Health

January 1 Deadline Approaches for Sale of "Fire Safe" Cigarettes
AUSTIN - As of January 1, 2010, all cigarettes sold in Texas must be certified fire standard compliant (FSC). All FSC cigarettes will be marked near the Universal Product...
Virus and cancer drug extends life of animal model of malignant...
HOUSTON - (Dec 31, 2009) - When combined, a virus that targets cancer cells and a commonly used cancer drug have been found to significantly extend the life expectancy and...
Confidence is key to fulfillment as we age
HOUSTON - (Dec. 28, 2009) - It's common for older adults to have doubts about their ability to participate in certain activities. However, according to an expert at Baylor...
Alzheimer’s Disease Doesn’t Take a Holiday
MADISON, Wis.- The bright lights, big crowds and bustle that make the holidays fun for most of us often do just the opposite for people with Alzheimer's and those who care...
Joy Followed by Sadness: Treating Postpartum Depression
MADISON, Wis. - For a number of pregnant women, the joy of childbirth can be followed by several weeks or months of a negative mood that can adversely affect the mother and...
DSHS Issues Warning Against ‘Nzu’ Product
The Texas Department of State Health Services is warning consumers, especially pregnant or breastfeeding women, to avoid consuming a traditional product called "Nzu"...
Texas Department of Health Services
The Texas Department of State Health Services today issued the following statement regarding the recent settlement of a lawsuit about the storage of dried bloodspots from...
Get H1N1 flu shot now
The Texas Department of State Health Services is encouraging people to get their H1N1 flu vaccination now. "There is the potential for another wave of illness. People...
Don't land in the ER this holiday season
HOUSTON - (Dec. 17, 2009) - If it's time to "deck the halls" of your home, be cautious of potential injuries, said an expert at Baylor College of Medicine. "About 6,000...
Antacids shouldn’t be the centerpiece of holiday meals
HOUSTON - (Dec. 15, 2009) - Holiday celebrations and food go hand and hand, and sometimes heartburn isn't far behind. Taking an over-the-counter antacid could do the trick,...
Parents: beware of holiday weight talk
HOUSTON - (Dec. 17, 2009) - The holidays are filled with delicious treats and snacks, and that often leads to concerns about overeating and gaining weight. According to an...
BCM researchers use high-tech microscopes to make androgen therapy...
HOUSTON - (Dec. 9, 2009) - On rare occasions, an infant is born with outward appearance of a female but the XY chromosomes of a male. If the child has a normal Y chromosome...
Experimental drug targets chemo-resistant breast cancer stem cells
HOUSTON - (Dec. 11, 2009) - In animal and patient studies, an experimental drug eliminated chemotherapy-resistant breast cancer stem cells - the cells that remain after...
Reliable neurons play role in synaptic strength
HOUSTON - (Dec. 3, 2009) - The strength between interconnected neurons, believed to play a role in learning and memory formation, in the cerebral cortex is regulated by...
DSHS Begins Screening Newborns for Cystic Fibrosis
The Texas Department of State Health Services today began testing for cystic fibrosis as part of a state program to screen all newborn babies for certain inheritable and...