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Tips to manage holiday stress

Categories: Blog  /  News  /  Wellness

The holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can be stressful sometimes. It often brings extra social and financial obligations; a breakdown of healthy eating and exercise habits; and can leave you feeling lonely or depressed. A recent study by the American Academy of Neurology found a correlation between impaired memory and stress. Middle-aged adults with higher levels of cortisol—a hormone linked to stress—performed worse on memory and other cognitive tasks than peers of the same age with average cortisol levels. “The faster pace of life today probably means more stress, and when …Read More >

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How determination made fish oil an FDA-approved medicine for babies

Categories: News  /  NICU  /  Pregnancy

Dr. Cynthia Blanco’s passion to save babies was the key driver in the recent approval of Omegaven, a lifesaving fish oil treatment for babies with gastrointestinal complications. Blanco’s study followed the outcomes of babies treated with fish oil in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital. “Overall, since 2011, we have had more than 50 patients enrolled in our long-term study and their survival without liver transplant increased dramatically ― to better than 90 percent,” she said. Omegaven is a fish oil-based solution that is used to provide nutrition to critically ill patients. It has been used in Canada, …Read More >

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How to start the ‘sex talk’ with your kids

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No matter how uncomfortable it may be, talking about the birds and the bees with your kids is critical to their well-being. The key to your child’s sexual health is starting that conversation early and keeping it going through the years. “They’re hearing about it from other kids at school, social media and television, and we want to make sure they’re getting the correct information from someone they trust,” said Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst, pediatrician at the University Health System Teen Health Clinic, which serves children, teens and young adults ages 10-24. “We routinely ask kids around age 11 or …Read More >

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Survive school stress! Part II

Categories: Children's Health  /  News

We continue our series on how to help kids (and parents) cope with stress. In middle school and high school, expectations rise. Dr. Ellen Shrouf, psychologist at the University Health System Behavioral Health Clinic, has some suggestions to help everyone stay cool – even if the PSAT or ACT are looming around the corner. Middle school: Too big for routines (no, really, they aren’t) Middle schoolers think they do not need help and routines. They do. Help them by planning: walk the halls of the new school after hours to make this age comfortable getting everywhere on time AND with …Read More >

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Survive school stress at any age

Categories: Children's Health  /  News

School has started, progress reports are coming in, and stress levels for parents and kids are rising. No matter what ages your children – or you – are, stress can cause a massive meltdown. Dr. Ellen Shrouf, psychologist at the University Health System Behavioral Health Clinic, has some suggestions to help everyone stay cool – even if there’s a test tomorrow and a project that needs construction paper ASAP at 7 p.m. First, remember some basic tips: Develop routines Learn to read your child: predict when they will be overwhelmed Balance social, emotional and academic concerns Model good stress management …Read More >

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Is the Zika virus in Texas?

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The recent rains have been great for the Edwards Aquifer, but we all know they’re also good for mosquitoes. Even though the Centers for Disease Control reported much lower incidences of Zika in 2018, people should still take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites. What is Zika? The Zika virus is part of the same family as the viruses that cause yellow fever, West Nile, chikungunya and dengue. It is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. Zika can also be transmitted sexually. It can pose a danger to pregnant women because the virus can be transmitted to the fetus. Is …Read More >

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Why 3D mammograms matter

Categories: Cancer  /  News

If you’re a woman age 40 or older, you probably don’t look forward to the discomfort of your annual mammogram. You may even skip them due to the pain—and risk a tumor going undetected. A better view With the new Hologic 3D mammography technology, University Health System patients will have some relief from the dreaded breast compression—along with earlier, more accurate cancer detection. FDA-approved just this past February, this technology has been installed and is available for patients, said Chris Vineyard, the executive director of radiology services. University Health System is the first to offer this technology in San Antonio. …Read More >

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Staying healthy on the job

Categories: News  /  Wellness

Staying healthy while working in an office can be a challenge. Here are a few things you can do to remain active and fit in the workplace. How can I stay active while at the office? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the average adult gets 2.5 hours of moderate intensity exercise each week- a feat most Americans find hard to achieve, especially if they work a desk job. “A study recently found that even if you go to the gym regularly, it isn’t enough to counteract the health risks causes by a sedentary job,” said Katherine …Read More >

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Concerning the caregiver

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If you’re not a caregiver yet, there’s a pretty good chance you might be eventually. Whether it’s caring for an aging parent or spouse, or perhaps a special-needs child, the number of caregivers is growing as the population ages. Caregivers do incredibly important work, often sacrificing their own needs in the process. It can be stressful, requiring a commitment of time and energy that generally comes with sacrifice. Experts recommend finding time to take care of yourself, even if it means getting help. You think you know about caregiving? Take this quiz from University Health System’s Health Library and test …Read More >

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Evacuate smart

Categories: Emergency care  /  News

Hurricane Harvey taught South Texans that when you evacuate, you have very little time to grab needed items and go. We think we will remember clothing, personal papers, computers and family photos. But will you remember your prescriptions and medical records? Evacuate with the prescription Ida Duran, RN, a nurse educator at University Health System and a Harvey evacuation shelter volunteer, recalled, “We had a woman who came in requesting prescriptions for her medications. In a rush to evacuate, she left her home without any of her medications. She was able to tell the provider what the medications were for, …Read More >

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