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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

Throwback Thursday: Chip emergency

Throwback Thursday: Chip emergency

Ahh, the joy of snacks. In this 1990 photo from the Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, three medical students seem to be strategically stashing potato chips for future consumption. Nutritious snacks obviously weren’t on these students’ grocery list, but study time never looked so delicious. -By Adhvaith Ram

Know the signs of heat exhaustion

Know the signs of heat exhaustion

Summer is officially here and many of us have already made plans for the upcoming months. While outdoor activities are fun and relaxing, time in extreme heat can be dangerous. Dr. Jeffrey Steinbauer, professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, says heat exhaustion can easily lead to heat stroke if symptoms … Continue reading

CPR program helps save lives outside hospital walls

CPR program helps save lives outside hospital walls

Since 2013, students at Baylor College of Medicine have organized free one-hour CPR training sessions and have been growing the program since its creation. “The idea is to go out into the community and teach people how to react in an emergency situation,” said Jake Valentine, third-year medical student and director of operations of Baylor’s … Continue reading

Welcome, new Allied Health students!

Welcome, new Allied Health students!

Today marks the first day of class for incoming students in the Baylor College of Medicine School of Allied Health Sciences, which includes the Physician Assistant program and the Master of Science in Orthotics & Prosthetics program. We extend a warm welcome to our new students! Here’s a breakdown of who’s starting at Baylor today: … Continue reading

Curing Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus

Curing Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus

You’ve seen crowdfunding used to raise money to bring things like technology, movies, video games and more to life. Now, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine are using the approach to gain support for developing a vaccine to fight Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV). The Baylor team, led by Dr. Paul Ling, associate professor of molecular virology … Continue reading

One Pulse

One Pulse

Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day that we make trivial mistakes. What happened Sunday morning wasn’t a mistake. It was a calculated effort by a delusional person with a troubled background. It was late Saturday night/early Sunday morning when my wrist buzzed. I broke from my computer screen. Words flitted across my watch, … Continue reading

Know the signs of irritable bowel syndrome

Know the signs of irritable bowel syndrome

If you’ve ever experienced frequent abdominal discomfort or bloating, it may be a sign of a more serious concern. Affecting approximately one in five people in the United States, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder. Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor of medicine and clinical chief of gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine, says it’s … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Wear sunblock

Throwback Thursday: Wear sunblock

Summer is here, folks. Time to get a tan. These two gentlemen from the 1983 edition of Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, must be pretty hot during their rooftop tanning session. But the closer you are to the sun, the better your tan looks – that’s how science works, right? … Continue reading

Osteoporosis, the voice and swallowing disorders: What women should know

Osteoporosis, the voice and swallowing disorders: What women should know

Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men – especially after menopause. It’s estimated that over 50 percent  of post-menopausal women are osteopenic (a preceding condition) and 30 percent have osteoporosis. While calcium supplements with vitamin D and periodic bone density exams are the mainstays of treatment, bisphosphonate medication is also commonly prescribed. The … Continue reading

Growing Up Baylor: Dr. Diana Stewart

Growing Up Baylor: Dr. Diana Stewart

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. Diana … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Healing force

Throwback Thursday: Healing force

We may be approaching the dog days of summer, but football season will be here before we know it. The off-season is a time for athletes to recuperate, recharge, and, often times, recover from injuries. In this photo from the November 1971 edition of Inside Baylor Medicine, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, … Continue reading

Celebrating Baylor College of Medicine Graduation 2016

Celebrating Baylor College of Medicine Graduation 2016

Congratulations, Baylor College of Medicine class of 2016! Friends and family gathered at Jesse H. Jones Hall for Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 31 to celebrate our newest graduates. See photos from graduation, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Brunch and the 2016 Military Commissioning. Read the press release. Read the commencement program. See video of fourth-year medical students Amanda … Continue reading

New technology helps those with hearing loss stay connected

New technology helps those with hearing loss stay connected

In an increasingly fast-paced and technology-based world, people with hearing loss have struggled with staying connected to those around them due to hearing aids that are not directly connected to cellular devices. “Previously, hearing aids weren’t able to connect to your Bluetooth mobile device without a streamer, a device worn around the neck to connect … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Practice Run

Throwback Thursday: Practice Run

Don’t worry. The helicopter is real, but the injuries aren’t. As you can see from this article from the April 1985 edition of Baylor Medicine, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, we see a test flight and triage of 24 mock wounded soldiers. Volunteers were transported, assigned a faux injury and taken to … Continue reading

What causes hearing loss?

What causes hearing loss?

Suffering from hearing loss can be a painful experience for both you and your loved ones. Your first question might be, “why is this happening?” Dr. Shirin Jivani, audiologist at Baylor College of Medicine, says hearing loss can be caused by a range of factors and conditions. “Commonly we see patients with hearing loss because … Continue reading