Jose Maya (left) and Santiago Mejia are owners of the Cafe Maya restaurant on San Antonio’s west side. The two men participated in a living kidney donor exchange at University Health System’s Transplant Center.

How transplant patients are getting organs sooner and living longer

Categories: Surgery  /  Transplants

They wanted to donate kidneys to their loved ones, but didn’t match. So they joined a paired organ exchange. When Jose Maya’s husband Santiago Mejia needed a kidney transplant to survive, Maya didn’t hesitate. He offered to donate one of his own kidneys, knowing he could live with just one. The bad news: through blood and tissue tests, Maya learned he was not a match. The good news: Mejia’s medical team at University Health System’s Transplant Center said there was another option besides possibly spending years on the kidney wait list. Maya, 27, and Mejia, 45, could join a group …Read More >

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Sounds Healthy Podcast

Grownups, your body is changing: erectile dysfunction

Categories: Podcast

Erectile dysfunction is the most common sexual  health issue male patients mention to Dr. Carolyn Eaton, a family medicine doctor. Many issues can contribute to ED, including high cholesterol. Good circulation and heart health is always a plus – testosterone supplements, not necessarily.  

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Antibiotics are deadly to bacteria, but they won’t kill a virus

Categories: Flu  /  Infections  /  Wellness

When you’re sick, antibiotics may seem like the quickest path toward feeling better, but getting a prescription when you don’t need it actually causes more harm than good. Antibiotics are meant to fight bacteria, but unfortunately, they do nothing to kill a virus. “It’s frustrating that we don’t have better drugs for viral infections,” said Dr. Jason Bowling, an infectious disease specialist at University Health System and the director of Hospital Epidemiology in the Division of Infectious Diseases. “Healthy people get viral infections, like colds, all the time. But an antibiotic won’t relieve your symptoms or help you get over …Read More >

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farro vegetable salad

Farro vegetable salad

Categories: Diabetes  /  Healthy recipes

Preparation Time: 30 minutes Number of Servings: 8 Serving size: 1 1/2 cups Ingredients 1 (16 oz.) package Farro (find in the rice aisle) 2 asparagus bundles (2 cups, chopped ) 1 (10.5 oz.) container of cherry tomatoes 1/2 small red onion 2 yellow bell peppers 1 bundle of parsley leaves Vinaigrette Dressing ¼ cup olive oil 1 cup fresh lemon juice 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 Tbsp. honey 1 tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp dried oregano leaves Directions 1.  Follow package directions to cook the farro, drain and cool. 2.  Dice …Read More >

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Autism: what’s behind the numbers

Categories: Children's Health

Scary autism stats – what to do for help It can be stressful enough to have a new baby. Then someone shares some scary stats about rising autism rates (now estimated at one in 59, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and the tired new parent is suddenly faced with fear. Take a slow breath. Ask a professional. Dr. James Phalen, a specialist in developmental pediatrics at University Health System, said there are specific recommended steps to diagnosing autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. In the case of ASD, early diagnosis and intervention (18 to 24 months) is …Read More >

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