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Through the Port of Houston and the George Bush and Hobby airports, the Houston area’s manufacturing base can reach global markets. For health care providers, Pearland’s location along Hwy. 288 allows medical facilities to be near downtown Houston and ahead of Manvel and Alvin’s development.

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Medicaid expiration may put enrollees at risk

That requirement is still in place two years later, but health care advocates in Texas and Houston said they are worried about what could happen when it ends and millions of people have their safety nets put into jeop- ardy. The Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, estimated as many as 1.3 million Texans could be deemed ineligible for Medicaid once the public health emergency ends. Roughly 3.7 million of the 5.2 million Texans enrolled in Medicaid will have their eligibility redetermined once the emergency ends, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. CONTINUED ON 22

“THE VAST MAJORITY ... OF PEOPLE WHO KIND OF STAYED ON MEDICAID LONGER THAN EXPECTED ARE LOWINCOME KIDS. I THINK WE WILL SEE THE MOST DISENROLLMENT IN THAT GROUP.” LAURA DAGUE, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT

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NOW OPEN 1 Diamonds Direct opened its second location in the Houston area in March. Located next to the Baybrook Mall at 18610 Gulf Freeway, Friendswood, Diamonds Direct sells jewelry, such as rings and necklaces. The business celebrated its new location at a grand opening event April 21. 281-612-3632. www.diamondsdirect.com 2 Comida Park , a food truck park at Pearland’s Cole’s Flea Market located at 1014 N. Main St., Pearland, opened May 7. Comida Park is a home to food trucks serving up eats and drinks, including Houston Made Burgers & More, WJ Missis- sippi Sausage and Taztee Treatz Desserts. Comida Park is open every day of the week with free entry on weekdays, but patrons will need to pay the flea market admission

fee on the weekends. 866-440-2810. www.facebook.com/comidaparkpearland 3 Bourbon St. Daiquiris at 3422 Busi- ness Center Drive, Ste. 130, Pearland, opened its doors in May. The location offers New Orleans signature daiquiris, including 11 mainstay flavors and four seasonal flavors. Bourbon St. Daiqui- ris also sells po’boys, chicken wings, turkey legs and seafood. 832-230-4256. www.daqlifenation.com 4 Tacos Los Parientes opened in May at 2002 N. Main St., Ste. 112, Pearland. The Mexican restaurant boasts taqui- tos; gorditas; burritos; sopes; tortas; and quesabirrias, a Mexican dish made up of cooked beef folded into a torti- lla with melted cheese. 832-230-5571. https://bit.ly/3PCBz9W 5 DoughMomo , located at 3525 S. Main St., Ste. 178, Pearland, opened May 6. The

breakfast restaurant offers various donuts, kolaches, breakfast tacos, biscuits and breakfast croissants. The location also offers drinks such as coffee, smoothies and boba tea. https://bit.ly/3PAcP27 6 Portara Fresh Mediterranean opened May 4 at 2740 Broadway St., Pearland. Portara’s menu items range from salads to burgers, but its Mediterranean platters include chicken kabob, ground beef kabob and salmon kabob, all of which come in two skewers and are served with rice and grilled veggies. The ownership of this location is the same as Taglia Fresh Italian along Dixie Farm Road in Pearland. 346-773-4866. www.eatportara.com 7 MOD Pizza opened a Pearland second location at 2810 Business Center Drive, Ste. 102, Pearland, on May 17. MOD Pizza is known for its individual artisan-style pizzas and salads, ranging from its signature menu items to cus-

tomizable pizzas made by the customer. 346-353-7606. www.modpizza.com 8 Okashi Houston , located at 6065 Broadway St., Pearland, opened in May. The business originally launched in 2017 as the Okashi Snack Truck, which served the Greater Houston area with pop- ular Japanese brands that range from chips and candy to Japanese Domestic Market products, such as hard-to-find Hot Wheels. 832-862-4021. www.theokashitruck.com COMING SOON 9 Exit Realty 360 , located at 1990 Country Place Parkway, Ste. 110, Pearland, is expected to hold a grand opening in July. Exit Realty 360’s professionals provide personalized real estate services to its clients looking to buy or sell homes. 713-894-3739. www.exitrealty360.com

