Healthy Tips & Resources

Your First Well-Woman Visit: What to Expect

Many women are apprehensive about their first appointment with a gynecologist, but knowing what to expect can put much of that fear to rest.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Fitness Level This Winter

As the chilly weather sets in, working out can be a challenge when a cozy couch is calling your name.

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How to Wash Your Hands

In addition to getting your flu vaccination, washing your hands is a great way to reduce the spread of the flu virus.

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3 Tips to Help You Quit Smoking

If you can quit smoking for good, the benefits are endless. Unfortunately, quitting is easier said than done. Due to the addictive nature of nicotine, cutting out smoking can be an uphill battle.

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The Link Between Obesity and Diabetes

Many factors play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes, including age, family history, race and ethnicity, and others. However, the best predictor of this form of diabetes is excessive weight.

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Prostate Cancer: Know Your Risk

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer for men. On average, 1 in every 7 men will get diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.

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3 Tools to Ease Labor Pain

Expecting a new family member is an exciting occasion. But when preparing to welcome your new baby, the last thing you want to worry about is the pain and discomfort of labor.

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Lung Cancer: Don’t Wait Until Symptoms Occur

Only about 14 percent of all new cancers are lung cancers, but it is overwhelmingly the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women. Each year, more Americans die from lung cancer than from colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

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Oh My GERD!

Do you suffer from frequent heartburn? You may be dealing with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a digestive disorder.

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LINX: A Better Fix for Heartburn

Heartburn feels like an uncomfortable, burning sensation in your chest or throat.

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Halloween Sweets: Trick or Treat?

It’s that time of year again: the season for costumes, scary movies, and lots of candy.

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3 Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects & What You Can Do

When going through a breast cancer treatment plan, the side effects of the treatment itself can negatively affect your quality of life.

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3 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

If you are a woman in the U.S., you have about a 1 in 8 chance of developing invasive breast cancer over the course of your life.

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3 Forgotten Food Groups & Recipes to Help You Remember

Getting your body the nutrients it needs is a big step to better health.

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Baby's Size During Each Month of Pregnancy

From prenatal care to pediatrics, CHI St. Luke’s Health’s team is with you every step of the way as your family grows.

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5 Common Symptoms of Menopause & How to Ease Them

Most of the symptoms menopausal women experience occur primarily during the perimenopause stage. Follow these tips to ease your menopausal symptoms.

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Is Coffee Actually Bad for You?

Many of us rely on our daily fix of coffee to jump start our day. However, besides giving you an extra boost in energy, coffee can provide some benefits to your health.

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Namaste Healthy With Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice that is known to be one of the best aerobic exercises you can do for mind, body, and spirit.

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Getting Enough Whole Grains? You May Be Surprised

The popularity of whole grains has grown exponentially in the last several years, and supermarkets have started to carry more whole grain products than ever before.

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How to Effectively Manage Chronic Pain

Whether your pain stems from an injury or affects you in the absence of an illness, there are effective strategies available for chronic pain management. Chronic pain can range from slightly bothersome to continually debilitating.

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Primary Care vs. Urgent Care

When you get sick or injured, you may be uncertain about whether you should visit your doctor or an urgent care center. While many people believe urgent care is more convenient than going to your regular primary care physician, there are clear benefits to calling your doctor when non-life-threatening conditions arise.

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Don't Be Rash When It Comes to Shingles

Shingles is a common infection of the nerves caused by a virus, prompting a painful rash or small blisters on the skin. This condition is common in people with weakened immune systems and those over the age of 50.

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Back-to-School Health Checklist

Summer is coming to an end, and the school year is quickly approaching. Your child’s school supply list isn’t the only one you should be checking off before the semester starts! Be sure to check off your kid’s health checklist.

 

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3 Keys to Healthy Weight Loss

Are you struggling to lose weight? You’re not alone. According to the CDC, more than 70 percent of U.S. adults older than 20 are either overweight or obese. Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix when it comes to healthy weight loss.

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5 Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastmilk is the perfect first food for your baby. Mother’s milk is a personalized formula containing all the right nutrients that your child needs to grow and develop. 

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The Science Behind HIIT Workouts

HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a workout that alternates between intense anaerobic exercise and low-intensity intervals or complete rest. 

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Taking Medications? You May Need to Avoid These Foods

Food-medication interactions can impact the body in various ways. Mixing certain foods or beverages with your medication can interfere with how your medication is digested or absorbed, block its breakdown, or exaggerate its effects.

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Bad to the Burn: Preventing and Treating Sunburns

Summer days can be all fun and games—until someone gets burned. From mild redness and tender skin to severe burns and blisters, sunburn can be uncomfortable and cause long-lasting skin damage.

