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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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Depression information and screening information

Mental illness, including depression, can affect anyone, from a 22-year-old woman to a 73-year-old man. However, many people who might be suffering through depression avoid seeking medical help due to uncertainty or the stigma that surrounds this illness. To eliminate this negative stereotype, it’s important that everyone take the time to learn more about depression, whether to recognize the signs in someone we care about or to determine if you should get screened.

Dr. Crystal Frazier, a...

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Car Seat Safety

Everyday children are driven to school, to a friend’s house or to grab an ice cream cone. Travelling in a car is an inevitable part of family life, which is why it’s crucial to make your vehicle a safe space for your child. The best way to protect children in the event of a wreck is to have them in a proper car seat. However, even with a car seat, there is confusion about which is the right type, how a child should fit in the seat and how it should be installed in the car. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, but getting in touch with a certified car seat technician can help ease your mind when...

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Alzheimer's Disease, stages, treatments and important information

World Alzheimer’s Day – September 21st

 

Most of us will have to face the effects of Alzheimer’s disease at some point in our lives, whether that be in a parent, grandparent, friend or spouse. In the US alone, 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s. This disease slowly and gradually reduces a person’s memory and cognition until they are no longer able to carry out the basic functions of living. Facing it can be a scary prospect, but taking some of the mystery away can be a good place to start.

 

Different Stages...

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Tips on how to stay healthy as you get older

As we grow older, our bodies go through a lot of changes. You could think of it as second puberty, but without having to worry about your crush asking you to the big dance. Since there is so much happening, from our mental activity to the surface of our skin, it’s a critical time to make healthy choices every day. By committing to smart habits you’ll be able to enjoy these wonderful years to the fullest.

 

Surprises Are Overrated

When you were in your twenties and thirties going to the doctor felt like a last resort, however as we age, it’s...

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