Sun Ko doesn’t remember the horrible car crash, the urgent rush to the hospital aboard a Memorial Hermann Life Flight® helicopter, or the emergency surgery to stop the swelling in her brain that would’ve killed her. But UTHealth neurosurgeon Dr. Ryan Kitagawa remembers her. It was late on Thanksgiving night in 2013 when Ko was [Continue Reading]
Hitting the High Notes Once More: Brain Injury Survivor Plays On
Without music, life was meaningless for Daniel Stover. “Music is my artistic outlet. I can’t draw. I can’t act. I can’t sing,” says Stover. “Playing an instrument allows me to express my passion for life.” When a severe hemorrhagic stroke due to a brain tumor left Stover unable to use his left hand, he thought [Continue Reading]
Turning 50? Ten Really Good Reasons to Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer
When it comes to colorectal cancer, what you don’t know can hurt you. In fact, it can kill you. Although colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, it is very treatable when caught early. Sometimes, it also can be prevented through regular screenings. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness [Continue Reading]
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]
Do Hospital Ratings Matter?
Before you check into a hospital, it’s always a good idea to check its record for quality and patient safety. But decoding hospital score cards is no easy trick. From U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals to Truven Health’s Top 100 Hospitals to the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score or Consumer Reports’ Health [Continue Reading]
Don’t Lose a Wink When Daylight Saving Time Begins This Sunday
As daylight saving time approaches this weekend, many families around the country are looking forward to the extra sunshine in the evenings, while just as many are likely dreading the hour of sleep we are all going to lose on Sunday in order to get it. Sixty minutes might not sound like much, but in [Continue Reading]
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