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Houston Methodist Ramps up Plasma Therapy as FDA Approves Clinical Trial

The FDA’s announcement Friday to approve convalescent serum therapy as a large-scale clinical trial opened the door for more patients to receive the potentially life-saving gift of a donor’s plasma.
4-Apr-2020 1:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Fatty acid in triglycerides proves an effective platform for biological drug delivery

Houston Methodist nanomedicine researchers are studying a new drug delivery system that transports oral medication via triglycerides that could eliminate the need for injections or IV treatments of some biologic drugs for rheumatoid arthritis and...
2-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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FDA Approves First Plasma Therapy for Houston Methodist COVID-19 Patient

Houston Methodist received FDA approval Saturday to become the first academic medical center in the nation to transfuse donated plasma from a recovered COVID-19 patient into a critically ill patient. This treatment was fast-tracked to the bedside...
30-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Discovery reveals antibiotic-resistant strep throat may be too close for comfort

Infectious disease scientists identified strains of group A streptococcus that are less susceptible to commonly used antibiotics, a sign that the germ causing strep throat and flesh-eating disease may be moving closer to resistance to penicillin and...
27-Jan-2020 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Program reduces narcotic prescriptions after surgery with over-the-counter pain medicine

Surgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital are stemming the tide of addiction to prescription opioids by managing patients’ pain after surgery. By using long-acting local anesthetics at the site of surgery and scheduled non-narcotic pain medicine,...
22-Jan-2020 8:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Scientists identify protein associated with ovarian cancer that exacerbates neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s

Houston Methodist scientists identified a protein found in ovarian cancer that may contribute to declining brain function and Alzheimer’s disease, by combining computational methods and lab research.
13-Jan-2020 5:40 AM EST Add to Favorites

Vaping adds cloud of uncertainty around flu season

Flu season is underway and e-cigarettes users are at an increased risk for getting sick. Additionally, Houston Methodist physicians say similar symptoms between the flu and e-cigarette vaping acute lung injury (EVALI) could cause confusion.
20-Dec-2019 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Houston Methodist developed AI app to predict risk and prevent severe patient falls

11-Dec-2019 3:55 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Orthopedic surgeon available to discuss pectoral injuries in professional athletes

8-Jan-2020 3:00 PM EST

Early and Unusual Flu Season a Risk for Persons Who Vape, Have Chronic Disease, More

10-Dec-2019 4:05 PM EST

How to avoid holiday headaches

Six tips for avoiding holiday headache triggers from Houston Methodist neurologist Bing Liao, M.D., M.Sc.
21-Nov-2019 12:05 PM EST

Embarrassing symptoms prevent relief of treatable conditions

Nearly 25% of women live with treatable conditions known as pelvic floor disorders, but there is one main reason why the vast majority of them will not seek treatment: they are too embarrassed to talk about it.
20-Nov-2019 11:20 AM EST

Three tips for better sleep

More than one-third of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep each night, putting them at risk for serious, chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. The real victim of a lack of sleep, however, is the brain.
29-Oct-2019 2:15 PM EDT

Five facts your OB-GYN wants you to know about IUDs

Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are a great birth control option, but many women choose other forms of birth control because they have reservations about IUDs. A Houston Methodist OB-GYN answered common questions patients ask her about this very...
2-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT

Other treatments can reduce need for addictive pain medication

Hardly a day goes by without the public being warned about the dangers of opioids. But still, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people die every day of opioid overdose and the problem is getting worse. A Houston...
20-Sep-2019 2:05 PM EDT

Research shows OB-GYNs hesitate to talk about fertility

A new study shows that many OB-GYNs are uncomfortable counseling their patients on fertility at a time when more women are delaying pregnancy and needing their doctors to be more vigilant about this education.
4-Sep-2019 4:05 PM EDT

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