St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's third-largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas, including seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers, and two freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

Visit our main website at www.StDavids.com
St. David's Medical Center (512) 476-7111
St. David's North Austin (512) 901-1000
St. David's South Austin (512) 447-2211
St. David's Round Rock (512) 341-1000
St. David's Georgetown (512) 943-3000
St. David's Rehabilitation (512) 544-5100
Heart Hospital of Austin (512) 407-7000

Health Library

May 29, 2013

 High Doses of Common Painkillers May Raise Risk for Heart Trouble

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- People who take high doses of common painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) face a greater risk for heart problems, a new analysis shows.

 Most Docs OK With Medical Marijuana: Survey

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of doctors who responded to a survey about medical marijuana said they would approve the use of the drug to help ease pain in an older woman with advanced breast cancer.

 Apes Get Emotional When Choices Don't Pan Out

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Just like some people, apes have emotional responses to the outcomes of their decisions, researchers say.

 Deadly 'Super Bug' Controlled in Large Study of Hospitals

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Providing antibacterial soap and ointment to all patients in intensive-care units helps control the potentially deadly hospital-acquired infection known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- or MRSA, a new U.S. government-funded study finds.

 One in 600 Flights Involves Medical Emergency, Study Says

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Medical emergencies occur daily on commercial airline flights, and physician passengers end up providing assistance during nearly half of such midair incidents, according to a new study.

 Man Relapsed After Treatment for Meningitis Tied to Tainted Injections

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Since the start of last year's outbreak of fungal meningitis cases linked to tainted steroid injections, federal health officials have recommended three to six months of antifungal therapy to combat potentially fatal infections.

 Kids With ADHD Less Able to Process Emotions During Sleep: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Parts of the brain thought to support consolidation of emotional memories during sleep are less active in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study.

 Health Reform Saving Young Adults Millions for ER Care: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- An Affordable Care Act provision has shielded thousands of young U.S. adults and their families from millions of dollars in treatment costs for serious medical emergencies, a new study shows.

 Word Tests at Age 2 Might Predict Gains for Kids With Autism, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Early brain responses to words may help predict future abilities in children with autism, a new study suggests.

 New Drugs, Diagnostic Approved for Advanced Melanoma

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Two new drugs, Tafinlar (dabrafenib) and Mekinist (trametinib), have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

 U.S. Imports Scarce Nutrition Drugs for Sick Babies

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Seeking to ease a shortage that is threatening the health of preemie babies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday it was importing certain injectable nutrition drugs.

 Weight Loss Might Ease Psoriasis, Study Hints

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- People with psoriasis who lose weight could experience some relief from the symptoms of their chronic skin disease, according to a small new study.

 ADHD Meds Don't Raise Risk of Drug Abuse in Adulthood: Review

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Children taking stimulants to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) don't face a greater risk of becoming drug addicts in adulthood, researchers report.

 Gene Therapy May Protect Against Flu Pandemics

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Gene therapy that turns cells in the nose into factories that crank out super antibodies against the flu protected mice and ferrets against lethal doses of several pandemic strains of the virus.

 Thyroid Disorders Tied to Complications in Pregnancy

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with thyroid disorders are at greater risk for premature delivery and other pregnancy complications, a new study indicates.

 Mosquitoes With Altered Gene Can't Sniff People Out

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have discovered that mutating a smell-related gene in mosquitoes hinders their ability to sniff out humans from other warm-blooded prey.

 Blood-Tracking Device Uses New Technology

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- The first device to use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to help workers track blood products and prevent the release of unsuitable samples has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 Mental Ills in Kids With Epilepsy May Depend on Seizure Location

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Depression and behavioral problems are common among children and teens with a type of epilepsy known as temporal lobe epilepsy, according to a new study.

 Health Highlights: May 29, 2013

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

 And America's Fittest City Is...

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- It's a three-peat. For the third year in a row, the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is the fittest in America, according to the American College of Sports Medicine's annual rankings released Wednesday.

 Health Tip: Help Prevent Bathroom Falls

(HealthDay News) -- A slippery floor in the bathroom is all it takes to end up on your back with a broken bone or bad sprain.

 Health Tip: If You Have Neck Pain

(HealthDay News) -- Neck pain can indicate a minor injury or falling asleep in an awkward position. In other cases, it may indicate something more serious.

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