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  • Why Diets Don't Work - December 27, 2007
    Why Diets Don't WorkYour list of New Year's resolutions might include planning for a vacation, asking for a raise or getting credit card debt paid off, but one thing is for sure - losing weight is usually on there somewhere, just like last year and the year before that. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom explains why losing holiday weight can be a lifetime challenge....

  • Talkin' Turkey - December 20, 2007
    Talkin' TurkeyDuring the holidays, Americans eat over 67 million turkeys - and with good reason. It's an inexpensive way to feed several people. But there's an even better reason to choose it over other meats. Dr. Mom spends time today talkin' turkey....

  • Seasonal Posture - December 13, 2007
    Seasonal PostureWith all the shopping, cooking, travel and parties, the holidays can leave you stressed and exhausted. But how we stand up to the challenges of the season can bring us tidings of great comfort and joy. Dr. Mom has more. ...

  • Video Games and the Family - December 6, 2007
    Video Games and the FamilyChildren playing video games may have improved manual dexterity and computer literacy skills. But too much of a good thing can adversely affect their development and the way they relate to their world. Dr. Mom reports on why it's so important for parents to choose wisely when they shop for video games for their children....

  • Parkinson's Disease - November 29, 2007
    Parkinson's DiseaseParkinson's Disease was first described in 1817 by Dr. James Parkinson who published a paper on what he called "the shaking palsy". But oftentimes, palsy is not a part of the disease, at least not in the beginning. Recognizing the early symptoms is crucial to the long term management of this disease. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom explains....

  • Born Too Soon - November 15, 2007
    Born Too SoonIt's the leading cause of infant death in the first month of life. Premature birth. November is National Premature Awareness month. And today, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom shares this story of one little girl who was born too soon....

  • Cancer - November 8, 2007
    CancerCancer - it's the second leading cause of death in this country. When many patients hear the diagnosis, they assume it is a death sentence. Dr. Mom shares a story about one grateful woman with breast cancer who is alive today because of cutting-edge research....

  • New Asthma Guidelines - November 1, 2007
    New Asthma GuidelinesMore than 22 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with asthma. Without appropriate treatment, asthma can significantly affect those who suffer from it. But new guidelines have been released recently to give doctors the recommendations they need to manage these patients. UT Health Center's, Dr. Mom has more....

  • Medication Safety - October 25, 2007
    Medication SafetyThis is National Healthcare Quality Week - a time set aside to emphasize safety in the health care industry. While it's important that health care workers follow safety procedures, the patient plays a significant role too - especially when it comes to medications. UT Health Center's Dr. Barbara Huggins has more....

  • MRI & Breast Cancer - October 18, 2007
    MRI & Breast CancerOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month. While it's well-known that early detection can be the difference between life and death, finding cancer early can be difficult. UT Health Center's, Dr. Barbara Huggins, explores the technology that may help....

  • Heelys - October 11, 2007
    HeelysMillions of Heelys have been sold around the world. While the craze is sweeping the country, it's also causing kids to roll right into emergency rooms. If your child has a pair, you need to hear what Dr. Mom has to say to parents....

  • Adult Health Screenings - October 4, 2007
    Adult Health ScreeningsSchool is back into full swing. Your children have had their well-child exams and immunizations. Now it's your turn. Dr. Mom tells you why regular check-ups with your doctor can make a difference in living healthy....

  • Cystic Fibrosis - September 27, 2007
    Cystic FibrosisOne out of every 3500 newborns will be diagnosed with CF or cystic fibrosis at some point in their life. Affecting primarily the respiratory and GI tracts, it's a disease usually identified in young infants and children. But many times a patient can reach adulthood before ever getting the diagnosis. Dr. Mom brings us the story of one family this happened to....

  • Read for Life - September 20, 2007
    Read for LifeIt's a well known fact that when you can't read, your chances for getting a job are decreased and your chances for winding up behind bars are increased. But not being able to read or understand can also be the difference between life and death. Dr. Mom has more....

  • Underage Drinking - September 13, 2007
    Underage DrinkingWhether taking that first drink is because of peer pressure or to defy authority, teens often find themselves in trouble - not only because the legal drinking age is 21, but because they may become addicted. Find out how one teen got into trouble but now tells a story of hope. Dr. Mom has more....

  • Diabetes & Blood Pressure - September 6, 2007
    Diabetes & Blood PressureIf you're one of the 20 million Americans with diabetes, Dr. Mom shares why keeping your blood pressure under control may be more important than having normal blood sugars....

  • Get the Lead Out - August 30, 2007
    Get the Lead OutRecently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled millions of toys made in China that were contaminated with lead. Many stories have included where lead comes from but they haven't addressed what can happen if your child is exposed. Today, Dr. Mom helps parents to understand why lead can be harmful and what steps they should take to protect their children....

