Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis: Small steps can make a big difference.

Experts predict that more people will travel for the holidays this year than in either of the previous two years. That means higher ticket prices, crowded flights and travel delays, but it could also put more people at risk for a serious medical condition: deep vein thrombosis, which can develop when people travel long distances [Continue Reading]

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Acid Reflux: Overeating can trigger holiday heartburn, but those with frequent symptoms should get checked to prevent more serious problems.

Almost everyone gets heartburn once in a while. That burning sensation in the middle of your chest is most commonly caused by acid reflux, the overflow of acidic stomach contents into the esophagus. And it’s especially common around the holidays, since overeating, eating rich foods and drinking alcohol can all trigger the condition. Dr. R. [Continue Reading]

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Thumbs Up, Wings Down: Patient and WWII Veteran Leaves Lasting Impact on Anesthesiologist Who Cared for Him 

Advancing health. Personalizing care. It’s a promise that Memorial Hermann has made to its community, and it’s one that Dr. Yvonne Cormier, an anesthesiologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, fully embraces. In fact, Dr. Cormier’s experience with her longtime patient, Glenn Martin, is a direct reflection of the System’s brand promise in [Continue Reading]

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Worth the Hype: Colonoscopies are the most useful tool we have to prevent colorectal cancer.

Numerous studies over the years have found that colonoscopies significantly reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer — one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in the U.S. So when a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last month cast doubt on the effectiveness of colonoscopies, doctors were puzzled. The [Continue Reading]

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Beating the Odds

The BRCA gene mutations give women a 50-50 chance of developing breast cancer. Genetic testing can help them make a plan to protect themselves. Dana Cherry knew there was a good chance she would get breast cancer. When she was 25, she discovered that she had a gene mutation associated with a 50 percent chance [Continue Reading]

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Still Going Strong After Ten Years: The Center for Advanced Heart Failure, and its first LVAD recipient, celebrate a milestone.

When Memorial Hermann’s Center for Advanced Heart Failure first opened 10 years ago, Ray Anderson had been told he had only a few months left to live. In 2008, Anderson had a major heart attack that he mistook, at first, for indigestion. He drank an entire bottle of Pepto-Bismol over the course of the day, [Continue Reading]

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