Make Sure your 4th of July is Happy and Safe

By Meredith Whittemore The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently recalled thousands of fireworks ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. According to the CPSC, the fireworks were “overloaded” and could result in a greater than expected explosion. The recall serves as a good reminder that if you are going to use fireworks, certain [Continue Reading]

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As African Dust Descends on Houston, Here’s What You Need to Know

By Evan Koch It’s become a summertime tradition in Houston: as soon as temperatures warm and the cool waters of pools beckon, a thick gray haze starts to settle over Greater Houston. It’s dust blowing in from the Saharan desert, bringing with it brilliant sunsets — and a cacophony of coughing. African dust season has [Continue Reading]

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Houston Chronicle’s John McClain: Life after Shoulder Replacement Surgery

By John McClain As I prepared for my first session at the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute, I envisioned it as a medieval torture chamber. Friends who had undergone major surgery and had endured physical therapy at various rehabilitation facilities around the country told me to expect pain and that I better learn to [Continue Reading]

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Kids “Sprouting Horns” on Their Heads? Viral News Story Raises Questions about Proper Phone Use

By Rhiannon Collette The headline was sensational: “’Horns’ are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.” As the story went viral, social media exploded in reaction – a heated debate raged on whether the study was accurate – and even Snopes.com, a myth debunking website, weighed in, labeling the claim, [Continue Reading]

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Life-saving surgery allows college-bound teen to finish basketball career on his own terms

By Meredith Whittemore Garett Pineault recognized that his senior year of high school basketball would be his last one. But a rare condition put that special season in jeopardy. After nearly a decade of playing, Garett is headed to Texas A&M in the fall and collegiate sports weren’t in his plans, barring the intramural or [Continue Reading]

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Sacrificing Summer for a Hip Surgery

By Drew Munhausen Twelve-year-old Jordan Dean spent most of her 2018 Easter weekend spending time with family and playing outdoors. When she returned home from her aunt’s house, she started noticing some pain when she walked. “She didn’t remember falling or having any sort of accident,” said Ryan Dean, Jordan’s father. “The pain was mostly [Continue Reading]

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