Health

Patient Safety at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns an ‘A’

Hospital makes ‘A’ rating for 15 consecutive grading cycles KATY, TEXAS (June 10, 2019) – The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based national nonprofit committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, once again awarded Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital an ‘A’ for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety.  The hospital is one of only 41 “Straight A” hospitals in the United States and one of only two in Texas to […]

Memorial Hermann Health System Earns 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

HOUSTON (June 10, 2019) – Memorial Hermann Health System is proud to announce that it has once again received the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. This is the sixth time Memorial Hermann has been recognized with this award. “I applaud the 2019 ENERGY STAR Award Winners,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum. “Their innovation and leadership enhance America’s […]

The Bugs Are Back in Town!

Author: Kara Carter, M.D, Pediatrics, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Katy Clinic The Bugs Are Back in Town! Spring has come and gone, and we’re just about ready to head into the hot, humid summer. The rapidly changing seasons have sprung unwelcome visitors – that’s right, the bugs are back in town. While there are a whole host of creepy crawlers we recommend you avoid, the most common ones known to transmit disease are ticks, mosquitoes, and […]

Ribociclib plus hormone therapy extends survival for patients with premenopausal advanced hormone receptor-positive breast cancer

Debu Tripathy, M.D.

MD Anderson-led Phase III trial finds targeted therapy lowers risk of death, is well-tolerated ABSTRACT LBA1008 HOUSTON ― Adding the targeted therapy ribociclib to hormone therapy significantly improved overall survival (OS) in premenopausal patients with advanced hormone receptor-positive (HR+) breast cancer, according to results of the MONALEESA-7 Phase III clinical trial led by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The combination resulted in 70.2 percent OS at 42 month follow up compared […]

Study reports ibrutinib and venetoclax combo effective as front-line therapy for select chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients

Nitin Jain, M.D.

HOUSTON ― Ibrutinib and venetoclax, two FDA-approved drugs for treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), have been shown to be effective when given together for high-risk and older patients with the disease, according to a study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Study findings were published in the May 29 online issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Lead researchers included Nitin Jain, M.D., associate professor of Leukemia, William Wierda, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Leukemia; and Varsha Gandhi, Ph.D.,department […]

In Celebration of Kelsey Research Foundation’s 25th Annual Golf Classic, Event Raises Landmark $350,000 

HOUSTON (May 22, 2019) – On Monday, May 6, Kelsey Research Foundation hosted its 25th Annual Golf Classic, raising a record $350,000 for this annual event. Two-hundred and fifty golfers enjoyed a round of golf, silent auction, and a 19th hole party at the Golf Trails of The Woodlands. Funds raised from the golf tournament support the Foundation’s mission to advance and improve the quality of healthcare through research and patient education programs. “As our […]

Liposuction: What You Need to Know and What You Need to Ask Your Surgeon Before Getting Started

Plastic surgery procedures are no doubt increasing in popularity these days. Statistics show that there were around 17.6 million procedures conducted in 2017. This figure shows a 2 percent rise from the total procedures performed in 2016. With these stats, it is estimated that liposuction will be representing an almost quarter million sessions and a 5 percent rise this year. And, if you’re among those who are considering liposuction for the first time, read this […]

Texas raises tobacco sales age to 21 to limit youth exposure and protect health

WATCH VIDEO: MD Anderson applauds Texas for raising tobacco sale age to 21HOUSTON ― The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center applauds the Texas Legislature today for passing Senate Bill 21, which raises the minimum legal sale age for all tobacco products from 18 to 21. The policy, which will go into effect on September 1, 2019, is an important step toward protecting the health of future generations and reducing the burden of tobacco use in Texas. The legislation was […]

Oakbend Medical Center Announces Sports Physicals And Sudden Cardiac Death Screenings In Richmond And Wharton

Richmond, TX…OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has scheduled three days for sports physicals and sudden cardiac death screenings in the Fort Bend and Wharton area. The cost is $20 cash and includes all screenings. The dates and locations are: Saturday, May 18 from 8am – Noon at the Williams Way location, 22003 SW Freeway, Richmond; Tuesday, May 21 from 4pm-7pm at the Wharton location, 10141 US Hwy 59 Rd., Wharton, Texas; […]

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Physicians: Back Pain Affects 90 Percent of Those Age 30 and Older, Cause of Depression and Anxiety for Many 

HOUSTON (May 14, 2019) – According to a recent survey, the incidence of back pain in people over 30 is more than 90 percent, with 35 percent of respondents experiencing back pain on a daily basis. According to Georgetown’s Health Policy Institute, back pain is the sixth most costly condition in the United States and a leading cause of work-loss days and work limitations. (https://hpi.georgetown.edu/backpain/) But it doesn’t have to be this way. Kelsey-Seybold Pain […]