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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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Connecting the ears and the heart

Categories: Heart Health  /  Research  /  Wellness

February was American Heart Month. If you were like a lot of people and took part in screenings or online assessments — like University Health System’s Heart Health Profiler — you might have found that you have heart problems, or are at risk for them. If so, now is also a good time to have your hearing checked. What does your heart have to do with your ears? A healthy heart has a positive effect on hearing. Dr. David Friedland at the Medical College of Wisconsin has been studying the relationship between cardiovascular health, high blood pressure and hearing function. …Read More >

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Meaning it this time

Categories: News  /  Wellness

Does your New Year’s resolution involve being more physically active in the coming year? And did you have exactly the same resolution the year before? Maybe the year before that? “I live across the street from an elementary school, and starting each Jan. 2 I see lots of people out walking there. Within a week, that number slowly decreases,” said Irene Lopez, a registered nurse and manager of the Fitness Center at University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute. “Same thing at the gym. It’s very busy in January, February. Then things kind of creep up and get in the way.” …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 personal trainer for your wrist

Categories: News  /  Technology  /  Wellness

It’s like they suddenly blossomed on wrists across America — those little rubbery bracelets with names like Fitbit and Jawbone. They’re digital fitness trackers — high-tech descendents of those little step-counting pedometers that were popular a few years back. But these devices contain sophisticated tools that measure a lot more than steps. While features between devices and brands vary, most measure the intensity of your workouts. Some monitor your heart rate and estimate your calorie needs — even the quality of your sleep. But mainly they take your own personal goals for weight loss and fitness, and help you track …Read More >

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