. According to … Continue reading

Science as art

Science as art

Students come to Baylor College of Medicine to learn the art of medicine, but if they look closely they may get an art education as well. We’ve highlighted works of art that adorn the front of the College, sculptures that captivate and honor, as well as the artwork of our students. Today, we look at … Continue reading

Recipe: Chicken enchiladas spice up dinner

Recipe: Chicken enchiladas spice up dinner

Looking for an easy week-night dish? This low fat chicken enchilada recipe, courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and Life program, is a great way to use leftover chicken and create a delicious dish. Sugar, Heart and Life is an interactive web experience for patients with diabetes and their families. The recipe below … Continue reading

Breakfast key for student focus

Breakfast key for student focus

Children who eat a nutritious breakfast in the morning have an easier time focusing on their schoolwork since they are not distracted by hunger, according to Dr. Teresia O’Connor, assistant professor of pediatrics at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital. In addition, skipping breakfast … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: DeBakey the student

Throwback Thursday: DeBakey the student

We’ve explored many of Dr. Michael E. DeBakey’s accomplishments and contributions here at Momentum. But this Throwback Thursday we take a look at Dr. DeBakey as a student. As an undergraduate at Tulane University in New Orleans, La., he started taking medical course in his second year of school. As a result, he received his … Continue reading

Baylor wraps 10th year supporting Tour de Pink

Baylor wraps 10th year supporting Tour de Pink

Over the weekend, Baylor College of Medicine helped support the Pink Ribbons Project in celebrating its 10th anniversary of Tour de Pink – a cycling event that helps the organization raise critical funds to increase access to life-saving breast cancer prevention and treatment resources in the community. Led by Meggin Crawford, nurse practitioner, Baylor organized … Continue reading

Going gold in Africa: Treating pediatric cancer

Going gold in Africa: Treating pediatric cancer

Each September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month shines a light on pediatric cancer treatment and research. More than 10,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States every year. However, most children who develop cancer are in parts of the world where there is no access to modern diagnostic tests and treatments. Forget MRI scans and … Continue reading

Missed Opportunities: HIV in Houston

Missed Opportunities: HIV in Houston

Gloria is an 18-year-old adolescent who recently became sexually active and visited her doctor for contraception. She was given birth control pills, and her doctor ordered tests to check for gonorrhea and chlamydia, both sexually transmitted infections; the test results came back negative. Maya is a 19-year-old who married one year ago and is now … Continue reading

Donor dedication

Donor dedication

This week, the Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations hosted an unveiling of the Donor Wall at the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, McNair Campus. The wall recognizes donors who made significant gifts to the Best Minds, Best Medicine Campaign, which ran from July 2003 to June 2013. The campaign exceeded its $1 billion fundraising … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Fresh faces

Throwback Thursday: Fresh faces

They may look like they could have been characters in Anne of Green Gables, but these are faces of the freshman medical class. This image, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, is from the 1913 Round Up yearbook highlighting the students from Baylor University College of Medicine. A tall, stiff rounded collar and … Continue reading

Help your kids stress less over tests

Help your kids stress less over tests

Lots of children experience anxiety over tests, but they – and their parents – can deal with it through the right attitude and taking care of their physical health, said a Baylor College of Medicine psychiatry professor. Kids should understand that nervousness about a test is a normal feeling, said Dr. Megan Mooney, adjunct assistant … Continue reading

Going gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Going gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and it is being commemorated all month long at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, starting with a gold ribbon ceremony to honor patients that was held Sept. 3. Patients and their families along with Texas Children’s Cancer Center faculty and staff attended the inaugural event on the playground at Texas … Continue reading

Where health policy, medicine and ethics meet

Where health policy, medicine and ethics meet

This feature is part of an ongoing series that focuses on VIICTR.org, highlighting clinical and translational research at Baylor College of Medicine. Is it ethical to inform a research participant of clinically significant test results if he or she had previously been told that such results would not be disclosed? Is it ethical to allow a pregnant … Continue reading

