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An awkward conversation

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

Would you be willing to have an awkward conversation with another parent if it might save a life? That’s the premise of the ASK Campaign (Asking Saves Kids), which encourages parents to ask the parents of their children’s friends about access to guns in the home. One out of three homes with children has a gun, and close to 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun, by one estimate. The results can be tragic. Thousands of children nationwide are injured and killed by guns each year as a result. “We really want to educate parents …Read More >

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Controlling leg cramps

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They can strike while jogging, or sometimes in the middle of the night — for no apparent reason. A sudden, painful cramp seizes your lower leg, the muscle contracting into a knot. Cramps can occur when a muscle becomes tired from repeated activity and when there’s a fluid imbalance. Sometimes an illness or medication can cause them. To prevent cramps, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends: Do flexibility exercises before and after you work out to stretch the muscle groups most prone to cramping. Drink plenty of fluids, especially if you’re working out or it’s hot and humid. Unless …Read More >

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A summer camp to keep diabetes at bay

Categories: Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  News

Diabetes is a major health problem in South Texas, one that tends to run in families. Just as alarming is the large army of children in our community on the path of developing this devastating disease. Camp PowerUp isn’t the only program developed to prevent these kids from developing diabetes, but it might be the most fun. The weeklong summer day camp for high-risk kids started in San Antonio three years ago and has expanded to cities across the country. The kids play games and learn about diabetes, healthy eating and the importance of physical activity to stay healthy. And …Read More >

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When too much sun makes summer a LOT less fun

Categories: Emergency care  /  News

Summer vacations often go hand in hand with exposure to a lot more sun than usual. And that can lead to sunburn — putting a painful end to an otherwise pleasant time away from work or school. Sunburn is caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation. These UV rays damage skin cells, causing pain, swelling, redness and other symptoms. Symptoms are usually at their worst 24 to 36 hours after exposure, and clear up in three to five days. Bad or repeated sunburns can cause premature aging of the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. While symptoms usually resolve …Read More >

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A safer way to repair hearts and reduce the risk of kidney damage

Categories: Heart Health  /  News  /  Surgery  /  Technology

The ability of doctors to thread catheters and stents through blood vessels has transformed medicine — often providing an alternative to big incisions and long recovery times. More than a million catheterizations to repair the heart and its vessels are performed in the United States each year. But for some patients with kidney disease, those catheter procedures come with a big asterisk. Contrast dye, used to allow doctors to see blockages and other problems, can be toxic. Healthy kidneys can flush the dye out of the body quickly after a procedure. But for patients with poorly functioning kidneys, the dye …Read More >

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