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  • Calories & Holiday Beverages - December 28, 2006
    Calories & Holiday BeveragesWe often hear about how to decrease calories in holiday eating, but holiday drinking can be an even greater problem. Dr. Mom talks about why and has some ideas on how to avoid over doing it....

  • Cocoa & a Healthy Heart - December 21, 2006
    Cocoa & a Healthy HeartA little hot water and some of the right ingredients and you can be on your way to better blood flow and blood pressure. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom shows us how sweet it can be to have a healthy heart....

  • Kids & Computers - December 14, 2006
    Kids & ComputersWhen should a child be introduced to the virtual world of computers? Well, before you head off to the computer store this holiday season, you might want to hear what Dr. Mom has to say about the benefits and the hazards of this potential learning tool....

  • Care for the Caregiver - December 7, 2006
    Care for the CaregiverOne of the most demanding roles that any of us can play is that of caregiver to some one we love. Dr. Mom tells the story of one family that has learned the secret of keeping it all in the family....

  • Buckle Up - Car Seat Safety - November 30, 2006
    Buckle Up - Car Seat SafetyHeading home for the holidays? You've probably made a list to make sure you've remembered everything. But before you start the car, there's one other thing that you must do to keep your family safe. Dr. Mom has the details on this important travel tip....

  • Prematurity - November 16, 2006
    PrematurityEvery day 1 in 8 babies born in the U.S. arrives too soon. Premature birth can happen to any pregnant woman, and no one knows why. It is a serious, common and costly problem. The March of Dimes is leading the campaign to reduce premature birth by supporting research and by educating the public and health care providers....

  • Do Decongestants Work? - November 9, 2006
    Do Decongestants Work?If you've used one of the over the counter medications for a recent cold, you probably noticed that it didn't seem to work as well as it did a few years ago. There may be a good reason for that. Dr. Mom has some reasons why this may be the case....

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - November 2, 2006
    Carbon Monoxide PoisoningThere is an insidious threat to our health that is not often recognized until it's too late. With winter's chill, we stay cozy and warm inside, but inside may not be a safe place to be. Dr. Mom has more....

  • Community Acquired MRSA - October 26, 2006
    Community Acquired MRSAMany years ago, penicillin was the miracle cure for most all skin infections; but now it is effective against very few of these same infections. The problem can affect anyone and is particularly severe in children under two. Dr. Mom looks at how this happens and how it can affect your health....

  • Flu Vaccine - Arm or Nose? - October 19, 2006
    Flu Vaccine - Arm or Nose?It's that time again. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the flu vaccine for everyone over the age of 6 months. But getting protected against the flu doesn't have to hurt. Dr. Mom has more....

  • Stroke Warning Signs - October 12, 2006
    Stroke Warning SignsJust as we seek prompt medical attention for a heart attack, we should think of a stroke as a brain attack. It can affect anyone, at any age, at any time. Dr. Mom has some information that can make the difference between life and death for you or someone you know....

  • Can Beverages Ruin Your Diet? - October 5, 2006
    Can Beverages Ruin Your Diet?For the millions of Americans who are trying to lose weight, the solution may not be in what you eat, but in what you drink. Dr. Mom has more....

  • COPD - September 21, 2006
    COPDChronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD affects 15-30 million Americans and costs in excess of $30 billion every year. Though it occurs commonly in cigarette smokers, it can be confusing to diagnose. Dr. Mom has more....

  • Shingles - September 14, 2006
    ShinglesIt's a funny name for a medical condition. But if you've ever experienced shingles first hand, you know it's no laughing matter. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has more to say about this common ailment....

  • Asthma & Pregnancy - September 7, 2006
    Asthma & PregnancyIf you are a young woman with asthma and pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, there are some issues you need to consider. Dr. Mom has some information that will go a long way to helping keep you and your baby healthy....

  • Harmful Food Allergies - August 31, 2006
    Harmful Food AllergiesMany are aware that people can die from an allergic reaction to a bee sting or insect bite. But it may surprise you to know that three times as many people die form an allergic reaction to certain foods. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom explains just how serious the problem can be....

  • Recreational Water Illness - August 24, 2006
    Recreational Water IllnessSwimming is one of the most popular activities in the country - especially during these hot summer days. We often assume that because swimming pools are treated with chemicals they are completely safe. But is that really true? UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has more....

