Should I Immunize My Child or Not?


July / August 2015

By Dr. Ragini Miryala

In just a few short months, there will be a mad dash to get children vaccinated for the beginning of a new school year. Some kids will be entering kindergarten, while others will be going off to college. For many families, getting their children immunized will seem like a chore – making appointments, waiting in doctor’s offices, the looming deadlines to make sure kids won’t be denied entry into school. As we go through these minor inconveniences, let us take a moment to be grateful that our children are protected from diseases that once took the lives of thousands.

Be Water Wise



May / June 2015

Children in all parts of the country are counting down the days until summer. They long for the freedom that summer brings, time to do what they want, to play outside and time to relax. It seems that in the heat of the summer, the only escape from the hot, ever-present sun is the swimming pool. Are you ready and do you have a system in place to ensure that your family is “water safe” this summer?

Paving the Way to a Better Tomorrow: 5 Stories of Love, Service, and Generosity


March / April 2015

By Dr. Nicholas Howland

On a Tuesday morning in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Steven Blackwell says goodbye to his wife and cat and leaves for the airport. He boards the flight to Houston and prepares for another two weeks of work -- work that is away from home and family. But this schedule and commute doesn't bother him in the slightest. In fact, he describes his feelings going to work as "giddy", "exciting", and "blessed".

The Gift of "Sight" -- An Interview with Lauren Long


January / February 2015

By Camille Olson

Lauren Long is a talented Marriage and Family Therapist Intern from the UHCL who knows what it means to overcome obstacles in her life. Lauren suffers from a disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). “RP is the name given to a group of hereditary eye disorders. These disorders effect the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye, in which the first stages of seeing take place. In RP, sight loss is gradual but progressive. It is unusual for people with RP to become totally blind, as most retain some useful vision well into old age.”

Cardiovascular Disease Q & A


January / February 2015

By Dr. Miller, Cardiologist

What is Cardiovascular Disease and what are the top five things I can do to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease?

I define Cardiovascular Disease as atherosclerosis of the vessels suppling aterial blood to the heart muscle. This plague can rupture and

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