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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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A Plan To Keep Your Child With Asthma Out of the ER

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health

Editor’s note: This post first appeared in Alamo City Moms Blog. At University Hospital, we see kids brought to our emergency department for out-of-control asthma attacks that can require admission to the hospital—including the ICU. In fact, asthma is one of the top five reasons children are admitted to a hospital. The good news is, by developing an asthma action plan with your child’s physician, understanding it, and providing copies to caregivers and your child’s school, you can lower the chances of needing to visit the hospital in the first place. These plans are available in both English and Spanish. …Read More >

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Communicating with hearing loss

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Hearing aids have the ability to significantly enhance someone’squality of life. However, many people think that hearing aids can fix a hearing loss. Unfortunately, this is not true. Hearing aids are just that — they aid in the improvement of hearing, but they do not restore normal hearing. When speaking to someone who has a hearing loss and/or wears hearing aids, you should be mindful of their listening needs. At the same time, the person with hearing loss should be mindful of their own listening needs to communicate effectively. Here are some tips for both sides of the conversation to minimize repetition …Read More >

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A plan of action for your child’s asthma

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health

Editor’s note: This post first appeared in Alamo City Moms Blog. Another school year is winding down, and soon families will be busy with the usual activities of summer — family vacations, summer camp, swimming lessons. If your child has asthma, there is one more activity to add to the list: developing an asthma action plan with your child’s physician during the summer, before the back-to-school rush. Asthma is a chronic condition marked by inflammation and narrowing of the airways, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing. It usually starts in childhood. Asthma is very common. It afflicts more …Read More >

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High-tech help for hearing

Categories: Blog  /  Technology

What do cell phones, TV’s, and hearing aids have in common? They are all getting smaller and smarter with new advances every year. Gone are the days of oversized hearing aids. Say hello to small, sleek devices that are often virtually unnoticeable. Not only have hearings aids taken a giant leap in appearance, but they have also made major progress on the inside as well. Think back at how different your cell phone is today compared to the cell phone in your pocket 10 years ago. Hearing aids have made the same progress into today’s wireless world of endless possibilities. …Read More >

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Easing fears about scabies

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Infections

Scabies, a common skin condition, has been in the news in recent weeks. Our Harlandale ISD School-based Health Center treated a number of cases, giving rise to questions about whether the school district was in the midst of an outbreak. The answer is no. While the estimates vary, scabies is one of the three most common skin infections in children, and it’s not unusual for the typical pediatrician to see a few cases per week. It’s spreads through direct and prolonged skin-to-skin contact — making it much more likely to spread within households, child-care facilities, nursing homes and prisons than …Read More >

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Connecting the ears and the heart

Categories: Blog  /  Heart Health  /  Research  /  Wellness

February was American Heart Month. If you were like a lot of people and took part in screenings or online assessments — like University Health System’s Heart Health Profiler — you might have found that you have heart problems, or are at risk for them. If so, now is also a good time to have your hearing checked. What does your heart have to do with your ears? A healthy heart has a positive effect on hearing. Dr. David Friedland at the Medical College of Wisconsin has been studying the relationship between cardiovascular health, high blood pressure and hearing function. …Read More >

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Hearing the sound of birds again

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Few medical advances are important enough to get their own day. But International Cochlear Implant Day is celebrated Feb. 25, and it’s worth taking a minute to understand why many people feel this technology is worthy of all the attention. A cochlear implant is a surgical device that provides babies and adults who are deaf or no longer benefit from hearing aids the ability to hear sounds and, over time, the possibility to understand speech.  Everyone has a different experience with cochlear implants.  Some won’t benefit at all, some will only hear environmental sounds and for many others it’s a …Read More >

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Keeping your focus behind the wheel

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As someone who takes care of children and adults who are seriously injured in car crashes, I was happy to see the city of San Antonio pass an ordinance banning the use of hand-held phones while driving. I believe it will save lives if people follow the law. Unfortunately, cell phones aren’t the only cause of distracted driving — although they are a major cause. Across the nation on average, distracted driving kills more than nine people each day and injures more than 1,153. To put it plainly, distracted driving increases the chances you will be in a motor vehicle …Read More >

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Cold, flu or allergies?

Categories: Blog  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  Wellness

Many of us are still in a celebratory mood after ringing in the New Year. But for others, it’s been a real struggle trying to get some relief from runny noses, itchy eyes, body aches, coughing and congestion. Could it be you’re dealing with a cold or the flu? Maybe it’s “cedar fever,” the allergic response to the choking haze of mountain cedar pollen, which is most prevalent in South Texas during the winter season. If you’re like me, I suffer from cedar fever every year around this time. I can pretty much recognize the symptoms but not everyone suffers from …Read More >

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