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10 Thaicoon Restaurant and Pub is expected to open in December at 11940 Broadway St., Ste. 110, Pearland. Thaicoon Restaurant and Pub offers vari- ous appetizers; salads; and different meals, including curry dishes, traditional fried rice, Thaicoon Bangin’ Noodles and chef specialties. The Asian fusion restaurant has another location at 1223 Grand West Blvd., Ste. 102, Katy. www.thaicoonpub.com RELOCATIONS 11 The House of Goth opened its doors May 7 at 19014 Gulf Freeway, Friendswood. The location offers a variety of products, including clothing selections, leather harnesses, chokers, garters, belts, cuffs, stockings, fingerless gloves, jewelry, accessories and home decor. The business originally was located inside of Baybrook Mall at 500 Baybrook Mall, Friend- swood, and was known as A Charmed Life Jewelry Designs. 832-224-4273. www.acharmedlifejewelrydesigns.com ANNIVERSARIES 12 Kalon Skin Studio celebrated its one-year anniversary at 2743 Smith Ranch Road, Pearland. The skin care’s acne spe- cialists help clients get clear skin and offer a skin care quiz, facials, an acne boot camp and virtual consultations. 713-703-5413. www.facebook.com/kalonskinstudio IN THE NEWS 13 Keep Pearland Beautiful , located at 5800 Magnolia Parkway, Pearland, in

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON On May 11, the Houston Spaceport reached a new milestone with the groundbreaking of the largest company so far to join the spaceport. Axiom Space broke ground on its new 400,000-square-foot headquarters on 22 acres at 13200 Space Center Blvd., Houston. At the facility, Axiom will manufacture the world’s rst commercial space station and train private astronauts. “This groundbreaking will pave the way to the world’s rst commercial space station,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. Dan Seal, executive director of special initiatives for the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, said at a May 11 meeting that Axiom will build space station modules that will eventually latch onto the International Space Station. When the ISS is decommissioned around 2030, the Axiom modules will separate from the ISS and link up with each other to remain in orbit as a commercial space station, Seal said. In addition, Axiom made history with its own private astronauts in April. The rst all-private astronaut mission to the ISS launched April 8 and splashed down April 25.

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Axiom President and CEO Michael Suredini said he moved to Houston 39 years ago to join NASA working in human spaceight, eventually becoming program manager of the ISS. During his time there, Suredini realized Houston has engineers that design spacecrafts, astronauts who go to space and mission planners who oversee operations but no manufacturing of space vehicles, he said. Surendini started Axiom Space in 2016 to ll that gap in Houston, he said. “We’re not really exploring anymore; we’re pioneering. That’s a huge, huge thing to go do,” Surendini said. The facility will bring hundreds of jobs to Clear Lake. The company employs 450 people, but that will increase to about 1,300 by next year. www.axiomspace.com

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April was given a gold star affiliate by Keep Texas Beautiful, a nonprofit organization. To achieve gold star status, organizations must meet criteria, including answering questions about their economic develop- ment and diversity and inclusion practices. Keep Texas Beautiful will formally recog- nize gold star communities in June during its 55th annual conference. 281-489-2795. www.pearlandrecycles.com 14 Memorial Hermann Health System broke ground on the Memorial Hermann Sports Park-Pearland on May 12. The sports medicine and human performance facility will be located on the Memorial Hermann Pearland campus at 16100 South Freeway and offer a range of medical care and athletic training for professional athletes, youth athletes and active adults. The goal is for it to open in fall 2023. 713-222-2273. www.memorialhermann. org/locations/pearland

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There could soon be changes to the original federally approved design to widen FM 518, better known as Broadway Street, in Pearland. The Texas Department of Transpor- tation from April 26-May 13 collected public input on a proposed change to the Broadway Street widening project from Cullen Parkway to Hwy. 35 in Pearland. TxDOT aims to make a decision based on the public input by the summer and begin a detailed design for the project toward the end of the year. “The project is needed because current and projected growth in the area has caused trac demand to increase,” said Daisy Orona, bilingual communication specialist for Stantec, a design and consulting company working with TxDOT on the project. The original design included widen- ing Broadway Street from four to six lanes between Hwy. 288 and Hwy. 35. The project is going to be broken down in two phases: Hwy. 288 to Cullen Parkway for Phase 1, which is

SPOTLIGHT ON BROADWAY The Texas Department of Transportation is seeking public input for a design change on Phase 2 of the FM 518 widening from Cullen Parkway to Hwy. 35.

