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When 'Good' Cholesterol Is Even Better

May 27, 2015 – A new study from the University of Pennsylvania found that how well a patient's HDL cholesterol functions may be an important consideration when it comes to heart disease risk. The study’s authors found that people with high HDL function had fewer heart attacks or other heart disease problems as the years went by. Randall S. Hall, DO, a board-certified cardiologist, Baylor Regional Medical Center Grapevine, offered ways patients can improve their cholesterol levels. "If you're overweight, if you lose even a few pounds, you can not only help your blood pressure and sugar control but for every 6 pounds you lose, you can increase your good HDL cholesterol by 1 milligram per deciliter," Dr. Hall, who was not involved in the current study, told dailyRx News. Read Article

Mind Your Bones: Do Bisphosphonates Actually Prevent Hip Fracture?

May 26, 2015 – A new study looked at the practice of prescribing bisphosphonates to prevent hip fractures in at-risk older adults. The best way to prevent fractures "is to adequately screen for osteoporosis and history of falls, implement methods such as fall prevention, exercise, nutrition, and make a collaborative decision with your doctor about whether medication makes sense or not," Alan L. Jones, MD, medical director of orthopedic trauma, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, told  dailyRx News. Read Article

Why Smokers Might Need to Watch Their Hearing

May 25, 2015 – A new study found that several factors — including smoking — were linked to hearing loss. The other factors included fat around the midsection and poor blood sugar control. "As if smokers did not need another motivation to quit smoking, here is a new study that links cigarettes to hearing loss," said David Winter, MD, internist, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Read Article

Ten Life-saving Facts You Need to Know About Lightning Strikes
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

May 22, 2015 – Lightning ignites 22,600 fires a year in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Agency. About 4290 of those fires involve homes. Between 2004-2008, only 18 percent of lightning associated strike fires occurred in homes, but these fires accounted for 88 percent of lightning-related deaths. Read Blog

A Liquid Biopsy: New Blood Test to Detect, Help Treat Types of Cancer
WFAA-TV (News 8)

May 21, 2015 – Promising news in the fight against cancer, researchers are now using a simple blood test, called a liquid biopsy, to detect certain types of cancer even before a tumor develops. And one day doctors may be able to use these results to chart a personalized treatment plan. Dr. Ajay Goel, with Baylor Research Institute, talks about this exciting new research on WFAA’s midday news. Watch Video

Crash Survivor Inspires Hospital Crowd
WFAA-TV Channel 8

May 21, 2015 – Media covered the first trauma survivors reunion at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas this week. The theme for the event was putting the pieces back together. Nearly 100 patients, families and employees attended the gathering. Watch Video

Common Syndrome May Boost Heart Risk

May 20, 2015 – Metabolic syndrome with high blood pressure or diabetes may be linked to heart disease risk. Jeffrey M. Schussler, MD, an interventional cardiologist, Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital, told dailyRx News that this study showed that these health issues affect populations worldwide, not just in Western industrialized countries. Read Article

Teacher Recovering From Heart Transplant Surgery at Baylor
Various Outlets

May 20, 2015 – A middle school teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico, recently traveled 650 miles to receive a heart transplant at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. During her recovery, Tucker was reunited through a video chat with 130 students from the middle school back home. Multiple outlets in New Mexico and Fox 4 in Dallas covered her journey to Dallas for the lifesaving operation. See Coverage

Heart Hospital Pilots Newest Video Interpreting Technology
Community Impact News Plano

May 19, 2015 – Heart patients in Plano facing language barriers can now speak face-to-face with interpreters via large screen TVs and portable tablets at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. Read Article

Garland Woman Has Life-changing Operation on Overgrown Liver
WFAA-TV (Channel 8)

May 14, 2015 – WFAA-TV profiled a patient at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas who received a liver transplant. The patient suffered from polycystic liver disease which caused her liver to grow to 5 times its normal size over the past 17 years. Dr. Peter Kim, transplant and hepato-pancreato-billary surgeon, on the medical staff at BUMC was interviewed for the story. Both English and Spanish speaking stations were part of the coverage. Watch Video

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