  • Personal Watercraft and Head Injuries - August 17, 2006
    Personal Watercraft and Head InjuriesThe use of Jet-skis, or personal watercraft, has tripled over the last ten years. Along with the increased use has come a dramatic increase in related deaths and injuries, particularly of the head. Landing on water may not be as soft or as safe as you might think. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has more....

  • A Brothers Love - August 10, 2006
    A Brothers LoveWith more and more attention being paid to the significant health risks of overweight children, medical professionals look for a variety of solutions. Sometimes, they need not look any further than a brother's love. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has such a story....

  • Water or Sport Drink? - August 3, 2006
    Water or Sport Drink?Water plays a critical role in how the body responds to physical activity. The body regulates its temperature by sweating, a process dependent on the amount of water in the body. If the amount of water drops below a certain level, the body cannot adequately sweat, and consequently, body temperature rises rapidly. This increase in core body temperature can negatively impact physical performance as well as cause one or more heat injuries....

  • Pre-Diabetes Clinical Trial - July 27, 2006
    Pre-Diabetes Clinical TrialUT Health Center is part of a new clinical trial to help in the prevention of diabetes in people who may be pre-disposed to diabetes. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom explains what is "pre-diabetes" and what you can do to prevent this illness....

  • Can Snoring Ruin a Marriage? - July 20, 2006
    Can Snoring Ruin a Marriage?Sleep apnea with snoring is a serious health problem. Not only can it result in hypertension, cardiovascular problems and strokes - it can cause significant problems in a marriage. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom tells us how and what to do about it....

  • Exercise-Induced Asthma - July 13, 2006
    Exercise-Induced AsthmaMany athletes spend countless hours training, exercising, and working on perfecting their technique. It's all part of winning. The process is grueling, made even tougher if that athlete also battles with difficulty breathing. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom tells us more....

  • Obese Kids and TV - July 6, 2006
    Obese Kids and TVTwice as many children and almost three times as many teens are overweight today compared to their counterparts growing up 20 years ago. Of particular concern is the amount of TV watching by children and the relationship to obesity. But the problem may rest on more than just the inactivity associated with watching. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has a new view on the subject....

  • Proper Blood Pressure - June 29, 2006
    Proper Blood PressureThe American Heart Association estimates that nearly one-third of Americans have hypertension, or high blood pressure, which can lead to strokes, kidney disease and heart failure if untreated. An accurate measurement of blood pressure during a doctor's office visit can make the difference in whether medications are needed. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom explains....

  • First Aid Myths - June 22, 2006
    First Aid MythsSummertime activities can produce a lot of minor injuries but you can actually make matters worse by following some first aid myths. Dr. Mom is here to give you the facts over the fiction....

  • Cutting Calories / Reduced Aging - June 15, 2006
    Cutting Calories / Reduced AgingEvery day we each get another day older. Though there is no proven way to turn back the hands of time, there is a simple way to slow down the process of aging. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has more....

  • Skin Cancers - June 8, 2006
    Skin CancersSpring is in full swing. And along with it comes the risk of over-exposure to the sun. The latest research is showing that the message is still not getting out about the dangers of skin cancer. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has the latest facts that could save your skin....

  • Amalgam Use in Children - June 1, 2006
    Amalgam Use in ChildrenFor the last 150 years, dentists have used silver-colored amalgam in the preparation of dental fillings. However, these contain mercury, and there have been great concerns over possible mercury exposure, especially in children. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom brings us the latest findings....

  • Pertussis in Adults - May 25, 2006
    Pertussis in AdultsIt has been called the 100 day cough. Whooping cough, otherwise known as pertussis, is making a comeback. How is it possible that a vaccine preventable disease can be causing a problem? UT Health Center's Dr. Mom explains....

  • Pneumonia Vaccine for Infants - May 18, 2006
    Pneumonia Vaccine for InfantsCan the immunization of older kids and parents help protect infants who are not vaccinated? Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom explains what the most recent study says about you and your family may assist in protecting your newborn child....

  • It's In the Genes - May 11, 2006
    It's In the GenesA new study says that obesity and body shape may not only be controlled by what by what is taken in, but by what is already inside you. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has the latest in predicting the shape of things to come....

