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Perhaps you are just like me, an adult who has found herself adapting this saying in my daily vernacular. With our current technological advances, it has become quite easy for us to learn a little bit too much from those in our social network. Our favorite cousin may be posting five too many pictures of the cute new baby for the day. Maybe our coworker has been posting gossip that is too personal, but also too interesting, to look away. Regardless, too much information (TMI) can often lead to us feeling uncomfortable or overwhelmed.

The concept of TMI is not isolated to personal... Read More »

In a short period of time, COVID-19 has become a term familiar around the globe, as precautionary changes have been implemented to reduce the spread of the virus. There is no question that this pandemic will call upon communities and nations to work together to mitigate the risk, but also to move forward from this point. The field of psychology is uniquely positioned to inform this process, including how we as a society can cultivate a sense of meaning from this experience now and moving forward.

From an existential standpoint, no traumatic event or disaster is alike, nor is the... Read More »

There is no doubt that managing diabetes can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be insurmountable. Unlike the past, there are a lot of resources available today to empower those living with diabetes to live fulfilling and active lives, including new medications that many of which my patients with diabetes have responded to well. However, early intervention is key.

Controlling blood sugars through diet, exercise and medications is paramount. After all, the higher your blood sugar levels, the more damage is done in your body. In the early stages of diabetes, these effects are not... Read More »

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or become overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness is a quality that every human already possesses, it’s not something you have to conjure up; you just have to learn how to access it. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful! That might seem trivial, except for the annoying fact that we so often veer... Read More »

Did you know that as few as one in five incidents of sexual assault is reported? Because of the lack of reporting, survivors often don’t receive the medical care or emotional support needed to begin the path to healing.

I am Rebecca Fears, one of nine forensic nurses at UT Health East Texas. Forensic nurses work with survivors of sexual assault to receive proper care and treatment. We are registered nurses that have completed extensive training to earn certification as sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs). Our training covers treating and supporting survivors of sexual assault,... Read More »

In this period of uncertainty, many patients are understandably hesitant to seek timely medical attention. This is even truer regarding referrals to specialists, such as urologists. However, we must all weigh the risks and benefits of these actions and not simply ignore or postpone potentially dangerous warning signs.

Anyone who has had an acute kidney stone attack can attest that no thought was given to delaying medical attention. Complete urinary retention, or inability to void, produces severe pain and distress also. In the absence of such severe symptoms, though, what are some... Read More »

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States. Approximately 147,950 cases will be diagnosed in 2020, with a rising incidence being found among younger adults. This is one group of cancer that can be prevented with a screening colonoscopy. Early stages are typically cured with surgery. In advanced stages... Read More »

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2020 are:

  • 104,610 new cases of colon cancer
  • 43,340 new cases of rectal cancer

(1. American Cancer Society)

A colonoscopy is the most effective test used for detecting colon and rectal cancers. Colonoscopies also uncover polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. (1. American Cancer Society)

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Knee pain can keep you from living your fullest life. But how do you know when it’s time to consider a knee replacement? Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Kevin Fain, MD, gives those suffering from chronic knee pain the need-to-know facts about knee replacement.

What is a knee replacement?

A knee replacement is a surgical procedure used to treat advanced arthritis. In this procedure, the worn surfaces of the knee joint are replaced with artificial surfaces. Some knee... Read More »

Ok ladies— let’s talk breastfeeding. Have you ever thought to yourself, “I hate breastfeeding”? I have.

After giving birth, did you feel unprepared or intimidated by the thought of breastfeeding? I did.

Have you suffered through sore and cracked nipples while feeling the pressure (largely self-imposed) to “produce” while you fight off exhaustion and frustration? I have.

These feelings are universal. Unfortunately, many women don’t feel comfortable discussing their breastfeeding issues. Add the pressures from society . . . that ringing mantra in your ears, “breast is... Read More »