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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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UTMB heals patient; gains a grateful team member

Nearly two years after a head-on collision forced her to learn how to walk again, Tara Williams is able to help other UTMB patients as a patient service specialist in Angleton. “I’m so grateful to be here with UTMB,”

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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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Student athlete healed by UTMB Sports Medicine team

When student athlete Priest Simpson injured his leg, the UTMB Health Sports Medicine team worked hard to repair the damage and get him back on the field after a full recovery.

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Deep Brain Stimulation changes life for woman with tremors

Reba Smith-Weeden has a condition called essential tremor that prevented her from carving the Thanksgiving turkey or enjoying a cup of coffee. But thanks to the UTMB Health Neurosciences team and Deep Brain Stimulation the shaking has stopped.

You may need to begin colorectal screening at 45

Americans born in 1990 have twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer as those born in 1950. People younger than 55 are also more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage colorectal cancer.

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Are colorectal home tests reliable?

If you wonder what doctors say about at-home colorectal tests, here is some insight from Dr. Uma Phatak, a colorectal surgeon at UTMB Health.

Complex Collaboration Yields New Quality of Life for Patient

Three days before Rebecca Tipton’s scheduled surgery, she had a moment of worry, concerned that the meticulous plan her doctors developed to treat her urinary incontinence would not be successful. A longtime patient of UTMB Health, Tipton knew her case was more complicated than most.

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A Comprehensive Approach to Hernias

Abdominal wall hernias, including groin hernias, can come in a wide array of shapes and forms. Some develop primarily from wear and tear of the abdominal wall, whereas others may develop at the incisions from prior surgeries. They do share one thing in common - they are all mechanical defects of the abdominal wall musculature with the tendency to progress with time.

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Spinal Stenosis: Is an Operation Worth Considering?

Spinal stenosis, a very common neurosurgical condition, can be associated with spondylosis, ligamentous hypertrophy, and disc osteophyte complexes. Stenosis often presents as myelopathy (compression on the spinal cord) or radiculopathy (compression on the nerve root).

Wide Awake Hand Surgery

You may not think of hand surgery as a procedure done with the patient awake, alert, and feeling comfortable, but medical and technological innovations have made this type of surgery a preferred option for many common hand conditions.