Tips to Help Prevent and Treat Hearing Loss During May’s Better Hearing & Speech Month

By Dr. Vincent Nelson, Medical Director of UnitedHealthcare of South Texas Hearing loss is a significant health issue in Katy and across the country, affecting more than 48 million people nationwide. It could become even more widespread in the coming years: more than 1.1 billion young adults worldwide at risk of developing hearing loss, according to a study by the World Health Organization. Spurring the increased risk is more frequent exposure to loud sounds that can cause noise-induced hearing […]

Several Of Oakbend Medical Center’s Board Of Directors Become Certified Healthcare Trustees

Photo Left to Right: Ruthanne Mefford, Tom Crayton, Melissa Martin, Jeff Council, Dr. May Tape, Dr. Ed Uthman, Norma Petrosewicz and Representative John Zerwas (not pictured)

Richmond, TX…OakBend Medical Center is proud to announce that all of its eligible trustees have received Texas Healthcare Trustees (THT) Certified Healthcare Trustee designation. This designation is earned through a voluntary program designed to help healthcare board members become better leaders and show their commitment to good governance to their hospital and community. Ruthanne Mefford, Tom Crayton, Melissa Martin, Jeff Council, May Tape, Dr. Ed Uthman, Norma Petrosewicz and Representative John Zerwas have made a […]

Elder Abuse Prevention Month is a time to plan ahead

By Tim Morstad With the invention of the personal computer, and their subsequent affordability for consumers, our lives are more streamlined than ever before. You can upload and store important documents, then send them out with a few clicks. Online banking allows you to manage your finances without leaving the house. Social media makes connecting with family and friends a walk in the park. But while technology makes these everyday tasks easier, it also makes […]

Oakbend Medical Center Set To Open Wharton Hospital Campus On June 4th    

Richmond, TX– OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce that it will open its fourth hospital on June 4, 2018, at 7AM in Wharton, Texas. After a long journey, our Wharton Hospital Campus will open with services such as OakBend’s signature No Wait Emergency Room with air ambulance support, including x-ray, CT and Ultrasound, endoscopy services, day surgery and an inpatient floor. “OakBend Medical Center is excited to open its doors in Wharton,” said Joe […]

Wearable Technology to Track Brain, Predict Illness

University of Houston researcher examines skin to predict stress, illness HOUSTON, May 14 — University of Houston electrical engineer Rose T. Faghih has been awarded $175,000 by the National Science Foundation to examine whether wrist-worn wearable devices, like Fit Bits or Apple Watches, can be used to peer into the brain. She thinks they can. “Decoding brain states using wrist-worn wearables will transform how mental-stress-related diseases are diagnosed and treated,” said Faghih. Currently to track […]

New approach to cancer research aims to accelerate studies and reduce cost

Hagop Kantarjian, M.D.

HOUSTON ― A new model for improving how clinical trials are developed and conducted by bringing together academic cancer experts and pharmaceutical companies is being tested by research experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. An assessment of the alternative research model was published in the May 14 online issue of Cancer. The model was piloted in a multi-study leukemia research program established between MD Anderson and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and revamped how studies were […]

Mitigation specialists invite all Texans to talk home improvement May 14-19

AUSTIN, Texas – Join the more than 29,000 Texans who have learned how to prepare their homes for natural disasters from FEMA mitigation specialists at local home improvement stores. Get ready for spring floods and hurricane season, which begins June 1. Meet with a mitigation specialist to get tips and techniques on how to repair and build hazard-resistant homes using proven methods to prevent future flood damage. Specialists are eager to meet with anyone who has […]

Master Wellness Volunteer Program

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (AgriLife Extension) is committed to “Improving Lives, Improving Texas” through relevant, research-based education. One of AgriLife Extension’s high-priority issues is helping Texans improve their health. Research shows at least 50% of health status is due to lifestyle factors such as not using tobacco, being physically active, maintaining a normal weight and good nutrition, among many others.  AgriLife Extension has numerous programs to help Texans learn and adopt behaviors that can […]

UTHealth Physician Selected to Lead Harris Health’s Ambulatory Care Services

Dr. Glorimar Medina-Rivera (Courtesy of Harris Health System)

HOUSTON (May 7, 2018)—Dr. Glorimar Medina-Rivera has been named the new executive vice president and administrator of Harris Health System’s Ambulatory Care Services, its integrated network of health centers, specialty clinics and mobile health units. As one of the largest public safety-net providers in Texas, Harris Health focuses on serving the primary care, disease management and prevention healthcare needs of Harris County residents. Medina-Rivera is a board-certified anesthesiologist and an assistant professor at the University […]

Retiring? You have a choice to make on Medicare  

By Bob Moos/Southwest regional public affairs officer for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  When you retire and qualify for Medicare at 65, you’ll need to decide how you’d like to receive your health care benefits. Because you’ll be new to Medicare, you may not realize you have two options. One is to join the government’s fee-for-service program that’s existed for 53 years. The other is to buy a Medicare Advantage plan from […]