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Dental pain: can it wait or is it an emergency?

Photo of a woman with a toothache. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

April 22, 2020

Anyone who has ever suffered through tooth pain knows the warning signs – a bit of sharp pinch when biting down, a dull ache after drinking a cold liquid, a throb after chewing gum. But in the midst of COVID-19, when does dental pain mean you should call for an appointment or head to the emergency room?

Public health experts explain what our new normal will look like

A woman wearing a mask prepares to open up her business. Photo by Getty Images.

April 21, 2020

As local, state, and national government leaders release guidelines on reopening businesses and returning to a “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, public health and infectious disease experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) say a gradual, cautious return would be the most effective.

How best to combat COVID-19 at home

Common kitchen and bathroom surfaces should be cleaned frequently. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

April 20, 2020

The vast majority of individuals who develop COVID-19 will not require hospitalization and will end up fighting the illness at home. But how do you best prepare your household in case someone comes down with this virus?

Preventing at-home injuries and creating a routine during COVID-19

Mother treats her daughter's skinned elbow. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

April 16, 2020

With schools closed across the country, children are spending their days at home with altered routines and under less supervision as parents try to balance working from home, homeschooling their children, and managing their new normal. Under these conditions, children are at an increased risk for an at-home injury.

Nurses' jobs change daily with COVID-19

Elda Ramirez, PhD, ENP-BC in personal protective equipment (Photo courtesy of Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth)

April 10, 2020

Elda Ramirez, PhD, ENP-BC, directed student nurses at the George R. Brown Convention Center who cared for people displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey, but in her 30 years as an ED nurse, she has never seen anything like COVID-19. 

How to encourage healthy eating for the body and mind during stay-at-home orders

Photo of Wesley McWhorter, MS, RD, preparing food with Laura Moore, MEd, RD, and students watching (Photo by Terry Vine)

April 8, 2020

Stay-at-home orders from government officials due to the COVID-19 pandemic have forced us to quickly adapt to a new normal, especially when it comes to eating. Restaurant dining rooms are closed, grocery shopping can be challenging, many parents are tasked with serving meals while working from home, and families who relied on school meals are now left to provide them since schools closed.

Online program offers free behavioral therapy as COVID quarantine lingers

Photo of young woman on a sofa looking at her phone and smiling (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

April 8, 2020

For millions of Americans, riding out the COVID-19 pandemic means making it through more than long lines at the grocery store or missed paychecks. A survey from the American Psychiatric Association reveals that nearly half of U.S. adults now struggle with anxiety, and more than a third report the pandemic has “serious” effects on their mental health.

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