Growing Up Baylor: Sarah Keyes

Growing Up Baylor: Sarah Keyes

Imagine studying, training and eventually teaching at the same institution during the span of your career. For several members of the Baylor College of Medicine faculty, this experience is a reality. From the Rio Grande Valley to Houston, these physicians and faculty members have the unique experience of spending the majority of their medical education … Continue reading

Understanding the biology of tumors

Understanding the biology of tumors

When people hear “tumor” they typically, and immediately, associate the word with cancer. However, one of the most important points to remember is that a tumor isn’t only made up of cancer cells, necessarily. There are nervous, immune and vascular system components, such as nerve cells, immune cells and blood vessels. All of these elements … Continue reading

Tips to prepare for the new school year

Tips to prepare for the new school year

Many students will be headed back to school next week to begin a fresh school year. While back-to-school can be a stressful time for both parents and children, there are ways to help ensure a more relaxed and productive year. Baylor College of Medicine experts offer tips to help your child make the most of … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: A new era

Throwback Thursday: A new era

Thirty-four years ago this month, a new era began at Baylor College of Medicine when the Alkek Fountain and new entryway was dedicated in honor of Albert Alkek, an avid Baylor supporter and contributor. Check out these 1982 photos from Baylor Medicine, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives. On the left, Mr. Alkek … Continue reading

Summer Science Institute provides learning opportunity for Houston school teachers

Summer Science Institute provides learning opportunity for Houston school teachers

Making science a hands-on learning experience for young students doesn’t have to be a worrisome activity. The Baylor College of Medicine Summer Science Institute provides an opportunity for Houston Independent School District teachers to enhance their science knowledge and teaching methods for elementary schoolchildren. This summer, nearly 200 elementary school teachers from 63 HISD campuses … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: I call next game!

Throwback Thursday: I call next game!

The 80s were pretty great, right? Great music, fantastic hair and some of the best movies ever shot. And of course, video arcades. While they might not be as hot as they used to be (thanks, mobile phones), the 1980s were the golden age for arcade machines. And while we didn’t have an extensive collection, … Continue reading

Baylor global healthcare initiatives span community service, education

Baylor global healthcare initiatives span community service, education

From hackathons to pediatric AIDS treatment, Baylor College of Medicine’s commitment to innovative healthcare solutions extends well beyond U.S. borders. With outreach programs and initiatives in more than 60 countries, Baylor brings critical medical services to the most underserved communities across the globe. When the Ebola epidemic recently affected West Africa, Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, director … Continue reading

Keep it safe while breaking a sweat

Keep it safe while breaking a sweat

Concerns about safety can be a real barrier to exercise for people with physical disabilities. Knowing what your safety risks are can open possibilities for maintaining a workout regimen. Our team at the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities at Baylor College of Medicine offers a few tips before starting a new exercise routine. … Continue reading

Welcome new Baylor students!

Welcome new Baylor students!

Today marks the first day of class for incoming students in the Baylor College of Medicine School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. We extend a warm welcome to our new students! Here’s a breakdown of who’s starting at Baylor today: View photos from the medical school orientation retreat and learn more about … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Breathe easy

Throwback Thursday: Breathe easy

Within seconds, a family dinner or pool party can turn serious when someone needs cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In this 1974 photo from Inside Baylor Medicine, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, Dr. Albert Raizner (right), then assistant professor of medicine and now clinical professor of medicine – cardiology, demonstrates mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and external … Continue reading

Care beyond hospital doors: Volunteer program provides rehabilitation resources

Care beyond hospital doors: Volunteer program provides rehabilitation resources

Extensive rehabilitation care is often needed for those who suffer catastrophic disabilities such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or amputation. For many patients in the Houston area, access to rehabilitative equipment and care is often out of reach. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project (RSVP) steps in to assist patients in … Continue reading

Acne and makeup: What you should know

Acne and makeup: What you should know

For those of us who weren’t born with acne-free skin, we question not only which products to use but also what kind of makeup to use. With hundreds of “acne fighting” marketing slogans being thrown at you, it may be hard to differentiate what is best for you and your skin. Whether it’s hormonal or … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Outer space

Throwback Thursday: Outer space

To the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” children often answer, “a doctor” or “an astronaut.”  In this photo from the June 1992 edition of Baylor Medicine, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, Baylor’s then president and current Chancellor Emeritus Dr. William Butler (left) receives a photo montage … Continue reading

