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Could you have this common thyroid condition, and not know it?

Categories: Wellness

Dr. Jorge Velez Garza questions a 33- year old mother about symptoms that would indicate her common, but often undetected condition, needs additional treatment. He asks, are you extremely tired, have brain fog, constipation, or dry skin? What about uncontrollable weight gain, thinning hair or feeling cold a lot of the time? She says no to having those symptoms. He checks the results of her blood tests, and concludes the medication she takes daily is working. Dr. Velez is an endocrinologist who specializes in treating hormone-related diseases. His patient has hypothyroidism, the most common among thyroid conditions, which affect an …Read More >

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Fact vs. Fiction: Common Pregnancy Myths Debunked

Categories: Pregnancy

Ever heard the rumor that you can’t exercise while pregnant? Or how about that sex will hurt your unborn baby? If so, you’re not the only one: It turns out there are many myths about what women can and can’t do during pregnancy. We asked Dr. Patrick S. Ramsey, MD, director of maternal transport and outreach at University Health System/UT Health San Antonio, to separate fact from fiction in the common pregnancy myths below. Myth: You can’t travel when you’re expecting. Truth: Don’t put that babymoon on hold: According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), low-risk expectant …Read More >

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Seven simple saves to improve your diet

Categories: Blog  /  Wellness

We’ve all looked at the scale and winced. The urge to jump into a drastic diet might be overwhelming. Some changes to your eating habits can help you drop pounds without much effort. It starts with diet “Increase the nutrition quality of your life,” explains Dahlia Gomez, MS, RD, LD, CDE, a University Health System registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. “Choose healthier carbs. It’s not always about weight loss. Sometimes, improving your labs — blood pressure, blood sugars and cholesterol levels — and the way you feel are more important than simply weight loss.” Changing habits is key, adds …Read More >

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Athletic teen’s remarkable journey through Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer treatment

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When cancer attacks adolescents and young adults (AYA), the challenges it presents are different than for children or adults. The National Cancer Institute defines this “AYA” cohort as between the ages of 15 and 39. Physically and hormonally, many in this age group are still developing. Psychologically and socially, they may be figuring things out or already starting a career or other life plans At age 19, Jillian Williams was no longer a child when she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare pediatric bone cancer. But she was only in her second semester of college, living away from home …Read More >

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Tips to manage holiday stress

Categories: Blog  /  News  /  Wellness

The holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can be stressful sometimes. It often brings extra social and financial obligations; a breakdown of healthy eating and exercise habits; and can leave you feeling lonely or depressed. A recent study by the American Academy of Neurology found a correlation between impaired memory and stress. Middle-aged adults with higher levels of cortisol—a hormone linked to stress—performed worse on memory and other cognitive tasks than peers of the same age with average cortisol levels. “The faster pace of life today probably means more stress, and when …Read More >

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