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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 1/22/2017 3:56 PM


COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Dr. Nayer El-Ashram, a pulmonologist with Live Oak Health Partners, takes a closer look at COPD in today’s CTMC Health Tip. 

By Kathryn on 11/22/2016 12:27 PM

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Winter weather and holidays can heighten feelings of depression in your family and neighbors. We all should be mindful of signs of depression that affect people in our lives.

By Kathryn on 11/22/2016 12:08 PM

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A hospital stay can be a difficult time for patients and their families. CTMC partnered with a new hospitalist group, Sound Physicians, to enhance communication and safety. The group provides around-the-clock service and are specially trained to care for patients during hospital stays.

By Kathryn on 11/22/2016 11:56 AM

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Often, the biggest myth surrounding hospice care is that the family has given up and that death is imminent. The reality is that hospice care is personalized attention and support that gives the patient and family members more comfort in the privacy of their home.

By Kathryn on 11/22/2016 11:34 AM

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CTMC recently invested in a new MRI machine that creates a more pleasant experience for patients. 

By Kathryn on 11/22/2016 11:10 AM

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At the age of 40, Miriam McCoy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Know that feeling when your cell battery is low? Sometimes the thought of disconnection from texting, calls and social media can cause real panic. We know we should have balance, but pursuing it is daunting. 
As we teach our kids about healthy eating and making good choices, we should consider the social health and mental well-being of our families by setting some technology boundaries.

By Kathryn on 11/22/2016 11:04 AM

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Diabetes is the country’s No. 1 cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations, and, according to Dr. Erik Anderson, a general surgeon for Live Oak Health Partners, it isn’t always easy to spot in the early stages.

By Kathryn on 11/21/2016 4:17 PM

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At the age of 40, Miriam McCoy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Although she was not aware of any family history when she was diagnosed with the disease, Miriam knew something was wrong when she started experiencing excessive thirst and unintentional weight loss. 

By Kathryn on 11/17/2016 4:51 PM

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The CTMC Institute for Advanced Wound Healing treats wounds that are having a hard time healing on their own including burns, road rash, injuries from car accidents, surgical incisions and diabetic foot ulcers. In this CTMC Health Tip, Licensed Vocational Nurse Cindy Carpenter explains how hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat severe wounds. 

By Kathryn on 11/15/2016 4:33 PM

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When Tim de Jong fell ill last year, he found himself in the Central Texas Medical Center Emergency Room. While he didn’t think his illness was serious at first, he ended up having an emergency gall bladder removal and spending four days in the Intensive Care Unit.

By Kathryn on 11/15/2016 4:27 PM

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Ladies, you have a new partner in your wellness and health care. Live Oak Women’s Care is proud to introduce obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Risa Curtis to the Hays County community.

By Kathryn on 11/15/2016 3:42 PM

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From coconut oil to coconut water, this tropical fruit has been touted as a “miracle” food by many in the health industry. Fans should be aware, though, that coconut is high in saturated fat, which is detrimental for your heart and overall health.

By Kathryn on 11/10/2016 4:46 PM

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Asthma is a condition that affects the human airways. Tony Garcia, director of CTMC Cardiopulmonary Services, explains more about managing asthma in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 11/3/2016 4:34 PM

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A depressed mood can be normal at times, but when should you seek help? In today’s CTMC Health Tip, Murray Kast, a licensed professional counselor at the CTMC Family Grief Center, explains more about depression and how to treat it. 

By Kathryn on 10/27/2016 4:27 PM

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Genetic testing can help you make informed decisions about how to manage future risks of cancer.  Patient Navigator Leslie Castillo explains more in this CTMC Health Tip. 

By Kathryn on 10/20/2016 4:20 PM

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Whether you’re battling cancer or simply want to prevent it, nutrition plays a big role. CTMC Clinical Dietitian Lauren Beller explains more in this CTMC Health Tip. 

By Kathryn on 10/13/2016 4:12 PM

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How often should women be screened for breast cancer? Dr. Charles Mathis, a general surgeon for Live Oak Health Partners, explains in this CTMC Health Tip. 

By Kathryn on 10/6/2016 4:11 PM

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What should a woman expect during and after her annual mammogram? Dr. Stephen Swearingen, a radiologist at San Marcos Medical Imaging, explains in this CTMC Health Tip. 

By Kathryn on 9/29/2016 3:50 PM

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Some robotic surgical procedures are completed through four tiny incisions, but with single-site da Vinci surgery procedures can be completed through only one incision. The incision can be hidden in the belly button, which preserves the appearance of the abdominal wall for a much more cosmetically pleasing outcome.

By Kathryn on 9/22/2016 1:20 PM

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Sleep studies are used to measure various indicators that identify what’s causing sleep problems. Tony Garcia, director of the CTMC Sleep Center, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 9/22/2016 1:13 PM

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The Central Texas Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Tiffany Lee, an occupational therapist, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

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

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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

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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.

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