Category: Wellness

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Tips to manage holiday stress

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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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Do I have a fatty liver?

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A disease you may never have heard of is slowly damaging the health of a quarter of Americans. In San Antonio and the Valley, fatty liver disease affects nearly half the population, including up to 20 percent of children and adolescents – about twice the national average. What does it mean when you have a fatty liver? Fatty liver disease causes fat cells to infiltrate the liver. While it can be caused by continued abuse of liquor, it also affects 50 to 60 percent of obese people, and 60 to 70 percent of patients with Type II Diabetes. Liver inflammation …Read More >

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Not just for kids: Grown-ups need annual doctor visits, too.

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You take your kid for regular checkups without fail, but when was the last time you saw your family doctor for a yearly physical? If it has been a while, go ahead and make an appointment. It’s important for your health—and for your kids. “If children see their parents go to the doctor, they’re more likely to go to the doctor when they grow up,” says Dr. Suhaib Haq, family practice physician at University Medicine Associates. “You’re setting the example for your kids. “How many times do you see a child refuse to get a vaccination, but when the parent …Read More >

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Katinka Howell standing with her road bike.

Hip replacement doesn’t put brakes on cross-country rider

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For Katinka Howell, 54, bicycling and gardening are essential to who she is. She and her husband are used to cycling up to 65 miles at a stretch. The calisthenics of weeding and pruning her garden at her Alamo Heights home also help keep her active. Both activities were great stress relievers until hip dysplasia put the brakes on her physical activity.  Hip dysplasia increases the possibility of hip dislocation. With Howell’s family history, she knew it was hereditary. “I’m not one to get depressed,” she said, “but it was frustrating.” Dr. Jesse Delee, UT Health San Antonio clinical professor …Read More >

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Make retirement last

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The average couple will spend $280,000 in healthcare costs if they retire at age 65 — a staggering number for those looking forward to their golden years. So what can you do to help prepare yourself? How can you be ready for any unexpected health care costs during retirement? What can I do to reduce my retirement healthcare costs? Anyone looking towards retirement may have anxiety. You might have questions about your health and finances— no matter what your age. And while there are many things that must be considered when planning for retirement, your health is something that can’t …Read More >

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Staying healthy on the job

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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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Germs above the clouds

Categories: Infections  /  News  /  Wellness

For most people, traveling is a fun way to relax and see new sights. But if you are planning your next vacation, you might want to consider a few tips to keep some nasty germs from spoiling your trip. Getting sick on planes You might not think so, but airplanes are one of the places where people are most vulnerable to getting sick. That’s because of the number of people who get on and off flights, the close proximity of the passengers next to you and the number of different surfaces people touch. “You will probably be exposed to respiratory …Read More >

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Finding fitness among the crowd

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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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What you don’t know about sleep

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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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Lowering blood pressure one roadblock at a time

Categories: Heart Health  /  News  /  Wellness

To get James Robbins’ high blood pressure under control, the first step was to help him quit smoking. But to reach that point required a bit of soul searching on Mr. Robbins’ part. He had long known he had high blood pressure. But had managed to ignore the significance of his condition for some years, even trying to game the regular physicals that were required for his work as a commercial diver. “I’d kind of starve myself and I wouldn’t drink sodas before the physicals,” Mr. Robbins said. “I’d have them do the tests manually, which brings it down a …Read More >

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