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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 »

UT Health East Texas Wound Healing Center treats chronic wounds that affect 6.7 million Americans

The UT Health East Texas Wound Healing Center is celebrating Wound Care Awareness Week while raising the awareness of chronic wounds and the advanced wound care available in East Texas. Today, 6.7 million Americans live with chronic wounds, 25 percent of people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer and one in four families has at least one family member with a chronic wound.

 

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The UT Health East Texas EMS training of how to handle stroke victims

Strokes are a disease that can be fatal or life-altering and are, unfortunately, very common. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability. Fortunately, UT Health East Texas EMS|AIR1 has a robust team of caregivers who are trained in treating stroke patients. Dr. Yagnesh Desai, Medical Director for UT Health East Texas EMS|AIR1, oversees these teams and shares how they handle these critical patients every day.

 

Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke. There are many individuals in East Texas who either... Read More »

Dr. Uduma of UT Health East Texas shares how to treat and notice mental health issues in children

Everyone knows that like adults, children can have poor health and get sick. Both groups can also suffer from the same mental health issues as well. Children of all ages can experience mental illness, from anxiety to severe depression. Although children need treatment just like adults do, the way a child is treated can be quite different. Dr. Ndukwe Uduma, psychiatrist at UT Health East Texas Behavioral Health Center, treats children and shares below how children are uniquely treated and how caregivers can help their... Read More »

The longtime friendship shared by three caregivers at UT Health Tyler has brought them both personal and professional satisfaction as well as a deep system of support in the workplace.

Their friendship began decades ago when Dedra Murphy was working as a nurse manager at another hospital and hired Melissa... Read More »

Pulmonologists at UT Health East Texas discuss the treatments for cystic fibrosis and the developments in treatment

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that predominantly affects the lungs and digestive system. This disease usually shows signs in early infancy and can by treated by a physician to manage complications and improve quality of life. Dr. Rodolfo Amaro-Galvez, director of UT Health’s Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, and Dr. Leslie Couch, pulmonologist, see both children and adults who have been diagnosed with this disease.

 

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May is mental health awareness month. So, what are some facts about the state of mental health in the United States, in Texas and in our East Texas community? What are some self-care strategies you can use to keep yourself mentally healthy?

 

A mental illness is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone's ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person... Read More »

Blog by Dr. Raetasha Dabney

 

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. There are two main types of skin cancer: non-melanoma and melanoma. The two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Skin cancer is often caused by sun exposure and sunburn. Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the skin, but it is often on the head, face, neck and the back of the hands. The... Read More »