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Your family members share with you more than just the same color eyes or the same kind of hair. While many features you have inherited from your family members may be easy to recognize, one thing that is not easy to immediately recognize is family medical history.

Being aware of your family medical history is important because you may be at increased risk for developing medical conditions if they run in your family. Sharing your family medical history with your doctor can help you to keep an eye on any symptoms you may be having that could be an indicator of a medical condition... Read More »

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year, 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness. September is nationally recognized as Food Safety Awareness Month, highlighting the need to put into practice food safety measures when preparing and serving food. We’ve put together some tips for being conscious of food safety.

Before preparing your meal, begin by washing your hands and surfaces in your kitchen with soap and hot water. You never know what types of bacteria can be lurking on your kitchen counter tops or on your hands, as we come in... Read More »

Parents should help their children conquer stress to avoid long term health effects

Children can become stressed just like adults. The sources can be external, such as homework load, tests, problems at home or overwhelming schedule. Triggers can also be internal, such as pressures from parents or friends. Also like adults, a little stress is normal, but prolonged stress can have a negative impact on health, contributing to issues such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs of a stressed child and help them work through it.

Here are some ways to tell if your child is stressed above normal bounds and ways you... Read More »

Supplements and multivitamins are taken by more than 100 million Americans, from women in their 20s to men in their 70s. Despite the popularity of these pills, studies have found that it’s best to get essential vitamins and nutrients from the foods we eat.

Most people who maintain a healthy diet with a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish and lean meat are getting the nutrients they need. However, there are some circumstances in which increased levels of some vitamins and minerals are needed. The first step in determining what supplements are right for you is... Read More »

Worries are common in the weeks leading up to starting back to school. Depending on the age and personality of the child, you might see temper tantrums, clinging, headaches or stomach aches, withdrawal/isolation, pleading, bargaining, even anger or flat refusal to go to school. It is important for the parent or caregiver to NOT give in.

Reasons children may worry can center around the following questions: “Who will my new teacher be/is the teacher going to be mean? Who will I sit with at school? Will I look OK? What if I miss the bus? What if I do poorly in math?” Even though it... Read More »

Vicki Briggs speaks at UT Health Tyler

Tyler, Texas (July 24, 2019) — UT Health East Texas Long-Term Acute Care celebrated 25 years of service to the... Read More »

Breastfeeding tips, support and recognition of the struggle

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Breastfeeding can be a great experience for both mom and baby, but that doesn’t mean it’s not hard work that comes with a set of big difficulties. Every mom is bombarded with articles that explain the benefits of breastfeeding and, while they are largely correct, it can put more pressure on a very personal situation. We want all mothers and families to feel they are supported and that they can come to us with any questions or concerns.

If you are a new mom or a mom with several children, you probably already know how chaotic, complicated and wonderful parenthood can... Read More »

Learn lifesaving tips on how to keep children safe in cars

No one believes they will be the one to leave their child in a hot car, but every year the parents of more than 30 children are wrong. These tragedies can happen to the best, most loving parents, which is why it’s important for all moms, dads and caregivers to learn about the dangers of heat stroke and develop safety routines to prevent such a tragedy from happening. This is especially true in Texas, where more children than in any other state die due to heat stroke from being left in hot cars.

 

The Danger of Heat

Your car acts like a greenhouse, with... Read More »

Congratulations to Chris Fugate on being named the UT Health East Texas EMS | AIR 1 Caregiver of the Month! Chris was nominated by his coworkers because of his devotion to helping people.

Chris’s nomination read:

“Chris Fugate works as a swing medic in all of our service regions. Chris, along with Vanessa Sanches, was assigned to a diabetic call. Afterwards, the patient called to thank UT Health EMS for the compassionate and professional employees we had working for us. He spoke of his Chris’ approach quickly placed him at ease and gained his trust. This allowed Chris to... Read More »

Today, more than 7.7 million Americans have PTSD.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that develops in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. The symptoms of PTSD can have a negative impact on your mental and physical health, work and relationships.

PTSD recovery can be received through community resources and PTSD support groups. Led by a UT... Read More »