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Conditions & Treatments

4 skin care tips for your summer outdoor adventures

Despite the oppressive triple-digit heat, summer is when many people spend more time outside than usual—summer camping trips, vacations, outdoor sports, beach trips. But the increase in fun in the sun could mean an increase in bug bites and sunburns. Anna Myers, MD, a pediatrician on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White McLane …

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Why is hypertension (aka high blood pressure) dangerous?

You’ve heard of hypertension and you get your blood pressure checked regularly at your doctor’s visits, but what is high blood pressure, and why is it worrisome? Here’s what you need to know, especially if you have a history of high blood pressure. “Your heart is a muscle—but it’s not like the other muscles in …

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What to expect when you become a cancer caregiver

When your loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it changes your life too. According to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivors, caregivers are considered “survivors” along with their loved ones. That’s because they also experience life-changing effects and challenges due to cancer.  The title of “cancer caregiver” is probably one that you never thought you’d …

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8 ways to monitor your blood sugar and keep your sanity

If you are among the roughly 37.3 million Americans dealing with diabetes, monitoring your blood sugar is vital to help you manage your disease and prevent complications. Keeping track of your blood glucose levels doesn’t have to be stressful. Thanks to constantly evolving products and tech-driven solutions, it’s easier than ever to collect all the …

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Can you drink alcohol on antibiotics? Antibiotic do’s and don’ts

Most of the time you visit the doctor, it’s because you’re sick or not feeling well. Maybe you’re scheduling a visit, hoping your doctor will have some medicine—like an antibiotic—to improve your symptoms or make you feel better sooner. This is one of the more misunderstood topics of medicine. Let’s dive into the topic of …

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How to know when to worry about thyroid nodules

Thyroid nodules are one of the most common thyroid disorders—but they can also be a source of anxiety due to the possibility the nodule is cancerous. While it’s natural to feel uncertain if you discover an abnormal lump or bump in your neck, most thyroid nodules aren’t cancer, and even the occasional cancerous ones are …

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School shooting aftermath: How to help your children cope with tragedy

In the wake of a tragedy like a mass casualty event at a school, you as the adult loved one responsible for a child or children in your life may be wondering how you can support them and how to explain (or if you should explain) what has happened. Know that you are not alone …

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What to know before getting a heart stent

Heart stents are a potentially lifesaving treatment in preventing heart damage during and after a heart attack. The procedure opens arteries that are causing the heart attack and can relieve other blockages that may be causing chest discomfort called “angina.” But before getting stents in your heart, you’ll want to consider both the risks of heart stent treatment …

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7 healthy habits to help you thrive with heart disease

Life changes quickly with a diagnosis of heart disease. Whether the doctor says your coronary artery is filled with plaque or your heart muscle isn’t pumping as well as it should, your survival will require treatment. And it’s more than just taking a pill—living with heart disease requires lifestyle changes not just today, but for a lifetime. While …

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TCAR: A minimally invasive approach to reduce your chance of stroke

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds. As a vascular surgeon, I see a large percentage of people who are either on the verge of experiencing a stroke or have had a stroke already. Strokes are often debilitating and can be fatal—but many times, they’re …

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