Therapy dogs bring joy to patients

As Angel, Moose and Andie make their rounds through Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, people stop and smile. Frowns transform into wide grins. Eyes light up. Patients struggling with the overwhelming weight of sickness and pain suddenly find themselves breaking into giggles. Some of the best healers don’t have medical degrees or wear scrubs. Instead, these [Continue Reading]

Tashika Varma

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]

Tashika Varma

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]

Tashika Varma

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]

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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]

Tashika Varma