Courtesy: American Heart Association

Secondhand marijuana smoke may damage your blood vessels even more than tobacco smoke

By The American Heart Association In a new study, arteries in rats that inhaled secondhand marijuana smoke for one minute carried blood less efficiently for at least 90 minutes. Similar exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke caused blood vessel impairment for 30 minutes. “While the effect is temporary for both cigarette and marijuana smoke, these temporary […]

Houston Methodist West Hospital receives Exemplary Five Star Service Award

  HOUSTON (Covering Katy) ― Houston Methodist West Hospital received the 2016 Exemplary Five Star Service Award for birth registration by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Vital Statistics Unit for the sixth consecutive year. “We are proud and honored to have received this award once again,” said Vicki Brownewell, RN, chief nursing officer […]

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Daily folic acid supplementation remains important for prevention of birth defects

Despite the mandatory addition of folic acid to enriched grain products in the United States, many women still do not consume adequate amounts of this important vitamin, according to an editorial written by Laura E. Mitchell, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science […]

From Left: Laura Rutledge, Lisa Sarvadi, Chas Curry, John Curry, Kay Curry.

Lilli Curry Memorial Fund Donates Money To Fight Ewing’s Sarcoma

  KATY (Covering Katy) – Taylor High School Student Lilli Curry, 16, died last August after battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of blood cancer. This was the first Christmas that her family has celebrated without her. It could have been a much more difficult time for the family if not for the generosity of […]

From left: Quiang Jing, Dr. Zhou Wenyu, Dr. B. Christoph Meyer, Dr. Sheng Jun and Dr. Zhang Shuncong at Houston Methodist West Hospital.

Houston Methodist West Hospital’s Spine surgeon collaborates with Top Chinese Surgeons on New Treatments

HOUSTON (Covering Katy) — A collaboration of China’s top orthopedic surgeons and Dr. B. Christoph Meyer, a surgeon with Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, has led to an international partnership allowing our countries to explore similarities and differences in treatment approaches for patients with conditions of the spine. For six years, Meyer has been […]

Medicare Aims to Cover the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Announcement to fast track coverage made in November, Diabetes Awareness Month HOUSTON – After results of a government-funded study revealed that the YMCA’s evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) could save the federal government a substantial amount of money, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier this month that it wants to fast […]

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Houston Methodist West Hospital Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety

  KATY (Covering Katy) – New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced Monday, Oct. 31 by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Houston Methodist West was one of 844 hospitals […]

Surgical staff at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus at the perioperative suite expansion ribbon cutting.

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Expands Hospital’s Perioperative Suite

KATY (Covering Katy) – Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus recently unveiled the newly expanded perioperative suite which includes four new operating rooms, a new procedure room, three new call rooms, as well as a new doctor’s lounge, staff kitchen and break area. The expansion brings the total number of operating rooms at West Campus to […]