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Dr Crystal Frazier and Dr Maria Anastasiades discuss the link between depression and seasonal changes

Blog by Dr. Maria Anastasiades, PsyD and Dr. Crystal Frazier, PsyD, MPA

 

It’s common for people to say they have the “winter blues” or that they are depressed in the colder, darker months of the year. These comments are sometimes benign, but they may also indicate that this person is suffering from seasonal depression. With the turn of the season, when everything is blooming and the sun is shining, it may be easy to forget about these shifts in mood, but if these episodes happen every year, it’...

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UT Health pediatrician Tiffany Hill gives tips on how to successfully vaccinate your infant

As parents, you protect your baby from a number of things, from sharp corners in your home to sunburns at the park. You also protect their health by keeping up with doctor’s appointments, which sometimes involve receiving vaccinations. Children, from infancy to adulthood, have certain vaccines that are proven to prevent them from contracting potentially deadly diseases.

Dr. Tiffany Hill, pediatrician at UT Health East Texas, has some tips for parents who are hoping to learn more about the vaccination process....

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Director of the UT Health Breast Center highlights the importance of genetic testing for cancer

Cancer is caused by many different factors, including environmental, lifestyle and genetic. Of course you cannot control your genetics, but you can control how much you know about your family’s medical history. Take time to ask your relatives about their medical history and if they know of other family members’ history. This information can then be shared with the whole family, so everyone can have a clearer picture of their genetic cancer risk factors. 

Regina Davis, Director of the UT Health Breast Care Center, shares why taking genetics into account is crucial for cancer...

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UT Health orthopedic surgeon explains the causes and treatments for knee pain caused by osteoarthritis

Knee pain is one of the most common complaints that bring people to their orthopedic doctors. While this issue can result from many different issues and affect people of different ages, osteoarthritis is one of the main causes of this pain. This condition occurs when there has been wear-and-tear, causing your knee’s cartilage to deteriorate.

Some of the most common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Pain that worsens with activity but gets better with rest
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Knee feels warm when you touch it
  • Cracking sound when you...
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Confidence, or self-esteem, is a mental state that can affect every layer of our lives. The state of your self-esteem can affect personal and professional relationships, successes and mental health.  “Self-esteem is one’s confidence in the ability to navigate and cope with life’s challenges and the confidence that one is worthy of love, accomplishment, success, joy and happiness,” says Dr. Crystal Frazier, psychologist at UT Health East Texas.

“Low self-esteem occurs when an individual feels unprepared to...

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Poisons can be found throughout every household. In fact, medication in our medicine cabinets pose one of the biggest potential risks for poisoning. Even if medication is prescribed to you, there are still possible dangers.

 

To keep yourself and everyone in your home safe, follow these tips by UT Health’s Dr. Scott Holland.

 

Check the Label

After you grab your bag from the pharmacy, don’t leave before checking out the medication for yourself. Both pharmacists and...

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geriatric home safety tips for living independently and preventing accidents  from UT Health East Texas

Living independently is a luxury many of us enjoy even into our later years. Of course the freedom of living at home does come with several possible risks, which are even more pronounced as we age. However, there are many ways to add safety features to your home and to prepare for any potential accidents.

If you are a senior living at home or have a loved one who is, follow these tips to create a safe environment throughout the whole home.

 

Light it Up

Keeping rooms and walkways well-lit is a big part of home safety. For rooms, make sure...

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UT Health's Dr. Julian Deese discusses the top myths surrounding colon cancer

Dr. Julian Deese, board-certified gastroenterologist at UT Health Pittsburg, has heard a thousand patient questions and noticed a lot of misinformation floats around when it comes to colon cancer. Since having accurate information can significantly impact your health journey, Dr. Deese has compiled a list of the top colon cancer myths so you can make the best choices for you and your family.

 

Myth #1

Colon cancer is not preventable.

Truth: A...

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Dr. Emad Shoukry details the issue of insomnia in the geriatric community

Getting a good night’s rest is connected to a person’s overall health and well-being, which is why insomnia can be so disruptive. One group that is hit especially hard by this condition is the geriatric population. Dr. Emad Shoukry, gerontologist at the UT Health North Campus Tyler, shares more about this issue and ways to treat insomnia.

 

 

Insomnia is a common problem in the geriatric population (people ages 65 and older). Its assessment requires getting a detailed history, usually from the...

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Dr Tiffany Hill explains how sleep impacts a child's overall health and wellbeing

What do koalas and human infants have in common? They all sleep up to 17 hours per day. As children grow older they don’t need quite as much sleep as Australia’s favorite animal, but it still plays a critical role in their development.

 

The Importance of Children Catching Those Zs

It’s true that both children and adults need to get enough sleep or else it can have a negative ripple effect on their health, but for children the need is even more pronounced. “Infants, children and teens need more sleep because of their increased mental and physical growth,”...

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