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Heading off diabetes in the womb?

Categories: Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  News  /  NICU  /  Pregnancy  /  Research

Diabetes runs in families. And for years, doctors have advised those at high risk of diabetes to eat sensibly to prevent getting the disease. Now, a new study involving several San Antonio organizations is asking a seemingly odd question that could have a major impact on the worldwide epidemic of obesity and diabetes: What if that advice should begin before birth? “We’re trying to figure out if babies are preprogrammed to have a certain body composition that depends on the maternal-fetal environment,” said Dr. Cynthia Blanco, medical director of the Neonatal Nutrition & Bone Institute at University Health System, and …Read More >

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Tamping down a hot temper

Categories: Heart Health  /  News

We’ve all felt it — an anger that begins to bubble up inside us during an argument, after a broken promise, or maybe as a result of someone’s rude or thoughtless words or actions. The problem is if anger occurs frequently or intensifies into rage. In those cases, experts say, you might take a few deep breaths and consider a few tips to keep that temper under control. Otherwise, you could be damaging your health. Is it an underlying illness? Frequent feelings of aggression might stem from post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, or some other illness. If you suspect that …Read More >

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Saving eyesight from a distance

Categories: Diabetes  /  News  /  Technology

Of all the potential complications of diabetes, blindness is certainly among the most devastating for patients. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults. The tiny blood vessels in the retina — the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye — become weakened by high blood sugar and leaky over time. The good news is, early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of blindness by 95 percent. However, that requires regular eye exams — a simple and painless screening that many people with diabetes neglect. To make it easier, University Health System …Read More >

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What not to wear in the pool

Categories: Children's Health  /  News

Ask any kid. Summer means fun in the water — be it the pool, the water park, the lake or the beach. For parents, that means providing young and inexperienced swimmers with a little help in the form of personal flotation devices. But not all flotation devices are created equal, said Jennifer Northway, director of the Adult and Pediatric Injury Prevention Program at University Health System. All sorts of inflatable novelty items can be found at the neighborhood store. But steer clear of those in favor of U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices for young children. Approved vests will say …Read More >

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Summon the babysitter!

Categories: Children's Health  /  News

It’s been a long week. You need a night out. Time to call the babysitter. But finding a good babysitter takes a little time, planning and research. If you’re looking for someone to take care of your child for a few hours, don’t wait until the last minute. Here are a few things to think about: Look for a sitter within your circle of friends, church or community. Look for a sitter who is 13 years or older and mature enough to handle basic household emergencies. Look for someone who already works with children. Have the sitter spend time with …Read More >

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