September 2010 News Tips

Heavy packs can be a pain in the back
A backpack bulging with books and school supplies may be a sign of a good student, but doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center say it can also cause back strain and even nerve damage. A condition called Rucksack Paralysis is caused by the strain on shoulders and arms. Read More

Filling the lunch box with food for thought
With childhood obesity rates rising, what you put in your child’s lunch box is more important than ever, say nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern, says to look for protein from lean lunch meats, low-fat cheese or peanut butter on whole-grain bread. Read More

Athletes, get a thorough physical before getting physical
School athletes heading back to the fields and courts are often required to get only a cursory participation medical review. But more thorough examinations may be appropriate, particularly for advanced athletes and for those who have suffered injuries during previous seasons. Read More

Use proven strategies to ease fear of shots
Fear of needles needn’t stop anyone from getting necessary vaccinations. “It’s very common to have a fear of needles,” says Dr. Deborah Wiebe, a health psychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “For most people, these are manageable fears that can be addressed through a variety of simple pain-management strategies.” Read More