Making forensic analysis history

Making forensic analysis history

On television crime dramas, DNA evidence can make it seem like a sure fire open and shut case. The narrative is so pervasive it’s hard to believe more than 25 years ago DNA evidence wasn’t used in criminal court proceedings. That changed in Texas in 1988. Houstonians Rusty Hardin and Dr. Tom Caskey – famed experts in … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Hands-on learning

Throwback Thursday: Hands-on learning

A group of our students gather around to get first-hand experience with patients. This photo from 1967 comes courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives collection of Aesculapian yearbooks. Like their predecessors, our students get a hands-on education early. Students studying at Baylor today have contact with patients within weeks of starting medical school. … Continue reading

Banana mousse recipe packs flavor in a small batch

Banana mousse recipe packs flavor in a small batch

Ever make a recipe that left your kitchen overflowing with goodies when you were just trying to make a small sweet treat? Look no further than this banana mousse recipe from Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and Life program. Sugar, Heart and Life is an interactive web experience for patients with diabetes and their families. It features … Continue reading

Are you pinning?

Are you pinning?

Baylor College of Medicine joined millions of pinners, with the launch of an official Pinterest presence. The visual discovery tool is a great place to collect ideas, images and information across the Internet. Head over to our profile and check out pins that range from campus events, recipes, news, research, healthcare, outreach and everything in … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: A careful eye

Throwback Thursday: A careful eye

Don’t mind the concerned look on his face. He’ll get the hang of it. This Throwback Thursday we catch a glimpse of one of our students helping a nurse with an IV drip. The photo, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, originally appeared in the 1976 Aesculapian yearbook. Recognize the man in the … Continue reading

Back-to-school stress can trigger acne

Back-to-school stress can trigger acne

For teens, getting rid of embarrassing acne may seem impossible, but Dr. Denise Metry, an assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, says improving your skin isn’t as difficult as you may think. “Stress can be a catalyst for acne breakouts because it stimulates hormones, which in turn causes some skin … Continue reading

Culinary program to benefit San Antonio children

Culinary program to benefit San Antonio children

An innovative program aimed at reducing childhood obesity and improving access to healthy foods for patients and the community at large is being launched in San Antonio by Baylor’s newest affiliate, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. The culinary health and education program will provide a comprehensive approach to childhood health and nutrition and will … Continue reading

Why I Ride Tour de Pink

Why I Ride Tour de Pink

About 11 years ago, while a Baylor College of Medicine employee, I started working in the Breast Oncology Clinic at Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital, which serves a large uninsured and underinsured population in Harris County. I had previously been a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia, so my interest was that of helping others … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Emergency response

Throwback Thursday: Emergency response

Last week we welcomed our new students to medical school. This week we travel back to 1974. This image, courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine Archives, found in the 1974 Aesculapian yearbook has our students taking a tour of the emergency rooms in one of our affiliate hospitals at the time. Did you train with Baylor … Continue reading

Words of wisdom for the class of 2018

Words of wisdom for the class of 2018

Members of the class of 2018 participated in a Baylor College of Medicine tradition, the White Coat Ceremony.  On Aug. 15, 185 students received their white coats in the 15th Annual White Coat Ceremony at the College. The event ended with the first-years taking the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Student Oath. Joined by family and friends-it was … Continue reading

Natural way to help premature infants grow

Natural way to help premature infants grow

Baylor researchers have found a natural way to supplement premature infants diets. Instead of using oils or infant formula, they found that a cream supplement, a byproduct of pasteurizing donor breast milk, can help these babies grow. Dr. Amy Hair, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Our graduate students

Throwback Thursday: Our graduate students

Scientific training is hands-on work. In this 1982 photo, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, our graduate students flex their muscles in the lab and show off their handiwork for the camera. Ranked the best in Texas by the U.S. News and World Report and among the top 20 in funding from the … Continue reading

Should we treat patients with experimental Ebola drugs?

Should we treat patients with experimental Ebola drugs?

