As the summer vacation ends and the new school year approaches, parents prepare their children to do their best in school - proper nutrition, regular physical activity and optimal healthy sleep. Sleep profoundly affects school performance. Sleep has very important effects on growth, healing, immune function, cardiopulmonary function and metabolic activities. Sleep in humans is a biologic function as important as breathing. All mammals and birds sleep and sleep deprivation has serious consequences. Research has shown that rats die in... Read More »
Expectant mothers have a lot to be aware of when it comes to the health of their babies. The Group B streptococcus infection is one of the most common prenatal infections that can impact your baby. According to the American Pregnancy Association, Group B streptococcus affects about one in every 2,000 babies in the United States.
If you are reading this, chances are you are fully immunized. That means when you were a child, your parents took you to the doctor for your checkups and you got all of your shots. Since then, your immune system has protected you from a host of infectious diseases that used to kill a lot people. But you’ve probably never thought of it like that, so let’s take a look at how immunizations save lives every day.
If you are like me, you pushed a shopping cart around your favorite grocery store one day this week. The 11-month-old baby who was sitting in the that cart earlier was fussy... Read More »
When I think about some of the more controversial public health issues that we see in the U.S., vaccinations are usually at the top of the list. People argue back and forth with pro and anti-vaccination stances but oftentimes are unfamiliar or unclear about the actual data regarding vaccines. I am not using this space to take a pro- or anti-vaccine status, but to take a moment to explain what vaccines are, why we use them, what they can do and who should avoid them.
What are vaccines?
Vaccines are biological preparations that can help your body provide immunity... Read More »
Diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C have seen great improvements
Hepatitis C is a virus that affects the liver and can lead to acute hepatitis, chronic hepatitis C as well as cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. It is estimated that about 3.5 million people in the United States are living with hepatitis C. About 50% of all infected people are unaware of the fact that they have the hepatitis C virus.
Risk factors for acquiring hepatitis C
- Current or past injection drug users (accounts for about 50 to 60 percent)
- Blood transfusion or... Read More »
Minority Mental Health Month was established in July of 2008 by Mental Health America (MHA) to bring awareness to the mental health of minority groups in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that according to the 2010 U.S. Census, approximately 36 percent of the population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group.
According to Mental Health First Aid, depression was widely reported as the most common mental health condition across all minorities. Mental Health First Aid reports that Puerto Ricans reported the highest rate of depression... Read More »
Asthma is a relatively common disease, affecting one in every 13 people in the United States, but it is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. When it comes to asthma and sports, the frequency of the problem may be even higher, and unfortunately, the misunderstanding abounds as well. Let’s address some of the myths surrounding asthma and sports
Myth #1. I get shortness of breath, chest tightness, cough, and wheezing when I exercise. I must have asthma.
Though breathing issues with exercise may be symptoms of asthma, they are also symptoms of several other exercise-... Read More »
Nationally, June is recognized as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. UT Health East Texas has a robust team of caregivers dedicated to the care of Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Andrew Schmitt, neuropsychologist at UT Health East Texas, shares about the care available at UT Health and why he enjoys caring for geriatric patients.
“One of the most important aspects of providing good patient care in the area of dementia is to make an accurate diagnosis. There are other medical... Read More »
Watching a friend or family member experience changes in memory loss, thinking or behavior can be troubling. It’s normal to not voice your concerns because then they seem “real,” but if you are having significant concerns about their health, it’s important to be proactive and take action to find out what is going on.
According to Alzheimer Society, normal aging can include not being able to remember details of a conversation or event that took place over a year ago or forgetting things and events occasionally. However, signs of dementia can include not being able to recall details... Read More »
June is Hernia Awareness Month and UT Health East Texas is providing a special focus on this common condition. Over one million abdominal wall hernia repairs are performed annually in the United States. The financial burden and loss of productivity due to time missed from work is significant.
Hernia may be defined as a protrusion or bulge of abdominal tissue or organs through a weakness or defect in the abdominal wall. This manifests itself in a visible bulge at the hernia site that may increase with abdominal straining or pressure. The bulge may be pushed back in and could be... Read More »