Update on ITC Deer Park Incident

What is the danger? Clean up operations continue at the Intercontinental Terminal Company (ITC) plant in the City of Deer Park. Residents are encouraged to monitor and stay informed about ongoing events. Nearby school districts have cancelled classes as a precaution and health authorities continue to monitor air quality. Residents should follow their local offices of emergency management regarding safety information and road closures. Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management is working […]

Texas Researcher Fighting to Get More Suboxone Doctors Approved to Help Fight Epidemic

Texas is one of the largest states in the country, and yet, it has only 2500 doctors licensed to provide Suboxone for opioid addiction treatment. The lack of waivered doctors in the state makes it nearly impossible for many Texas residents to get the opiate addiction treatment that they desperately need. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment needs to be readily available for addicts to succeed in recovery. Sadly, Suboxone is not […]

Texas Announces First IDD Strategic Plan

AUSTIN – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is developing the state’s first Intellectual and Developmental Disability Strategic Plan and has posted the plan’s foundation online. This is the state’s first statewide strategic plan focused solely on intellectual disabilities. Working with stakeholders across Texas, HHSC identified a need to develop a comprehensive strategy, given the unique challenges faced by people with IDD, according to Sonja Gaines, HHSC deputy executive commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental […]

Attractive Health Options for Business Owners

If you are a business owner, then something you will need to think about is health insurance. This is for yourself and family and maybe even for your workers. You will probably be looking for something not too expensive, but also good as well. The increasing costs of health care tend to not only be an issue for individuals, but they have even affected businesses which regard health benefits as important for their employees. Some […]

Waller County Businesses Now Have a New Option for Group Health Insurance 

HOUSTON (March 18, 2019) – Employers in Waller County now have a new option for group health insurance as Memorial Hermann Health Plan expands its offerings for both small and large businesses. A longtime provider of healthcare solutions for employers across Greater Houston, Memorial Hermann Health Plan recently expanded its small group selectHMO plan and large group select HMO plans into Waller County. “We are thrilled to be able to provide affordable health insurance options for Brazoria County businesses that […]

Patrick Carter, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.F.P. New Board Member of American Heart Association Houston Division Board

HOUSTON (March 18, 2019) – The American Heart Association’s mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives – and it starts with solid leadership. Patrick Carter, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.F.P., Chief of Family Medicine and Medical Director of Care Coordination and Quality Improvement at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, began a two-year term as a board member of the American Heart Association Houston Board in November 2018. Dr. Carter joins a robust team of […]

2019 Brings an Addition of a 10K Distance

Sugar Land, Texas – March 19, 2019 – Registration for the 15th annual Impact a Hero 5K/10K is open. New to 2019, a 10K distance is available for all runners, walkers and wheelchair participants. Top fundraisers will also be awarded prizes. Every registration will include an Impact a Hero 5K/10K shirt, free fundraising page, and entry to the post-race party. For more information about the race, visit Online registration is available at: Hundreds of veterans […]

ZEB1 throttles therapeutic target, protecting KRAS-mutant lung cancer

Don Gibbons

Protein forces a shift in cell type, a plasticity that promotes resistance to targeted therapy A cellular identity switch protects a cancer-promoting genetic pathway from targeted therapy, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center today reported in Science Translational Medicine. Working in cell lines and mouse models of lung cancer, a team led by Don Gibbons, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Thoracic/Head & Neck Medical Oncology, demonstrated how the KRAS-driven lung cancer cells defeat treatment by switching from stable, […]

GiGi’s Playhouse Sugar Land invites all Houstonians to rock their craziest socks on March 21st in honor of World Down Syndrome DayWorld Down Syndrome Day celebrates the beautiful perspective and gifts individuals with Down syndrome share in our lives and their communities.

HOUSTON, March 11, 2019 – March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. This date, 3-21, is celebrated globally by various Down syndrome organizations as a representation of the three copies of chromosome 21 (instead of two) that is the genetic make-up of trisomy 21, more commonly known as Down syndrome. This day is not celebrated to communicate the details of this chromosomal condition, but rather a reminder that individuals are more alike than different and […]