In the face of the Ebola outbreak plaguing West Africa, an experimental treatment is being administered to patients. However, medical ethicists are questioning whether untested drugs, like ZMapp, should be administered to sick people. Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, assistant professor with the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, says bypassing FDA … Continue reading

What inspires biomedical research?

What inspires biomedical research?

This feature is part of an ongoing series that focuses on VIICTR.org, highlighting clinical and translational research at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Christian Schaaf wants to identify the underlying cause of high-functioning autism. Schaaf, physician-scientist, is an assistant professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and a member of the Jan and … Continue reading

Look to the garden for your next snack

Look to the garden for your next snack

The fresh taste of summer isn’t limited to fruit. Enjoy fresh produce with this salsa recipe from Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and Life program. The recipe is full of flavor at only 42 calories per serving. Sugar, Heart and Life is an interactive web experience for patients with diabetes and their families. It features … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Taking a break

Throwback Thursday: Taking a break

The steps outside the Cullen building are for day dreaming. Or at least they are for one of our students. This Throwback Thursday, we travel to 1978 courtesy of the Aesculapian yearbook and the Baylor College of Medicine Archives. While the yearbook doesn’t provide context for the photo, if this student is sitting outside in … Continue reading

In focus: New Allied Health students join Baylor

In focus: New Allied Health students join Baylor

While August is typically time to welcome students, Baylor College of Medicine’s School of Allied Health students arrived a bit early. Here’s a breakdown of the newest Allied Health students, which includes the Physician Assistant program, Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics program, and Nurse Anesthesia program,  who joined Baylor in June. A warm (and bit … Continue reading

After-school snacks to satisfy, not spoil dinner

After-school snacks to satisfy, not spoil dinner

Feeding your children an after-school snack that is nutritious, filling enough to keep them going the rest of the afternoon and light enough to keep them from ruining their dinner can be a daunting task. Dr. Teresia O’Connor, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital, says that … Continue reading

New residents join Baylor family

New residents join Baylor family

Over the last month more than 80 residency and fellowship programs welcomed new trainees to Baylor College of Medicine and our affiliated institutions. Check out a breakdown of our new residents, by the numbers. A warm welcome to our new trainees. Interim Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Professor of Surgery Dr. Mary Brandt … Continue reading

Skip the tan to help prevent skin cancer

Skip the tan to help prevent skin cancer

Getting a healthy tan isn’t possible, according to Baylor College of Medicine professor of dermatology Dr. Ida Orengo. But staying healthy in the sun is possible with the right preparation. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America – one in five will get it. It is also easily preventable, Orengo says. … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: In the classroom

Throwback Thursday: In the classroom

It was the year that saw the introduction of the Chicken McNugget at McDonalds, and Drug Abuse Resistance Education, better known as D.A.R.E, was founded to teach kids to avoid drugs and violence. Michael Jackson first did the “moonwalk” and the Price is Right unveiled their classic game Plinko. Automobile manufacturer Dodge debuted the caravan and … Continue reading

Our new graduate students by the numbers

Our new graduate students by the numbers

This is an exciting time of the year as the halls of Baylor College of Medicine are filled with new faces. On Monday we welcomed our newest class of medical students. Today we welcome new graduate students to the Baylor Family. By the numbers Take a look at the breakdown of graduate students who arrived … Continue reading

The Art of Baylor: Sculptures

The Art of Baylor: Sculptures

Students come to Baylor College of Medicine to learn the art of medicine, but if they look closely they may get an art education as well. Today we’re taking a look at a pair of sculptures that can be found on the main Baylor College of Medicine building at One Baylor Plaza. Pranayama Found outside … Continue reading

Welcome new medical students

Welcome new medical students

Incoming medical students at Baylor College of Medicine are joining the College and beginning orientation today. Medical students, we welcome you to our community! By the numbers Here’s who’s starting at Baylor today: Peer-to-Peer Anxious about what medical school may hold? Get stories from students as they navigate clinics, their thoughts on medicine and healthcare, and stories from … Continue reading