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An awkward conversation

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

Would you be willing to have an awkward conversation with another parent if it might save a life? That’s the premise of the ASK Campaign (Asking Saves Kids), which encourages parents to ask the parents of their children’s friends about access to guns in the home. One out of three homes with children has a gun, and close to 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun, by one estimate. The results can be tragic. Thousands of children nationwide are injured and killed by guns each year as a result. “We really want to educate parents …Read More >

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A summer camp to keep diabetes at bay

Categories: Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  News

Diabetes is a major health problem in South Texas, one that tends to run in families. Just as alarming is the large army of children in our community on the path of developing this devastating disease. Camp PowerUp isn’t the only program developed to prevent these kids from developing diabetes, but it might be the most fun. The weeklong summer day camp for high-risk kids started in San Antonio three years ago and has expanded to cities across the country. The kids play games and learn about diabetes, healthy eating and the importance of physical activity to stay healthy. And …Read More >

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With mosquitoes buzzing again, it’s time to reach for the repellent

Categories: Children's Health  /  Infections  /  News  /  Pregnancy

You may have noticed the buzz. Mosquito season is back in full swing, and with it the concerns about the threat of Zika infection. Bexar County has recorded one confirmed case of Zika in 2017, adding to the 20 cases it reported last year. All the cases so far are thought to be travel-related, with patients infected in places where the infection is circulating. Unfortunately, one of those places is the Lower Rio Grande Valley, which joined Florida last year as the two U.S. regions with local Zika transmission. Last month, the Texas Department of State Health Services issued new …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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Taking the first step in beating back cancer

Categories: Cancer  /  News

Judy Regalado was recovering from colon cancer when her husband Joe started feeling bad. “I was helping a Little League team and I would get really tired, and also I started getting diarrhea often,” Joe Regalado Jr. said. Judy knew how serious this could be. But Joe didn’t want to go to the doctor. He put it off until Judy forced his hand by picking up the phone herself and putting it in his hand. “I dialed and said, ‘Well then, you hang up on them, or you make the appointment.’” While it is recommended that both men and women …Read More >

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When a parked car becomes deadly

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

As the summer temperatures rise, so does the risk of danger to children left in hot cars. On Friday, a 2-year-old girl in the Dallas area became the 10th child to die from heatstroke in a vehicle this year in the United States. Awareness is critical in preventing these tragedies — and they are ALL preventable. A new law passed by the Texas Legislature requires hospitals and others who provide prenatal care or deliver babies to inform parents about the dangers of leaving children unattended in hot vehicles. Life-threatening conditions inside a car or truck can develop quickly. In just …Read More >

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Paying proper attention to a familiar disease threat

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  Pregnancy

It’s been a busy year for scary, emerging infectious diseases around the world, from Ebola virus disease to MERS, to the hard-to-pronounce chikungunya virus. Maybe because they’re new, they’ve gotten a lot of attention in the media and around the water cooler. But as we’re entering the start of this year’s flu season, it’s worth putting these disease threats in perspective. Influenza is also very serious. It kills some 15,000 Americans each year. It puts hundreds of thousands more in the hospital, and infects many millions. The elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with certain chronic illnesses are at …Read More >

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When recreation becomes deadly

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Emergency care

The popularity of all-terrain vehicles, golf carts and other recreational vehicles is on the rise across the country. So is the number of riders — many of them children — who suffer serious injuries and even death. Crashes involving these types of vehicles bring more than 100,000 children and adults to the emergency room each year. A quarter of them are children under the age of 16. And the number of injuries has been rising since the year 2000. In 2008, the most recent year that complete statistics are available, 109 children across the country younger than age 16 died …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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The ABCs of ACL injuries

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  Surgery

With the days getting shorter and fall temperatures starting to drop, one painful Texas tradition unfortunately is heating up. The incidence of knee injuries in sports, particularly a devastating anterior cruciate ligament — or ACL — tear, is rising as more kids return to school sports. An estimated 250,000 ACL tears occur each year in the United States, with nearly all of those a result of sports or accidental trauma to the knee. The ACL is a ligament within the knee which prevents the lower part of the knee from moving forward on the upper part.  It also prevents rotation …Read More >

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