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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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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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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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Navigating the stress of big transitions at school

From the first day of kindergarten through departing for college, school is filled with lots of big “firsts” that sometimes bring about big changes. To help parents, guardians and children successfully navigate their feelings surrounding the many unknowns they'll encounter, UTMB Health psychologists offer guidance, support and tips.

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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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Campfire Safety: Cool the Coals

Learn about campfire safety prevention, facts, and what you should do if a burn injury occurs

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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.

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Leave the Show to the Pros

Fireworks can cause life changing injuries. Learn the dos and don't to keep you and your family safe.

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Firework Safety Tips

The 4th of July is a festive and fun time of the year. However, when fireworks are involved things can go wrong quickly. Here are some tips to ensure your celebration is safe and enjoyable.