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  • New Year Diet Plans - December 29, 2005
    New Year Diet PlansOne of the most common New Years resolutions is to lose weight. And there are several plans out there to help achieve that. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom will help you weed through the buffet of diet plans, helping you to make the right selection....

  • Holiday Poison Prevention - December 22, 2005
    Holiday Poison PreventionAbout 80 percent of poisonings occur in children between the ages of 1 and 4 and many of those cases occur around the holidays. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has some advice on how to protect your kids this holiday season....

  • Noise & the Heart - December 15, 2005
    Noise & the HeartIs your work environment loud? Chronic noise exposure may increase your risk of a heart attack. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom explains....

  • Pets and Allergies - December 8, 2005
    Pets and AllergiesIt was once said, if you want your child to avoid allergies, keep them away from dogs and cats. However recent studies are showing that the opposite may be true, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom speaks with an expert to help get the facts about your pet and childhood allergies....

  • Energy Drinks - December 1, 2005
    Energy DrinksIt's been 100 years since you could walk into a store and buy a real energy drink. The year was 1905, and it was when they took the cocaine out of Coca-Cola and created "soft drinks." Today energy drinks are common in the market, but what do they truly give you? UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has more....

  • Tonsils and Asthma - November 17, 2005
    Tonsils and AsthmaExperts in the treatment of asthma are reviewing the latest study that offers up surgery as an option to help treat asthma. UT Health Center', Dr. Mom talks with local experts about these findings and results....

  • Mold in the House - November 10, 2005
    Mold in the HouseThe dry days of summer are giving way to the wet days of winter, and with that comes the problem of indoor mold. Dr. Mom is here to tell you what are the risks, and what you can do about indoor house mold....

  • Dangers of Art Supplies - November 3, 2005
    Dangers of Art SuppliesArts and crafts at home and in school are a fun and creative way for kids to learn. Still, there are a few things you need to know about art supplies before you get started. Today, Dr. Mom describes some potential dangers of materials commonly used in art....

  • Candy as a Choking Hazard - October 27, 2005
    Candy as a Choking HazardTwo of the reasons kids love Halloween is that they get to dress up, and they get lots of candy while trick-or-treating. But unfortunately, both of these fun things can be potentially dangerous. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom talks about what candies are right for your kids....

  • Children and Sleep Apnea - October 20, 2005
    Children and Sleep ApneaChildren who snore may have obstructive sleep apnea, a serious disorder that can lead to learning problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics has developed guidelines to help physicians recognize and treat the condition before serious health problems occur. UT Health Center's, Dr. Mom explains....

  • ATV & Head Injuries - October 13, 2005
    ATV & Head InjuriesAll-terrain vehicles are part of the East Texas landscape. But they can also have great risks for those who are unaware of the dangers. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom discusses the consequences on your health from ATV accidents....

  • Croup - October 6, 2005
    CroupIf your child has ever had croup, the coughing sound your child makes is something you'll never forget. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom says that croup season is here....

  • Staph Infections - September 29, 2005
    Staph InfectionsSkin infections caused by bacteria can affect anyone. A single cut can lead to something more serious and threaten your health. When it comes to infections it's important to know what to look for and how to treat it. Today UT Health Center's, Dr. Mom looks into the causes and prevention of staph infections....

  • Food Borne Illness - September 22, 2005
    Food Borne IllnessDespite the fact that American is literally the safest country in the world with regard to its food supply, there are still nearly 80 million cases of food-borne illness reported each year. This week on UT Health Center's Dr. Mom, helps us understand how we can reduce these numbers....

  • Bottle vs. Tap Water - September 8, 2005
    Bottle vs. Tap WaterMany advertisements imply that bottled water is cleaner, purer, and tastes better than water that comes out of your faucet at home. But is there any evidence to back up these claims? UT Health Center's Dr. Mom explains the real differences between bottled and tap water....

  • Head Lice - September 1, 2005
    Head LiceNow that school is in full swing, you're probably busy thinking about school lunches, after-school activities, and homework. One thing you probably aren't thinking about but may be forced to is head lice. These early days of school are when cases of head lice are most prevalent. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom talks with us about how to deal with these pesky little creatures....

