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Teach kids to stop and go—to prevent urinary tract infections

Categories: Children's Health

If your child starts doing the not-so-discreet “gotta pee” dance, you might worry he’ll wet your carpet. But there’s something else you should know—your little one could end up with a urinary tract infection from waiting too long to go. “A lot of kids tend to hold it because they are having fun and don’t want to stop,” says Dr. Jessica Goetz, D.O., assistant professor in the UT Health San Antonio’s Division of Pediatric Urology. “It’s like a swamp in the bladder, and bacteria is going to grow.” She says kids should use the bathroom frequently, about every three to four …Read More >

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More illnesses to ponder

Categories: Flu  /  Infections  /  News  /  Wellness

While the Ebola virus has been in the news of late, it’s worth pointing out a few other serious illnesses are actually circulating in San Antonio at the moment. Flu — The first lab-confirmed case of influenza A virus in Bexar County in the current flu season was reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services for the week of Sept. 27. Flu seasons are unpredictable, and it may be weeks before the virus starts to circulate widely (the peak of the season is often in December). Flu is a serious illness, killing as many as 50,000 people a …Read More >

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Setting up defenses against Ebola

Categories: Infections  /  News

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa —along with the first patient diagnosed in the United States, who died Wednesday in a Dallas hospital — has raised concerns about whether the disease could ignite and spread in this country. But doctors and public health officials in San Antonio say that’s unlikely. They are confident the city is well-prepared to deal with this latest disease threat, should the need arise. “Our organization has the staff, facilities, protective equipment and the standard healthcare practices to properly protect ourselves, our patients and our community, just as we do every day against many infectious agents,” …Read More >

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Guarding against MERS

Categories: Blog  /  Infections

This month, the first two known cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, were reported in the United States. In case you haven’t been following the news, MERS is a worrisome new infection that first emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Since then, MERS has expanded to six countries in Southwest Asia — although individual cases have also occurred in Europe and Malaysia. MERS is part of a family of infectious organisms known as coronaviruses. It causes severe respiratory illness, with no known effective treatment. With growing frequency, public health experts are sounding the alarm on another new disease …Read More >

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Keep your family safe from flu

Categories: Blog  /  Flu  /  Infections

This year’s flu season is winding down by all accounts. It’s not over yet — and a bad case of flu is still pretty awful, whether you get it in the middle of flu season or at the end. So it’s still a good idea to wash your hands often, cover your cough or sneeze in the fold of your arm, and — perhaps most importantly — stay home if you’re sick. Just a few days ago we had a sick patient at University Hospital who became even sicker because a visitor probably passed on the flu virus. We saw …Read More >

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