  • Panic Attacks - August 23, 2007
    Panic AttacksIt can happen when you're alone or with others, in public or at home and even while you're sleeping. Suddenly you feel out of control and terrified. You may have chest tightness and shortness of breath. No, it's not a heart attack but it may be a problem that affects over three million Americans. Dr. Mom reports on one man's story....

  • Football & Concussions - August 16, 2007
    Football & ConcussionsFootball practice is in full swing all over the country. But sometimes, the goal of winning can put these young athletes at risk. Dr. Mom reports on why coaches and parents need to understand the serious problem of concussions....

  • Immunization Myths - August 9, 2007
    Immunization MythsIt's National Immunization Awareness Month. Immunizations have saved more lives and prevented more disease than any other single medical success. So why are there so many children who don't get their vaccines on time? Dr. Mom reports....

  • Prenatal Exercise - August 2, 2007
    Prenatal ExerciseThe weight gain that comes during pregnancy can often be used as an excuse to become a couch potato. But that is one of the worst things an expectant mother can do. Dr. Mom tells you why....

  • Know Before You Mow - July 26, 2007
    Know Before You MowWith all the rain and the heat recently, it's been hard to keep the grass under control. In fact, it's probably high time that you mow right now. But beware: there are over 260,000 visits to the Emergency Room every year because of lawn mower related injuries. Don't you be one of them. Dr. Mom has some advice before you rev up the mower....

  • Swimmer's Ear - July 19, 2007
    Swimmer's EarWhen cold and flu season is over, many parents breathe a sigh of relief that the risk of ear infections is over too. But a different kind of ear infection lurks in wet ears and it's called swimmer's ear. Dr. Mom has more....

  • Driving Distracted - July 12, 2007
    Driving DistractedWhether we're trying to get our kids to day care, or to the doctor and ourselves to work or the grocery store, we've got a million things on our minds. And when we're running late, the situation can be even worse. Dr. Mom reports on how to avoid the biggest mistakes you could be making behind the wheel....

  • Mediterranean Diet & Alzeimer's Disease - July 5, 2007
    Mediterranean Diet & Alzeimer's DiseaseIt's Alzheimer's Awareness week. More than 26 million people worldwide are living with this disease and the numbers continue to increase. Dr. Mom has a report on why this is the case, as well as some advice on how to keep your brain strong....

  • Boating & Carbon Monoxide Exposure - June 28, 2007
    Boating & Carbon Monoxide ExposureIt's summer and time to head to the lake for skiing, tubing, swimming, fishing, or just going for a ride in the boat. Don't let this time of fun in the sun turn in to a tragedy for you and your family....

  • Learning About Asthma - June 21, 2007
    Learning About AsthmaThe Texas Asthma Camp for Children is in full swing at Camp Tyler. One of the goals of the camp each year is to teach kids with asthma that they can do anything other kids can do. It's done with a little encouragement and a lot of education. Dr. Mom is there and brings us this report....

  • Tuberculosis - June 14, 2007
    TuberculosisWe've been hearing a lot recently about the man with tuberculosis who took an international flight. Questions are still being asked about whether other passengers were at risk. Dr. Mom clears the air today and also has some advice for those of you who plan to fly this summer....

  • Bites & Stings - June 7, 2007
    Bites & StingsSummertime is right around the corner. Along with the sunshine, picnics and swimming, may come a few unwelcome guests who can fly in - uninvited. Dr. Mom has a few tips on how handle these unwelcome guests and what to do if they just won't leave....

  • Migraines - May 31, 2007
    MigrainesTwenty eight million people in America suffer from migraine headaches. Although prevention can decrease the frequency and severity of these headaches, these medications may provide an even greater benefit. Dr. Mom explains....

  • Kids & Cavities - May 17, 2007
    Kids & CavitiesA recent study conducted by National Center for Health Statistics has determined that tooth decay is on the rise in young children's teeth. Tooth decay in young children had been decreasing for the last 40 years. However cavities in children ages 2-5 have increased to 28 percent in 1999-2004, from 24 percent in 1988-1994....

  • Breast Cancer: A Survivor's Story - May 10, 2007
    Breast Cancer: A Survivor's StoryDorothy Taylor's courageous battle against breast cancer is an inspiration for all women. Though she was only 46 at the time of her diagnosis, had no family history and had normal mammograms, Dorothy continued to do monthly breast self exams. It was only 3 months after a normal mammogram that she discovered her tumor herself. Her message is clear: "You need to take care of you. Know your body. Don't be afraid to touch your breasts"....

  • Breast Cancer Myths - May 3, 2007
    Breast Cancer MythsBreast cancer often starts as a small lump in the breast and is one of the most common cancers in women. Breast cancer is a disease that can be treated and cured....

