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Eclipse viewing 101

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On Monday, August 21, a pretty rare phenomenon will take place in the sky over North America — a total eclipse of the sun. And while San Antonio won’t be within the path of totality (where it will be completely dark), it will still be a pretty cool thing to witness — if you do it safely. “Eclipse watchers risk permanent loss of vision if they look directly at the sun during an eclipse,” said Dr. Daniel A. Johnson, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at UT Health. The only safe way to look directly at the phenomenon is through …Read More >

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Nap happy

Categories: News  /  Research

For some, the midday call of the hammock or daybed is too tempting to resist. But is an afternoon nap good for you? For those who don’t get enough nighttime sleep — which is most of us — it would seem to make sense. But in fact, the research into napping has presented a mixed picture. Sleep, of course, is vital for good health — both physical and mental. It keeps you alert and focused. It helps process memories. It may even boost your body’s natural defenses, protecting you from illness. But studies looking just at napping have shown some …Read More >

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Can’t sleep? It might be making you sick

Categories: Heart Health  /  News

Can’t get a good night sleep? You’re not alone. Several problems can contribute to poor sleep, but snoring is one of the most common and obvious – if not for the snorer, then for the spouse. Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which the sleeper’s airway is temporarily blocked, causing the sleeper to gasp for air multiple times a night. Airways can be blocked by the tissues of the soft palate or the tonsils, or sometimes by fat in the neck. The sleeper often is not aware they’re waking up, but may feel sleepy or …Read More >

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Remember the moon landing? Then you REALLY need some exercise

Categories: Heart Health  /  News

Exercise. Love it or hate it, it’s been described by experts as the closest thing we have to a miracle drug — with so many health benefits confirmed by research that there’s no question that all of us should be working out in some form or another. That includes older adults. Regular exercise is especially important as we age. It improves heart health, maintains a healthy weight, keeps joints flexible and helps improve balance to reduce the risk of falls. But the benefits go beyond even that.  One study found that adults 75 years and older who exercised lived longer than those …Read More >

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Heading off diabetes in the womb?

Categories: Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  News  /  NICU  /  Pregnancy  /  Research

Diabetes runs in families. And for years, doctors have advised those at high risk of diabetes to eat sensibly to prevent getting the disease. Now, a new study involving several San Antonio organizations is asking a seemingly odd question that could have a major impact on the worldwide epidemic of obesity and diabetes: What if that advice should begin before birth? “We’re trying to figure out if babies are preprogrammed to have a certain body composition that depends on the maternal-fetal environment,” said Dr. Cynthia Blanco, medical director of the Neonatal Nutrition & Bone Institute at University Health System, and …Read More >

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Tamping down a hot temper

Categories: Heart Health  /  News

We’ve all felt it — an anger that begins to bubble up inside us during an argument, after a broken promise, or maybe as a result of someone’s rude or thoughtless words or actions. The problem is if anger occurs frequently or intensifies into rage. In those cases, experts say, you might take a few deep breaths and consider a few tips to keep that temper under control. Otherwise, you could be damaging your health. Is it an underlying illness? Frequent feelings of aggression might stem from post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, or some other illness. If you suspect that …Read More >

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Saving eyesight from a distance

Categories: Diabetes  /  News  /  Technology

Of all the potential complications of diabetes, blindness is certainly among the most devastating for patients. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults. The tiny blood vessels in the retina — the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye — become weakened by high blood sugar and leaky over time. The good news is, early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of blindness by 95 percent. However, that requires regular eye exams — a simple and painless screening that many people with diabetes neglect. To make it easier, University Health System …Read More >

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What not to wear in the pool

Categories: Children's Health  /  News

Ask any kid. Summer means fun in the water — be it the pool, the water park, the lake or the beach. For parents, that means providing young and inexperienced swimmers with a little help in the form of personal flotation devices. But not all flotation devices are created equal, said Jennifer Northway, director of the Adult and Pediatric Injury Prevention Program at University Health System. All sorts of inflatable novelty items can be found at the neighborhood store. But steer clear of those in favor of U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices for young children. Approved vests will say …Read More >

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Summon the babysitter!

Categories: Children's Health  /  News

It’s been a long week. You need a night out. Time to call the babysitter. But finding a good babysitter takes a little time, planning and research. If you’re looking for someone to take care of your child for a few hours, don’t wait until the last minute. Here are a few things to think about: Look for a sitter within your circle of friends, church or community. Look for a sitter who is 13 years or older and mature enough to handle basic household emergencies. Look for someone who already works with children. Have the sitter spend time with …Read More >

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Health in the headlines

Categories: Cancer  /  Children's Health  /  News  /  Pregnancy  /  Research

Need to catch up on the latest health news? We’ve gathered the highlights for you. Are you thinking of moving to the North Pole to avoid mountain cedar? You might want to consider nose filters. Can your nose tell the difference between hyacinth and honeysuckle at 100 yards? It might be a detriment to your waistline. Are your hunger pangs in pregnancy steering you toward the candy aisle? And a hair-preserving cap for chemo patients has been expanded for a wider range of cancer types. Allergies are making you sneeze. Would putting a filter in your nose help? — Washington …Read More >

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