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The ABCs of Hepatitis

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. Most often, viruses cause hepatitis. There are five main hepatitis viruses: A, B, C, D, and E. Though all cause acute hepatitis, they spread in different ways.

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Are These Fad Diets Actually Healthy?

Living a healthy lifestyle and promoting a balanced diet has gained much popularity throughout the years. However, experts have concluded that some diets are not one-size fits all and have deemed a few as completely unsafe.

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5 Important Cancer Screenings

Cancer screenings identify cancer before symptoms develop. Detecting cancer early may make it easier to treat. Though a variety of tests are used to scan for different types of cancer, certain screenings have been shown to lower the chance of dying from the disease.

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Migraines vs. Tension Headaches

Dealing with pain or pressure in your head or face? You may be suffering from a headache. When experiencing head pain, tuning into the location and intensity of the pain can help you distinguish what type of headache it is.

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Men, Don't Miss out on These Screenings

Men, when was the last time you went in for a routine check up? Men tend to put off going to the doctor until an emergency situation arises. Take a proactive approach to your health—don’t miss the following recommended screenings.

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Osteoporosis: Should You Get Tested?

Osteoporosis is a chronic disease that weakens bones, increasing the risk of fractures. Fifty percent of women and 25 percent of men over age 50 will fracture a bone due to this common condition. Are you at risk?

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4 Easy Lifestyle Changes for Managing Arthritis

If you’re one of the 54.4 million U.S. adults living with arthritis, managing joint pain and stiffness on a daily basis is important for your quality of life.

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Menstrual Maladies: What's Normal & What's Not

Many women are under the impression that experiencing debilitating symptoms is a normal part of menstruation—something they just have to get through every month. While periods often cause discomfort, experiencing severe symptoms means there’s a problem.

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5 Classes to Take to Prepare for Baby

You’re going to have a baby! As your due date approaches, you may be feeling a mix of emotions, ranging from excitement to nervousness. Ease your concerns and gain confidence with resources right in your neighborhood.

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Managing an Ectopic Pregnancy

When a doctor diagnoses a pregnancy complication like an ectopic pregnancy, it can be an incredibly stressful situation for an expectant mother. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg develops outside the uterus, most commonly in the fallopian tubes.

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A to Zzz: A Healthy Pre-Sleep Routine

Getting adequate sleep each night is essential to your health. Not getting enough sleep can negatively affect your body and mind, leaving you exhausted, irritable, and unable to focus throughout the day.

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Treating Infertility With NaProTECHNOLOGY

About 15 percent of couples are affected by infertility. Couples who are unable to conceive within a year of trying are considered to be struggling with infertility. Fortunately, treatment options are available.

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Houston Springtime Without the Sniffles

For allergy sufferers in Houston, spring pollen can trigger symptoms like sneezing, sniffling, and stuffy noses. Houston ranked as the 49th most challenging place to live with spring allergies.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Immunity

The immune system is made up of special cells, tissues, proteins, and organs that protect the body from harmful microorganisms and diseases, blocking germs to keep them out of the body while continuously destroying any that enter.

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Your Way to Wellness

CHI St. Luke's Health is dedicated to a mission of healing mind, body, and spirit. Aspiring to create healthier communities, we encourage you to take a proactive approach to your wellbeing.

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Are Uterine Fibroids Causing Your Menstrual Disorder?

If you are suffering from a menstrual disorder like severe cramps, excessive bleeding, skipped or infrequent periods, pelvic pain, low back pain, or frequent urination, uterine fibroids could be causing your symptoms.

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The Difference Between “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression

No matter how you delivered your baby –  vaginal, natural, Cesarean, or VBAC – recovering after birth can be both physically and emotionally challenging.

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Diabetes: Should You Get Tested?

Diabetes is a serious disease that occurs when your body is unable to use or produce enough insulin, a hormone that converts glucose into energy. Our bodies break down the food we eat into glucose.

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8 Easy Food Swaps for a Healthier Diet

Eating healthy may seem difficult, but with our list of simple substitutes, it’s a task almost anyone can accomplish. Potential weight loss is just an added bonus to feeling your best.

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Childproof to Prevent Poisonings

You know to cover electrical outlets so children don’t get shocked, but have you considered poisonous household substances? Be sure to childproof your home to protect your children from potential poisons.

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8 Ways To Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

Whether you struggle with kidney stones or have a family history of kidney disease, there are preventive measures you can take to decrease your risk of kidney complications. Keep these eight precautions in mind for optimal kidney health.

