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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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Good things from a community garden

Categories: Diabetes  /  News  /  Wellness

University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute celebrated the opening of its new community garden this week by hosting a health fair for National Diabetes Alert Day. The fair offered free glucose screenings, cooking demonstrations and other community resources centered around the garden, the result of a partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. While TDI has achieved much in serving the community with diabetes treatment, research and prevention, said Theresa De La Haya, senior vice president of community health and service line programs at University Health System, it’s only the beginning. “We still have a big task ahead of us,” …Read More >

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A surge in sweetness?

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Wellness

It’s been a bad year for sugary drinks. In February, a federal advisory group recommended that people cut back. Groups like the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization said they should cut back even more — citing a growing body of scientific evidence, and the expanding waistlines of the average American. On Tuesday, a broad-based community partnership called the Bexar Healthy Beverage Coalition launched a new campaign that aims to educate people and families on how much sugar they’re consuming through drinks such as sodas, sweet tea, energy drinks and fruit-flavored beverages, and promote water and other healthy …Read More >

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Bad news for diet soda drinkers

Categories: News  /  Research  /  Wellness

A campaign by local leaders is hoping to educate the community about how much sugar they’re consuming through beverages. But before you go reaching for that diet drink as a substitute, you might want to think again. The latest study by researchers at the UT Health Science Center, looking at how diet soft drinks influence obesity, is finding a connection — but in the wrong direction. That study, known as the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging, followed nearly 750 people for more than a decade. Over that period, diet soda drinkers grew bigger around the middle than those who didn’t …Read More >

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Coffee with a clear conscience

Categories: News  /  Wellness

That coffee habit of yours? It’s probably good for you — minus the sugar, the milk, the whipped cream and the high-calorie flavor shots. That’s the view of the federal nutrition advisory panel, which recently released its updated recommendations on what people should and shouldn’t eat and drink. And while most of the headlines focused on the panel’s findings that people should consume less sugar, it also devoted some attention to the fact that drinking three to five cups a day is not only unlikely to hurt you, it’s also associated with a lower mortality risk and appears to be protective against …Read More >

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Healthy habits add up to lower stroke risk

Categories: News  /  Research  /  Wellness

How can a woman cut her risk of stroke in half? A recent study found it might be done by following five healthy habits. The study from Sweden found that women who followed a healthy diet, drank alcohol in moderation, avoided smoking, kept active and maintained a healthy body weight over a decade had a risk of stroke that was 54 percent less than women with none of those healthy habits. Dr. Lee Birnbaum, assistant professor of neurology at the UT Health Science Center, who practices at University Health System and wasn’t involved in the research, said the study was unusual …Read More >

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Spooky but safe

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Wellness

Once again, spooky pint-sized trick-or-treaters will soon be roaming neighborhoods in search of goodies. Unfortunately, Halloween also brings a spike in injuries and emergency rooms visits. Here’s how you and your kids can stay safe and still have plenty of fun. “It is one of the top four days of the year that children go to the ER for injuries,” said Dr. Bruce Adams, chairman of emergency medicine at the UT Health Science Center and University Hospital. The most serious injury is children struck by cars. “We see a four-fold increase in children struck by cars on Halloween,” Dr. Adams said. …Read More >

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Picky eaters

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Research

It’s no secret that young pre-schoolers can be picky eaters. But a new study by a San Antonio researcher shed a light on what those picky eaters are picking. The study looked at the eating habits of 135 children 3 and 4 years of age, from low-income families, attending a San Antonio preschool program. Using photographs to determine what exactly the kids actually ate, and software that estimates the nutrients in what they were served, the researchers were able to get a pretty good idea of their eating habits. And in a study published in the journal Health Education & …Read More >

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Measure the milk to prevent anemia

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Wellness

Maybe you remember those dairy ads from a few years back: “Milk — it does a body good.” While there are lots of nutritional benefits in that glass of milk, it’s also true that too much of a good thing can be bad for your child. As a pediatric hematologist (that’s a doctor who treats blood disorders in kids), I see a number of children each year who develop a form of anemia from drinking too much cow’s milk. These are otherwise healthy children, often about 1 year of age — the time when they’re making the transition from breast …Read More >

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A pediatrician’s back-to-school A-B-Cs: academics, bedtime, chow (and playtime, too)

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Wellness

Another summer is winding down, which means the kids will soon be headed back to school. It’s a hectic time for parents who have plenty to worry about, from school supplies and new clothes to vaccinations. As a pediatrician, my practice is pretty hectic too this time of year, as families fill the waiting room for back-to-school immunizations or sports physicals. But no matter how busy it gets, I always encourage parents to sit down and make plans for the upcoming school year BEFORE it starts. Some of the things I suggest they plan for might come as a surprise. …Read More >

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