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Snowman helping push a hurt Santa with a broken leg in wheelchair

Ho ho ho — oh, no!

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

It seemed like a pretty good idea at the time, climbing your 12-foot extension ladder to hang the lights along the eaves of the house. Until you landed after free-falling all the way back down. “The holidays are especially tough times for falls from ladders,” said Dr. Bruce Adams, chair of emergency medicine at University Hospital and UT Health San Antonio. “Us men, we want to get up there hang the lights, get up on the roof, put Santa and the reindeer on the roof — and we fall.” Dr. Adams, speaking to KENS5 reporter Jeremy Baker, said ladders are …Read More >

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Beating back the blues

Categories: News  /  Wellness

The holidays can be stressful. Shopping, social events, debt, and other pressures can lead to anxiety. Missing loved ones and stewing about past events can also contribute. This change from your everyday routine can cause you to neglect good nutrition. And you are more likely to skip exercise. Together, these factors can lead to holiday blues. During the holidays, you may feel lonely, sad, angry, and have poor sleep. Even if you’re not prone to depression, you may have other symptoms, such as headaches, tension, and fatigue. It’s also easy to eat and drink too much. It’s also common to …Read More >

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Hoverboards pose a risk

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

If a young person on your Christmas shopping list wants a hoverboard, ignore the pleas and find a safer alternative, said Dr. Lilian Liao, director of pediatric trauma and burns at University Hospital. Retailers are increasingly pulling the item off their shelves for safety concerns, including reports of fires, explosions and trips to the emergency room. Lithium-ion batteries that power the devices appear to be the source of the fires. Airlines have banned the devices, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating them. The term hoverboard is misleading; these devices don’t float above the ground — like in the …Read More >

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Turn down the volume on Christmas toys

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health

Second only to stepping on toy soldiers and Legos, the ordeal of having to listen to your child’s noisy toys can be one of the most obnoxious and painful consequences of giving Christmas gifts. What you might not realize is that in addition to being annoying, the sheer volume of sound that some toys produce may also be harmful to your child’s hearing. The Sight & Hearing Association recently released their annual “Noisy Toys Study.” The organization, dedicated to identifying and preventing vision and hearing loss, evaluated 20 popular toys found on many children’s Christmas lists. The study identified that …Read More >

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