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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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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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Health in the headlines

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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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With mosquitoes buzzing again, it’s time to reach for the repellent

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

You may have noticed the buzz. Mosquito season is back in full swing, and with it the concerns about the threat of Zika infection. Bexar County has recorded one confirmed case of Zika in 2017, adding to the 20 cases it reported last year. All the cases so far are thought to be travel-related, with patients infected in places where the infection is circulating. Unfortunately, one of those places is the Lower Rio Grande Valley, which joined Florida last year as the two U.S. regions with local Zika transmission. Last month, the Texas Department of State Health Services issued new …Read More >

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A simple test to detect heart problems in babies

Categories: Children's Health  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Pregnancy

The idea was that a simple, noninvasive test could detect undiagnosed heart problems in healthy looking newborns before they leave the hospital. Dr. Alice Gong, a neonatologist at University Hospital and professor of pediatrics at UT Health San Antonio, was at the forefront of pushing for Texas hospitals to perform the test, called pulse oximetry, which measures the oxygen level in blood. A state law made the test mandatory for hospitals that deliver babies. And new study published this month in the American Journal of Perinatology confirmed the test is valuable. It looked at an early group of 11,322 babies …Read More >

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Strengthening mother-baby bonds in the NICU

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The bond between mother and newborn is not only powerful, it’s important for the healthy development of the child, research has shown. But when a baby is born too soon or has other medical problems requiring a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, fear and uncertainty can interfere with the forming of those bonds. “We see moms looking terrified,” Umber Darilek, a registered nurse at University Hospital, told Texas Public Radio reporter Wendy Rigby. “A lot of women don’t know how to approach their babies, especially when there are tubes and lines coming out of all directions.” To try …Read More >

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Advice on Zika protection for moms-to-be

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

The well-publicized risks of Zika infection in pregnancy have been scary. Even scarier is the speed at which the infection has spread across geographic borders, and the fact that the mosquitoes doing the spreading — Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus — are found in in South Texas. For pregnant women worried about which insect repellent will protect them safely, Dr. Patrick Ramsey, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at UT Medicine San Antonio who practices at University Health System, offers some advice: Stay indoors, get rid of standing water on your property and cover up by wearing light-colored, long-sleeve shirts and long …Read More >

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As Zika virus spreads, so do concerns

Categories: Infections  /  News  /  Pregnancy

While doctors have been aware of the Zika virus since the 1940s, for many years it was considered a mild infection. The recent link that has emerged in Brazil between the disease and an increase in a birth defect called microcephaly has people – particularly expectant mothers – worried about its spread. “There’s no major panic at this point,” said Dr. Patrick Ramsey, a maternal/fetal medicine specialist and clinical professor at the UT Health Science Center. “We’re dealing with a lot of unknowns. In the coming months we will learn a lot more about the virus and the real risks.” …Read More >

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A box for baby

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Pregnancy

It seems unlikely, but some concerned citizens from sunny South Texas have imported an 80-year-old public health strategy from chilly Finland aimed at making it a little easier — and safer — for new parents to bring their newborn home from the hospital. University Hospital has launched a pilot program offering to new parents baby boxes filled with infant first aid kits, diapers, wipes, ointment, soft teddy bears, and a mattress with a waterproof cover and cotton sheet. The San Antonio North Central Rotary Club, The Junior League of San Antonio, Inc., the Texas Diaper Bank and the University Health System Foundation …Read More >

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A video chat with baby

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  NICU  /  Pregnancy  /  Technology

It’s one of the most joyous times in life — the birth of a baby. But sometimes medical reasons can keep mom and baby apart for hours, days or even weeks. That the time when physical and emotional bonds are formed. And while separation can’t always be avoided, University Health System’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is using some popular technology to make it easier on both mother and child. Baby Chat uses iPads and Apple’s FaceTime application to allow the newborns to hear the sound of their mother’s voice, and for moms to see and hear the movement, breathing and …Read More >

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