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set to begin construction in 2025 and cost $88 million, and Cullen Parkway to Hwy. 35 for Phase 2. The changes to Phase 2 include acquiring less right of way for the expansion, constructing three 11-foot-wide lanes on each side of the thoroughfare, and creating sidewalks on the north and south sides of Broadway Street. TxDOT originally planned to acquire more right of way and build two 12-foot lanes and one 15-foot shared lane for cars and bicycles on each side of Broadway. “Based on public comments and discussions with the city of Pearland,

TxDOT decided to revisit the design for ... FM 518,” Orona said. While the proposed changes to Phase 2 of the Broadway Street expansion are projected to aect fewer parcels in the city, it could potentially displace more proper- ties because of the addition of the pedestrian path that was originally planned to be a shared lane with cars, Orona said. TxDOT will oer nancial assistance to residences and busi- nesses displaced due to federal law. The estimated construction cost for Phase 2 of the project is $44 million, Orona said. A timeline for construc- tion has yet to be set.

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ELECTION RESULTS

May 7 elections result in winners, runos There will be three new faces on the dais of Pearland City Council following the May 7 elections. Meanwhile, in Pearland ISD, one incumbent retained his seat and will be joined by two newcomers. continuing my work in the runo for Pearland City Council Position 5,” Cade said. According to Brazoria County, the early-voting period for the runo election will last from May 31-June 7 with election day June 11, which is after press time. BY SIERRA ROZEN & ANDY YANEZ

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54.56% Joseph Koza 45.44% Luke Orlando

In Friendswood, incumbent Brent Erenwert won the race for Friendswood City Council Position 6 against Meg Crowley. Erenwert won with 1,411 votes, while opponent Crowley received 866. Pearland City Council Jerey Barry secured the Pearland City Council Position 6 seat, while Joseph Koza upset incum- bent Luke Orlando for Pearland City Council Position 1. Layni Cade and Zach Boyer are heading to a runo election for Position 5. “I am honored to serve as Pearland City Council member for Position 6,” Barry said in a written statement. “I have appreciated the opportunity to serve Pearland on our school board, where I initi- ated the rst-ever capital improvement program. It is a privilege to continue serving our great city on City Council.” Barry campaigned on a platform that focused

“This is going to be a good one,” Boyer said. “My campaign team feels we have some unn- ished business.” Pearland ISD In PISD, Position 6 incumbent Lance Botkin won a fourth term by defeating challenger David Nguyen. Botkin accumulated 64.42% of the votes. “I’m a team of eight,” Botkin said. “My other school board members and our new superinten- dent, Larry Berger, are going to do great things. We are going to take this district that has been good to great. That is our goal.” Amanda Kuhn, who won Position 5, and Nanette Weimer, who won Position 7, both were in races that each included a eld of three. Neither of the positions had an incumbent running for the seat. Kuhn collected 48.27% of the vote. PISD will not hold runo elections for either position.

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14.91% Tiany Fairdosi 15.83% Rishabh Jain

46.14% Layni Cade 23.13% Zach Boyer

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30.03% Orlando Bruzual 69.97% Jerey Barry

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POSITION 5

20.35% Jin Yoon 48.27% Amanda Kuhn 31.39% Rich Bradley

on building and maintaining better drainage infrastructure in Pearland, improving mobility, strengthening the city’s police and re depart- ments, and revenue accountability. Meanwhile, Koza ran on a cam- paign prioritizing addressing the city’s ongoing water billing issues, neighborhood safety and partner- ing with Pearland residents. Cade and Boyer will have to wait

“The people who know me and the new people I met along this journey showed up at the polls, and I cannot be more grateful for their support. ... I am so full of Pearland pride and cannot wait to serve alongside the other board members and Mr. Berger,” Kuhn said. Weimer garnered 50.8% of the votes, edging out challengers Trent Perez, who had held oce in