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3 Diets To Try This Month

Did you know that a healthy diet can decrease your risk for many diseases, including heart disease and cancer? Ditch the crash diets and unhealthy fads, and try a doctor-approved nutrition plan.

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Colorectal Cancer: The No. 2 Leading Cause of Cancer Deaths

More than 135,000 people in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2017. As one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths, it’s important to understand your personal risk factors and recognize symptoms early.

 

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5 Unexpected Risk Factors For Heart Disease

Most people know that factors like high blood pressure and smoking increase your risk of heart disease, but there are many other contributing factors that can raise your risk.

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Before Birth: Prenatal Screenings Every Mother Should Consider

Pregnancy is a time of great anticipation, and sometimes, great anxiety. It’s easy to become overwhelmed preparing for your baby’s arrival. As the countdown continues and your bump grows, you may wonder whether your baby is developing normally.

 

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7 Busted Cold Weather Myths

While weather in Houston can be unpredictable, it’s important to prepare for winter conditions by educating yourself about health precautions before the cold weather arrives.

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Our Menu Guide For The Big Game

Start the party with a winning  menu. Rather than loading up your guests with salty, greasy, and fatty foods while you watch the big game, serve feel-good alternatives without compromising taste. Check out these menu ideas that offer extra flavor without the extra fat.

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Bronchitis vs. Pneumonia

Do you know the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia? These lung conditions share many of the same symptoms, such as bothersome coughs, but the difference in severity is significant to note.

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Diet & Determination

Have you ever started a diet with enthusiasm just to find it only lasted a few weeks or just days? Your determination level can make or break your success when struggling during a diet.

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Do You Have A Thyroid Disorder?

The thyroid plays a big role in how your body functions. It regulates your metabolism, impacts your emotional health, and affects almost every organ in your body.

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7 Steps To Become A Runner

Whether you've just bought your first pair of running shoes or you've been jogging for years, these seven steps can take your running game up a level.

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12 Unique New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are more easily made than kept, but psychologists say there are ways to turn them into lifelong habits. Just don't forget to be SMART, and you will be sure to make 2017 a year of good health and happiness!  

 

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Healthier Holiday Eats

It’s common for eating habits to change around the holidays, which can quickly cause a change in our waistlines. But with the right ingredients, your holiday menu can be delicious and nutritious.

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Ho Ho Heartburn

If you’re not sure what to watch out for, holiday feasts can quickly serve up an uncomfortable side of heartburn. Know what foods to eat in moderation and which ones to avoid entirely if you struggle with heartburn.

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5 Winter Health Tips

All of us at CHI St. Luke's Health wish you and your family a happy and healthy winter season! Check out our favorite winter health tips.

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Hope For The Holiday Blues

Once the holiday season is in full swing, it’s easy to find yourself feeling less than merry. You might be down with the holiday blues. Discover ways you can improve your mood this winter with these tips from Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group.

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How To Keep Baby Flu-Free

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a serious illness that can cause life-threatening complications. Most people who contract it recover in one to two weeks; however, some people are more at risk to develop flu-related health problems.

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Virility & Fertility

Not being able to conceive can be emotionally tough for a couple. When it takes longer than a year to become pregnant, a doctor may suspect an infertility problem. One-third of such cases are traced to the man’s side.

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Diabetes and Diet

Healthy eating is essential for diabetics. Overeating or eating unhealthy foods may cause a spike in blood sugar. On the other end, skipping a meal could make your blood sugar too low. Your best bet is to eat controlled, healthy meals regularly. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group shares what foods should be on your plate!

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What To Do If You Get The Flu

With flu season right around the corner, you are most likely taking steps to prevent the spread of the flu by getting a flu shot, keeping your hands clean, etc. But what should you do if you end up catching the flu? 

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The Most Common Cancer for Young Men

The most common cancer for men between the ages of 15 and 34 is testicular cancer. Thankfully, testicular cancer is simple to treat when it’s detected early. Know your risk and how you can detect testicular cancer.

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Prostate Cancer Awareness: Grow a Moustache and Get Informed!

One in every seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. But many men are not aware of their risk and don’t know which symptoms to look for.

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Stop the Spread!

Do your part to stop the spread of germs and infections. Keep these simple tips from Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group in mind to stay healthy, especially during cold and flu season.

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How to Do a Breast Self-Exam

Early detection of breast cancer is the main objective of routine breast care. Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month.

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6 Steps To Prevent SIDS

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplainable, sudden death of an infant. Here are steps you can take to lower your baby’s risk of SIDS.

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5 Extra Breast Cancer Therapies

Ask your cancer specialist if one or more of these complementary therapies could work for you in addition to your current treatment.

