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An 84-year-old man becomes oldest living kidney donor in the United States at Houston Methodist Hospital

An 84-year old becomes the oldest living kidney donor after donating to his 72-year old neighbor. Also, talks about how you are never too old to save someone's life.
23-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Researchers find trigger that turns strep infections into flesh-eating disease

Houston Methodist scientists discovered a previously unknown trigger that turns run-of-the-mill strep infections into the flesh-eating disease childbed fever, which strikes postpartum moms and newborns, often leaving victims without limbs. Using an...
14-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Study links protein, clusterin, to cardiac and metabolic diseases

During a study spanning nearly a decade, researchers at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Houston Methodist Research Institute and Houston Methodist Cancer Center have linked the protein clusterin – for the first time -- to many...
4-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Women at risk for heart disease need to begin prevention early

Women with risk factors for heart disease like diabetes and a family history need to begin a prevention plan in their 30s and 40s so they can get ahead of the disease when they hit menopause
1-Feb-2019 10:40 AM EST Add to Favorites

Infectious Disease Researchers Unveil the Secret Life of Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Using a tool first used for strep throat in horses, Houston Methodist researchers unveiled the secret life of flesh-eating bacteria, learning how it causes severe disease while living deep within muscle. Focusing on necrotizing myositis, the study...
18-Jan-2019 8:20 PM EST Add to Favorites

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App Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Improve Health After Treatment

Breast cancer survivors who used a smartphone app created at Houston Methodist consistently lost weight, largely due to daily, real-time interactions with their health care team via the mobile app.
27-Nov-2018 2:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Fatty Liver Disease

Millions of Americans have no idea that they have fatty liver disease. This growing problem will soon be the number one reason for liver transplantation, overtaking hepatitis C. Holiday overindulgence in alcohol and food could make the problem...
27-Nov-2018 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Houston Methodist Part of First Pilot in Nation to Bridge Electronic Gap for Automated Case Reporting to Public Health Agencies

In collaboration with the Houston Health Department and Epic (electronic medical records company), Houston Methodist is the first hospital system in eight U.S. pilot sites to successfully test and launch an approach to electronic case reporting...
15-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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What couples need to know before starting IVF

One in every eight American couples deal with infertility issues, and many turn to in vitro fertilization (IVF) to try and start a family. A Houston Methodist reproductive endocrinologist says there a few things couples should know before going...
22-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT

New surgical technique cuts Tommy John recovery time in half

High school pitcher Gavan Lomas threw a pitch and felt pain in his right arm. While still on the mound, his first thought was that his pain would lead to the one thing he feared most in his baseball career – Tommy John surgery. His fears were...
25-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST

Three tips for sticking with your New Year’s resolutions

By February, nearly 80 percent of Americans will give up on their New Year’s resolutions, but a Houston Methodist lifestyle coach says making a few simple changes can help people reach their goals.
17-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST

Stay in shape with the 12 Days of Fitmas

For many, the holiday season is a time of overeating, but a Houston Methodist personal trainer says this year you can beat the battle of the bulge by using the classic tune “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
17-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST

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Enjoying the Holiday Season Heartburn Free

9-Nov-2018 3:55 PM EST

Five Simple Tips to Follow for Dieting Success

For many, just the idea of losing weight can be discouraging. With the endless advice and trends that exist today, configuring a nutritious diet to lose weight and maintain it can be challenging.
9-Aug-2018 6:05 PM EDT

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Implantable Device Provides New Treatment Option for Epilepsy Patients

Richard Pollitt was at the end of his rope after years of suffering regular seizures, with some lasting five minutes and preventing him from working and enjoying his favorite pastimes. Desperate for relief after medications did not work, Pollitt had...
9-Jul-2018 4:50 PM EDT

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If Only…

The American Cancer Society's recent recommendations for changing the colorectal cancer screening age to 45 from age 50 had significant meaning for a Magnolia, Texas woman.
19-Jun-2018 3:05 PM EDT

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    Director, Houston Methodist Cancer Center

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    Thoracic medical oncologist



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Research Institute, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology/ENT


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