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Spot the Tot

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  trauma

So your old pickup or SUV has some miles on it, and it doesn’t have one of those backup cameras that come standard on new vehicles these days. Or maybe your vehicle does have a backup camera. It still has blind spots. You should know about Spot the Tot — an effort to prevent the all-too-common tragedy of drivers inadvertently striking young children with their cars. Often the child is their own. “We see far too many grieving family members who have backed over a child they didn’t see in their rearview mirror,” said Jennifer Northway, director of the adult and child …Read More >

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Why we sneeze

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With all the information out there about allergies it’s not surprising that there are so many misconceptions about them.  So, in honor of allergy season we separate the facts from the fiction. What are environmental allergies? Environmental allergies happen when your body’s immune system overreacts to something in the environment. The most common environmental allergens include: Pollen Dust mites Animals/pets Mold/Mildew Smoke from cigarettes South Texans cope with outdoor allergies throughout the year, unlike many places — beginning with the dreaded mountain cedar (actually a member of the juniper family) in the winter, oak and other trees in the spring, …Read More >

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Don’t get burned!

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

It’s another sweltering South Texas summer. Step outside and the risk of burns are everywhere — in addition to the everyday burn hazards that lurk inside our homes. University Hospital’s level I pediatric trauma center and burn program works to get the word out about burn risks. But how much do you know about burns? Take this burn quiz, courtesy of University Health System’s Health Library, and test your burn IQ. You might pick up a few tips on how to keep yourself and your family from getting burned.

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Germs above the clouds

Categories: Infections  /  News  /  Wellness

For most people, traveling is a fun way to relax and see new sights. But if you are planning your next vacation, you might want to consider a few tips to keep some nasty germs from spoiling your trip. Getting sick on planes You might not think so, but airplanes are one of the places where people are most vulnerable to getting sick. That’s because of the number of people who get on and off flights, the close proximity of the passengers next to you and the number of different surfaces people touch. “You will probably be exposed to respiratory …Read More >

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Surviving The 4th – With Fingers and Toes Intact

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care

The 4th of July is a time for food, family — and of course fireworks. However, before you light up that sparkler this holiday week, make sure to consider the hazards of fireworks and how to keep yourself and your children safe. Are fireworks safe for my family to use? According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 280 people a day visited emergency rooms across the country with fireworks- related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday last year. Here in San Antonio, University Hospital saw a number of injuries with our level I pediatric trauma center …Read More >

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