Growing Up Baylor: Dr. Jaime Rueda

Growing Up Baylor: Dr. Jaime Rueda

Imagine studying, training and eventually teaching at the same institution during the span of your career. For several members of the Baylor College of Medicine faculty, this experience is a reality. From the Rio Grande Valley to Houston, these physicians have the unique experience of training in one system throughout their entire journey. Dr. Jaime … Continue reading

Zika virus and public policy

Zika virus and public policy

Zika virus, a mosquito-borne infection, has captured international attention after news of devastating complications in pregnant women. While early attention focused on events in Brazil, Zika has spread northward and is anticipated to spread further into the United States. While local transmission has not yet occurred in the continental United States, the country has nevertheless … Continue reading

Blubber control!

Blubber control!

In hindsight, my spinal cord injury sustained in 2000 seems so easy now. It was challenging to stay fit following the injury, but my aerobics program and manual wheelchair helped a lot. Now I use a power chair to help conserve energy so I can make it through my day. Having myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Don’t Call It a Comeback

Throwback Thursday: Don’t Call It a Comeback

Move over, virtual reality. Red and blue 3D glasses are still awesome. In this 1995 photo from the Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, a gaggle of graduate students enjoy a movie the way they are meant to be seen – with cheap 3D glasses and popcorn. Immersive virtual reality goggles that … Continue reading

America’s gun fever

America’s gun fever

Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in the following blog post are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Baylor College of Medicine. It’s ironic that less than 24 hours after we held the Third Annual Policy Prescriptions Symposium at Baylor College of Medicine where we discussed evidence-based solutions to the gun violence … Continue reading

Myths and facts about bites and stings

Myths and facts about bites and stings

Between kids being out of school and family vacations to the great outdoors, there’s never an easier time to get bit or stung than summer. It seems inevitable. If you are able to tear the kids away from their Minecraft game, they’ll come back in the house with a few ant bites, or worse. And … Continue reading

Reforming the Veterans Health Administration: Still awaiting bold legislation

Reforming the Veterans Health Administration: Still awaiting bold legislation

The Senate’s new omnibus bill, The Veterans First Act, will not significantly improve performance of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Without radical reform of VHA governance, leadership, structure, culture, and data systems, the Veterans First Act may even exacerbate problems we communicated to VA Secretary Robert McDonald and Congress last September. Soon after, a summary … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Breaking ground

Throwback Thursday: Breaking ground

Did you know that the nation’s first nuclear protein laboratory was organized at Baylor College of Medicine? In this 1972 photo from Inside Baylor Medicine (a predecessor of BCM Family), courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine Archives, Drs. Wesley Starbuck (left) and Mark Olsen (right) examine a protein model. The lab, which was created under … Continue reading

A commitment to honor and medicine

A commitment to honor and medicine

From our first affiliated hospital, to an accelerated wartime medical program, Baylor College of Medicine has supported the military for members both active and retired. Renowned Baylor president and surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey was instrumental in forging the World War II-era relationship that would lead to a robust center of care and research at … Continue reading

Gene therapy: An out-of-body experience

Gene therapy: An out-of-body experience

On April 1, 2016, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the first ex-vivo (outside the body) gene therapy in the Western Hemisphere. Diseased stem cells are taken out of a patient’s body, corrected with a new gene using a viral vector, and then reintroduced into the patient. With improved technologies, gene therapy is making a … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Just Like Us

Throwback Thursday: Just Like Us

Our medical students are a special breed (no one works as hard as they do for the fun of it), but in a lot of ways they’re just like the rest of us. In this 1981 photo from the Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, a student gets caught up on … Continue reading

Immersive summer program shares world of science, medicine with undergrads

Immersive summer program shares world of science, medicine with undergrads

For nine weeks, undergraduate students from across the country join our doctors and researchers to get hands-on experience in science, healthcare and research. This year, 87 students joined the annual SMART (Summer Medical and Research Training) Program at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to experience with labs and clinical rotations, students hear from top researchers and clinical … Continue reading

Difficulty swallowing can indicate more serious problem

Difficulty swallowing can indicate more serious problem

There are a number of reasons why people may have difficulty swallowing (also known as dysphagia) – ranging from a simple sore throat or tonsillitis, to throat or esophagus cancers. June is National Dysphagia Awareness Month. Probably the most common cause of dysphagia is a sore throat related to a respiratory infection or tonsillitis, which … Continue reading