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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, is an enlarged prostate gland not associated with cancer that causes lower urinary tract symptoms. Every male has a prostate, but it grows on its own to the point of causing a problem for about half of men over 50 and even...