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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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Do I have a fatty liver?

Categories: Blog  /  Wellness

A disease you may never have heard of is slowly damaging the health of a quarter of Americans. In San Antonio and the Valley, fatty liver disease affects nearly half the population, including up to 20 percent of children and adolescents – about twice the national average. What does it mean when you have a fatty liver? Fatty liver disease causes fat cells to infiltrate the liver. While it can be caused by continued abuse of liquor, it also affects 50 to 60 percent of obese people, and 60 to 70 percent of patients with Type II Diabetes. Liver inflammation …Read More >

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Not just for kids: Grown-ups need annual doctor visits, too.

Categories: Blog  /  Wellness

You take your kid for regular checkups without fail, but when was the last time you saw your family doctor for a yearly physical? If it has been a while, go ahead and make an appointment. It’s important for your health—and for your kids. “If children see their parents go to the doctor, they’re more likely to go to the doctor when they grow up,” says Dr. Suhaib Haq, family practice physician at University Medicine Associates. “You’re setting the example for your kids. “How many times do you see a child refuse to get a vaccination, but when the parent …Read More >

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What you need to know about pediatric sports injuries

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  Surgery  /  trauma

This post was first published by Alamo City Moms Blog. A new school year also brings a new season of fall sports. Parents are gearing up for evening practice shuttling, weekends of sideline cheering, and spirited wardrobe upgrades. As much as kids and parents love their sports, the potential for a sports injury is never far from most parents’ minds. Here is some great information from our partners at University Health System and their Pediatric Orthopedic team. University Children’s Health Orthopedic team offers specialized medical care for children who injure themselves playing or participating in sports with a focus of getting …Read More >

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Helping your kids make safe and healthy decisions online

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Technology

It seems like almost every week brings a scary new online threat to the safety and well-being of our kids.  Recently, a troubling story made the news regarding an online “game” of increasingly intense and cruel challenges — one that ended tragically for a local teenager. It might feel overwhelming as a parent, helping your child navigate the ever-changing world of apps, games and websites. But the best way to keep your kids safe is to keep open the lines of communication. And if you have a teenager, you know that can be easier said than done. Make a point …Read More >

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A female pediatrician does a pulmonary exercise test at the Robert B. Green campus of University Health System with a young girl

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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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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Hearing the sound of birds again

Categories: Blog  /  Technology

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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