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Stay-at-home orders tied to an increase in harmful alcohol consumption, study finds

The study is one of the first to analyze the association of stress caused by the pandemic and dangerous alcohol consumption. (Image by: UTHealth).

December 14, 2020

Binge drinkers increased their alcohol consumption by nearly 20% during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, according to new research by public health experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Their study, published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, is one of the first to analyze the association of stress caused by the pandemic and dangerous alcohol consumption.


Strategies for prioritizing your mental health this holiday season

Photo of a girl in a santa hat looking out the window. Keeping a positive mindset, especially as we go into the holidays, will be more important than ever, since the upcoming holiday season is sure to be anything but normal. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

December 14, 2020

This year we’ve been laser-focused on physical health to protect ourselves and others from the ongoing pandemic, but it’s also critically important to prioritize the state of our mental health. Keeping a positive mindset during the holidays will be more important than ever this year, since the holiday season is sure to be anything but normal.


Preparing for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine

Photo of a COVID vaccine, after an advisory panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted to recommend emergency use authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine in the United States. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

December 11, 2020

After nine months of battling the COVID-19 pandemic, a glimmer of hope is on the horizon after an advisory panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted to recommend emergency use authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine in the United States.


Young boy cured of seizures and back to his energetic life

Picture of Charlie Crawmer with parents, Brian and Sarah Crawmer, following his laser ablation surgery. Photo courtesy of Sarah Crawmer.

December 11, 2020

Imagine being a healthy kid enjoying all sorts of energetic activities – swimming, riding your bicycle, and playing baseball – and then having all of that ripped away because of seizures. That is exactly what happened to 6-year-old Charlie Crawmer of Houston.



How to make a COVID-19 bubble to safely celebrate the holidays with others

Creating a COVID-19 bubble requires unwavering commitment to a two-week period of testing, temperature checks, and quarantine from all parties involved. (Graphic by Amanda Patterson, UT Physicians)

December 8, 2020

Some families are planning to celebrate the holidays in person by creating their own “family bubble,” after the National Basketball Association used the technique for its recent season. But does it work without the resources and workforce of a national sports association?




Safety tips for cold weather

Photo of woman with socks and warm drink trying to warm up. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

November 30, 2020

With freezing temperatures expected across our region tonight, an expert at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has advice regarding the dangers that may be present with many heating their homes for the first time this season.

 



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