Health Beats

Learn more about health and health care related topics that matter the most to you. Don't miss a beat. Health Beats are published regularly in the Hamilton Herald News, Hico News Review and Goldthwaite Eagle.

September

National Child Passenger Safety Week: At Hamilton EMS, we work to save lives on our county’s roadways. That includes doing everything we can to keep our children safe on the road. Although we may respond to a 911 call, you are the key to protecting your family. Find out what car seat is right for your child...

Preventing the Spread of Germs: Kids share germs. It’s just a fact. With school back in session, illnesses caused by viruses will be making their way around. Preventing the spread of germs and disease is easier than treating illness once it occurs. Learn how to protect your child and stop germs in their tracks...

National Yoga Month: September is the official National Yoga Month, a national observance designated by the Department of Health & Human Services, designed to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle.  Learn more...

Know Your Numbers: Cholesterol: Did you know that cholesterol is a natural and essential part of our body? We need cholesterol to digest foods, produce hormones and protect our cells. Cholesterol comes from two sources: 75% is produced by our bodies and 25% from the foods we eat. Learn more...

August

Keeping Children Healthy Through Immunizations: It’s that time of year again. Our thoughts turn to the new school year, getting supplies, new clothes, and time to update immunizations.  Learn more...

Get to School Safely: Back-to-school shopping has started and parents are preparing for a new school year. Part of those preparations should include how our kids are going to get to school safely. Learn more...

Adapting a Healthy Lifestyle for Weight Management: Everywhere you look there are fad diets, pills and potions promising easy, fast weight loss. The problem is, all of these schemes can actually do your body (and your bank account) more harm than good. Realistically, if it were fast or easy weight loss would not be an issue for anyone. Learn more...

Wash Your Hands to Stay Germ Free: School is back in session. One simple lesson that is good for both children and adults to practice often is proper hand washing. Hand hygiene is the number one way to prevent illness and the spread of germs. Follow these three simple steps to a healthier school year! Learn more...

July

Grilling Safely on the Fourth: The weather is beautiful and celebrations will abound this weekend centered around tasty hotdogs, hamburgers, steaks and more. The fourth of July is the most popular holiday for barbecuing. Learn more...

Tips for Healthy Swimming: As temperatures heat up, Texans head to the pool to cool off. In fact, the oldest known concrete swimming pool — the Deep Eddy Swimming Pool — was built in Texas in 1915. Swimming can be a fun way to work in exercise and beat the heat until you introduce Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium), Giardia, Shigella, norovirus and E. coli O157:H7. Learn how to keep recreational water illnesses from taking the fun right out your vacation...

The Importance of Hydration: Summertime is upon us and staying hydrated is more important than ever. The increase in temperature and humidity causes your body to perspire in order to cool down. To keep muscles functioning properly, it is extremely important to drink water before, during and after outside activities. Learn more...

Scheduling Appointments: During the past year, the three rural health clinics in the Hamilton Healthcare System have gone through many changes that we hope will enhance your visit with us and provide you with the best level of care. Learn more...

Cycling for Fitness and Fun: If you want to start (or return to) cycling, a little preparation can go a long way toward making this an enjoyable and rewarding long-term experience.Learn more...

Keeping your skin safe in the sun: Your summer plans may include going to the lake, or just spending more time outdoors. While you are making your plans, make sure you plan to avoid sunburn. Learn more...

Rising temps present danger to children: The weather is heating up all over. As temperatures rise so does the increase in heatstroke. Heatstroke, or hyperthermia, occurs when the body cannot cool itself quickly enough allowing body temperature to rise to dangerous levels. Children are at a great risk for heatstroke because a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult. Learn more...

June

Tips for Healthy Swimming: As temperatures heat up, Texans head to the pool to cool off. In fact, the oldest known concrete swimming pool — the Deep Eddy Swimming Pool — was built in Texas in 1915. Swimming can be a fun way to work in exercise and beat the heat until you introduce Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium), Giardia, Shigella, norovirus and E. coli O157:H7. Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) can take the fun right out of a summer vacation. Find out how you can protect yourself and your family...

Men's Health: June is a month that we always think of Dad and Father’s Day, but it’s also Men’s Health Month. During this month many people support men’s health awareness by wearing blue. Some are even calling the state of men’s health in America as a “silent health crisis.” Learn more...

May

The dangers of distracted driving: Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2012 alone, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes. Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. Learn what you can do to drive safe...

Hamilton's Best Kept Secret: Hamilton Healthcare System’s Special Care Clinic provides a program that was developed specifically to address changes that are associated with aging for individuals ages 55 and older. The goal of the Intensive Outpatient day program for seniors is to improve the quality of life by maintaining or improving self-esteem and overall feelings of well-being.. Discover more about our Intensive Outpatient Program for Seniors...

April

Live, Laugh, Heal: Most of us have heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.”  This may indeed by more factual than proverbial.  A growing body of research appears to indicate that laughter and humor tend to have a positive impact on us. Discover the healing properties of laughter...

