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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

Protect your larynx and voice

Protect your larynx and voice

Throughout the course of a day, you may speak, laugh, hum, whistle, and even sing or shout. But how much do really think about your voice? April 16 is World Voice Day, and voice professionals around the world are encouraging men and women to take charge of their vocal health through education. Understanding the functions … Continue reading

Five tips for keeping a healthy diet

Five tips for keeping a healthy diet

Before 2016 began, many of us resolved to lose weight by committing to a healthier lifestyle. But what does that really mean? March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor.” Molly Gee, registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine, says you don’t necessarily have to compromise your favorite foods in … Continue reading

Colon polyps: Detection is key to preventing cancer

Colon polyps: Detection is key to preventing cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control, colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. If you’re aged 50 and older, your chance of being diagnosed with colon cancer increases significantly. Most colon cancers start in small growths called polyps. The diagnosis and removal of colon polyps is vital to … Continue reading

The 411 on heart palpitations

The 411 on heart palpitations

From everyday stress to watching your favorite sports team, heart palpitations can be caused by a wide-range of situations. Although they may seem minor at the time you’re experiencing them, prolonged palpitations may be a symptom of a more serious health concern, such as a cardiac  arrhythmia. Defining the source of palpitations is key to … Continue reading

Avoiding and finding relief for back pain

Avoiding and finding relief for back pain

There are about 30 bones in the back, so it’s no wonder that things go wrong every now and then. In fact, back pain is cited as the top reason employees miss work and the second-most common reason for visits to the doctor. Dr. Rubin Bashir, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of … Continue reading

The power of virtual reality: It’s all in your mind

The power of virtual reality: It’s all in your mind

In our previous blog, Terri O’Hare, a member of the GoWoman community advisory board, wrote passionately about her awakening to the excitement and fun of engaging in the virtual world of Second Life. Our research to develop and test health promotion programs in this medium is having amazing success. We think we are really onto … 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

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