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Flu season becoming intense in Bexar County

Categories: Flu  /  Infections  /  News

This year’s flu season seems to be reaching its miserable peak after rising in intensity in recent weeks. University Health System’s lab this week reported 128 cases of A-type influenza strains and another 13 cases of a B-strain flu during the week ending Feb. 11.  That represented a 62 percent increase in A-type flu cases in one week. The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District on Tuesday reported a similar rise at testing sites throughout the county. In an interview with KENS TV last week, Dr. Jason Bowling, an infectious disease specialist with UT Health San Antonio and staff epidemiologist at …Read More >

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When a winter coat can be dangerous

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  trauma

We love our puffy jackets and we love to bundle our children up on chilly days. But it turns out that they (and we) are far less securely buckled when that seatbelt or car seat is strapped across that mountain that is the puffy winter coat. By some estimates, it can add an average of four inches of slack to a child’s harness straps. It might be useful to compare that to wearing pants that are four inches too big in the waist — except with worse results. Winter coats often trick parents into believing their child’s harness straps are …Read More >

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Stop the Bleed

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

A life-threatening injury can happen anywhere, and the closest help is almost always a bystander — be it a friend, a family member or a complete stranger. And because a person can bleed to death in minutes, before a first responder can arrive, University Health System on Monday held its first Stop the Bleed course — a 90-minute class that teaches a few basic skills to stop major blood loss in an emergency. The free classes will take place at University Hospital at 4 p.m. on the first Monday of every month. For now, no reservation is required. “It’s not …Read More >

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Fixing a faulty valve

Categories: Heart Health  /  News  /  rehabilitation  /  Surgery

Healthy hearts need healthy valves. But when those valves start to malfunction, it can cause symptoms that may not lead people to think of the correct cause. “People tend to think that this is old age and they don’t get it checked out,” said Dr. Edward Sako, professor of cardiothoracic surgery at UT Health San Antonio who practices at University Health System. “The patient may feel fine.” Dr. Sako said people face two common problems with their heart valves. One is stenosis, or narrowing, where the valve doesn’t open well. The other is regurgitation, where it doesn’t close well. It …Read More >

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Could your child have high blood pressure?

Categories: Children's Health  /  Heart Health  /  News

You may think high blood pressure is a health burden only for adults. But it can strike children, too, especially if they are overweight or obese. Unfortunately, the condition may not always be recognized or treated in the young, a recent study found. If you are a parent, you can take steps to protect your child from this health problem. Read more in University Health System’s Health Library.

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    Mar
    2017
    4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.University Hospital, 4502 Medical Drive

    In the Cypress Room. University Health System wants everyone to learn a few simple skills that can keep a badly bleeding person alive until a first responder can arrive. Stop the Bleed courses, taught by our trauma experts, are free and offered to the public the first Monday of each month. Call 210-358-4295 for more information.