Doctors turn to radio to educate community on dangers of delaying cardiac care

Valley Baptist Physician Network is turning to the radio waves as another means of reaching local residents who are coping with cardiac conditions but...

Ride to end polio: Rotary ‘Moto’ raises funds in South Texas

By Denise Cathey, Photojournalist As the convoy of motorcyclists approaches the Sunrise Mall, members of the Rotary Club of Brownsville Sunrise Club cheer and wave...

Interest in homeschooling grows in distance-learning era

Families across the region are a few weeks into virtual learning, but a growing number of local parents are deciding to take matters into...

VRMC names new chief operating officer

Valley Regional Medical Center on Friday named Lauren Davis as the hospital’s chief operating officer and said she will assume her new role today. “Lauren’s...

TFA educator at Donna North seeks to counter educational inequity

Nycol Cotto is a 2019 Teach for America RGV Corps Member and 10th grade chemistry at Donna North High School. TFA asked Nycol a few...

McAllen High grad’s first film gets private Edinburg premiere 

Writer, director and composer Jack Danini turned his deep admiration for New York City and the lessons he learned about falling in love and...

Downtown Harlingen creates Virtual Window Display contest

HARLINGEN — From pumpkins and skeletons to an assortment of colorful lights, many of the shops in this historic area of the city have...

Almaguer leaves indelible mark on Valley citrus industry

McALLEN — Jesus Almaguer could taste the Rio Grande Valley in oranges. His oldest granddaughter, Vickie Gomez, said if three oranges were placed in front of him —...

Far from home, UTRGV athlete recovering from surgery embraced by hospital staff

When she couldn’t be with her family, Talita Olivera De Paula adopted a new one: the staff at Edinburg Regional Medical Center. The family of the 24-year-old native of São Paulo in Brazil couldn’t be there for her college graduation or at her bedside when she was recovering from spinal surgery. That’s when the Edinburg Regional staff stepped up. “I was there without my family, and they turned into my family,” De Paula said of the nurses, physicians and physical therapist who helped her during her three-week recovery after spinal surgery at the Edinburg hospital on April 29. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Child vaccinations plummet: Health chief says get the kids immunized now

Cameron County children are way behind on their shots, probably because their parents are wary of going to doctors offices and clinics because of...

Childbirth in the time of coronavirus

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Karin Hall, a nurse, enjoyed roaming around her prepared childbirth classes at Edinburg Regional Medical Center, teaching expecting partners various birthing exercises and massages. Now she's unable to walk around those classrooms, unable to work with those expecting parents in person. Hall taught her first online class in March, where several expecting partners connected with her through Zoom, a video conferencing app. The registered nurse says hosting childbirth preparedness classes has never been more important. Giving birth to a child is stressful for many couples, and doing so in the midst of a pandemic only adds to that anxiety. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Tales of Bravery: Breast cancer survivors share experiences

HARLINGEN — Elizabeth Martinez-Gonzalez was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 32. Martinez-Gonzalez, 51, said the moment she was told she had cancer, she...

Barbacoa’s History: Local chef takes a walk down memory lane

If you’ve lived in the Rio Grande Valley area for years, you may know the drill of waking up every Sunday early in the...

Maintaining good mental health key during COVID-19 situation

HARLINGEN –As health and government officials both locally and throughout the nation continue to address the situation surrounding COVID-19, health experts are reminding the...

Health officials warn of pandemic’s mental toll

EDINBURG — As the pandemic prepares to stretch into its fifth month and cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported at record highs, local...

Local businesses prepare to open, experts stress need for COVID-19 protections

As some local businesses prepare to reopen May 1, local health officials continue to urge caution and encourage the community to remain vigilant against...

Eddie Lucio Jr. falls short of percentage for clear win

Before all the returns were in from Hidalgo County late Tuesday, it appeared District 27 State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. might be able to...

Pre-teen unites with fellow Girl Scouts for Project Nurse Care Kit

Skyla Marroquin was so grateful for the healthcare workers who cared for her great grandmother while she fought COVID-19, that she had to do...

Healthiest city again: Harlingen, Los Fresnos win challenge

HARLINGEN — Once again, the Valley is being awarded for being healthy. The City of McAllen, the City of Harlingen, and Los Fresnos were all...

McAllen native named San Antonio Artist of the Year

Ansen Seale’s passion for photography sparked when his mother let him transform their home’s guest bathroom into a darkroom to develop his pictures.  He was a McAllen High School student then, and often used the critters he found in his backyard — lizards, palm trees, frogs or birds — as his subjects. Now 59 and living in San Antonio, Seale’s camerawork has captured many parts of the world, including Rome, Berlin, London and Naples. It has even earned him several accolades, the most recent being named the 2020 San Antonio Artist of the Year by the San Antonio Art League and Museum.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

What to stream: Taking a look at nonfiction offerings

By Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service It’s coming up on eight weeks of a nationwide coronavirus shutdown, and while, thanks to the era of peak TV...

Sleeping during the pandemic: Advice on finding rest for the restless

As anxiety caused by the coronavirus continues to build, so have problems of restlessness for some — an often ignored problem that, in turn, can affect functionality throughout the day, a local physician explained. Dr. Adolfo Kaplan, a physician at the McAllen Pulmonary and Sleep Center of the Valley, said the importance of sleep is not addressed enough. Before the pandemic, approximately 30% of the population suffered from insomnia. Cases of chronic insomnia can lead to increased chances of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and several types of dementia. Insomnia also leads to obesity. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Local Heroes: Medical workers share what it’s like to be a mother during COVID-19

Mother’s Day this year will be nothing like the ones we have experienced in our lifetime. With most restaurants closed and the community practicing...

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month

With June officially serving as Men’s Health Awareness Month, there is no better time for men who normally put their own health on the...

Pre-teen unites with fellow Girl Scouts for Project Nurse Care Kit

Skyla Marroquin was so grateful for the healthcare workers who cared for her great grandmother while she fought COVID-19, that she had to do...

Valley Baptist participating in clinical trials that may benefit COVID-19 patients

As health officials and local hospitals continue to manage an ongoing surge of COVID-19 patients, Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen is participating in a clinical...

Valley Baptist Health System Continues with Rigorous COVID-SAFETY Standards Local Physicians Urge Community not...

HARLINGEN & BROWNSVILLE – As Valley Baptist Health System remains laser-focused on efforts to ensure that local residents continue to have access to high-quality...

Valley Regional joins convalescent plasma study for COVID-19 patients

Valley Regional Medical Center has announced that it is participating in a national study to determine if plasma from convalescent, or recovered, COVID-19 patients...

Health equity is key to preventing ravaging effects of pandemics

By Lisa Mitchell-Bennett, Special to the Herald Some of the first high profile cases of COVID-19 positives included the rich and famous. Senators, professional athletes...

Curriculum designers explore challenges of virtual fall semester

There are new reasons to have back-to-school jitters this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed Rio Grande Valley school districts to a virtual fall semester,...