Abusing prescription painkillers in the workplace: Is there a cure?

The statistics are staggering.  Abuse of prescription painkillers is on the rise and reaching epidemic levels. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 37 percent of the 43,982 drug poisoning deaths in 2013 involved prescription painkillers. And of the 2.5 million ER visits in 2011, more than half were related to prescription drugs. Of [Continue Reading]

Don’t Get Benched by a SLAP Tear

Spring sports are in full swing. Many student-athletes are reluctant to tell anyone about a potential injury for fear of being benched. The reality is that sometimes this strategy backfires, resulting in longer playing absences, or even permanent damage. A young high school pitcher learned the hard way that the pain he felt while pitching [Continue Reading]

Watch What Happens When Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard Surprises Kids in the Hospital

Imagine being a child in the hospital, you’re watching a video of one of your favorite sports heroes, and when you put down the video viewer, he’s standing right before you!   That’s exactly what happened to some lucky patients at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.  Using cutting-edge technologies such as 360-degree video and Google Cardboard, Houston [Continue Reading]

Preventing ACL Tears in Young Athletes

It happens in a split second, the result of a direct blow to a planted foot, a sharp directional change to juke a defender, a sudden stop, or an awkward landing that hyperextends the knee. Although the “how” varies, most athletes are universal in describing what happens when they injure their anterior cruciate ligament, or [Continue Reading]

Traveling Soon? Here’s What You Should Know About the Zika Virus.

The Zika virus continues to make headlines as it spreads through Latin America and the Caribbean. The Zika virus has been linked to illness, temporary paralysis and birth defects.   Dr. Luis Ostrosky, infectious disease expert with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, answered our questions about the Zika virus and how [Continue Reading]