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Common ground on preventing gun violence

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

After each high-profile tragedy involving gun violence, the debate begins anew over gun rights and restrictions. And with that debate, Americans show themselves to be as divided as ever. Surgeons — those charged with treating the countless thousands each year who are injured by gunfire — are just as divided as the rest of us, it turns out. The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma has surveyed its members on the subject since 2014. “More than half of the survey respondents hold the view that firearms are beneficial and important for personal liberty and self-protection. About a third believe …Read More >

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University Health System Fitness on the Plaza classes at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Finding fitness among the crowd

Categories: Heart Health  /  News  /  Wellness

Some among us would rather climb the steep trail to physical fitness on their own. These often are people who prefer to sweat in private. A few may even be antisocial. But for others who find comfort and support in a crowd of fellow fitness aficionados, we have a pretty good option that’s light on the wallet. Twice a month, University Health System sponsors Fitness on the Plaza, a series of free fitness activities at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. All classes, led by area fitness instructors, take place on the lovely Will Naylor Smith River Walk Plaza. From yoga …Read More >

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OTC meds and work: A bad combination?

Categories: News

You can buy over-the-counter medicines without a prescription, so they must be harmless — right? Not necessarily. Particularly if you’re in a job that requires you to be alert and focused. Some common over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can cause serious side effects. Some of these side effects can be felt or sensed by you, but not by others. Those you can usually feel are: Dizziness Drowsiness Double vision Headache Vertigo Those you may not feel are: Confusion Depression Slow reactions Any of these side effects can weaken or change your perception, attention, and judgment. Consider your workplace The type of work you do …Read More >

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Dr. Eugenio Cersosimo

Stopping trouble before it begins

Categories: Diabetes  /  News  /  Research

Diabetes is called a silent epidemic because many people don’t know they have it until the disease does considerable harm to their organs and blood vessels over many years. But for others who fall into the category doctors call prediabetes, they can see it coming. And researchers at the Texas Diabetes Institute are looking at ways of helping them keep it at bay. “It’s very important to be able to find people early, to be able to help them, because once diabetes begins there is no prevention. It’s all treatment,” Dr. Alberto Chavez-Velasquez, an endocrinol ogist and associate professor of medicine …Read More >

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Woman and girl outside sneezing from allergies

The problem with Spring

Categories: News

Spring has sprung. Step outside, and lawns and shrubs and trees are rousing themselves from a long winter’s nap and turning vivid shades of green. Beautiful, isn’t it? Well, yes — except for all that spring pollen circulating in the air as part of nature’s cycle of life. Here in South Texas, we barely get a reprieve from the mountain cedar that plagues us through the winter months. Now comes spring allergy season with trees, grasses and weeds casting off pollen for us to breath and sneeze While oak pollen is a particular problem in South Texas, there are other …Read More >

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