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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... Read More »

RN Career at UT Health East Texas

Sandra Nash started her career as a registered nurse at what is now UT Health East Texas fresh out of nursing school five years ago. Since then, she's worked her way up to become a specialty clinical nurse focusing on education and was promoted to a clinical manager position in the Tyler hospital, overseeing up to 20 employees and the patients on her floor. 


“Professional accountability and professional growth is really important,” Nash said. “You have to be proud of what you’re doing.”


Nash has found that sense of pride at UT Health East Texas, which she... Read More »

Julia Bell retirement

After more than 50 years working for the hospital, now known as UT Health Tyler, Julia Bell is now retiring but she has no plans of slowing down.

Bell started at the hospital in November 1964 as a nurse aid and later moved into in laundry services, where she spent the majority of her career. She retired last Friday as Director of Laundry Services.

“There’s been a lot of changes because when I first came it was just two floors,” Bell said. “I’ve seen it grow and grow and grow.”

Bell, 76, is used to working hard. The mother of eight routinely rises at 4 a.m. and is no... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

Facts and Resources for Alzheimer's Disease

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

Prostate Health Awareness Month

If you’re a man, you have a prostate, but you may not know what it does or how to stay on top of your health when it comes to this part of the body. The first step in staying healthy is learning about the prostate’s function, what’s normal and when you should see a physician.

 

What is a prostate?

The prostate is a small gland, roughly the size of a walnut in a young male, which sits just below the bladder. It surrounds part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder and helps make some of the fluid in semen, which carries sperm from your... Read More »

Staying physically active is one of the best things you can do for your overall health, but that doesn’t mean you have to compete in a basketball league or run 10 miles every day. The best activity to choose is one that you enjoy doing, so you’ll look forward to every game or workout. Golf might not be the first sport that springs to mind when someone talks about getting fit, but UT Health East Texas Physicians Podiatrist, Dr. David Andreone, is a firm believer in the benefits of scheduling tee... Read More »

As school approaches, immunizations are on every parent’s mind. Keeping up with all the requirements and worrying about the possible fears of your children can be stressful, but there are several ways to take the worry out of an immunization visit. The first step to feeling at ease is to gather good information. 

 

Each year the Center for Disease Control (CDC) puts out an updated vaccination schedule. This list shows the vaccine along with how many doses are required for children 18 years and... Read More »