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Hill Country Health Blog

Author: Created: 5/3/2012 10:29 AM
Hill Country Health is CTMC's quarterly magazine. The digital version includes interactive extras throughout the year, providing a resource you can draw from frequently for tips about fitness, nutrition and ways to enhance your overall well-being.
By Kathryn on 8/9/2016 1:54 PM

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If your hair is only on the sides and middle top of your head, the bare areas create a letter M. This is normal. But thinning that spreads across your scalp and not to the crown or temples can indicate a health issue.

By Kathryn on 8/9/2016 1:42 PM

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Join CTMC for these area breast cancer awareness activities.

By Kathryn on 8/9/2016 1:35 PM

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One of the most common health myths is that diet and exercise alone will help you reach a healthy weight. In reality, obtaining your goal weight is about more than the number of calories that go in and out. 

By Kathryn on 8/9/2016 1:09 PM

dad and son

Advice for new dads from local fathers who know. 

By Kathryn on 8/9/2016 1:05 PM

Scott Gregson

San Marcos City Councilman and CTMC Hospice Advisory Board member Scott Gregson gives tips for a man's longevity and vitality.

By Kathryn on 8/9/2016 1:00 PM

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CTMC is the only regional hospital with EKOS, an innovative system that dissolves blood clots. 

By Kathryn on 8/9/2016 12:55 PM

Scott Yarbrough

For the past decade, Scott Yarbrough has served on the Central Texas Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. His family moved to San Marcos in 1966 from Houston, and he graduated from San Marcos High School. Today, he owns the Yarbrough Agency insurance company and is an active member of the San Marcos community.  

By Kathryn on 8/9/2016 10:11 AM

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Are you a bread head? A roll troll? If your burger has a bun, the gluten conversation probably interests you. 

By Kathryn on 8/9/2016 10:00 AM

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Like muscles, the brain’s ability to perform will decrease if it is not used. Neurons can get stronger if they are progressively challenged and if the supply of oxygen and nutrients is protected. When learning stops, mental abilities will decline. There is plenty a person can do to fight the decline of cognitive function, and it’s never too late to start.

By Kathryn on 8/9/2016 8:48 AM

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The Adventist Health System, which was founded in 1973, has a rich history with roots dating back to 1866.  Today it is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction, comprised of 46 hospital campuses and nearly 77,000 employees. Central Texas Medical Center is one of those campuses.

By Kathryn on 8/2/2016 3:01 PM

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Advanced wound care is necessary when wounds have a hard time coming to closure. Dr. Randy Reynolds with the Central Texas Medical Center Institute for Advanced Wound Healing explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 7/25/2016 1:28 PM

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There are many different options available when it comes to birth control. Dr. Risa Curtis with Live Oak Women’s Care explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 7/4/2016 1:05 PM


Hospice care is about providing comfort and peace in the final stage of a person’s life. Jackie Duran, a Licensed Master Social Worker with CTMC Hospice Care, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip. 

By Kathryn on 6/27/2016 1:00 PM

Joint Pain

When you have discomfort in your joints, you may not want to move as much. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Stuart Shapiro, and orthopedic surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, addresses why it’s important to stay in motion. 

By Kathryn on 6/16/2016 3:20 PM

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Diet plays a big role in managing high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes. Dr. Stephen Richardson with the Live Oak Health Partners Community Clinic shares how making small changes can make a big difference for your health.

By Kathryn on 6/13/2016 12:39 PM

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Many people are confused about which supplements they should take. In this CTMC health tip, Jessica Sanders, a nurse practitioner at Live Oak Walk-In Care, tells why you should check with your clinician before taking vitamins.

By Kathryn on 6/9/2016 11:46 AM

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The Internet has without a doubt changed the relationship between physicians and their patients. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Charles Mathis, a general surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, addresses Googling your symptoms. 

By Kathryn on 6/9/2016 9:41 AM

Girl with ear infection

If your child is pulling at their ears, has a fever, is being fussy or has a decreased ability to hear, an ear infection may be the cause. In this CTMC health tip, Jessica Sanders, a nurse practitioner at Live Oak Walk-In Care, gives advice for addressing ear infections in children. 


By Kathryn on 6/1/2016 11:37 AM

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There are many benefits to robotic surgery. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Robert Duran, a general surgeon at Live Oak Health Partners, explains why robotic surgery is here to stay.

By Kathryn on 5/25/2016 11:31 AM

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There are many aspects to consider when you’re shopping for a new doctor. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Risa Curtis with Live Oak Women’s Care gives tips for finding the right OB-GYN to meet your needs. 

By Kathryn on 5/23/2016 11:03 AM

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CTMC Clinical Dietitan Stephanie Burns shares how a plant-based diet can benefit your heart. Recipes included!