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“WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THIS DISTRICT THAT HAS BEEN GOOD TO GREAT. THAT IS OUR GOAL.” LANCE BOTKIN, PEARLAND ISD TRUSTEE

35.58% David Nguyen 64.42% Lance Botkin

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50.80% Nanette Weimer 31.66% Trent A. Perez 17.54% E. Ellen Kuo

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until June 11 to know who will win the seat for Position 5 for Pearland City Council. Cade led the race with 46.14% of the votes across Brazoria, Fort Bend and Harris counties. Boyer nished with 23.13% of votes. “I am so happy that the Pearland residents came out to vote for me, and I’m looking forward to

Pearland City Council since 2016, and Ellen Kuo. “I’m honored the community has elected me to serve the district as a board member,” Weimer said. “As a lifelong educator, I look forward to working alongside the other board members and [the] district’s administration to do what’s best for our students.”

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61.96% Brent Erenwert 38.03% Meg Crowley 61.23%

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QUOTE OF NOTE “FOLKS IN THE CITY UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE WORKING FOR THEM.” ALEX KAMKAR, PEARLAND CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, ON RESTRICTING FORMER COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE CITY SHORTLY AFTER LEAVING OFFICE MEETING HIGHLIGHTS FRIENDSWOOD Reconstruction of Friendswood’s Fire Station No. 2, located at 2605 W. Parkwood Drive, officially started in May. Director of Engineering Jildardo Arias presented the preliminary floor plan at the May 2 Friendswood City Council meeting, which includes three apparatus bays, dorms, a kitchen, a shower and a laundry room. While construction is underway, the fire station is operating out of property owned by The Harbor Church. ALVIN ISD Two new Alvin ISD trustees were introduced at the May 10 board meeting. Regan Peterson will be the new Position 4 trustee, and David Selsky will serve in Position 5. The AISD board gave Tiffany Wennerstrom, board vice president and outgoing Position 4 trustee, and Nicole Tonini, board secretary and outgoing Position 5 trustee, the floor to say their goodbyes. Wennerstrom and Tonini were first elected in 2010 and 2013, respectively; both chose not to run for re-election, as they will be moving away from Alvin. Successors Peterson and Selsky ran unopposed. Pearland City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. June 13 and June 27 at 3519 Liberty Drive, Pearland. Meetings are streamed and available at www.pearlandtx.gov. Friendswood City Council will meet July 11 at 910 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. A time for the meeting will be determined a week before the meeting. Meeting recordings are posted to the city’s YouTube channel. Friendswood ISD will meet at 5:45 p.m. June 13 at 402 Laurel Drive, Friendswood. Pearland ISD will meet at 5 p.m. June 14 at 1928 N. Main St., Pearland. Meetings are streamed at www.youtube.com/user/ thepearlandisd. Alvin ISD will meet at 7 p.m. June 14 at Tommy King Administrative Building located at 301 E. House St., Alvin. Meeting recordings are posted to the school district’s YouTube channel. MEETINGS WE COVER

Pearland to set restrictions on doing business with former council members

BUSINESS STAKE A person has a substantial interest in a business if they meet one of the following four criteria.

A person owns 10% or more of business’ voting stocks or shares. A person owns $15,000 or more of the fair market value of the business. The funds received from the business made up 10% or more of a person’s gross income the previous year. A person is related to someone who meets substantial interest requirements.

BY ANDY YANEZ

PEARLAND Council members will be barred from entering into a contract with the city of Pearland for a set time limit after they leave office. Pearland City Council at its May 23 regular meeting passed the second reading of an ordinance amending the city’s ethics ordinance, making it so the city cannot enter a contract with former council members and any business they have a substantial interest in for at least 12 months after their successor is sworn in. Texas Local Government Code states a person has a substantial interest in a business if that person owns 10% or more of the business’ voting stocks or shares; that person owns $15,000 or more of the fair market value of the business; funds received from the business made up 10% or more of a person’s gross income the previous year; or a person related to the former council member has a substan- tial interest in the business. The ordinance was originally set for the limit with former council members to last only nine months, but a motion was

unanimously passed to extend the limit to 12 months after they leave office. While the May 23 ordinance applies only to former council members, City Council had previously requested a subsequent amendment to the ethics ordinance applying the same provision to current council members. That amendment will come to council for discussion in June, City Attorney Darrin Coker said. “I think there is a commitment that the folks in the city understand that we are working for them, not trying to get money for them, necessarily, professionally,” Council Member Alex Kamkar said. SOURCE: TEXAS LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Friendswood ISD approves new attendance zones for 2023-24 school year

