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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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PCOS—a complicated but common, treatable condition

Affecting 6% to 12% (as many as 5 million) of U.S. women of reproductive age, polycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders.

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Mental health and moms - a candid discussion

In honor of Women's Health Month and Mother's Day two UTMB experts, who happen to also be moms, participated in a panel discussion with our partners with Houston Moms to discuss perceived stress, finding balance and mental health.

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Cooking Safety for all

Cooking is the number one cause of home fires. Have a plan before you turn on the heat.

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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.

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Are tummy aches a sign of IBS? How to find out

Just as in adults, IBS symptoms for children include repeated pain in your abdomen and changes in your bowel movements that could cause diarrhea or constipation—or both. What’s tricky for parents is that your child could have these without any visible signs.

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Menopause, hysterectomies and more

From mood swings to body composition, hormones impact a lot of things as women age, and Dr. Lucy Villarreal helps explain the science behind it all.

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Preparing your child for surgery

Planning a surgery for your child can be stressful and exhausting but being prepared ahead of time will help both your child as a patient and you as the caregiver.

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How to fight tree pollen this spring

If you suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms, avoid exposure as much as you can. There are some steps you can take to help you deal with the yearly pollen scourge.

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.

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Take 7 small steps to lose weight

The good news is you don’t have to figure it all out at once. Small changes make a huge difference in the long run, and it starts with taking that first small step that you can master.

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Vaping Safety

Vaping dos and don'ts for burn injury prevention

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Limit your toddler’s screen time

Limiting screen time for infants and toddlers has the positive effect of limiting screen time for their caregivers so that there is much more face-to-face time such as playing peek-a-boo.

COVID vaccine can decrease chances of developing long COVID

There is a myriad of symptoms people describe following COVID. Many complain of brain fog and fatigue. Other common symptoms include chronic cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, fast heart rate, diarrhea, lightheadedness, depression and persistent loss of taste or smell. This list is far from comprehensive, as many experiences other symptoms as well.

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.