Hearing the sound of birds again

Few medical advances are important enough to get their own day. But International Cochlear Implant Day is celebrated Feb. 25, and it’s worth taking a minute to understand why many…

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Let’s loop San Antonio

An estimated 36 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Even when using the best hearing aids, some…

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A helping hand for your hearing

“Can you hear me now? Good!” No, this isn’t an ad for a cell phone company.  It’s a glimpse into the life of an audiologist. October is Audiology Awareness Month,…

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Saving precious sight

It’s among the happiest moments for new parents, when their baby makes eye contact and smiles in recognition. But for very premature babies, a common and potentially blinding eye disease…

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A viewfinder for veins

It’s an unavoidable part of almost any hospital stay — having blood drawn or an IV line inserted. The process becomes a little more complicated when the nurse has trouble…

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Up on two feet again

It looks like something out of science fiction. But a new bionic suit being used at University Health System is helping patients with paralysis or lower extremity weakness regain strength…

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A personal trainer for your wrist

It’s like they suddenly blossomed on wrists across America — those little rubbery bracelets with names like Fitbit and Jawbone. They’re digital fitness trackers — high-tech descendents of those little…

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Sounding the alarm on flu

When the flu virus tried to sneak into San Antonio a couple of flu seasons ago, it was Kathleen Lawless who sounded the alarm. Lawless, manager of Microbiology Services at…

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