Short-term rental owners in Pearland could soon pay $175 fee for permit

BY ANDY YANEZ

FEE BREAKDOWN Pearland City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that could establish new fees to cover the cost of permitting short-term rentals.

PEARLAND Property owners looking to rent out their property as a short-term rental on platforms, such as Airbnb or Vrbo, could soon have to pay $175 in fees first. Pearland City Council at its May 23 meeting unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance to include a new fee to cover the cost of permitting short-term rentals in the city. The second reading could come as soon as June 13. City Council passed an ordinance on April 11 establishing require- ments and regulations to operate short-term rentals within city limits, including permitting requirements. The $75 permit application fee covers city staff costs. The $100 inspection fee covers the inspec- tion costs for the fire marshal’s office. In total, it is a $175 fee, agenda documents said. If a property fails an inspec- tion, the owner needs to pay an additional $50 fee to cover the cost of a representative from the fire marshal’s office’s returning

BY SIERRA ROZEN

FRIENDSWOOD ISD Newly drawn atten- dance zones for the 2023-24 school year were approved at the Friendswood ISD board’s May 9 meeting. The 2020 bond project to build the $36 million new Cline Elementary School, which is located in the West Ranch mas- ter-planned community, is one of the main reasons for the new attendance zones, according to district officials. The area around the new Cline Elemen- tary would be zoned to Westwood Elemen- tary School and Bales Intermediate School. FM 528 would serve as the major dividing line between students being zoned to either Westwood Elementary and Bales Interme- diate, Windsong Intermediate School or Cline Elementary. Additions and renovations for Westwood Elementary, located at 506 W. Edgewood Drive, and Bales Intermediate, located at 211 Stadium Lane, were also part of the 2020 bond. Costs of these projects have not yet been decided, and will be determined in the fall when they go to bid. The upgrades will enable the schools to accommodate more students.

Permit application fee ($75): covers city staff costs for permit application Short-term rental inspection fee ($100): covers fire marshal’s office cost for inspection Short-term rental reinspection fee ($50): covers cost to fire marshal’s office if first inspection fails Renewal application fee ($75): renewal for permit is expected to be every two years

SOURCE: CITY OF PEARLAND/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

to the property, according to presented agenda documents. Every two years, a short-term rental owner will need to renew the permit, which would cost a fee of $75 if the second reading is passed.

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HEALTH CARE SNAPSHOT

Local health care data and information

COMPILED BY ANDY YANEZ

COMPARING COUNTY HEALTH

TRACKING VACCINATIONS Both Brazoria and Galveston counties are below the state average of 65.71% in vaccination rates. Data is up to date as of June 6.

These rankings of all counties statewide are updated annually but include data from previous years. The factors listed are not comprehensive.

PERCENTAGE OF RESIDENTS AGE 5+ FULLY VACCINATED

TOTAL VACCINES ADMINISTERED

BRAZORIA COUNTY

HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

• LENGTH OF LIFE • QUALITY OF LIFE , such as the number of poor mental and physical health days reported

HARRIS COUNTY GALVESTON COUNTY

548,916 525,021

63.20% 64.49%

67.98%

7.43M

2022 STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE RANKINGS OUT OF 244 COUNTIES

HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE:

Sept. 2019 Sept. 2021 HEALTH CARE EMPLOYMENT TRENDS HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT Brazoria, Harris and Galveston counties saw the number of health care jobs trend down in 2020, but in all three counties, they ticked back up in 2021. 2-year change +0.58% 2-year change -2.67% 2-year change +9.95% Sept. 2020

