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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. 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 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 […]

When Garden Oaks resident Morgan Shields had her two oldest children, she said she suffered from postpartum depression. “I was struggling a lot,” she said. Before and after she gave birth to daughter Rue, Shields was exercising regularly, and she said it made all the difference for her sense of well-being. “It was a game […]

Memorial Hermann Health System opened the Greater Heights Community Resource Center earlier this month at 1740 W. 27th St. Located near Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, the new facility aims to help patients and community members get access to crucial medical care and resources, according to a news release from the hospital system. The center […]

By Shana Tatum Another month and more nutrition information. We continue our tour through the body and how to best support it with good nutrition. Today we will discuss hormones — sex hormones specifically. Estrogen, Testosterone, DHEA and Progesterone are the male and female hormones that regulate many functions in the body. Most sex hormones, […]

Ella Lee Forest resident Leah Salinas was in middle school when attention-deficit disorder really started impacting her life, though she wouldn’t be diagnosed with it for more than 20 years. “I could not read (large) amounts of text and absorb it,” she said. “I was in honors classes and had to be moved. I just […]

The City of Houston and Harris County are making an effort to help a community that has become one of their most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. An Oct. 1 news release from the city said it is partnering with Harris County for a new COVID-19 Homeless Respite and Rehabilitation Center. The city and county […]

By Shana Tatum RD, LD The pancreas is a small but powerful organ that has much to do with our metabolic health. It is essential for transforming our food into energy. It serves as both an endocrine gland, one that sends out hormones such as insulin and glucagon, and as an exocrine gland that sends […]

Among all the other changes that COVID-19 has wrought, the way we think about our health – or rather, our concern for being healthy – is changing. The Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM) publicized some recent findings in late August, which among other things, found that 77 percent of consumers say they will make more attempts to […]

Despite the continued presence of COVID-19 in the Greater Houston region, Memorial Hermann Health System is allowing a slightly increased number of patient visitors. Beginning Monday, Memorial Hermann began allowing one visitor per patient per day at its hospitals, including Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital at 1635 N. Loop W. Memorial Hermann’s daily visiting hours […]

Iridescent images of dragonflies, along with vibrant colors, will greet patients as they enter a new pediatric dental office in the Ella Oaks shopping center on West 34th Street. The look is representative of the philosophy of Oaks Point Pediatric Dentistry, set to open Saturday, Aug. 29 at 1727 W. 34th St., Suite 400. Dragonflies […]

Most 15-year-olds can’t wait to get their driver’s license. Jackson Guyre can’t wait to give blood. Guyre, a Woodland Heights resident and sophomore at St. Thomas High School, will turn 16 on Sept. 9. He’s already signed up to donate blood on Sept. 22 at the Historic Heights Fire Station, which has been hosting weekly […]

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Dr. Dongwook Kristen, a physician at Dr. Van Tran Family Practice at 1919 N Loop W #218, said in-person visits are picking up at their medical office. “(They) are coming in for annual visits and well-women exams,” Kristen said. “Also those who missed scheduled blood work are starting up again.” Kristen said patients have asked […]

By Shana Tatum, RD, LD This month we are looking at how nutrition affects the health of the liver. You may not think much about the liver and what it does, but many of its functions you may appreciate. The liver is the largest visceral organ in the body and is the center for metabolic […]

Like many, the Hindi family in Oak Forest has been putting off its regular doctor visits. “We are in pretty strict lockdown over here,” Andrea Hindi said. “The entire family is overdue for dental checkups. (My daughter) is overdue for her annual checkup. The dog is due for shots soon, but that, too, will get […]

Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital was ranked as the ninth-best hospital in Texas, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2020-21. The area hospital, located at 1635 N Loop W, was one of three Memorial Hermann facilities ranked in the top 10 in the state. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center ranked […]

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Dr. Heather Hamilton said her job, and that of her fellow physicians in the Memorial Hermann Health System, is to stay calm, levelheaded and focused on providing quality medical care to members of the Houston community. Hamilton, a primary care physician at Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Greater Heights, said she and her colleagues […]

A free, drive-through COVID-19 testing site opened Monday at Sinclair Elementary, located at 6410 Grovewood Ln. The site is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. through Wednesday, July 22, and is being operated by the Houston Health Department and Texas Division of Emergency Management. Appointments are required, according to the Houston Health Department, and can be […]

A free COVID-19 testing site offering rapid results will open Friday at the Ibn Sina North Shepherd Community Clinic, located at 5012 N. Shepherd Dr., according to a news release from the Ibn Sina Foundation. A spokesperson for the Houston-based public health foundation, which is partnering with CVS Health to run the testing operation, said […]

In addition to getting swabbed to check for an active-virus COVID-19 infection, many people are choosing to get a blood test to see if they have the antibodies – or the blood proteins produced in response to a specific antigen – that would indicate a past infection. But how accurate are these tests and what […]