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3 Mammography Myths

Despite their use leading to many saved lives, myths about mammograms still circulate. Let’s bust these myths with Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group and share the truth about mammograms!

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5 Ways To Prevent Sports Injuries

Don't let an injury keep your child sidelined from his or her favorite sport. While your child is having fun on the field or on the court, you can think ahead and help prevent a sports injury.

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Zika and Pregnancy

Ever since the Zika virus struck South and Central America, it’s impacted thousands of lives. Zika can cause no symptoms or merely a mild fever, joint pain, rash, and reddening of the eyes. It is passed through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, sex with an infected man, or an infected blood transfusion.

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4 Healthy Aging Tips

While aging is part of life, the health issues associated with getting older don’t have to be. Whether you are a senior citizen yourself or your loved one is over 65, basic preventive measures can help make the later years truly golden.

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Female Fitness 101

In today's busy and connected world, it’s difficult to find time to take care of yourself. However, your health matters, and putting it on the back burner could eventually lead to major issues. Feel your best and start paying attention to your health today.

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Effects of Smoking on Your Heart

Many individuals understand that smoking can cause lung cancer; however, few realize that smoking harms every organ in your body, including your heart.

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Prevalence of Heart Disease in Hispanic Populations

While heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. across all ethnic groups, it is of heightened concern to Hispanics because of the prevalence of high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.

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How to Pack the Perfect School Lunch

Planning quick, delicious, easy, and nutritious lunches is essential. With a few tips from Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group Galleria, you can master the school lunch.

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Surviving School Stress

High school comes paired with a great deal of pressure. With college looming on the horizon, standardized tests, sports, clubs, and academics vie for your time.

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Staying Healthy and Safe at the Beach

Are you heading to the beach this summer? Be sure to keep sun and swim safety in mind. Brush up on your beach safety knowledge and share these important tips with friends and family before hitting the sands.

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Preventing a Mosquito-Borne Illness: A Guide from A to Zika

Their bites may be annoying, but the main concern is that some mosquitoes can carry dangerous infections.

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The Effects of Smoking on Your Body

Smoking doesn’t just take a toll on your lungs; it affects your entire body. Discover the effects of smoking on the body and take action to quit today

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5 Fertility Myths Debunked

Are you TTC—trying to conceive? Whether you are hoping to get pregnant or waiting for the right time, it’s important for women to understand their fertility. Get the facts as we debunk five common fertility myths.

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Your Guide to Developing a Birth Plan

A birth plan is a document that shares your preferences with your family and patient care team. Remember who, what, how, and where when developing your birth plan.

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Is it Allergies or a Cold?

With springtime comes allergy season, but you can get a cold at any time of year. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which you have. The common cold and seasonal allergies have similar symptoms, but there are ways to tell them apart.

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4 Steps To Your Perfect Exercise Plan

Physical activity is one of the most important elements of health, and its benefits are endless. Start on your path to health by creating your perfect exercise plan.

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What You Should Know About Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. About 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year.

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Brain Cancer Facts

Each year, over 190,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor (National Brain Tumor Society).

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Vaccines: Fact vs. Fiction

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group The Woodlands is here to provide information about vaccines and root out the rumors.

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Early Signs of Pregnancy

Learn the most common early signs of pregnancy even before your missed period to get a heads up that you may need to take a pregnancy test soon.

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VBAC: What You Need to Know

VBAC, vaginal birth after cesarean, refers to delivering a child vaginally after having delivered a child by C-section in a prior pregnancy.

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What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

Use our Family Birthing Center's Hospital Bag Checklist to make sure you have everything you need when it's time to head to the hospital.

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5 Ways To Keep Your Heart Healthy

A heart beats approximately 2.5 billion times during an average lifetime. It’s up to you to keep your heart strong with a healthy lifestyle. These 5 tips will get you started.

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3 Reasons You Should Go On A Hospital Tour

Sure, the pictures of the facility look great on the website, but you may find that it’s not all you hoped for. Seeing the current condition of the facility through a hospital tour and asking the right questions will ensure you have a happy Birth Day.

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Heart Healthy Foods: Myths & Facts

A heart healthy grocery list is no longer a mystery! Discover the surprising truth about certain foods and how they affect the heart from our webinar, Heart Healthy Foods: Myths and Facts.

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The Ingredients of a Healthy Diet

While there is no one nutritional diet that works for everyone, there are recommended nutritional elements for the general population.

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Unique Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Learn more about the symptoms of a heart attack, risk factors of heart disease, and how you can start making changes to reduce your risk.

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How the Heart Pumps Blood

Your heart is the control center of your circulatory plumbing and electrical systems. Discover how your heart pumps blood throughout your body.

