March 8, 2022

Classification system shows which patients would benefit from PFO closure

Sixteen years ago, Phoebe Dow was a 19-year-old waitress when she suffered a stroke resulting from a common birth defect – a small hole between the top two chambers of the heart, which can sometimes allow a blood clot to…


March 8, 2022

18-year-old with a genetic condition undergoes open heart surgery to save his life

On the surface, 18-year-old Ayden Fireck was spending his senior year doing the things he loved: working at a local emergency room, practicing drills in the ROTC at his Georgia high school, and deciding where to go to college. But…


April 27, 2020

COVID-19 survivor donates plasma to help others recover from the virus

Jose Abdelnoor, 71, and his wife Evelyn Diaz, 67, say they would go through the scary experience of having COVID-19 again if it means they could save a life through donating their antibody-rich plasma. “What greater gift is there to…


April 23, 2020

First COVID-19 patient in Texas enrolled in UTHealth stem cell therapy study at Memorial Hermann

The first COVID-19 patient in Texas has been enrolled in a stem cell therapy clinical trial for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The procedure took place April 16, 2020,…


April 16, 2020

UTHealth, Memorial Hermann seeking plasma donations from survivors of COVID-19

An experimental therapy to help patients recover from COVID-19 by transfusing plasma from virus survivors into critically ill patients is being investigated by physicians at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) for use at Memorial Hermann….


April 9, 2020

COVID-19 and chronic lung disease: How to stay safe

Because COVID-19 attacks the lungs, limiting social contact is extremely important for people who have underlying health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, and any additional chronic lung illness. Chronic lung disease is a term…


March 30, 2020

COVID-19 linked to cardiac injury, worse outcomes for patients with underlying heart conditions

COVID-19 can have fatal consequences for people with underlying cardiovascular disease and cause cardiac injury even in patients without underlying heart conditions, according to a review published today in JAMA Cardiology by experts at The University of Texas Health Science…


March 30, 2020

Facts versus fiction – breaking down COVID-19 myths

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, rumors and misinformation about the virus seem to be spreading just as quickly, if not more quickly, than the virus itself. In the midst of a pandemic, false information can be dangerous and lead to…


March 30, 2020

Thinking about canceling your spring break plans? Ask yourself these questions.

Spring break season has begun and many have their hopes set on escaping reality for a few days with their family to enjoy some much-needed fun. However, concerns about the spread of COVID-19 have many second-guessing their vacation plans. COVID-19…


February 18, 2020

Valentine’s Day heartbreak turns to healing

A broken heart for Valentine’s Day sounds like the plot of a romantic comedy. But for Rebekah Holl, a literal broken heart was her reality on Feb. 14, 2019. Born with a rare defect called d-Transposition of the Great Arteries,…


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