  • Diagnostic Radiation Dangers - May 4, 2006
    Diagnostic Radiation DangersHave a problem, maybe you need an x-ray. But can the search for an answer lead to further illness? Does any radiation dose, no matter how small, cause cancer? Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom uncovers the truth on the exposure to x-ray radiation....

  • Joe's Heart - April 27, 2006
    Joe's HeartHeart disease is one of the leading causes of death in America. And this Friday, Tyler is holding the annual Heart Ball sponsored by the American Heart Association. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom introduces you to someone who learned directly about the risks of heart disease....

  • Wake Up To Better Sleep - April 20, 2006
    Wake Up To Better SleepMay is the national Better Sleep Month. And as the school year comes to a close and the summer is about to begin a national survey has found that it's the adolescents in the U.S. that are not getting the rest they truly need. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom puts to rest the facts about teens and how to get quality sleep....

  • HIV Testing Pregnant Women - April 13, 2006
    HIV Testing Pregnant WomenA recent update to the 1996 guideline has added an HIV test to the list of medical tests that a woman should receive when becoming pregnant. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom explains the reasons behind this new recommendation....

  • Playground Safety - April 6, 2006
    Playground SafetyNothing beats taking your child to the playground for some outdoor fun and exercise. But parents need to make sure that where their kids are playing is safe. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom tells you what to look for in a safe playground....

  • DVT Symptoms - March 30, 2006
    DVT SymptomsYou may recall the story of someone dying from a blood clot caused by sitting too long in a car or plane. Deep vein thrombosis is a deadly condition that can strike any age. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom is here to tell you the warning signs and symptoms for this quick killer....

  • Got Milk? - Teen Girls - March 23, 2006
    Got Milk? - Teen GirlsYour body's 206 living bones continually undergo a buildup, breakdown process called remodeling. The body starts to form most of its bone mass before puberty. That's why the results from a recent study on teenage girls could be alarming for many parents. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom explains....

  • Have a Healthy Heart - March 16, 2006
    Have a Healthy HeartKeeping your heart healthy should be a lifelong endeavor. To manage this, you need to know the facts. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom is here to help inform you about how to live longer, better and wiser....

  • Patient Safety Week - March 9, 2006
    Patient Safety WeekThis week is National Patient Safety Week. So today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has some tips on your role as the patient in making your healthcare safer....

  • SIDS Update - March 2, 2006
    SIDS UpdateWith a new child in the family, parents constantly have new worries and concerns on the health of the newest family member. Some new information released by the National Institute of Health can help them avoid some common risks. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has the latest....

  • Just "Tea" Facts - February 23, 2006
    Just Tea is the most consumed beverage worldwide next to water. For many the habit of ordering tea is putting good health in the glass. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom brings us the facts on this tasty liquid....

  • Where's My Six-Pack - February 16, 2006
    Where's My Six-PackMany East Texans want a six-pack. The term for those rock-hard abdominal muscles showcased in magazines and television shows. But what does it take, and can everyone truly reach that goal? UT Health Center's Dr. Mom explains the pursuit of the pack....

  • Chocolate Love - February 9, 2006
    Chocolate LoveThe world has had an ongoing love affair with chocolate since the 1600's. And with Valentines Day just around the corner, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom dives into the latest health claims about these sweet pleasures....

  • Headphone Hazards - February 2, 2006
    Headphone HazardsWhether it's a holiday or birthday, the gift of the year has been portable MP3 players, or ipods. But with these players may come some health risks. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom checks out these popular devices....

  • Cough Medicine Abuse - January 26, 2006
    Cough Medicine AbuseAccording to a study by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, one of 11 U.S. teenagers has abused cough medication. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom looks into the problem of kids and medicine abuse....

  • TB Research Genetics - January 19, 2006
    TB Research GeneticsA researcher at The University of Texas Health center at Tyler has identified one of the genes that may explain why some individuals are more susceptible to tuberculosis and why they cannot control the TB infection. Today, Dr. Mom tells you about this groundbreaking discovery....

  • Asthma Triggers - January 12, 2006
    Asthma TriggersFor people who have asthma knowing what may cause you to have an attack is essential. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom focuses in on some specific asthma triggers that can be found right where you live....

  • Allergic Rhinitis - January 5, 2006
    Allergic RhinitisYou can feel the symptoms coming, you've had them before but they keep coming back. It's allergic rhinitis. Today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom tells us why this happens and what to do about it....

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