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The company that owns The Heights Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 1 – nearly five months after its doctors, nurses, support staff and even patients were locked out of the building because of alleged financial delinquency.

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U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is partnering with United Memorial Medical Center and Houston Community College to hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday at Heights High School. The event is tailored to adolescents age 12 and older, who recently became eligible to receive the vaccine produced by Pfizer.

Dr. Mariam Wahby, a licensed marriage and family therapist who works as an education specialist in Behavioral Health Services with the Memorial Hermann Health System, said the pandemic has had a significant negative impact on the mental health of teens, in large part due to the isolation caused by virtual learning.

This Saturday, May 1, St. John Northwest Church at 6696 Antoine Dr. near Greater Inwood will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on the church grounds in the White Oak Bayou Shopping Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for residents who are at least 16 years old.

Hot flashes, difficulty concentrating, changes in libido or unexpected weight gain? Do these symptoms sound like something you are experiencing? Menopause is often feared for these and other symptoms. Most women hope to avoid them when they cross that threshold of life change.

Fasting is a practice that has endured centuries. It is one of the most ancient traditions in human history. Greek physician Hippocrates recommended abstaining from food or drink for his patients as early as 400 BCE.

Oak Forest resident Joanna Brooks does not need a reminder that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. She said a 2019 colonoscopy – which she’d delayed for two years after an infection landed her in the hospital – showed a precancerous lesion which was removed by her surgeon. …

Barbie Atkinson, a Mangum Manor resident, licensed professional counselor and founder of the group practice Catalyst Counseling, said her "a-ha" moment came at the same time it did for some of her adult clients.

Likely you have walked the grocery store aisle and seen a row of collagen supplements or seen some social media ad that shouts, “Add me to your smoothie!”

According to the National Retail Federation, American shoppers plan to spend $2.4 billion on candy this Valentine’s Day. That includes 58 million pounds of chocolate.

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The Houston Heights Association (HHA) is asking community members to share their love by giving blood during the month of Valentine's Day.

It might not surprise you to know that in the past decade, the time spent on Facebook, Instagram and other social media networks rose. So did the rates of anxiety, depression and suicide among youths and adults alike, according to Mariam Wahby, a licensed marriage and family therapist and ed…

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As an immunocompromised person, Ella Lee Forest’s Katherine Griffith was highly motivated to get her COVID-19 vaccination. Her elderly parents are also staying with her and she wanted to get them protected as well.

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Houston-area residents who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine but have so far been unsuccessful can join an online waiting list launched Tuesday by Harris County Public Health (HCPH).

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The six of them had never been in the same place at the same time, and they come from different generations and different parts of Houston. As recently as seven months earlier, they didn’t know most of the other people’s names or what they looked like, and they could not have imagined their paths would […]

By Shana Tatum, RD, LD Ever feel you need a break after the holidays? They can be filled with joy and warmth and at the same time be stressful and rushed, leaving you more depleted than before. The holidays may have been different this year because of COVID-19, but I suspect many of you may […]

Oak Forest resident and emergency medicine physician Dr. Theresa Harring was among the first Houston residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine. She was notified in early December that her hospital system, Houston Methodist, would be distributing the vaccine, and she signed up online. “I went to Methodist West to get the vaccine,” Harring said. “My […]

The professionals who teach fitness and wellness for a living have goals of their own. Here’s a roundup of what some local teachers and gym owners are hoping to achieve this year. Owner Ricky Cruz HTX FightCamp 827 W. 34th St. https://htxfightcamp.com/ Cruz said he and wife April, the co-owner of HTX FightCamp, are “focused […]

Ella Lee Forest resident Elizabeth Arredondo, a licensed professional counselor and owner of Houston Family Counseling, said nobody has come out of 2020 emotionally unscathed. “Our lives have been riddled with loss, isolation, conflict, more loss and anxiety,” Arredondo said. She and Aaron Bunker, a fellow licensed professional counselor at Houston Family Counseling, have some […]

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The rising COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the Houston region has triggered a tightening of restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the disease, per statewide guidelines outlined in October by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. According to data compiled by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the […]

The Houston Health Department reported 765 new cases of COVID-19 among city residents on Monday, along with one additional death. More than 116,000 have contracted the coronavirus since it reached Houston about 10 months ago, and the contagious disease it causes has claimed the lives of more than 1,500. The hope among local health officials, […]

By Shana Tatum RD, LD www.shanatatumrd.com Our skin is technically the largest organ of the body and one of the principal ways we interact with the environment. It senses temperature changes, texture, pressure and vibrations. It absorbs all that we apply to it, good and bad. Skin complaints can range from wrinkles and signs of […]

Kristin Uhlin, a senior officer with the Houston Police Department and lead trainer with its Narcotics Division Canine Detail, said the bond between an officer and their police dog, or K9, is a strong one. “They live with their handlers,” Uhlin said. And while HPD has been relatively lucky — the last HPD K9 lost […]

Nearly 2,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine should soon arrive at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. But it could still be a while before members of the general public can receive one. Texas’ Department of State Health Services announced earlier this month that nearly 225,000 doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer would be distributed […]

Memorial Hermann Health System announced it is further modifying its visitor policy to protect patients, workforce and the community in light current COVID-19 positivity rates in the area. Effective Thursday, Memorial Hermann moved to a virtual visitation policy for patient families and friends and is not allowing in-person visits until further notice. The policy modification […]

The El Arroyo sign last week said it all – “Pro Tip: Bring Up Politics This Thanksgiving To Save $$ On Xmas Gifts.” A recent poll from the Pew Research Center shows that nearly 80 percent of Americans report having just a few or no friends who supported a presidential candidate other than the one […]

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Rapid-result COVID-19 tests will be offered later this month at White Oak Music Hall, with a limited number of free tests available to members of the Houston music industry. The local live music venue, located at 2915 N. Main St., announced Thursday it is partnering with New Orleans-based EASY Testing to offer two types of […]

By Shana Tatum RD, LD We continue touring the body and sharing nutrition tips as we go. This month we look at the urinary system: the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. It has three major functions in the body: 1.) removal of waste products from fluids; 2.) elimination of the wastes into the environment; and […]