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Dr Tiffany Hill explains how sleep impacts a child's overall health and wellbeing

What do koalas and human infants have in common? They all sleep up to 17 hours per day. As children grow older they don’t need quite as much sleep as Australia’s favorite animal, but it still plays a critical role in their development.

 

The Importance of Children Catching Those Zs

It’s true that both children and adults need to get enough sleep or else it can have a negative ripple effect on their health, but for children the need is even more pronounced. “Infants, children and teens need more sleep because of their increased mental and physical growth,”...

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Dr. Sarah Kuruvilla teaches you how simple lifestyle swaps can prevent chronic conditions

Nutrition can play a big role in preventing chronic conditions such as type two diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. “Several chronic conditions are related to diet,” says Dr. Sarah Kuruvilla, Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. “Common conditions include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and gout. When uncontrolled, some of these diseases can cause an increased risk of heart attacks or strokes.” While some risk factors such as gender and ethnicity are...

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UT Health pulmonologist Tashfeen Mahmood on Sleep Apnea for Sleep Awareness Week

Loud snoring and daytime fatigue may not seem like a big issue, but these could be indicators that someone is suffering from sleep apnea. “Sleep apnea is a condition in which air flow to the lungs is either partially or completely compromised during one’s sleep due to either narrow or completely closed airways,” says Dr. Tashfeen Mahmood, UT Health North Campus Tyler pulmonologist. “In the United States, about 20-30% men and 10-15% woman are estimated to have sleep apnea, which is a huge portion of our population...

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Dr. McCain explains what endometriosis is and how it can be treated

Endometriosis is a condition that affects millions of women, often causing extreme pain and, in some cases, infertility. Even though this serious condition is fairly common, it is often difficult to diagnose, leaving many women suffering for years.

Dr. Francine McCain, board-certified OB-GYN, shares more information on how to diagnose and treat endometriosis.

 

What Endometriosis Is

Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of...

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Learn how colonoscopies prevent colorectal cancer

You see awareness events and articles for breast cancer and lung cancer all the time, but this month we are here to spread important information on colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in males and second in females, with 1.8 million new cases in 2018. (World Health Organization) It is also one of the most fatal cancers, leading to 50,630 deaths in the United States, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths.

Dr. Umair Sohail, gastroenterologist at UT Health,...

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UT Health counselor discusses what teen dating violence looks like and how to reach out

Violence in a relationship does not only happen during adulthood, but can be present in teenage relationships. “Teen dating violence can come in many forms,” UT Health licensed counselor Jennifer Peoples says. “When most people hear the word violence they think of something physical occurring.  However, relationship violence can also consist of emotional abuse, which is very subtle in nature, and sometimes very difficult to identify.” Abuse can start small with name calling, but escalate over time, happening in...

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Learn what small changes can improve your heart health

Focusing on keeping your heart healthy is a good way to make sure you stay healthy overall, as good practices for your heart involve everything from sleep to diet to regular checkups. Since heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women, taking care to incorporate good habits will benefit you your whole life.

 

Start by Giving Up the Bad

A lot of daily activities can affect our hearts, but it can be hard to start new habits even if we know how good they will be for us in the long run. If you do find it difficult to pick up new...

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Read about the new hybrid procedure for persistent atrial fibrillation patients

Over 2.7 million Americans live with a heart condition called atrial fibrillation (AFib). This serious condition can lead to blood clots, causing heart attacks or strokes. Dr. Andrea Cooley, cardiothoracic surgeon at UT Health Tyler, confronts this condition every day in the hospital and has been performing the most advanced procedures to help those in East Texas.

Here is Dr. Cooley with more information on what atrial fibrillation is, how it can be treated and the most advanced technology being used at UT...

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Seven screenings at UT Health East texas give a clear picture of your heart's health

A big part of staying healthy overall is making sure your heart is taken care of. If your heart is looked after through a commitment to a low sodium, low fat diet and stimulated with enough invigorating exercise, you’ll feel the benefits throughout your entire body. Of course, it’s also important to have your physician check your blood pressure and cholesterol regularly, but what about other tests? To get a complete picture of your heart’s health and your potential risk for heart disease, UT Health has bundled seven tests together in the MyHeart First program.

MyHeart First is...

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Read about eating disorders from Rebecca Carrasco

As many of us try to fulfill our New Year’s resolution to reach and maintain a healthy weight, we face a food culture that makes it difficult to limit processed foods and choose appropriate portions of healthy foods. This same food obsessed culture is also obsessed with appearance; creating a perfect storm for eating disorders.

Thirty million Americans will experience an eating disorder with anorexia nervosa having the highest mortality rate of any of the mental illnesses. While the disorders do not discriminate on the basis of gender or socioeconomics, among female adolescents,...

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