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Tips for a safe roadtrip

This time of year comes with a lot of time spent on the road. People are rushing around finding gifts, picking up last-minute dinner ingredients and driving to see their loved ones. With this amount of people on the road, plus the potential for distractions, it’s important that you do all you can to drive safely. Whether you’re driving 15 minutes down the road, or 15 hours to another state, alone or with a load of kiddos in the back, you should always practice safe driving.

 

SAFE CAR

  • Make sure your car has a maintenance check before hitting the road!...
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Definition and treatment of arthritis

Arthritis is a term used frequently, but it is not just one disease. Rather this one word can refer to more than a hundred types of arthritis and joint conditions. The condition is very common and can affect anyone, no matter their age, sex or race. Although it is most seen in older populations, arthritis can be caused by factors beyond wear and tear on the joints, making awareness important for all ages.

Arthritis affects the area where two bones come together. This area is known as a joint and, in addition to bones, includes layers of cushioning cartilage. “In a healthy joint,...

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“Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness.” –Dr. Howard Murad

With thousands of skin products on the market, it can be difficult to figure out what’s the best way to take care of your skin. Skin care is beyond topical treatments, it’s a combination of what you put into your body and what you put on your body.

Different internal and external lifestyle factors can affect the appearance of your skin. For example, cold weather could trigger eczema, while warmer weather could trigger acne. Too much sun exposure could lead to pigmentation and accelerate aging skin.

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COPD Disease Facts and Treatments

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, commonly referred to as COPD, is a term used to describe several different lung diseases that affect the lung functionality of over 16 million Americans. Even more suffer from COPD without being diagnosed. Although there is no cure, this disease progresses slowly and patients who seek out help can be prescribed treatments that will slow the disease and make it easier to breathe.

UT Health East Texas North Campus Pulmonary Clinic has many physicians with expert knowledge and experience in treating COPD. These pulmonary experts share their...

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Some people ask, “is gluten-free just a fad?” Maurica Wright, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at UT Health Tyler, explains public health education efforts have improved awareness of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. “Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and products containing those ingredients,” she shares. “Most people find they have developed a gluten sensitivity after experiencing digestive problems such as abdominal pain, swelling, diarrhea and constipation.” The term “gluten-free”...

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Olympic Center weight loss program story

We’ve all tried a fad diet and had periods of time where a new fitness program seemed like it could magically transform our lives, only to quickly stop and slip back into our old habits. The Lite-4-Life Weight Management program isn’t like one of those flashy concepts being sold on TV, rather, it’s a comprehensive approach to weight management. It aims at changing your lifestyle and modifying those behaviors that have always prevented you from reaching your goals. This type of program is meant for those who are ready to make lasting changes that will benefit your whole life. One woman who...

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Nurse at UT Health East Texas Finds a Family

Working at UT Health East Texas is all in the family for Serena Corbett, clinical nurse manager of the perianesthesia unit at the Tyler hospital.

Corbett has worked at the Tyler hospital for 17 of the 18 years that she has been a registered nurse, and she recruited both her mother and sister to the hospital after falling in love with her work environment.

Not only does her actual family work at the Tyler hospital, Corbett said she also considers her coworkers family.

“This is my family that I work with and we have worked really hard to make a solid team of people...

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Patient Recovery Story

When Shawn Gonter called his boss to let him know he’d been in an accident and would be late for work, he didn’t realize he wouldn’t be returning to work for another six months.

Gonter was on his way to work March 13 when he was in a motorcycle accident at Troup Highway and Magnolia Drive that resulted in multiple injuries, including a broken back and the amputation of his right leg.

He was at UT Health Tyler for a month following the accident and he and his wife, Alicia, a radiology technician at the hospital, recently hosted an ice cream party to say thanks to everyone...

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Paul Oster

Working at UT Health East Texas' Tyler hospital is not just a job for Paul Oster, it’s a calling.


Oster, the nuclear medicine coordinator and radiation safety officer, has worked at the hospital since 1995, and many of his coworkers in the nuclear medicine department have been there 10 years or more. 


“I think that says a lot. I think they value their job, they like their coworkers and they like what they’re doing,” Oster said.


Oster said he finds fulfillment in helping patients through what can sometimes be anxiety-inducing procedures, such...

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Inside the mobile mammography unit

A few steps across the parking lot is all it took to get a screening that might save a life.

Friday marks National Mammography Day, but employees of Southside Bank on Thursday were able to celebrate the benefits of mammography by taking advantage of the UT Health East Texas mobile mammography coach parked at the bank’s South Beckham location.

The brand new coach started operating in September with 3D technology, which combines multiple breast X-rays to create a three-dimensional picture of the breast.

“Screening mammography can find something sometimes up to five...

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