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A bottle with a hydrocodone (the generic name for drug sold under other names by various pharmaceutical companies) label and hydrocodone tablets spilling out isolated on white background. Hydrocodone is a popular prescription semi-synthetic opioid that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone is said to be one of the most common recreational prescription drugs in America.

When prescription becomes addiction

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Opioid addiction and misuse has become a national crisis, and Bexar County hasn’t been spared. The problem often starts with a prescription written by a doctor or dentist to ease pain after an injury or procedure. In too many cases, the person prescribed that prescription develops an addiction over time. Or an unused portion is stolen by a drug-seeking relative or visitor. “Most providers want to do the right thing,” said Dr. Bryan Alsip, chief medical officer of University Health System, speaking before the first meeting of the Joint Opioid Task Force, a group of experts and advocates working on …Read More >

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Health in the headlines

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Need to catch up on the latest health news? We’ve gathered the highlights for you. Feel like dancing? It might be good for your brain as you get older. Speaking of brains, social media might not be so bad for your kid’s. Is that kid going off to college? Don’t forget to have the healthcare talk first. Giving birth to your baby probably wasn’t a picnic in the park. This couple pulled it off during a natural disaster. Giving birth is hard enough. Try it in the middle of a wildfire —California Healthline High blood pressure in midlife linked to …Read More >

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Seasonal sadness

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Fall seems to come a bit later in South Texas, but eventually it does come — bringing cooler temperatures, falling leaves and shorter days. And it’s the last of those signs of fall that may also bring a change of mood to some people this time of year. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that usually strikes in the fall or winter. It usually appears first in adulthood and becomes more common as we age. Women seem to be more prone to SAD than men. The body produces a hormone called melatonin in response to darkness, …Read More >

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Flu season is near — and it could be a bad one

Categories: Children's Health  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  News  /  Pregnancy

Flu season is just around the corner, and experts predict it could be a bad one. In the Southern Hemisphere, which has an earlier season, the number of lab-confirmed influenza cases was more than double the previous year. In Australia, the virus hit early and sickened record numbers in some areas. “They’re right to be worried about what happened in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Dr. Jason Bowling, an infectious disease specialist at UT Health San Antonio and Hospital Epidemiologist at University Health System. “We could be seeing a bad flu season here this year. We haven’t had one in a …Read More >

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Beyond the battlefield — PTSD can strike anyone

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Post-traumatic stress disorder isn’t just a wartime phenomenon. The leading cause, experts say, is motor vehicle accidents — which can happen to anyone. Symptoms, which usually begin within three months of a traumatic event but can surface years later in some cases, can interfere with the normal activities of life. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, avoiding reminders or feelings of the traumatic event, difficulty sleeping, angry outbursts, negative thoughts and loss of interest enjoyable activities. Dr. Christopher Wallace, a psychiatrist with University Medicine Associates — University Health System’s nonprofit physician practice group — said the faster someone can get help, …Read More >

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Roll up a sleeve. It’s your turn

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You’re a good mom or dad. You take the time to be familiar with the schedule of recommended childhood vaccinations, and make sure your kids are up-to-date. And if it slips your mind, there’s usually a reminder waiting when the new school year begins. But what about you? Are YOU up-to-date with your vaccines? Adults need vaccines too — whether it’s a booster dose of tetanus and diphtheria, an annual flu shot or something travel-related. The list for grown-ups isn’t complicated, but it’s something that too many busy people ignore. Take this quiz and learn what you need to know …Read More >

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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

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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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A campaign for smoke-free kids

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San Antonio’s health director, Colleen Bridger, said this week she wants to raise the age limit for buying tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21 — a campaign known as Tobacco 21. “When you look at what we haven’t yet achieved, (Tobacco 21) is the single most important public health policy we can pass,” Bridger told the Rivard Report. The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is measuring community support for raising the age limit, with the idea of enacting a local ordinance by the end of the year. Parents probably won’t mind getting a little help in trying …Read More >

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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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