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Football season? Watch your head

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Football season is upon us. While that usually means the promise of cooler temperatures and the pleasure of cheering from bleacher seats, it’s also worth keeping in mind the risk of head injuries. It’s a major problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate the number of sports-related concussions in the United States at some 1.6 million to 3.8 million each year. Another study puts the odds of an athlete in a contact sport suffering a concussion as high as 19 percent per season. “Our brain is our most valuable resource,” said Dr. Lillian Liao, assistant professor of surgery at …Read More >

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Beware the button

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

They’re in all sorts of electronic gadgets and toys. The problem starts when your toddler grabs hold of one. Some call them button batteries because of their resemblance to buttons. But they’re also health hazards if a young child swallows them. The large 3-volt lithium batteries are especially dangerous because they react with saliva to generate a chemical reaction that can cause serious damage to tissues and even death. “Because it is a battery, the circuit can be completed,” Dr. Tim McEvoy, an emergency medicine physician at University Health System, said in an interview on KSAT’s SA Live program. “ …Read More >

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What you need to know about pediatric sports injuries

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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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Don’t spend July 4th in the emergency room

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They’re loud, exciting and colorful — steeped in the traditions of our nation’s Independence Day celebrations. We’re talking fireworks, of course. Unfortunately, they also send some 3,000 children a year to emergency rooms across the country with painful burns and blast injuries that are completely avoidable. You can still enjoy the spectacle while keeping your kids safe, said Dr. Lillian Liao, pediatric trauma and burn director at University Hospital, and assistant professor of surgery at UT Health San Antonio. “As we enjoy the company of our family and friends, barbecue and watermelon — all in celebration of our freedom this …Read More >

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An awkward conversation

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Would you be willing to have an awkward conversation with another parent if it might save a life? That’s the premise of the ASK Campaign (Asking Saves Kids), which encourages parents to ask the parents of their children’s friends about access to guns in the home. One out of three homes with children has a gun, and close to 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun, by one estimate. The results can be tragic. Thousands of children nationwide are injured and killed by guns each year as a result. “We really want to educate parents …Read More >

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When too much sun makes summer a LOT less fun

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Summer vacations often go hand in hand with exposure to a lot more sun than usual. And that can lead to sunburn — putting a painful end to an otherwise pleasant time away from work or school. Sunburn is caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation. These UV rays damage skin cells, causing pain, swelling, redness and other symptoms. Symptoms are usually at their worst 24 to 36 hours after exposure, and clear up in three to five days. Bad or repeated sunburns can cause premature aging of the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. While symptoms usually resolve …Read More >

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Hitting the road Memorial Day Weekend? Read this first.

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

The long Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer travel season. In fact,  AAA predicts that 39 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this weekend — the most people since 2005. A strong economy and still-affordable gas prices are among the reasons. The downside of all that travel, of course, is the risk of injury and death on our highways — particularly for those who fail to properly secure themselves and their families in cars. The Texas Department of Transportation is putting out the word through its Click It or Ticket campaign that seat belt laws will …Read More >

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Stop the Bleed

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A life-threatening injury can happen anywhere, and the closest help is almost always a bystander — be it a friend, a family member or a complete stranger. And because a person can bleed to death in minutes, before a first responder can arrive, University Health System on Monday held its first Stop the Bleed course — a 90-minute class that teaches a few basic skills to stop major blood loss in an emergency. The free classes will take place at University Hospital at 4 p.m. on the first Monday of every month. For now, no reservation is required. “It’s not …Read More >

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Keeping kids safe from medication poisoning

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Checked your medicine cabinet lately? There’s a good chance it’s stuffed with medicines. In fact, there are more medicines in homes across America than ever before — raising the risk that some of it might fall into the hands of children. More than 59,000 kids across the country were treated in emergency rooms in 2013 — many of them because they got their hands on medicines while parents or other caregivers weren’t watching, especially among kids age 5 and younger. The problem is compounded by the fact that more children are living or spending time with grandparents — who tend …Read More >

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Restoring a photographer’s steady hand

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San Antonio photographer Kevin Saunders had just completed the most ambitious project of his career — a series of images called “Turning Point” that captured San Antonio’s five missions at the time of their induction as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Saunders work involves finely detailed images that can be reproduced in sizes as large as 50 feet long but with remarkable clarity. His equipment is complex —and definitely requires two hands. That need for two hands was tested as he pulled out of his studio in the Blue Star complex just south of downtown in early May. “I was …Read More >

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