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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 »

Lee Tidnall is a UT Health East Texas EMS Transport driver and the recipient of the UT Health EMS | AIR 1 Caregiver of the Month Award for June for his commitment to people and community. Thank you for all you do for UT Health East Texas EMS, Lee.

 
Lee’s nomination read:
 
“Lee caught up to us to trade out trucks. As we were moving equipment, Lee noticed a young man that had a flat on his car. The young man told Lee he was unable to get it fixed. The man also was attempting to sell a tire iron for a few dollars for fuel to make it home. Lee... Read More »

Getting hurt in athletics can mean more than just a strain or a sprain. Sports hernias are another common injury among athletes.

A sports hernia, also known as athletic pubalgia, is a strain or tear of any soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) in the lower abdomen or groin area.

Unlike traditional inguinal hernias, sports hernias do not cause a visible bulge. The pain associated with sports hernias are caused by torn tendons that attach to the pelvis. Symptoms may include sharp pain in the lower abdomen, groin or in the testicle (males).

This type of injury is most... Read More »

It all started 21 years ago at ETMC Tyler on 6 south, the oncology floor. Kristi Key and Kim Rogers, both new nurses, began their long journey of friendship. One year later Carol Hancock joined this friendship when she too began to work on 6 south. Through eight-16 hour shifts, working evenings and nights, to full time and part time along with some day shifts, with marriages and babies their friendships grew.

All three eventually moved over to work for former Tyler Hematology Oncology, now Hope Cancer Center in the early 2000s, where a long tenure of 15-17 years began. More babies... Read More »