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The mumps return

Categories: Children's Health  /  Infections  /  News

Quite a few students returned from spring break with more than sunburns this year. A cluster of 13 mumps cases have been traced to people who traveled to South Padre Island from six different states between March 8 and March 22. And state health officials have alerted doctors to be on the lookout for more. The Texas Department of State Health Services issued an alert Wednesday, saying Texas is experiencing a 20-year high in mumps cases. Beyond South Padre, a number of outbreaks have been reported throughout the state. Texas has seen a total of 221 mumps cases so far …Read More >

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Why prediabetes is the next big thing

Categories: Diabetes  /  News

You may have heard the term “prediabetes” recently. Maybe you thought, why should I be worried about a disease I don’t yet have? Think again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 86 million — yes, million — Americans have prediabetes and aren’t aware of it. All of those people are at very high risk of developing the disease. Now the medical community is trying to get to those folks before they become full-blown diabetics, working to promote better eating and exercise. Researchers at University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute have launched a study to find out if …Read More >

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After a kidney transplant, the right care

Categories: News  /  Transplants

It once was pretty unusual to encounter someone with a transplanted kidney. Not anymore. Last year, more than 19,000 kidney transplants were performed across the country — a number that has grown in each of the last four years. That means a greater chance that community physicians without special training in transplant medicine might find themselves providing care for one or more of these patients. But while kidney transplants are more common, managing the care of transplant patients remains just as complex. Patients take a number of medications and follow dietary advice to avoid rejection of their new kidney. That …Read More >

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Checking the phone at the bedroom door

Categories: Blog  /  Wellness

Are your kids getting enough sleep? Are you sure? Many kids aren’t. And parents are often surprised to learn how little sleep they’re getting when we actually put a device that measures their sleep patterns on their wrists and send them home. Electronic devices of all kinds — cell phones, TVs, video game devices, laptops, iPads — can be a major distraction at night when kids should be sleeping. Parents often are blissfully unaware because the bedroom door is closed and the room seems quiet. Cell phones especially can be a big distraction at bedtime for older kids and teens. …Read More >

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Antibiotics 101

Categories: Children's Health  /  Infections  /  News

If you find yourself admitted to a hospital anytime soon, you might find your treatment plan includes a little schooling on the proper use of antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance has become a serious problem in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the United States are unnecessary. And that misuse can lead to drug-resistant infections. “It happens because it’s easier to give antibiotics than it is to tell someone who took time off work — or brought in their sick kid — that you’re not going to give then an antibiotic, …Read More >

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