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Lung Cancer Awareness Day

August 1 is Lung Cancer Awareness Day. Even now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, more East Texans will die from lung cancer than the virus.

While not completely preventable, the risks of lung cancer can be reduced by not smoking. Even long-term smokers will see their risk of lung cancer decrease by quitting, no matter how long they have smoked.

Is tonsillectomy right for your child?

Tonsillectomy is a procedure that can be a source of both anxiety and relief for families with children suffering from recurrent tonsillitis, tonsillar hypertrophy, obstructive sleep disordered breathing and other tonsil-related medical conditions.

The term “tonsil” is typically used to refer to the palatine tonsils, collections of extranodal lymphoid tissue that exist on each side of the pharynx (throat). The palatine tonsils have never been shown to serve a useful or beneficial purpose despite multiple research studies investigating this issue.

Ankle Sprains

What are ankle sprains?

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in sports and usually are caused by rolling or twisting the ankle. Ankle sprains most commonly affect the ligaments on the lateral or outside part of the ankle and there are different degrees of an ankle sprain.

HPV and Cancer Concerns

After an extended summer break thanks to COVID-19, many parents are looking toward the fall and the start of a new school year. With that comes back-to-school physicals and updates on immunizations.

If your child is a tween, you should make sure he or she receives the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to a variety of cancers, such as cervical, penal, anal, vaginal and throat.

What can I control during COVID-19?

In the midst of a global pandemic, there are many uncertainties surrounding all of us. Fears about finances, household supplies and food, the health of yourself and family members and the stress of wondering when things will ever be normal again are just a few of the things that make us feel out of control and anxious. So, what are some of the things we can control? And how can we manage our anxiety about the things we cannot control?

Oh, that’s TMI! Too. Much. Information!

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.

Finding Meaning and Purpose during COVID-19

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.