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Common ground on preventing gun violence

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

After each high-profile tragedy involving gun violence, the debate begins anew over gun rights and restrictions. And with that debate, Americans show themselves to be as divided as ever. Surgeons — those charged with treating the countless thousands each year who are injured by gunfire — are just as divided as the rest of us, it turns out. The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma has surveyed its members on the subject since 2014. “More than half of the survey respondents hold the view that firearms are beneficial and important for personal liberty and self-protection. About a third believe …Read More >

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Finding fitness among the crowd

Categories: Heart Health  /  News  /  Wellness

Some among us would rather climb the steep trail to physical fitness on their own. These often are people who prefer to sweat in private. A few may even be antisocial. But for others who find comfort and support in a crowd of fellow fitness aficionados, we have a pretty good option that’s light on the wallet. Twice a month, University Health System sponsors Fitness on the Plaza, a series of free fitness activities at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. All classes, led by area fitness instructors, take place on the lovely Will Naylor Smith River Walk Plaza. From yoga …Read More >

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OTC meds and work: A bad combination?

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You can buy over-the-counter medicines without a prescription, so they must be harmless — right? Not necessarily. Particularly if you’re in a job that requires you to be alert and focused. Some common over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can cause serious side effects. Some of these side effects can be felt or sensed by you, but not by others. Those you can usually feel are: Dizziness Drowsiness Double vision Headache Vertigo Those you may not feel are: Confusion Depression Slow reactions Any of these side effects can weaken or change your perception, attention, and judgment. Consider your workplace The type of work you do …Read More >

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Stopping trouble before it begins

Categories: Diabetes  /  News  /  Research

Diabetes is called a silent epidemic because many people don’t know they have it until the disease does considerable harm to their organs and blood vessels over many years. But for others who fall into the category doctors call prediabetes, they can see it coming. And researchers at the Texas Diabetes Institute are looking at ways of helping them keep it at bay. “It’s very important to be able to find people early, to be able to help them, because once diabetes begins there is no prevention. It’s all treatment,” Dr. Alberto Chavez-Velasquez, an endocrinol ogist and associate professor of medicine …Read More >

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The problem with Spring

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Spring has sprung. Step outside, and lawns and shrubs and trees are rousing themselves from a long winter’s nap and turning vivid shades of green. Beautiful, isn’t it? Well, yes — except for all that spring pollen circulating in the air as part of nature’s cycle of life. Here in South Texas, we barely get a reprieve from the mountain cedar that plagues us through the winter months. Now comes spring allergy season with trees, grasses and weeds casting off pollen for us to breath and sneeze While oak pollen is a particular problem in South Texas, there are other …Read More >

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Keeping your kids from making a toxic mistake

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Through the eyes of a toddler, the world is a collection of fascinating shapes and sizes and colors. Some of those colorful shapes contain things that taste pretty good when Mom or Dad pour them into a bowl or cup. The problem is when things that don’t taste so good — that might even be poisonous — come in similar colorful shapes. And curious kids decide to take matters into their own hands — grabbing the big bottle of disinfecting cleanser that looks a lot like apple juice — when their frazzled parents step out of sight. “A lot of …Read More >

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Managing pain safely

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The opioid crisis has been in the headlines for quite a while now. An estimated 115 Americans die each day from opioid overdose, according to federal estimates. Bexar County leads the state in infant opioid withdrawal and has the third-highest rate of overdose deaths in Texas. Dr. Bryan Alsip, executive vice president and chief medical officer, described it this way in an article he wrote for the San Antonio Express-News with Dr. Colleen Bridger, director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District: “No sector of our society is immune. Opioid misuse, addiction and overdose can be found in boardrooms and …Read More >

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A watchful eye on sports injuries

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

Spring means baseball. And with baseball — and many other sports — it also means parents need to keep a watchful eye open for injuries in their young athletes. Dr. Caitlyn Mooney, a pediatrician with University Medicine Associates, urges parents to take sports injuries seriously. Kids can have special issues when it comes to injuries. They also need plenty of time to heal. With children specializing in a specific sport at an early age, they run the risk of injuries from overuse. In baseball, that might mean a pitcher not resting an arm. Running and jumping can lead to more than …Read More >

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What you don’t know about sleep

Categories: News  /  Wellness

Sleep. We all get it. We don’t get enough of it. In this fast-paced, nail-biting world that never seems to slow down, we bring our troubles to bed with us way too often — and end up tossing and turning rather than getting good, restorative sleep. Test your knowledge of sleep by taking our sleep quiz, available in University Health System’s Health Library. Who knows? In the process, you might learn how to grab a few extra ZZZs. Click here to start taking the quiz. Think that your lack of sleep might be due to a medical problem? You might …Read More >

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Fever 101

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

Fever. It’s often the first thing we check our kids for when they feel sick. But how to treat that fever — and when to worry about it — isn’t always clear. The first thing to know is that a fever isn’t an illness, but rather a symptom. It’s a sign your child’s body is fighting an illness or infection. Fever stimulates the body’s defenses, sending white blood cells and other “fighter” cells to attack and destroy the cause of the infection. A fever is generally considered to be a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, according to the American …Read More >

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