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Carolyn and Shana are two volunteers at UT Health Tyler

Carolyn Gianettino, 75, started volunteering at UT Health Tyler three years ago after her husband spent several days in the hospital. She was looking for a way to fill her retirement and to give back to her community.

 

“We received excellent, excellent help and care here and after that was all over with we were just wondering what can we do to give back,” Gianettino said. “I saw the volunteers and thought, ‘That’s something I can do.’”

 

Shana Reasor, 23, a UT Tyler student started volunteering at...

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Director of the UT Health Breast Center highlights the importance of genetic testing for cancer

Cancer is caused by many different factors, including environmental, lifestyle and genetic. Of course you cannot control your genetics, but you can control how much you know about your family’s medical history. Take time to ask your relatives about their medical history and if they know of other family members’ history. This information can then be shared with the whole family, so everyone can have a clearer picture of their genetic cancer risk factors. 

Regina Davis, Director of the UT Health Breast Care Center, shares why taking genetics into account is crucial for cancer...

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UT Health orthopedic surgeon explains the causes and treatments for knee pain caused by osteoarthritis

Knee pain is one of the most common complaints that bring people to their orthopedic doctors. While this issue can result from many different issues and affect people of different ages, osteoarthritis is one of the main causes of this pain. This condition occurs when there has been wear-and-tear, causing your knee’s cartilage to deteriorate.

Some of the most common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Pain that worsens with activity but gets better with rest
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Knee feels warm when you touch it
  • Cracking sound when you...
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UT Health Tyler emergency staff quickly cared for the victims of a deadly house fire

Dr. Paul Detwiler was so inspired by the team of UT Health Tyler emergency room nurses who responded to patients brought into the ER from a fatal house fire that he created a special Grace Under Pressure award that he presented to them at the hospital’s management conference this month.

The emergency...

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Confidence, or self-esteem, is a mental state that can affect every layer of our lives. The state of your self-esteem can affect personal and professional relationships, successes and mental health.  “Self-esteem is one’s confidence in the ability to navigate and cope with life’s challenges and the confidence that one is worthy of love, accomplishment, success, joy and happiness,” says Dr. Crystal Frazier, psychologist at UT Health East Texas.

“Low self-esteem occurs when an individual feels unprepared to...

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UT Health EMS Earns Reaccreditation

UT Health East Texas EMS has earned a fourth consecutive, three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its compliance with national standards of excellence. UT Health East Texas EMS is one of only 180 ambulance services in the country to successfully complete the voluntary review process which, included completion of a comprehensive application and on-site review by national experts in emergency medical services (EMS). With this achievement, UT Health East Texas EMS continues to be the only accredited ambulance service in East Texas.

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Poisons can be found throughout every household. In fact, medication in our medicine cabinets pose one of the biggest potential risks for poisoning. Even if medication is prescribed to you, there are still possible dangers.

 

To keep yourself and everyone in your home safe, follow these tips by UT Health’s Dr. Scott Holland.

 

Check the Label

After you grab your bag from the pharmacy, don’t leave before checking out the medication for yourself. Both pharmacists and...

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geriatric home safety tips for living independently and preventing accidents  from UT Health East Texas

Living independently is a luxury many of us enjoy even into our later years. Of course the freedom of living at home does come with several possible risks, which are even more pronounced as we age. However, there are many ways to add safety features to your home and to prepare for any potential accidents.

If you are a senior living at home or have a loved one who is, follow these tips to create a safe environment throughout the whole home.

 

Light it Up

Keeping rooms and walkways well-lit is a big part of home safety. For rooms, make sure...

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UT Health's Dr. Julian Deese discusses the top myths surrounding colon cancer

Dr. Julian Deese, board-certified gastroenterologist at UT Health Pittsburg, has heard a thousand patient questions and noticed a lot of misinformation floats around when it comes to colon cancer. Since having accurate information can significantly impact your health journey, Dr. Deese has compiled a list of the top colon cancer myths so you can make the best choices for you and your family.

 

Myth #1

Colon cancer is not preventable.

Truth: A...

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Dr. Emad Shoukry details the issue of insomnia in the geriatric community

Getting a good night’s rest is connected to a person’s overall health and well-being, which is why insomnia can be so disruptive. One group that is hit especially hard by this condition is the geriatric population. Dr. Emad Shoukry, gerontologist at the UT Health North Campus Tyler, shares more about this issue and ways to treat insomnia.

 

 

Insomnia is a common problem in the geriatric population (people ages 65 and older). Its assessment requires getting a detailed history, usually from the...

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