March is National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, but the one in five people who have been diagnosed with one need no reminder. It’s a series of clubs that no one wants to join. Recently, actress Selma Blair has shown the world what it’s like to live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), one of more than 100 autoimmune diseases. The goal of the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association is to increase research by scientists for better advancements in the autoimmunity field and to increase awareness of autoimmune diseases themselves, so that diagnoses are made quicker. An autoimmune disease begins when in response to an unknown trigger, the immune system may begin producing antibodies that instead of fighting infections, attack the body's own tissues. Treatment for autoimmune … [Read more...] about Autoimmune diseases on rise
Dear Tabby, Are rawhide chews really that bad for dogs? We’ve always given them to our dogs with no issues but I’ve been hearing that they’re the worst thing you can give your dog! Please help! Rooting for Rawhides in Garden Oaks Dear Rooting for Rawhides, Rawhide chews have been the go-to chewy treat for dogs of all ages for quite some time but recently pet experts have started to speak out against them. It is also very common for vets to warn pet owners about the dangers of this treat. There are several factors that cause rawhides to be potentially dangerous for your pooch: • Choking hazard: Once your dog swallows a tiny, broken piece of rawhide, that portion can get lodged in her throat, putting your dog in serious danger. • Digestive blockage: Allowing your pooch to swallow a … [Read more...] about Are Rawhides a ‘Raw Deal’ For Your Pet?
This past year brought plenty of new community issues to the forefront, and seemingly consisted of much community controversy, or seemed that way with a quick scan of 2018 Leader headlines – but the year also brought plenty of positive developments on many fronts. Our top stories of the year compiled by our staff, though highlighted by plenty of hot button topics that caused quite a stir within the community, also brought news of a constantly-evolving development landscape and continued Harvey recovery efforts. From GOMO’s bankruptcy battle, the Houston-to-Dallas high-speed rail, and HISD controversy to several Heights staples calling it quits, a continued development boom, progress on flood mitigation and more, 2018 showcased a wide array of stories that didn’t discriminate in defining … [Read more...] about Year in Review: 2018 bookmarked by progress, controversy
One man was shot and taken the hospital after a shooting incident in the Heights Tuesday night. The man, now identified in media reports as Piotr Lewandowski, 38, sustained the injury after an unknown suspect stopped a tan or silver-colored sedan near the intersection of Cortlandt and 22nd Street around 9:30 p.m. according to authorities. Lewandowski, who is expected to survive, takes his dog on daily walks around the neighborhood according to media reports. Police say the shooter fled the scene after unleashing multiple shots and striking Lewandowski twice, and say a motive for the shooting is currently unknown pending an investigation. … [Read more...] about Man walking his dog shot in the Heights