• HEALTHBEHAVIORS , such as smoking, obesity, physical activity, excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births • CLINICAL CARE , including health insurance coverage; number of physicians, dentists and mental health providers; preventable hospital stays; and u vaccinations • SOCIOECONOMICFACTORS , such as educational attainment levels, children in poverty, income inequality and violent crimes • PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT FACTORS , such as air pollution, drinking water violations, housing problems and long commutes

HEALTH OUTCOMES

28 34 78

52 39 50 61 65 61 97

16 14 29 33 39 36 40

Length of life Overall Quality of life

HEALTH FACTORS

26 123

Overall

Health behaviors

76

Socioeconomic Physical environment Clinical care

193 238

SOURCES: ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN POPULATION HEALTH INSTITUTE, COUNTYHEALTHRANKINGS.ORG, U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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MEN’S HEALTH: SYMPTOMS NOT TO IGNORE JUNE IS NATIONAL MEN’S HEALTH MONTH

‘It’s nothing.” That’s the classic retort you hear when you suggest that the man in your life see a doctor for symptoms he’s having. But it could be something—something which could endanger his health and interfere with his quality of life. Minor complaints needn’t worsen, especially since many of the latest treatments at Memorial Hermann can be minimally or even noninvasive. So, here’s how to get him to see a physician for some common health complaints. FATIGUE, HEAVY SNORING Symptoms: He gasps, chokes or even stops breathing while dozing. Likely culprit: He may have obstructive sleep apnea, in which excess throat tissue blocks the airway, says Fernando Gomez-Rivera, MD, an assistant professor of surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston and ENT (otolaryngology) surgeon affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Sleep apnea deprives him of oxygen and may raise his risk of arrhythmias and difficulty to control blood pressure. It also doubles his risk of stroke or heart attacks. Treatment options: “For sleep apnea, a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) mask is the gold standard, but unfortunately there are a lot of issues with adherence to therapy and effectiveness due to multiple factors, frequently people find it uncomfortable and don’t use it,” Dr. Gomez-Rivera says. Dental devices or surgery can move the jaw or tongue forward to open the airway. Surgery can improve throat opening while sleeping and/or address nasal obstruction. As with many conditions, weight loss can make a big difference, in this case because that puts less pressure on the throat. Your doctor may recommend physical activity, healthy eating and portion control,

with a weight-loss specialist’s support. Adults with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea and a body mass index (BMI) less than 35 may be eligible for Inspire, a device that’s like a pacemaker for the throat. During outpatient surgery, the doctor implants an Oreo®-sized battery in the upper chest. Turned on with a remote, Inspire sends a gentle electrical pulse to a nerve beneath the tongue with each breath. “That causes the tongue to stiffen and move forward,” Dr. Gomez-Rivera says. HEARTBURN Symptoms: He feels burning or pain in his chest after meals or at night, or is hoarse, or has a sour taste or trouble swallowing. Likely culprit: He may suffer from reflux, the upward surge of acid from the stomach via the esophagus to the throat, says Zeinab Alawadi, MD, general surgeon with Memorial Hermann Medical Group. Habitual heartburn may be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which erodes and inflames the esophageal lining and can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, a condition which boosts cancer risk, Dr. Alawadi says. “White men over 50—especially those with round bellies and who smoke or drink—are more vulnerable.” This could also be related to an anatomical defect where the valve mechanism between the stomach and the esophagus is too loose. It is also known as Hiatal Hernia (HH). Treatment options: If over-the-counter antacids don’t correct the symptoms, he may be prescribed acid-suppressing drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). He’ll also be discouraged from having heavy evening meals. If those measures don’t work, an upper endoscopy is performed which sends a narrow tube with a camera to the stomach and upper intestines to rule out ulcers or inflammation. “The gastroenterologist also can send down tools through the endoscope to seal bleeding vessels and do biopsies,” Dr. Alawadi says.

