Signs along the new fitness trail at the San Antonio Zoo, sponsored by University Health System

Trick your kids into moving (off the sofa)

Categories: Children's Health  /  News

“Mom! I’m bored!” Summer is here, school is out and the kids are probably staring at an electronic device of some sort instead of being active. To remedy that, University Health System and San Antonio Zoo have teamed up to provide guests of all ages with a way to combine fitness and fun. The Zoo’s new Fitness Trail is a one-mile loop that connects guests with some major animal exhibits, and includes signs that help  track their progress at each quarter-mile mark. Signs also include encouraging fitness facts that offer motivation and inspiration. “Too often during the summer break, kids are parked …Read More >

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A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children are learning how to swim at the public pool. One little girl is holding onto a kick board and is swimming through the water.

Summer safety tips: Keeping your kids safe in the water this summer

There’s nothing like spending a hot Texas summer day lounging in a pool, lake or river. However, as families head to the water this summer to cool off, it’s important that they remember the importance of practicing good water safety. Who is Most at Risk from Drowning? According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide with an estimated 360,000 deaths from drowning each year. Each day in the United States, 10 people drown. Of these, two are 14 years old or younger. Often, young children are the most at risk of …Read More >

Diego Smith, 15 is undergoing dialysis at University Hospital while waiting for a kidney transplant

When a kid needs a kidney — again

Categories: Transplants

When a child suffers from kidney failure, he or she is placed on the transplant list to locate a suitable donor organ. Family and friends often step forward to be tested as living donors, to speed up that search. But sometimes — especially if they’ve had an earlier transplant that failed after a few years — finding a match becomes a lot harder. Meet Jack Buller, age 9; Diego Smith, 15; and Angelica Cantu, 18. All have had a kidney transplant at some point in their young lives that later failed. To survive, all are undergoing dialysis treatment — an artificial process …Read More >

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Summer Safety Tips: Learn How to Prevent Heatstroke

Categories: Emergency care  /  News

With temperatures already reaching well into the upper 90s, it’s no surprise that many in San Antonio are starting to feel the heat this summer. The hot South Texas temperatures seem to be especially hard on those who work and play outside and are not used to the high temperatures, which puts them at an increased risk of heatstroke or heat illness. “The exertional stuff we see a lot of times are with athletes,” said Dr. Steven Moore, an emergency physician at UT Health San Antonio, “You start two-a-days in August and these people have been in air-conditioning all summer …Read More >

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Strokes: How A F.A.S.T. Response Could Save Your Life

Categories: News

According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are the 5th leading cause of death here in the U.S. killing thousands of Americans each year. Strokes can strike any one at any time and despite popular belief, do not only affect the elderly. A stroke occurs when one or more blood vessels to the brain are either blocked or rupture causing parts of the brain to become oxygen deprived and the cells to die. There are 3 different types of strokes: Ischemic Hemorrhagic TIA (transient ischemic attack) Strokes Happen F.A.S.T. Strokes can happen quickly, and in less than a minute can …Read More >

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