Easter Sweets: One of the sweetest holidays, Easter, is bounding toward us this weekend. Those sugary, high fat treats lining baskets tempt children and parents threatening teeth and waistlines. Get some great tips to keep your sweet tooth in check...

March

Learning more about Autism: Autism is defined by the Autism Society Of America (ASA) as a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. Learn more about autism...

What you can do to make health care safer: While health care professionals make patient safety a top priority, patients help ensure their safety by taking an active role in their health care. Learn what you can do to make health care safer...

Why Play Therapy?: Play is our first language, according to the Association for Play Therapy (APT), the national society that advances Play Therapy. APT says that, just as adults use words to communicate, children use play to express thoughts and feelings that might otherwise remain hidden. Learn more about play therapy...

February

Finding Your Ideal Body Weight: The first step in healthy effective, weight loss is to determine your ideal weight. There are many ways to find the perfect weight that is right for you. In this three part series, we explore frame size, BMI and body fat percentage. Join us for this three part series...

Halt the Salt for a Healthy Heart: February is American Heart Month and around the nation people will don their red attire on Friday to promote heart health awareness. One of the ways individuals can promote heart health in their daily lives is to limit sodium intake. Find a sodium vs salt conversion chart and learn more about cutting the salt from your diet...

 

January

Preventing Medical Identity Theft: Identity theft is often thought of as a financial crime. While not as widely publicized, medical identity theft can have repercussions that go beyond the victim’s wallet and credit impacting their insurance coverage and even health. Learn how to protect your medical information...

Be a part of something great, donate blood: More than four million Americans would die each year, if not for blood donors. The need for blood, and thus blood donors, is great. Donating blood is a simple act with great impact. Find out how you can make a difference...

Understanding Your Health Insurance Policy: Let’s face it, reading an insurance policy is NOT like curling up with a good book. It’s a fairly complex document that tries to explain all the things you’re covered for, and all the things that you are NOT covered for. It can seem complicated; a typical policy is filled with the kind of technical jargon that sends many of us into cold sweats. Fortunately, understanding the basics of your policy isn’t as difficult as you might think.  Learn more...

December

Stop the Spread of Flu: Tis the season for miserable days spent in bed with fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, and fatigue. That’s right, the flu is here.  Keep yourself and your loved ones healthy with these tips...

Baby, It's Cold Outside: Winter is here and with it comes an increase in outdoor falls, especially in seniors. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that falls are the leading cause of all fatal and nonfatal injuries among those over 65 years of age.  Here are some tips to help keep everyone upright and safe:

Tis the Season: Tips to Avoid Acid Reflux: Thanksgiving with all of its bounty may be over, but the eating season has just begun. Indulging in the annual rich, homemade confections of the season often leads to the painful, discomfort of indigestion. Follow these tips to prevent holiday induced indigestion...

November

Diabetes Awareness Holiday Tips: American Diabetes Month has been established in an effort to raise awareness of this ever-growing disease affecting nearly 26 million children and adults. As we head into the holiday season, there are a few tips to keep in mind to stay on track and keep those blood sugars under control.

Get Smart About Antibiotic Resistance: As we enter into cold and flu season, Get Smart About Antibiotics Week reminds us to use antibiotics appropriately to avoid resistance issues. As a patient, you can help avoid antibiotic resistance by following these tips...

Alzheimer's: Thank a Caregiver: Current statistics indicate that over 5 million Americans now suffer from Alzheimer’s, a type of dementia  that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Often overlooked are the caregivers, people who provide daily care to the individuals who have Alzheimer’s. Learn tips to lessen the negative impact of caregiving...

Join the Great American Smokeout: The Great American Smokeout is coming up, and I can't think of a better time to quit smoking. Giving up smoking is one of the most important things you can do to improve your immediate and long-term health. Plan now to quit smoking on November 22 with these proven tips...

October

Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse: Prescription drugs are the second-most abused category of drugs in the United States, following marijuana, reports the Office of National Drug Control Policy. When taken as directed for legitimate medical purposes, prescription drugs are safe and effective. However, they are just as dangerous and deadly as illegal drugs when used for non-medical reasons. Learn prevention, signs and treatment for prescription drug abuse...

Is Your Child Being Bullied? Often if children are being bullied they don’t report it to parents or teachers out of shame or worry that they are to blame. Instead, they become experts at keeping it inside. The child may simply say, “I don’t want to go to school today.”   When this happens a lot, a parent should consider the possibility that bullying might be the reason. Learn other signs of bullying as well as 9 steps you can take to help your child...

Going Pink for Women's Wellness: Cooler weather is here and fall is in the air. The color pink is everywhere. That’s right, pink seems to be overtaking not only October’s traditional orange but even the blue traditionally found on football fields, rodeo arenas, the Nascar track, and some police forces. Learn more...

Keeping Your Back Healthy: If you have low back pain, you are not alone. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), at any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past 3 months.. Learn more...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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