Health

Peers choose MD Anderson’s Gershenwald, Hwu as new AAAS Fellows

Patrick Hwu, M.D.

HOUSTON — Two leaders in the field of melanoma treatment – a surgeon and an oncologist – from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow, a tradition that began in 1874, is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. MD Anderson’s faculty now includes 48 AAAS Fellows, including the two newly elected Fellows: Jeffrey Gershenwald, M.D., professor of Surgical […]

Ben Taub and LBJ Hospitals Receive National Commendation for Surgical Care  

Dr. Parikshet Babber

HOUSTON (Nov. 26, 2018)— Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital are among 83 hospitals nationwide to receive meritorious commendation for their surgical patient care from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program—a nationally recognized quality improvement organization. In Texas, 11 hospitals made the American College of Surgeons meritorious list—six, including Ben Taub and LBJ hospitals, alone from greater Houston. “The recognition by the American College of Surgeons […]

Local Horse Rescue Group Rescues 1000th Horse

Rescue celebrates 1000th saved horse with a donation drive, new blog, and more. [November 20, 2018] – Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society (BEHS) rescues horses, ponies, donkeys, mules and miniature horses from bad situations.  The organization recently took it its 1000th equine.   And they’re already looking forward to the next 1,000 needy equines. “I really hate that we’re needed,” says the organization’s Executive Director Dr. Jennifer Williams.  “I wish every horse, donkey, mule, pony, and miniature horse in our […]

Silver Tsunami set to hit Texas nursing homes As Baby Boomers become seniors, chronic underfunding destabilizing local providers  

(AUSTIN, Texas) — As Baby Boomers reach retirement, a perfect storm is set to hit nursing homes as a surge in the number of aging Texans, known as the Silver Tsunami, is projected to affect long term care services across the state. More than 12 percent of the Texas population is over 65, and that number is growing. According to the Texas Demographic Center, the over-65 population across the state is projected to increase by […]

New Data Shows Urgent Need for Texas to Act to Protect Kids from E-cigarettes as FDA Announces Plans to Move Forward with Ending the Sale of Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

American Lung Association Urges Texas Legislature to Push Forward to Address Youth E-cigarette ‘Epidemic’ HOUSTON (November 15, 2018) – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it intends to take a historic step forward in reducing the death and disease caused by tobacco use in our nation. The agency announced a multipronged approach on tobacco: its intent to end the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, while also implementing restrictions on e-cigarette […]

Houston Sees Continued Robust Job Growth In October As Seasonal Hiring Picks Up

(HOUSTON) Ten of the eleven job sectors, which make up Houston’s economy, posted growth in October as the area added 23,600 jobs, according to figures released Friday morning by Workforce Solutions-Gulf Coast. Behind government jobs, which saw a two-percent increase in hiring last month, retailers and warehouse operations were the biggest contributors in October, which pushed the sector upward by 6,100 jobs. “Typically, the Trade, Transportation and Retail sector adds about half that many positions […]

FDA restrictions on e-cigarettes important step to protect the health of youth

MD Anderson supports efforts to lower nicotine use in teens and adolescents HOUSTON ― The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center applauds new actions announced today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to limit the sale of most flavored electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to age-restricted locations and require age-verification for online sales to lower the use of these products in children. In addition, the FDA plans to restrict the marketing of these products toward youth. “Today’s actions […]

Child Advocates of Fort Bend and its Partner Agencies to Celebrate National Adoption Day, November 16

The Honorable Judge Ron Pope and The Honorable Judge Brenda Mullinex and The Honorable Judge David Perwin Kick Off National Adoption Day to Help Finalize More Than 4,000 Adoptions Nationwide This Friday, the Fort Bend County 328th, 387th, and 505th District Courts are joining forces with courts across the country opening their doors on National Adoption Day to finalize adoptions of children from foster care and to celebrate all families who adopt. In August of […]

Harris County Fire Marshal Encourages Heating Safety

Harris County – With temperatures across Harris County expected to dip below freezing, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office encourages residents to practice heating safety. Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths but can be prevented by following a few fire safety precautions. “We encourage all residents to test their smoke alarms and know two ways out of every space,” said Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen. “Smoke alarms are […]

Family caregivers save Texas billions of dollars

Bob Jackson is the director of AARP Texas.

by Bob Jackson, AARP Texas November is National Caregivers Month, a good time to remember that caregiving affects us all in deeply personal ways. In the words of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter: “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” The typical family caregiver is a 49-year-old female taking care of […]