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Stroke 101: Stroke Facts You Need To Know

Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke, a “brain attack ” that stops the flow of blood in the brain. Learn more about stroke and the importance of seeking timely medical care from a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

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Heart Healthy Recipes: Blueberry Blood Orange Smoothie

While no single food or dietary charge is a cure-all, there are certain foods that could help increase your heart health. Check out this heart healthy treat to start your day

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Heart Healthy Recipes: Black Bean Budino

While no single food or dietary charge is a cure-all, there are certain foods that could help increase your heart health. Check out this Black Bean Budino that will satisfy your chocolate cravings.

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10 Healthier New Year's Resolutions

The new year is the perfect time for a healthier change. New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be strict rules, sacrifices, or all-or-nothing guidelines. Instead of common New Year’s resolutions, try these healthier alternatives.

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Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season

Flu usually peaks between December and February. Focus on spreading joy rather than germs; discover the difference in symptoms of the cold and flu and how you can prevent getting sick this winter.

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Diabetes and Stroke

Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, but if you have diabetes, your risk of stroke increases significantly.

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Stroke 101

Drs. Jose Suarez, Peter Kan, and Chethan P.V. Rao discuss the importance of stroke risk awareness and how CHI St. Luke’s Health and Baylor College of Medicine assists patients with the latest advancements in stroke treatment.

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Risk of Parkinson’s Disease in Hispanic Population

A recent study showed that Hispanic males over the age of 65 are at the greatest risk of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

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Fun Facts About the Brain

The brain is one of the most complex and magnificent organs in our body. Check these interesting facts about the human brain.

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The Road to Stroke Recovery: Nutrition and Exercise

Nutrition and exercise after a stroke are two ways stroke survivors can move forward in their recovery and prevent future strokes.

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Recognize the Signs of a Stroke

In the U.S., stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Recognizing the signs of a stroke can help save your life, or the life of someone else.

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Spinal Cord Injury Prevention & First Aid

Spinal cord injuries occur when the nerve cells in a person’s spine are damaged by a partial or complete severance of the spinal cord.

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Concussion Facts & Prevention in Sports

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur each year.

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The Road to Stroke Recovery: Managing Depression

A stroke is an unexpected major life-changing event for more than 795,000 Americans each year. Many stroke survivors’ recovery continues for years after their stroke, while some survivors will recover in a shorter amount of time.

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Caregiver Tips for Stroke Survivors

If you are a caregiver for someone who has suffered from a stroke, the best first step is to educate yourself and gather as much information as possible.

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Women Have Higher Risk of Stroke

Stroke is the number five cause of death across America, but it is the number three cause of death of women in America.

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How Food & Exercise Affect People with Epilepsy

While not all causes of epileptic seizures are known, many people with epilepsy are able to avoid certain triggers to reduce their frequency of seizures.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Memory Sharp

Keep your mental health in mind and use these 5 tips to help keep your memory sharp.

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Is It More Than a Migraine?

When you are having a severe headache and other abnormal symptoms, it may be common to wonder if it really is just a migraine headache or something more serious like an aneurysm.

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4 Signs of a Heart Attack in Women

As with men, a common heart attack symptom for women is chest pain and discomfort, but there are several other symptoms women are more likely than men to experience.

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Common Signs of a Heart Attack

The symptoms of a heart attack vary not only from person to person, but also from one heart attack experience to another in the same individual.

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Surprising Heart Facts

Your heart is an incredible machine that powers your body by providing oxygen and nutrients to vital organs. Here are some interesting facts about your heart and how it works.

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Foods For A Healthy Heart

While no single food or dietary charge is a cure-all, there are certain foods and eating habits that could help increase your heart health.

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Healthy Hearts By the Numbers

Monitoring and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels can help reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Use our guide to better understand what makes up a healthy cholesterol level.

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Have Diabetes? Take Heart!

For individuals with diabetes, maintaining a healthy heart is extremely important, as diabetes increases the risk of heart disease.

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Heart Healthy Thanksgiving

Whether you are the host or a guest, you can have a healthy meal that your heart will be thankful for by following these 4 steps.

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Heart of Healthy Living

According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. Use this mnemonic device to help you remember how to keep your heart healthy.

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Understanding Your Heart Rate

By regularly checking your resting heart rate you can help assess your current fitness level and identify any potential health issues.

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Heart Disease Facts

In America, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Learn about the risk factors and statistics for heart disease.

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Inactivity Is Bad for Your Heart

Why is it important to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine? Individuals with an inactive lifestyle are twice as likely to develop heart disease.

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African-Americans: Greater Risk for Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States across all ethnic groups; however, African-Americans do have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

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