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10 Symptoms to Look for when Dealing with Gallbladder Disease

Oct 31, 2020 12:04:00 PM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in Gallbladder disease

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Author: Jonathan Santos, M.D.

 

The human body is a complex and well-designed structure that encompasses different organs of various shapes and sizes that are strategically located and connected in such a way to keep the body active and running. A slight malfunction or problem of even the smallest organ may result in complications that will render you uncomfortable and sick. Although seemingly insignificant, one of those small organs that is especially important to be aware of is the gallbladder.

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GERD, Gastritis, and Ulcers

Oct 26, 2020 12:11:00 PM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in GERD, Gastritis, Ulcers, Stomach disease

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Author: Lawrence Ede, D.O.

GERD is the acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease. As suggested by its name, GERD is a disease in which acidic stomach contents return to the esophagus, the tube which carries food from the mouth into the stomach. These acidic stomach contents may erode the wall of the esophagus, resulting in variety of symptoms. This condition is primarily due to relaxation of the esophageal sphincter, which is a ring of muscle around the end of the esophagus. In normal circumstances it is contracted, and only relaxes when you are swallowing.

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Kidney Stones

Oct 16, 2020 11:59:00 AM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in Kidney Stones, Kidney

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Author: Annabel Chang, M.D.

 

Kidney stones are very common—about 1 in 10 adults will get them at some point, and both men and women are affected. What are kidney stones? They are collections of things such as calcium or other substances that can become crystals and get stuck in your kidneys. Most of the time they are made up of calcium, but they can also be made up of other things, such as struvite, uric acid, and cystine.

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UTI’s and You

Oct 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in UTI, Infection

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Author: Cristina Hamme, M.D.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are any type of infection of the urinary tract which can include anything from bladder to kidney infections. UTIs can cause a range of symptoms from burning during urination, increased frequency in urination, a change in urine color or odor, back pain, fever or chills. Although more common in women, children and men can also get UTIs. UTIs are more common in women because the urethra, the tube that carries urine, is shorter in women than men, allowing bacteria to more easily reach the bladder. Children may not have any symptoms except fever or fussiness. Men with an enlarged prostate are at increased risk because the prostate can block urine flow and lead to infection. Anything that obstructs the flow of urine can lead to UTIs. People with kidney stones, strictures, catheters, weakened immune systems, diabetic and pregnant women are more likely to get UTIs.

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Sprains and Strains

Oct 5, 2020 11:54:00 AM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in Sprains, Strains

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Author: Dale Beran, M.D.

Now that the weather is starting to cool down, more people are looking to go outside and get some exercise, optimistically trying to shed a few pounds before the holidays get here. Unfortunately, since the majority of the population has been in quarantine for the last several months getting their money’s worth from their chosen streaming service and snacking frequently, physical activity has been mostly an afterthought until now. Restarting exercise out of the blue like this can put someone at an increased risk of injuries.

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Drowning

Sep 30, 2020 12:27:00 PM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in Drowning

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Author: Krystal DeLeon, M.D.

Everyone knows that things are bigger and better in Texas, including our hot summers! And while there is nothing more refreshing than cooling off in a cold, blue-watered swimming pool, taking a dip in the lake or a trip to the beach, it is important to remember that all of these places put you and your children at risk for drowning.

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Scrapes and scratches: Home care and basic treatment

Sep 23, 2020 12:22:00 PM / by Lone Star Family Health Communications posted in Basic treatment, Home care

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Author: Joseph Whitt, MD

A scrape on the knee, a scratch on the hand, a cut on the elbow – such minor injuries are often mildly painful and harken back to days spent outdoors as a child. Cuts, scrapes, bruises, and scratches often accumulate in the pediatric population as a result of their recreational outdoor activities, but such minor traumas are not exclusively reserved to the domain of the children. Mowing your yard, cleaning out the garage, weeding your garden, riding your bike, and playing with your pet are easy ways to sustain a mild, superficial skin injury.

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