Think Health Science: Summertime Health Hazards | Texas Public Radio

Think Health Science: Summertime Health Hazards

Jun 15, 2017

With summer comes plans for lazy days, vacations at home or abroad, and spending time in the great outdoors. But summer livin’ is also fraught with unique health hazards ranging from mosquito-borne illnesses to sun exposure to contaminated food to all manner of physical injuries due to increased outdoor activities. A single sunburn can increase the risks of developing skin cancer, and five or more sunburns in your life can double the risk of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer.

TPR and UT Health-San Antonio's Think Health Science presentation addresses these topics and then some, answering questions that range from the most effective SPF levels for sunscreen, to how viruses like Zika and West Nile are spreading throughout the world, to how to stay healthy and out of the bathroom (come on, you know what we mean) when traveling abroad. 

The presentation features three UT Health faculty members: Jason Bowling, M.D., Sandra Osswald, M.D., and Anthony Hartzler, M.D.

Dr. Bowling shares his knowledge of the transmission, clinical symptoms, diagnosis and prevention of Zika and other viruses, including West Nile virus. Dr. Osswald discusses the body’s largest organ, the skin, and the dangers of sunburn, cancer risks and other skin conditions. Dr. Hartzler, a hospitalist, discusses general health tips to consider in advance of summer travel, both international and domestic.

Listen to the audio in the Soundcloud link below, or donwload the entire presentation for later listening. You can also follow along with the presenters' slides using the SlideShare link below that.

Follow along with presenter slides

Think Health Science: Summer Health Hazards from Nathan Cone

Presented in partnership with UT Health.