On Your Nerves: Understanding MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. Learn more about how people live with this neurological condition and how it’s managed. Bundle of Nerves In the central nervous system, nerve fibers, known as axons, are protected by myelin. The same way...

Neurology
General Health & Wellness

Is It Appendicitis or Just a Stomach Ache

You feel a sharp pain in your stomach, and you immediately suspect it’s appendicitis. But then again, it might just be a stomach ache or one of many conditions, such as kidney stones or a hernia. Here’s what you need to know about appendicitis. What Is Appendicitis? The appendix is a small organ...

Emergency Care
Children's Health

Pyramid Schemes: How Dietary Guidelines Have Changed

We all recall the nutritional pyramid once scribbled onto blackboards and plastered on our groceries nationwide. Its iconic image was all too often compared to a slice of greasy pizza or steaming hot apple pie as we all quietly questioned the structure of the pyramid’s bottom-heavy structure. As...

General Health & Wellness
Diet & Fitness

Are You at Risk of Kidney Disease?

How well do you know this silent disease? Nicknamed for its stealth, chronic kidney disease has no signs or symptoms and therefore often goes undetected. In the first three stages, as little as 10 percent of those affected by chronic kidney disease even know they have it. Blood and urine tests are...

Kidney Care

Cramping Your Style: What to Know About Endometriosis

About 1 out of every 10 girls and women lives with endometriosis, a painful condition in which the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus. Endometriosis growths often develop on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the outer surface of the uterus, and on the tissues that hold the uterus in place. How...

Women's Health

6 Cancer Risk Factors You Can Control

Researchers, including those at our Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, have made many advances in cancer treatment in recent years, but news of a cancer diagnosis is never something one wants to hear. While many cancer risk factors are beyond our control, such as age, genetic predisposition...

Oncology
General Health & Wellness

Heart Health Stats: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol & Heart Rate

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. Conditions like an abnormal heart rate, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure are indicators of and risk factors for heart disease. Manage your numbers to lower your risk. Blood Pressure Blood pressure refers to...

Cardiovascular Care

Plan for It: Cardiac Arrest & How to Respond

Cardiac arrest is a quickly occurring, life-threatening emergency. During cardiac arrest, the heart’s electrical system malfunctions. This causes irregular heart rhythms, known as arrhythmias. If the heart stops and you don’t act fast, it can lead to death. Here’s what you need to know about this...

Emergency Care
Cardiovascular Care
General Health & Wellness

The Do's and Don'ts of Exercising While Pregnant

Exercising while pregnant can help reduce back pain, ease constipation, keep your heart and lungs healthy, promote healthy weight gain, boost your mood, strengthen muscles, and improve your overall fitness. Ask your OB/GYN before you begin exercising and keep these do’s and don’ts in mind! Is It...

Maternity
Diet & Fitness

What Exactly Happens During a Heart Attack?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men and women. Heart attacks, in particular, affect about 720,000 Americans each year. If you have had a heart attack or know someone who has, you may be curious about what leads up to a heart attack and what it means. Learn what’s happening...

Emergency Care
Cardiovascular Care
Healthy Aging