What every caregiver should know about Medicare  

By Bob Moos/Southwest public affairs officer for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services The phone call can come at any hour. Your elderly parent has fallen ill and needs your help. If you haven’t gotten the call yet, chances are you will. About 70 percent of our parents will require some kind of personal care during their old age. Sometimes, the care will extend for years. Caregivers often find themselves at wits’ end, […]

New therapeutic target found for aggressive pediatric cancers with few treatment options

Giannicola Genovese, M.D.

Preclinical study identifies vulnerability in orphan cancers with SMARCB1 mutations, spurs launch of Phase II clinical trial HOUSTON ― Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered that malignant rhabdoid tumors (MRT), a rare pediatric cancer without effective treatments, may be sensitive to drugs that block the cancer cell’s ability to dispose of misfolded proteins. The findings provide a much-needed therapeutic target for these and other cancers caused by mutations in the SMARCB1 gene. Based […]

Goodbye salt, goodbye soda: Katy area man drops weight, makes heart health a top priority after routine physical exposes life-threatening condition  

KATY, Texas (February 7, 2019) –  Andrew Palitka believes he was lucky to have avoided a serious heart attack after a routine physical helped reveal what could have been a life-threatening condition. Palitka is now encouraging others to make their heart health a top priority. “I give a lot of credit to my family doctor,” Palitka said. “She looked at the EKG and realized something wasn’t right.” An EKG, or electrocardiogram, records the electrical signals that […]

Houston-Area Women’s Survey Shows Widespread Confusion About Heart Attack Warning Signs and Unknown Elevated Risk of Fatality for Females  

HOUSTON (Feb. 5, 2019) – It may come as a surprise that the leading cause of death for women is heart disease. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease accounts for 1 in 4 female deaths. A survey on heart health was evenly distributed across the Greater Houston area to 200 women. Respondents anonymously answered questions regarding their knowledge of heart attacks, including risk factors, warning signs, and prevention. […]

GROW YOUR OWN | Creating an Edible Garden in the Home Landscape

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Fort Bend County, along with the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners, present Grow Your Own, a six-class program on creating a productive edible garden in the home landscape.  Participants will learn how to start a garden, the keys to success, what to plant and when, and how to reap the benefits of year-round food production in Fort Bend County. All classes will combine indoor and outdoor lessons, and be held from […]

Harris County Public Health confirms three measles cases  in Harris County

Health authorities recommend individuals protect themselves through vaccination HOUSTON – Harris County Public Health (HCPH) confirms three measles cases in Harris County. The patients, whose identities will remain confidential, are two boys (under the age of 2) and a 25 – 35 year-old woman.  All three patients reside in northwest Harris County. “Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus, which spreads to others through coughing and sneezing,” said Umair A. Shah, […]

Texas Music & Memory Effort Ramps Up With New Facilities, Study  Program Uses Music to Reconnect Seniors to World

AUSTIN – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has selected 26 nursing facilities from across the state that have been certified as participants in the Music & Memory program for 2019. The program provides MP3 players to seniors with dementia to help them reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories, which can improve quality of life and quality of care. Texas has invested nearly $47,000 so far on the newly participating facilities’ equipment and […]

Top 5 Tips for Choosing a Health Insurance Plan

Are you trying to pick out a health insurance plan, but aren’t sure which one to choose? Choosing a health insurance plan can be incredibly difficult. There are a lot of different terms to decipher, rules are different in each state, and there are a lot of different care plans to choose from. So, how can you choose the right health insurance plan for your needs? Read on to learn about the top five tips […]

MD Anderson study shows FGL2 protein may be an effective target for glioblastoma

Amy Heimberger, M.D.

HOUSTON ― Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centerhave discovered an immune regulator that appears to dictate glioblastoma (GBM) progression by shutting down immune surveillance, indicating a potential new area of therapeutic investigation. Findings from the preclinical study led by Shulin Li, Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics, and Amy Heimberger, M.D., professor of Neurosurgery, were published in the Jan. 25 online issue of Nature Communications. “Classical wisdom is that brain tumor progression is linked to oncogene activation and tumor suppressor gene inactivation; however genetic […]

Memorial Hermann Katy Opens New 24/7 Pediatric Emergency Center and Inpatient Care Unit

KATY, Texas (Jan. 24, 2019) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital’s new Pediatric Emergency Center is now open to receive patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Emergency Center complements the hospital’s new dedicated pediatric inpatient unit and helps meet the need for specialized, round-the-clock pediatric emergency care in Katy and the greater west Houston area. “As Katy continues to grow, it needs more access points for round-the-clock care, available for all ages, closer […]