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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What is a Family Physician?

Family physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they also provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunization and more.

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Back to School Wellness

Dr. Manuela Murray joined Meagan Clanahan of the Houston Moms Blog to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine, back-to-school well-checks and more.

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The best memories are made in person.

Approved for individuals 12 years of age and older, the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now available at all UTMB Health primary care clinics—just in time for back to school check-ups and physicals.

Learn Hands-Only CPR

What is Hands Only CPR?

When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby.

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COVID-19 vaccine odds on favorite

We Americans are not good at calculating risk. Some feel that if something bad is going to happen, it will happen to them.

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Creepy Crawlies to Beware While Enjoying the Great Outdoors

UTMB's own Dr. Cleavon Covington, an assistant professor who specializes in pediatric allergy and immunology, urges everyone to be vigilant of their surroundings when venturing outdoors. It's especially important to be mindful of insects that can cause harmful allergic reactions and infections including wasps, yellow jackets, bees and ticks.

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Understanding COVID-19 variants

The development of SARS-CoV-2 variants isn’t a surprise. The shocking thing, based on what we thought we knew about coronaviruses, is the speed at which variants developed and spread. The question remains: Should we be worried?

Meet Dr. Joyce Muruthi

Learn more about Dr. Joyce Muruthi, an Obstetrics & Gynecology provider at UTMB Health Women's HealthCare clinic in Friendswood.

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.