Family Health: What’s Biting You?

Posted On : July 27, 2017   In

Texas is no stranger to a vast variety of insects, especially during the summer months. While most insects are harmless, there are some nasty bugs that are known for their bite. Insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, flies, bed bugs and head lice are intentional biters. They don’t need a reason to bite other than survival. Then there are some bugs like, fire ants, spiders, bees/wasps and even scorpions that, when provoked or when they feel threatened, will bite or sting as a form of protection. The majority of bug bites or stings are harmless and heal on their own,

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Germs Are Everywhere – Including Your Home

Posted On : June 20, 2017   In

Germs are everywhere—and our homes are no exception. A recent NSF International Household Germ Study showed dozens of places in everyday households that are covered with illness-causing bacteria. Though we are often conscious of surfaces such as our toilets, light switches, and pet toys, according to a recent NSF study, there are a few more household nooks and crannies that should be on our radars. So, get your Lysol wipes ready as we explore the eight most common household areas to harbor dangerous bacteria in your home. Sponges. Ah– the unassuming symbols of cleanliness. These deceptive cleaning aides are actually

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Summer Safety Tips

Posted On : May 4, 2017   In

It’s hard to believe that summer vacation is almost here in. Most students are out in just a couple of weeks and families are getting ready for vacation. With the word “vacation”, should always comes the word “safety.” Family Emergency Room wants you to be safe during your time off so that you can enjoy it to the fullest. Here are our family safety tips: 1 – Plan and prepare. No matter how you choose to spend your week, you should have a solid plan in place with a backup plan just in case. If you’re traveling, be prepared for

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5 Myths About Heart Disease

Posted On : February 27, 2017   In ,

Many people are unaware that the term heart disease includes more than just one disease. In fact, there are over 30 different variations of heart disease. There are many other misunderstandings when it comes to the number one killer in both men and women today. Hopefully this will clear up a few. Myth #1 – I’m too young to worry about heart disease. Yes, the majority of people diagnosed with heart disease are older. However, obesity and Type 2 Diabetes are linked to heart disease and can affect anyone at any age. But don’t forget the number one cause of

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No More Broken Hearts Campaign – Heart Attack 101

Posted On : February 16, 2017   In ,

Approximately every 40 seconds, someone has a heart attack in the United States. If you do the math, that’s almost 800,000 Americans. Luckily, the survival rate from a heart attack is quite high. Current statistics show that only one in four Americans die from a heart attack. No one wants to experience a heart attack. Everyone should know what a heart attack is, the warning signs and tips for prevention. Let’s get started. First the basics. Everyone remembers taking anatomy in high school, right? Just in case you may need a refresher, here is how the heart works. The main

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Let’s get to the Heart of the matter… there are many types of Heart Disease.

Posted On : February 9, 2017   In , ,

The term heart disease is actually an umbrella name for numerous conditions that affect the heart and how the heart functions. In fact, there are over 30 different kinds of heart related diseases and conditions. Here are just a few of the most common. Coronary Artery Disease is the leading cause of heart disease related deaths. This serious disease is caused by plaque build up within the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle.  When plaque builds up, it limits the flow of blood. Severe artery blockage can lead to death if not treated. Myocardial

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Patients First, Bottom Line Second

Posted On : January 24, 2017   In

No one ever wants to go to the doctor, let alone the emergency room. Not only are you dealing with some sort of illness or injury, you have to worry about treatment, recovery and costs. An emergency room visit can be very stressful. Family Emergency Room recognizes this by putting our patient’s needs first. That is why we have our Patient Advocacy Team. A dedicated team that helps take the stress out of an emergency room visit so that our patients can focus on their health and nothing more. Patient Advocate (noun): A person who will go to bat on

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Five Key Steps to Help Keep On Track  

Posted On : January 12, 2017   In

We’re a little over a week into the New Year and many have already failed at their New Year’s resolutions. In fact, only 8% of Americans that make a New Year resolution actually succeed by the end of the year. That doesn’t sound encouraging, does it? No matter what your resolution is, it will be a challenge. Everyday life and temptations will most likely get in the way. This is not your typical “how to” but a guarantee you will feel better about reaching your New Year resolution goal. Step # 1 – Choose only one resolution! Too many people

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Posted On : December 15, 2016   In , ,

Tis’ the season – it’s that time of year where the odds are against us. The trifecta of attacks on our nasal passages and immune system. Whether it’s pesky allergies, a nasty cold or not-so-fun influenza, chances are you will suffer from at least one of these during the holiday season. With symptoms that are often similar, some even the same, it’s hard to tell which one it is. Here is how you can tell the difference. PREVENTION You can’t always avoid getting sick but there are things you can do to reduce your risk. Avoid Allergies by taking an

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Is it the most wonderful time of the year?

Posted On : December 9, 2016   In

Not everyone agrees with Andy Williams when he wrote the song, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The holiday season brings on a lot of anxiety for most people and leads to one of the highest rates of depression and suicide. Money problems, family issues, health and weather can all be triggers to depression. Social Isolation – Loneliness has always been a leader to the progression of depression. Not having loved ones nearby to share the season with can make anyone feel alone. Kids grow older and it’s harder to make it home for the holidays. Friends are

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