December 2010/Holiday News Tips

Handy advice: Drying discussion should take a back seat to effective wash cycle
Which method has the upper hand – towel-dried or blow-dried? Everyone knows that the best way to keep germs at bay is to wash your hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom, changing a diaper or handling raw meat. But what’s the best way to dry them? Read More

Prep work helps prevent injuries on the ski slopes
If winter has inspired you to test out the slopes, physicians at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s orthopaedic sports medicine program remind you that preparation is critical to avoiding injuries. Read More

Enjoy the holidays without expanding your waist
Visions of sugar plums may dance in your head throughout the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean they should take a spin on your plate at every gathering. Bernadette Latson, a clinical dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the age-old advice of moderation still rings true. Read More

Holiday decorations may be something to sneeze at
As you begin pulling down the holiday decorations from the attic this season, doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center have some tips for cutting down allergy risks. “Carrying items down from dusty attics or pulling them from garages and storage areas can stir up dust and molds,” says Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, chief of allergy and immunology at UT Southwestern. Read More

Enjoy a healthier holiday with simple substitutions
The winter holidays shouldn’t be a nightmare for people watching their waistlines. Experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center offer a few tips on how to cut calories and eat sensibly. Read More

Violent toys, video games can be destructive
Be wary of the social or emotional risks of certain toys, as many send violent or inappropriate messages. Dr. Joel Steinberg, a pediatrician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says, “Parents should be very careful in selecting toys that may encourage violent behaviors." Read More

Take potential pain out of champagne – uncork with care
Exploding champagne corks may add a dramatic flair to a holiday party, but they can also cause serious eye injuries such as ruptured globes, detached retinas and painful bruising. Dr. Preston Blomquist, an ophthalmologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, recommends the following safety tips. Read More

Remember the gift for all seasons
As hearts swell with the season, our charitable donations rise. In this time of personal philanthropy, resolve to make a regular donation at the bank as well – the blood bank. Because of the perishable nature of blood and its components, the supply must be replenished regularly. Read More