Small girl pulling a pan off the stove, risking injury

Burn hazards are everywhere. Here’s how to keep your kids out of the emergency room

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

University Health System’s pediatric burn program treats more than 300 kids a year from throughout South Texas with painful burns. And during National Burn Awareness Week, our injury prevention team is offering a few tips in the hope of lowering those numbers. The biggest burn hazard for kids in our community? Year after year, it’s hot, sticky microwave noodles and soup. “Across the age spectrum, we see the majority of burns and scalds from hot soups and noodle bowls. It is important that if your kids enjoy eating noodle bowls, you are letting them cool before serving,” said Mandy Fultz, coordinator …Read More >

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Heeding the signs of heart disease

Categories: Heart Health  /  News

Heart disease kills one out of every four people who die in the United States each year. Many of those deaths can be prevented, and during American Heart Month — observed throughout February each year — University Health System will be working with its partners to spread the word about ways to lower your risk. Dr. Hinan Ahmed, medical director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at University Health System, said heart catheterization is useful for learning more when a patient has had abnormal results on a stress test. It involves threading a tiny tube with a camera through an artery in the wrist or groin …Read More >

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Your aching back

Categories: Emergency care  /  News

Your back. It’s important for almost every movement you make throughout the day. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that fact of anatomy until something goes wrong and they suffer a back injury. Then they wish they could roll back the clock and take their back for granted again. Usually, backs get better after they’re hurt. And even more importantly, there are steps you can take to prevent that injury in the first place. For people younger than 45, back pain is the most common cause of disability. Many things can cause that pain. Poor muscle tone and being overweight or obese …Read More >

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Hospital staff rushing patient on gurney to the emergency room

Clot-removing treatment can benefit more stroke patients

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  Research

TIME IS BRAIN. That’s long been the message from stroke experts — that faster is better when it comes to how quickly people with stroke symptoms get emergency treatment. It’s still the best advice. But unfortunately, many stroke patients fail to get emergency care within the recommended window of time. Now a large new study finds that more people than previously thought can benefit from an emergency clot-removal procedure for the most common type of strokes, and that some patients saw significant improvement even as long as 16 hours from the start of symptoms. Previously, it was thought that patients …Read More >

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Young woman taking care of older woman with the flu

The flu can raise the risk of heart attack

Categories: Flu  /  Heart Health  /  News

The news about flu this season just keeps getting worse. Not only has this been a really bad influenza season by most accounts, but a newly published study now adds a lot more evidence to the notion that flu also raises the risk of heart attacks — a life-threatening connection that was long suspected but never proven. The study by Canadian researchers, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, examined test results from nearly 20,000 adults in Ontario with lab-confirmed flu between 2009 and 2014, and matched them to hospital records. That allowed them to see which patients with lab-confirmed flu had heart attacks. They found patients …Read More >

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