If he is over 50 or with alarming signs such as unintentional weight loss, the physician may do an endoscopy before prescribing medication. To confirm GERD, the doctor can do another procedure, in which a tiny acid- or pH-measuring probe (Bravo capsule) is attached to the lower esophagus. It comes with a monitor with buttons the patient presses when symptomatic. Bravo stays attached for 4 days, then passes through the digestive tract. Reflux can be cut down by losing weight and stopping smoking and drinking. Positional changes such as raising the head of bed also helps. If significant anatomical defect of HH is identified on endoscopy, he may need surgery to repair the valve (or sphincter). The operation, fundoplication, strengthens the flap by wrapping the top of the stomach around the lower esophagus. FREQUENT BATHROOM BREAKS Symptoms: He urinates urgently, slowly and with difficulty. Likely culprit: An enlarged prostate (benign prostate hyperplasia) can press upward on the bladder or curb urine flow by impeding the urinary tract as it moves through the prostate, says Gavin Wagenheim, MD, urologist with Memorial Hermann Medical Group Urology Associates. “Eventually the obstruction may lead to bladder dysfunction, inability to urinate and urinary tract infections. It also can progress to kidney (renal) failure,” Dr. Wagenheim says. Treatment options: Medications can shrink the gland or relax the prostatic tissue, making it easier to urinate. Urologists can perform minimally invasive procedures to ease the flow, Dr. Wagenheim says. The UroLift procedure inserts tiny implants to separate prostate lobes, which lessens pressure on the urethra. Some treatments must be performed in the hospital.

Treatment options: According to Dr. Trahan, it’s important to increase physical activity to keep the weight off and improve heart and lung health, but making changes to your diet is the key to losing weight. For eligible candidates, bariatric surgery can lead to faster and perpetual weight loss. The minimally invasive surgery resolves not just obesity, but also many of the above issues. Yet only 1 percent of those eligible get the operation. “And of those, just one of five are men,” Dr. Trahan says, “even though they need it as much as women do.” According to Dr. Trahan, gastric bypass creates a thumb-sized pouch from the top of the stomach and connects it to the small intestine. Gastric sleeve, also called sleeve gastrectomy, cuts down your stomach by 70 percent until it’s the size of a banana “People can eat very little, yet they feel full,” he says. “Once men lose the weight, their quality of life is so much better.” MAINTENANCE Why it’s needed: His body is more complex than

Aqua ablation uses a computer and high-pressured water, to destroy excess tissue while transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) uses heated electrodes or a laser to take out the central part of the prostate. Surgeons also can cut through the abdomen to do a simple prostatectomy, in which they remove the interior tissue of super-sized glands. LARGE WAISTLINE Symptoms: He snores loudly, urinates often and has heartburn. Likely culprit: Obesity. His organs are surrounded by visceral fat and crammed into his tummy—and that’s bad news. “Obesity is a major killer because it’s linked to diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and other grave diseases,” says Michael Trahan, MD, an assistant professor of surgery at McGovern Medical School and bariatric surgeon affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. “While women tend to be more proactive with their health, men don’t address their weight till their pain and medical problems are unbearable.”

his car, but just like it, he needs regular checkups and maintenance. Providing those is his primary care physician (PCP), says Rupali Kadakia, MD, a primary care physician with Memorial Hermann Medical Group. “You know if you don’t change the oil in your car, swap out the air filters or rotate the tires on a regular basis, you’re asking for a hefty repair bill, when your car breaks down,” she said. “The same is true with our bodies. If we wait until they start showing signs of a problem, we’re looking at a more serious problem than we would’ve had we kept up with regular checkups.” Treatment options: He should have an annual physical at least yearly to measure blood pressure, height and weight, cholesterol, blood sugar and other key body metrics. His doctor may urge other tests or health screenings, based on his family or personal health history. It’s never too late to rev up for better health. Regular tune-ups will spare him from major mishaps down the road. “We can certainly treat you when you are sick, but our bigger goal is to prevent disease in the first place,” says Dr. Kadakia.

Fernando Gomez-Rivera, MD ENT Surgeon

Zeinab Alawadi, MD General Surgeon

Gavin Wagenheim, MD Urologist

Michael Trahan, MD Bariatric Surgeon

Rupali Kadakia, MD Family Medicine Physician

Learn more about men’s health and recommended screenings by age at memorialhermann.org/menshealth

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