  • Childhood Immunizations - August 25, 2005
    Childhood ImmunizationsAs a parent, you may have questions about immunizations. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom sheds some light on the topic and gives us a few tips on how to get our kids through the "before and after" of the shots....

  • Mosquito Magnets - August 18, 2005
    Mosquito MagnetsYou're flipping burgers for the neighborhood barbecue, and the mosquitoes have already begun their feast -- on you. As you swat madly at the pests, you notice other folks seem completely unfazed. Could it be that mosquitoes prefer dining on some humans over others? UT Health Center's Dr. Mom helps to clear up the mystery. ...

  • Built Environment - August 11, 2005
    Built EnvironmentThere is a new term being used in the medical field: "built environment." Chances are you haven't heard this term, but it could be very important to your family's health. UT Health Center's, Dr. Mom has the details....

  • Kids and Heat Illness - August 4, 2005
    Kids and Heat IllnessTemperatures have been in the high 90's for the past several weeks in East Texas, and that means we're all more susceptible to heat illnesses. But this can be especially true for our children. UTHCT's Dr. Mom explains....

  • Summer Travel DVT - July 28, 2005
    Summer Travel DVTSummer travel has increased five percent over last season. That means more people on the roads and in the air. UTHCT's Dr. Mom has some important health information about a danger you may not be aware of....

  • Older Adult Sport Exercise - July 21, 2005
    Older Adult Sport ExerciseDo you know a weekend warrior who plays hard all weekend and then is sore all week? Most sports injuries are a result of unrealistic expectations that are placed on the body. When we get older, our bodies change. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom takes a look at how to adjust our minds to our bodies when exercising as we age....

  • Ozone Hazards - July 14, 2005
    Ozone HazardsWe hear a lot about "Ozone Action Days," but what does that phrase mean? This week, UT Health Center's, Dr. Mom talks to a doctor and our own Steven Parr to help us understand what an Ozone Action Day is, and how it affects your family....

  • Pediatric Melanoma - July 7, 2005
    Pediatric MelanomaThis year the American Cancer Society predicts that 60,000 U.S. adults will be diagnosed with melanoma and that 7,700 will die from this deadly form of skin cancer. Rarely were children diagnosed with the disease but pediatric melanoma is on the rise. Dr. Mom explains what to look for....

  • Mercury in Fish - June 30, 2005
    Mercury in FishEast Texas is big fishing country. Whether you eat the fish you catch from local lakes or the big blue sea, UT Health Center's, Dr. Mom, has some information you may need to know. ...

  • Pocket Pets - June 23, 2005
    Pocket PetsHealth officials are warning parents about the dangers of owning "pocket pets." According to the CDC, in the past few months, hamsters, mice and other small rodents kept as pets have sickened up to 30 people in at least 10 states with dangerous multi-drug resistant bacteria. Dr. Mom takes a look at the problem....

  • New Insect Repellants - June 16, 2005
    New Insect RepellantsWith the rise in cases of West Nile Virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been working to bring new insect repellents to the United States. This week on UT Health Center's Dr. Mom , we look at the pros and cons of two new products....

  • MSRA Infections - June 9, 2005
    MSRA InfectionsMRSA, is a common infection that is caused by bacteria found on the skin or in the nose. Traditionally these bacteria, know as staph, are found in hospitals but are now being seen outside of hospitals in places as common as the school locker room. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has more....

  • Summer Activities - June 2, 2005
    Summer ActivitiesSummer break is fast approaching. If you don't have a good summer plan for your kids, you can bet they have a plan of their own. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has more....

  • Kids and Sun Exposure - May 26, 2005
    Kids and Sun ExposureThere are more than a million new cases of skin cancer every year. Even more frightening than this are the deaths that occur from skin cancer - more than 9,000 people die each year from malignant melanoma. This week, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom talks with us about dangerous sun exposure....

