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Woman with flu in warm socks surrounded by used tissue, medicines and hot tea

Yes, it’s a wretched, awful, miserable flu season this year

Categories: Emergency care  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  News

If you thought flu season was bad this year, here’s a little confirmation. It’s bad this year. An early season and a troublesome flu strain have sickened a lot of people in our community, and across the country. It’s been setting some records at University Health System, where the virology lab is reporting total weekly numbers of cases approaching the volumes seen during the swine flu pandemic in 2009, with 273 positive cases the week ending Jan. 6. Most of those were University Health System patients, and the numbers are likely deceptively low because when flu is in full swing, …Read More >

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Ryland Ward, 6, the last patient from the Sutherland Springs shootings to leave the hospital, goes home in a firetruck driven by the firefighter who found him at the scene

A sweet ride home for a little hero

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

When it was time for Ryland Ward to go home from University Hospital, where he had been getting treatment — and encouragement from well-wishers around the world — since being rushed there Nov. 5 from the mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, a lot of people came together to make sure that ride was a memorable one. In a cherry-red firetruck driven by the firefighter who found him among the victims on that terrible day, Ryland smiled and waved. A multi-department police escort led them through the city and back to his hometown, where family and neighbors lined the street to welcome him. …Read More >

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Keep them safe from household hazards

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Almost all poisonings take place in the home. More than half involve kids younger than age 6. The experts at the South Texas Poison Center, located at UT Health San Antonio, recommends that if you THINK someone has been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222 for advice and consultation. Don’t wait for the person you’re worried about to look or feel sick before seeking help. And don’t try home remedies on your own. To prevent poisonings in the first place, here are a few recommendations aimed at keeping your family safe from harm: Never leave small children alone in a room with cleaning, …Read More >

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Holiday dinner table

The holiday food minefield

Categories: News  /  Wellness

We start out with the best of intentions — trying to eat more sensibly and get a little exercise. Then comes the holidays. Everywhere you turn, people are offering you Christmas cookies, eggnog and tamales. Holiday parties bring buffets laden with too many tempting treats. “It’s still possible to have a healthier meal in a way that it’s going to keep you feeling well,” said Clarissa Rivera, a registered dietitian at University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute. Keeping an eye on food portion sizes can help. Experts recommend filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables, a quarter with lean …Read More >

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Football players for the US Army All American Bowl run on the field

Listen to your coach! A prescription for young athletes

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

In South Texas, we love our high school football. So what better place to bring together 100 of the nation’s most talented high school players to compete than right here in San Antonio — a.k.a. Military City, U.S.A.? That showcase of athletic ability, the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, will kick off Saturday, Jan. 6 in the Alamodome. In recent years, some of those players have stopped by University Hospital to bring a little cheer to kids in our pediatric unit. In honor of the big game, we asked Coach Ben Cook, athletic coordinator and head football coach at MacArthur …Read More >

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Woman with rosacea

Red face? Could be rosacea

Categories: News

We’ve all seen someone with rosacea, a chronic skin condition that can cause facial redness, bumps, pimples, thick skin and even bloodshot eyes. Many Americans, mostly aged 30 to 50, have rosacea to some degree. Many people mistake the flushing and appearance of pimples as a recurrence of a skin problem from their teen years. Outbreaks on the cheeks and nose are common. However, it can also be seen on the forehead, neck and back. Experts don’t know what causes rosacea. Risk factors include having fair skin that blushes easily. Any ethnic group can develop rosacea, although it is more common …Read More >

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Snowman helping push a hurt Santa with a broken leg in wheelchair

Ho ho ho — oh, no!

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

It seemed like a pretty good idea at the time, climbing your 12-foot extension ladder to hang the lights along the eaves of the house. Until you landed after free-falling all the way back down. “The holidays are especially tough times for falls from ladders,” said Dr. Bruce Adams, chair of emergency medicine at University Hospital and UT Health San Antonio. “Us men, we want to get up there hang the lights, get up on the roof, put Santa and the reindeer on the roof — and we fall.” Dr. Adams, speaking to KENS5 reporter Jeremy Baker, said ladders are …Read More >

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Man and woman sneezing and coughing in winter sweaters while sitting on their couch in their home

Cold, flu or allergies?

Categories: Emergency care  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  News

SOMETHING is making you sick. And unfortunately, this time of year, it could be any number of things. While you may be miserable regardless of the cause, identifying the problem could make a difference as to how to treat it and feel better sooner. Influenza is the most serious of the cold-weather bugs, mainly because its complications put a lot of people in the hospital. And flu season is well underway in San Antonio. Our University Health System labs are seeing a lot of the A/H3N2 strain — which is the predominant strain this year. Although there’s been concern that …Read More >

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Sad woman with brown hair and blue eyes in a pink shirt sitting on a couch with blue pillow

Beating back the blues

Categories: News  /  Wellness

The holidays can be stressful. Shopping, social events, debt, and other pressures can lead to anxiety. Missing loved ones and stewing about past events can also contribute. This change from your everyday routine can cause you to neglect good nutrition. And you are more likely to skip exercise. Together, these factors can lead to holiday blues. During the holidays, you may feel lonely, sad, angry, and have poor sleep. Even if you’re not prone to depression, you may have other symptoms, such as headaches, tension, and fatigue. It’s also easy to eat and drink too much. It’s also common to …Read More >

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Little boy sits at table eating a turkey leg with a red napkin

Talking turkey

Categories: News

If you’re feeling a bit uneasy about cooking for Thanksgiving, we understand. It’s a lot of pressure. How do you cook it? How do you serve it? How do you accommodate family and friends who are watching their waistlines? Tip No. 1: If you don’t need to present the whole turkey for carving at the table, cook a turkey breast instead. If you start with a fresh turkey breast, you don’t have to worry about thawing it in time to cook for dinner. It will probably come with directions and a pop-up timer, but here are the basics: A 5-pound …Read More >

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