By Kathryn on 5/20/2016 10:29 AM

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Add these helpful smartphone applications to your health toolbox.

By Kathryn on 5/20/2016 10:22 AM

Live Oak Team

With Hays County’s rapid growth, walk-in care and free standing emergency clinics are becoming more prevalent. Tourists, students and the expanding population are looking for convenience and value when it comes to health care. Our expert panel answers the top questions you may have about these facilities. 

By Kathryn on 5/20/2016 10:17 AM

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Depression is not “one size fits all,” particularly when it comes to genders. Not only are women more prone to depression than men, but the causes and patterns of female depression are usually different.

By Kathryn on 5/20/2016 10:08 AM


Our bones are a framework of 206 changing structures, always changing from the set we started with. Today, a new technology is available to measure bone health.

By Kathryn on 5/20/2016 10:01 AM

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Do you feel greater strain in your joints or find it harder to complete exercise routines? It’s not only you. After 40, all women lose elasticity in connective tissues like ligaments and tendons and muscle mass declines.

By Kathryn on 5/20/2016 9:49 AM

The Montgomery Family

When baby's first days are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 

By Kathryn on 5/20/2016 9:45 AM

Coach Karen Chisum

How Texas State Volleyball Coach Karen Chisum creates her own health game plan.

By Kathryn on 5/17/2016 11:38 AM

Girl scratching head with lice bug

One in 10 children will get lice, and it can be a very frustrating experience for parents and kids. Use these methods to treat lice safe and effectively.

By Kathryn on 5/17/2016 11:27 AM


Put the CREATION Health principles to work in your living space.

By Kathryn on 5/17/2016 11:17 AM

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When you’re on the go, a little liquid energy hits the spot. Energy drinks, teas, coffees, sodas and milk shakes can each have their appeal, but which help and which hurt? 

By Kathryn on 5/12/2016 1:16 PM

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Statistics show that almost half of kids in the United States are overweight to some degree. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Stephen Richardson explores weight management strategies for children. 

By Kathryn on 5/5/2016 1:06 PM

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If you have hernia symptoms, you shouldn’t delay seeing your doctor for an evaluation, especially if you are a woman in the childbearing years. Dr. Robert Duran, a general surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 4/28/2016 12:56 PM

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Data shows early prenatal care improves outcomes for expecting moms. Dr. Stephen Richardson, a family doctor at the Live Oak Health Partners Community Clinic, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 4/25/2016 3:38 PM


It’s natural to want a quick fix when we’re sick, but antibiotics may not always be the best answer. Jessica Sanders, a nurse practitioner with Live Oak Health Partners, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 4/25/2016 1:25 PM

gallbladder graphicThe number one reason for intra-abdominal surgery in the United States is gallbladder removal, but is surgery the only answer for addressing gallbladder disease? In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Charles Mathis, a general surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, explains. 

By Kathryn on 4/13/2016 1:02 PM


Hip problems can cause pain that interferes with quality of life and activities of living. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Stuart Shapiro, and orthopedic surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, talks about a minimally invasive procedure for hip replacement.

By Kathryn on 3/17/2016 3:17 PM


Donor embryos come from couples who have completed their families and give any remaining embryos to embryo banks. Dr. Susan Hudson explains more about embryo adoption in this CTMC Health Tip. 

By Kathryn on 3/3/2016 9:16 AM

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A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Sue Ann Harrison, a pediatrician at Corridor Primary Care in San Marcos, explains more about recognizing a concussion in your child. 

By Kathryn on 2/12/2016 2:33 PM

Pregnant belly

During pregnancy, the body’s circulatory volume increases by 50 percent, which puts stress on the heart. In this CTMC Health Tip, Avis Harris-Caldwell, CTMC Director of Women’s Services, shares precautions women should take to ensure a heart healthy pregnancy.

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 11:57 AM

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We welcome you to participate in the 30th Annual CREATION HealthCheck, Hays County’s largest health screening and fair.  This event is built to provide you with the most current and valuable health services available.  

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 11:47 AM

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We polled our Facebook readers to find out where a family can enjoy a day trip or weekend with limited expense. Here are some great suggestions for your own spring adventures. Happy trails!

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 11:43 AM

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Migraine headaches are painful and often debilitating. Symptoms of a migraine can include a pounding headache, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light.

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 11:36 AM

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Venous ulcers are shallow wounds, most frequently found in the legs, that are instigated by trauma. They fail to heal due to improper functioning of venous valves, leading to slowed venous blood circulation, leg swelling and persistent draining ulcers that can be painful, debilitating and resistant to normal healing.

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 11:16 AM

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Central Texas Medical Center has made several strides in robotic surgery since the first case was completed at the hospital in 2012. This infographic illustrates how CTMC's robotic surgery program has grown. 

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