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Health Blog

Welcome to the ongoing series of blog posts from UTMB Health focusing on key aspects of maintaining your health

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How UTMB Health is combating the rising cardiovascular maternal mortality rate

As the rate of heart-disease related deaths continues to rise for pregnant and postpartum mothers and women during childbirth, cardiologist Dr. Danielle El Haddad is laying the foundation for a cardio-obstetrics program to care for at-risk patients.

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Follow these tips for a healthy 2024

During an interview with Houston Life, Dr. Carlos Dostal shares tips for how to have a healthy 2024.

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A breakdown of the newly approved RSV immunizations

Throughout 2023, three injections offering protection against RSV were approved. Learn more about each type and what, if any, might be right for you and your loved ones.

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The cumulative effect of annual flu shots

Did you know annual flu shots can have a cumulative effect that can protect you beyond the current flu season? Pediatrician Dr. Manuela Murray shares her first-hand experience with the proven theory.

Sports Injury Clinic

Student athletes and sports injuries

From concussions to injuries that may require surgery, Dr. Stacy Leung covers what to do if your student athlete is injured playing or practicing their favorite sport.

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Prostate cancer treatment options

Surgeons Dr. Stephen Williams and Dr. Laith Alzweri share insights and information on prostate cancer and its potential treatment options.

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Respiratory viruses and back-to-school

Communities in the area are seeing an uptick in individuals with COVID-19, and with that experts are reminding it's not too soon to think about other respiratory illnesses like the flu and RSV.

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Screen time guidelines for kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatric and Adolescent Psychiatry, children should have no more than two to three hours of screen time a day. It's important to monitor not just how long children are on devices, but also what content they're consuming during that time.

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Outdoor bug safety

From wearing bug spray with DEET in it to avoiding overgrown and heavily wooded areas, family nurse practitioner Taylor Little offers families a variety of tips to keep the bugs away while outdoors.

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Healthy eating for children

A well-balanced diet is essential for healthy growth and development, so be sure your child is getting a good mix of proteins, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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Morning routines and back to school

A good morning routine starts at night. Learn what steps you can take to help make getting out the door easier for everyone in the family.

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Bedtime tips from a pediatrician

Dr. Linda Neely-Shelmire knows sleep is a pillar of a child's good health, so she's passionate about helping parents establish solid bedtime routines.

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Back-to-school immunizations

Pediatrician Dr. Lee Elam offers a high-level breakdown of some of the typical vaccinations needed throughout childhood.

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Avoiding sports-related heat injuries

Signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses include nausea, fatigue, headaches and muscle cramps. Staying hydrated, taking breaks and seeking shade are just some ways to beat the heat and stay healthy.

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Staying safe in the sun

When shopping for sunscreen, Dr. Raimer-Goodman urges individuals to consider broad-spectrum options that are free of oxybenzone.

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Healthy summer snacks

When snacking this summer, consider nutrient dense options like veggies and hummus, fruit and Greek yogurt or homemade smoothies.

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Top tips for safe swimming this summer

In an effort to diminish the number of drownings recorded each year, UTMB Health providers like Laura Ellender passionately share tips on how to keep children safe when swimming.