  • Stress and the Mid-Day Nap - April 26, 2007
    Stress and the Mid-Day NapYou never want to get caught sleeping on the job, but taking time out to rest in the middle of the work day may not be such a bad thing. Dr. Mom tells you why a little kicking back could be good for your heart and your job....

  • Tatoos & MRIs - April 19, 2007
    Tatoos & MRIsMRI or magnetic resonance imaging is a technique that has revolutionized the way we're able to look INSIDE the human body. But sometimes, a tattoo on the OUTSIDE of the body can complicate matters. Dr. Mom explains what can happen when these two worlds collide....

  • Baby Hearing Testing - April 12, 2007
    Baby Hearing TestingAsk any mother. They will all say that the most glorious day of motherhood came the moment their first child said the word "Mama". But sometimes, the words don't come. Dr. Mom explains why a delay in language development may well be caused by difficulty hearing....

  • Spring Training - April 5, 2007
    Spring TrainingBaseball - it's America's favorite pastime. Every year, there are over 8 million children over the age of 6 who play the sport. It's one thing to know WHEN to sign your child up to play and another to enjoy a successful season. Dr. Mom has some tips on how to keep your child in the game....

  • Sushi - March 29, 2007
    SushiIf you love to eat sushi, this next story has some information you don't want to miss. Dr. Mom has fished around to get the facts has them dished up and ready to serve....

  • Kidney Stones in Children - March 22, 2007
    Kidney Stones in ChildrenKidney stones are often described by those who have had one, as the most painful experience they have ever had. Thankfully, children are rarely the target of this malady that affects mostly adults. Dr. Mom shares how this unusual occurrence in children is becoming more frequent....

  • Video Games Help Fight Obesity? - March 15, 2007
    Video Games Help Fight Obesity?Video games are often the source of hours of fun - not just for little kids but for big 'kids' as well. The big problem is the strong correlation of sitting for long periods and the development of obesity. But now there is a way to play and fight the flab at the same time. Dr. Mom tells you how....

  • Speak Up Campaign - March 8, 2007
    Speak Up CampaignBeing a patient in a hospital can be risky business. Every year at least 98,000 Americans die as a result of medical errors - that's twice the number killed in car accidents. But there is something you can do to ensure that you don't become one of these statistics. Dr. Mom has more....

  • Feeding Babies & Obesity - March 1, 2007
    Feeding Babies & ObesityStudies are showing that 60% of overweight babies grow up to be overweight children and adults. It's been shown that breastfeeding protects against obesity. But just as important, is what happens when the baby begins solids. Dr. Mom is serving up the facts on the importance of giving our children a healthy start....

  • Barrett's Esophagus - February 22, 2007
    Barrett's EsophagusNamed for the doctor who discovered it, Barrett's esophagus is a strange name for a very serious condition. If you or someone that you care about has suffered from long term acid reflux disease, Dr. Mom has information you don't want to miss....

  • The Hearts of Women - February 15, 2007
    The Hearts of WomenWith Valentine's Day just around the corner, matters of the heart are on many people's minds. While we tend to think that heart disease affects mostly men, new research is finding that older women should have just as much concern. Listen, as Dr. Mom shares HER heart on the matter....

  • Restless Legs Syndrome - February 8, 2007
    Restless Legs SyndromeIt's been around for years. Though it affects up to 25% of the population and can significantly disrupt sleep, it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. No, it's not sleep apnea. It's restless legs syndrome. Dr. Mom has more....

  • Flu Facts - February 1, 2007
    Flu FactsIs it just a cold or the flu? How do you tell? The symptoms of colds and flu are enough alike that diagnosis may not always be easy - especially in the winter months when lots of respiratory viruses are circulating. Dr. Mom has a little quiz that will test your flu IQ....

  • Infant Massage - January 25, 2007
    Infant MassageIn dealing with colic, many desperate parents have tried every home remedy and some have even used over the counter meds to no avail but there is another option that just might help. Dr. Mom touches on this age old problem....

  • The Magic of Puzzles - January 18, 2007
    The Magic of PuzzlesIf you've come to a point in your life where you think that new learning is impossible - think again, and again, and...again. New research is showing just how important mental exercise can be. Dr. Mom has more....

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders - January 11, 2007
    Autism Spectrum DisordersAutism spectrum disorders affect one in 250 people. You might think that a problem this common would be easy to diagnose, but the symptoms can be very subtle. Dr. Mom explains why early diagnosis can make a difference in the future of those afflicted....

  • Heartburn - January 4, 2007
    HeartburnWhen you head towards the party table decked out with food treats of every kind, you might want to use some caution; especially if you are one of the 30 million Americans who suffer from heartburn. Dr. Mom has some tips on how to eat, drink and stay merry....

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