Tilman Fertitta donates $50 million to UH medical school, which will bear his name

Billionaire businessman Tilman Fertitta said he has always believed strongly in the University of Houston Medical School’s mission to improve health care equity in Texas. He is now donating $50 million to help make that vision a reality. Fertitta and her family announced Thursday what UH leaders call a “transformative” gift for the fledgling medical … Read more

SIDS is still a tragic mystery, despite claims that the ’cause’ has been found

Photo: Andrew Wang (Getty Images) Last week, multiple headlines and social media posts claimed that scientists had finally found the “cause” of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Unfortunately, the reality is a bit more complicated. While the research could one day lead to important discoveries in predicting or treating this devastating syndrome, the results are … Read more

Your case of Omicron could have boosted your immunity – if you were vaccinated

Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) Recent preliminary research may offer some comfort to the many vaccinated Americans who discovered Omicron last winter. A pair of studies suggest that vaccinated people who caught the variant developed a strong and diverse immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in general, more than vaccinated and boosted people or people … Read more

Everything you never thought you should know about ear infections in adults

Photo: Andrey_Popov (Shutterstock) Some medical incidents are inextricably linked to the childhood experience: Children vomit a lot for some reason they scrape their knees, they have their tonsils removed and get ear infections. Of course, these things can also happen to adults, but it’s much less common. Yet, because some illnesses are so closely associated … Read more

A medical expert explains how to tell if it’s a cold, the flu or COVID-19

Dr. Ricardo González-Fisher discussed the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections and the latest FDA restrictions on Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. DENVER— Regarding upper respiratory tract infections, Dr. Ricardo González-Fisher said it becomes difficult to distinguish whether a person has COVID-19, influenza, pneumonia or strep throat, as the conditions have many common symptoms. González-Fisher … Read more

There’s nothing like a “clean” toothbrush

Photo: Bilanol (Shutterstock) There are two types of people in the world. The guy who carelessly puts his toothbrushes out in the open, in the same bathroom that houses a feces-spewing toilet (disgusting, isn’t it?), and the guy who takes care to cover his toothbrushes when not in use, and even periodically sanitize them in … Read more

There’s nothing like a “clean” toothbrush

Photo: Bilanol (Shutterstock) There are two types of people in the world. The guy who carelessly puts his toothbrushes out in the open, in the same bathroom that houses a feces-spewing toilet (disgusting, isn’t it?), and the guy who takes care to cover his toothbrushes when not in use, and even periodically sanitize them in … Read more