  • Gardening as Exercise - May 19, 2005
    Gardening as ExerciseRooting out those stubborn weeds may not make your heart pound as fast as jogging does, but gardening exercises more than your arm muscles. Research shows that spending time with plants may be more beneficial than traditional exercise. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom digs up the facts....

  • Healthy Snacks for Kids - May 12, 2005
    Healthy Snacks for KidsChips, candy, ice cream...with all these tempting snacks out there for our kids, it's hard to talk them into eating something healthy. This week, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has some great tips on luring your kids into trying healthy snacks....

  • Late Life Exercise - May 5, 2005
    Late Life ExerciseNo where does the phase "It's never too late" apply more than when it comes to exercise. Today UT Health Center's, Dr. Mom introduces us to someone who is determined to get healthy by embracing this as his mid-life motto....

  • Children Pool Safety - April 28, 2005
    Children Pool SafetyTexas summers are hot, and most of us just want to know the quickest way to cool off in the 100-degree weather. One way is becoming more and more popular - a pool right in your own backyard. It sounds like a great idea, but it can be very dangerous. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has more....

  • Foods That Sabotage Sleep - April 21, 2005
    Foods That Sabotage SleepWhat we consume effects us in many ways. Whether it be through weight or heartburn it's true you are what you eat. But now what you consume also may effect your sleep. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom, has some awakening information....

  • African Americans & Asthma - April 7, 2005
    African Americans & AsthmaAsthma is an incurable, chronic inflammatory disease that affects the airways to the lung. It can be a fatal. Recent report suggests that some ethnic groups are at a higher risk. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has the latest....

  • Splenda - March 24, 2005
    SplendaSplenda has been on market for four years and has taken over as the most popular sweetener of the five artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA. Now questions are being raised about Splenda and it's use. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has more....

  • New HIV Strain - March 17, 2005
    New HIV StrainUsually it takes a person with a diagnosis of HIV at least 10 years to develop full-blown AIDS. Unfortunately, doctors have discovered a new HIV strain that can become AIDS in as little as 2 to 10 months. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom tells us the latest....

  • Pre/Schoolers & Fiber - March 10, 2005
    Pre/Schoolers & FiberEverywhere Moms and Dads tell their children, you are what you eat. But what if what they are eating is not what they need. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom shows us that our pre-schoolers may not be getting enough of the right foods in their diets....

  • Insomnia - March 3, 2005
    InsomniaYou may have heard the old saying, "if you snooze you loose!" The truth is if you aren't getting enough sleep it can seriously affect your life. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has more....

  • Post Meno Women & Heart - February 24, 2005
    Post Meno Women & HeartPhysicians long regarded heart failure as essentially a disease of men. As with many types of heart disease, we are learning that heart failure is an equal-opportunity disease. Today, UT Health Center's, Dr. Mom, shows us that this is especially the case for post-menopausal women....

  • Metabolic Syndrome - February 17, 2005
    Metabolic SyndromeWe all know the benefits exercise has on our health. But recent research is showing that intense exercise can have a dramatic impact on the risk factors of metabolic syndrome. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom shares with us just what is required to avoid this often-fatal condition....

  • Red Meat & Diabetes - February 10, 2005
    Red Meat & DiabetesEating more bacon and red meat than ever? You may be increasing your risk of developing diabetes. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom looks at the latest information that may link the two....

  • Tonsillectomy - February 3, 2005
    TonsillectomyGet your tonsils out, you get ice cream. But, with a new procedure for a tonsillectomy that doesn't have to be the case. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom shows us a new and better type of tonsillectomy procedure....

  • Chronic Pain - January 27, 2005
    Chronic PainIf you have been to your doctor's office lately, you may have seen a poster asking you to rate your pain on a scale of one to ten. The reason...more and more Americans are suffering from chronic pain. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom talks with us about how medical professionals are changing their approaches to pain management....

  • Ear Infections - January 13, 2005
    Ear InfectionsMost children have at least one ear infection before the age of two, so it's important to know just what causes them and how to treat them. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom talks about Otitis Media....

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