A bottle with a hydrocodone (the generic name for drug sold under other names by various pharmaceutical companies) label and hydrocodone tablets spilling out isolated on white background. Hydrocodone is a popular prescription semi-synthetic opioid that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone is said to be one of the most common recreational prescription drugs in America.

When prescription becomes addiction

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Opioid addiction and misuse has become a national crisis, and Bexar County hasn’t been spared. The problem often starts with a prescription written by a doctor or dentist to ease pain after an injury or procedure. In too many cases, the person prescribed that prescription develops an addiction over time. Or an unused portion is stolen by a drug-seeking relative or visitor. “Most providers want to do the right thing,” said Dr. Bryan Alsip, chief medical officer of University Health System, speaking before the first meeting of the Joint Opioid Task Force, a group of experts and advocates working on …Read More >

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Health in the headlines

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Need to catch up on the latest health news? We’ve gathered the highlights for you. Feel like dancing? It might be good for your brain as you get older. Speaking of brains, social media might not be so bad for your kid’s. Is that kid going off to college? Don’t forget to have the healthcare talk first. Giving birth to your baby probably wasn’t a picnic in the park. This couple pulled it off during a natural disaster. Giving birth is hard enough. Try it in the middle of a wildfire —California Healthline High blood pressure in midlife linked to …Read More >

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Seasonal sadness

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Fall seems to come a bit later in South Texas, but eventually it does come — bringing cooler temperatures, falling leaves and shorter days. And it’s the last of those signs of fall that may also bring a change of mood to some people this time of year. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that usually strikes in the fall or winter. It usually appears first in adulthood and becomes more common as we age. Women seem to be more prone to SAD than men. The body produces a hormone called melatonin in response to darkness, …Read More >

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Flu season is near — and it could be a bad one

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Flu season is just around the corner, and experts predict it could be a bad one. In the Southern Hemisphere, which has an earlier season, the number of lab-confirmed influenza cases was more than double the previous year. In Australia, the virus hit early and sickened record numbers in some areas. “They’re right to be worried about what happened in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Dr. Jason Bowling, an infectious disease specialist at UT Health San Antonio and Hospital Epidemiologist at University Health System. “We could be seeing a bad flu season here this year. We haven’t had one in a …Read More >

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Beyond the battlefield — PTSD can strike anyone

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Post-traumatic stress disorder isn’t just a wartime phenomenon. The leading cause, experts say, is motor vehicle accidents — which can happen to anyone. Symptoms, which usually begin within three months of a traumatic event but can surface years later in some cases, can interfere with the normal activities of life. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, avoiding reminders or feelings of the traumatic event, difficulty sleeping, angry outbursts, negative thoughts and loss of interest enjoyable activities. Dr. Christopher Wallace, a psychiatrist with University Medicine Associates — University Health System’s nonprofit physician practice group — said the faster someone can get help, …Read More >

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