Category: Wellness

Antibiotics are deadly to bacteria, but they won’t kill a virus

Categories: Flu  /  Infections  /  Wellness

When you’re sick, antibiotics may seem like the quickest path toward feeling better, but getting a prescription when you don’t need it actually causes more harm than good. Antibiotics are meant to fight bacteria, but unfortunately, they do nothing to kill a virus. “It’s frustrating that we don’t have better drugs for viral infections,” said Dr. Jason Bowling, an infectious disease specialist at University Health System and the director of Hospital Epidemiology in the Division of Infectious Diseases. “Healthy people get viral infections, like colds, all the time. But an antibiotic won’t relieve your symptoms or help you get over …Read More >

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Why am I so tired?

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Tired women, listen up. Multitasking and poor sleep habits are your enemy. If you want better sleep, you might have to make some (admittedly difficult) lifestyle changes. There are reasons you may not be getting enough high-quality sleep—like hormones, pregnancy and newborns—that you can’t do much about. But getting more Zs may be within reach just by managing some of your daytime activities. “Women are likely to be affected because they’re working and also multitasking at home, thus compromising on their sleep time and quality,” said Dr. Suhaib Haq, who is a family practice physician at University Medicine Associates and …Read More >

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Could you have this common thyroid condition, and not know it?

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Dr. Jorge Velez Garza questions a 33- year old mother about symptoms that would indicate her common, but often undetected condition, needs additional treatment. He asks, are you extremely tired, have brain fog, constipation, or dry skin? What about uncontrollable weight gain, thinning hair or feeling cold a lot of the time? She says no to having those symptoms. He checks the results of her blood tests, and concludes the medication she takes daily is working. Dr. Velez is an endocrinologist who specializes in treating hormone-related diseases. His patient has hypothyroidism, the most common among thyroid conditions, which affect an …Read More >

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Seven simple saves to improve your diet

Categories: Blog  /  Wellness

We’ve all looked at the scale and winced. The urge to jump into a drastic diet might be overwhelming. Some changes to your eating habits can help you drop pounds without much effort. It starts with diet “Increase the nutrition quality of your life,” explains Dahlia Gomez, MS, RD, LD, CDE, a University Health System registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. “Choose healthier carbs. It’s not always about weight loss. Sometimes, improving your labs — blood pressure, blood sugars and cholesterol levels — and the way you feel are more important than simply weight loss.” Changing habits is key, adds …Read More >

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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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Do I have a fatty liver?

Categories: Blog  /  Wellness

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.

Categories: Blog  /  Wellness

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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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

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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