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Advanced Endoscopy at University Hospital

50 or older? Schedule a colonoscopy

Categories: Cancer  /  News

William Huth, a 39-year-father of three, had been suffering stomach pains, but resisted seeing a doctor about it for two years. “I would have probably not been on this earth if my wife wouldn’t have made me go to her doctor,” Mr. Huth said. Mr. Huth, a Navy and Army veteran, was diagnosed with a large tumor that was completely blocking his large intestine. “Get checked if you have problems,” he said. Colon cancer strikes about 140,000 people a year. A colon cancer screening is recommended for everyone starting at age 50, because it tends to happen more often after …Read More >

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Recognizing ovarian cancer

Categories: Cancer  /  News

The symptoms of ovarian cancer can seem odd, random, and attributable to other things – especially when a person is 30 years younger than the age at which ovarian cancer is normally diagnosed.  Alyssa Salazar was in her early 20s, but discovered she had Stage 4 ovarian cancer after she experienced things like a distended abdomen and feeling full after one bite of food.  Three years and 16 surgeries later, Ms. Salazar is going strong with chemotherapy and a powerful positive attitude.  “You have to keep pushing and keep going no matter what odds are against you,” she said.  Dr. …Read More >

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Bridging the gap between young and old

Categories: News  /  Research

In this youth-obsessed culture, it’s not too surprising that some young people view older people with disdain. The problem, some researchers say, is when that “ageism” results in negative discrimination, or if younger people develop an unhealthy fear of getting older themselves. Or worse, when older people are exposed to negative stereotypes about aging — and even come to accept them as true — their health and memory can worsen. Some studies have found it can even shorten their life expectancy. A newly published study by researchers across the country, including one with the Health Collaborative in San Antonio, examined …Read More >

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Marking the end of treatment in a big way

Categories: Cancer  /  Children's Health  /  News

Chemotherapy is an ordeal for anyone — especially a kid. Damon Billeck knows that for a fact. The 12-year-old developed a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer about a year ago that eventually cost him his arm. But Damon was determined not just to live life as a normal kid, but to be an advocate for all kids going through the same ordeal. Knowing that the end of a long course of treatment is a moment worth celebrating, Damon wanted to make it a real celebration for kids at University Hospital. He approached the San Antonio Fire Department and …Read More >

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Keeping kids safe from medication poisoning

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Checked your medicine cabinet lately? There’s a good chance it’s stuffed with medicines. In fact, there are more medicines in homes across America than ever before — raising the risk that some of it might fall into the hands of children. More than 59,000 kids across the country were treated in emergency rooms in 2013 — many of them because they got their hands on medicines while parents or other caregivers weren’t watching, especially among kids age 5 and younger. The problem is compounded by the fact that more children are living or spending time with grandparents — who tend …Read More >

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