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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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Keeping your focus behind the wheel

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

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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Turn down the volume on Christmas toys

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health

Second only to stepping on toy soldiers and Legos, the ordeal of having to listen to your child’s noisy toys can be one of the most obnoxious and painful consequences of giving Christmas gifts. What you might not realize is that in addition to being annoying, the sheer volume of sound that some toys produce may also be harmful to your child’s hearing. The Sight & Hearing Association recently released their annual “Noisy Toys Study.” The organization, dedicated to identifying and preventing vision and hearing loss, evaluated 20 popular toys found on many children’s Christmas lists. The study identified that …Read More >

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Let’s loop San Antonio

Categories: Blog  /  Technology

An estimated 36 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Even when using the best hearing aids, some people with hearing loss continue to experience difficulty understanding in noisy or group situations. Imagine the frustration of a person who has been waiting at the gate for the airplane to board, only to learn that she missed the flight because she did not hear the overhead announcement that the gate was changed. Fortunately, technology exists to help people hear better in situations like these. Induction loop systems use a …Read More >

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Paying proper attention to a familiar disease threat

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  Pregnancy

It’s been a busy year for scary, emerging infectious diseases around the world, from Ebola virus disease to MERS, to the hard-to-pronounce chikungunya virus. Maybe because they’re new, they’ve gotten a lot of attention in the media and around the water cooler. But as we’re entering the start of this year’s flu season, it’s worth putting these disease threats in perspective. Influenza is also very serious. It kills some 15,000 Americans each year. It puts hundreds of thousands more in the hospital, and infects many millions. The elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with certain chronic illnesses are at …Read More >

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When recreation becomes deadly

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Emergency care

The popularity of all-terrain vehicles, golf carts and other recreational vehicles is on the rise across the country. So is the number of riders — many of them children — who suffer serious injuries and even death. Crashes involving these types of vehicles bring more than 100,000 children and adults to the emergency room each year. A quarter of them are children under the age of 16. And the number of injuries has been rising since the year 2000. In 2008, the most recent year that complete statistics are available, 109 children across the country younger than age 16 died …Read More >

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The ABCs of ACL injuries

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

With the days getting shorter and fall temperatures starting to drop, one painful Texas tradition unfortunately is heating up. The incidence of knee injuries in sports, particularly a devastating anterior cruciate ligament — or ACL — tear, is rising as more kids return to school sports. An estimated 250,000 ACL tears occur each year in the United States, with nearly all of those a result of sports or accidental trauma to the knee. The ACL is a ligament within the knee which prevents the lower part of the knee from moving forward on the upper part.  It also prevents rotation …Read More >

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Pain 101 for musicians (and others)

Categories: Blog  /  Wellness

Editor’s note: This blog post by Arlyn Thobaben, a physical therapist at University Health System (and former professional musician) first appeared on the web site musicianshealthcollective.com. Pain can be difficult and confusing. I spent much of my musical career trying (and often failing) to understand and manage my recurrent struggles with a stiff neck, a tingly left arm, and a sore upper back. When these symptoms became too much for me to continue playing and teaching, I was referred to a physical therapist for the first time. Not only did my physical therapist help me along and get me back to my …Read More >

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Measure the milk to prevent anemia

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Wellness

Maybe you remember those dairy ads from a few years back: “Milk — it does a body good.” While there are lots of nutritional benefits in that glass of milk, it’s also true that too much of a good thing can be bad for your child. As a pediatric hematologist (that’s a doctor who treats blood disorders in kids), I see a number of children each year who develop a form of anemia from drinking too much cow’s milk. These are otherwise healthy children, often about 1 year of age — the time when they’re making the transition from breast …Read More >

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