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SNAKE BITES A CONCERN AS WEATHER WARMS UP Warmer weather coaxes snakes out of hiding, and it’s important to know what to do after a snake bite, according to a medical toxicologist at Baylor College of Medicine ( “Many people don’t realize how much of an issue snake bites are in this area of the country,” said Dr. Spencer Greene, director of medical toxicology and assistant professor of medicine – emergency medicine at BCM. “In fact, our regional poison center reported 235 snake bites – including 148 from known venomous snakes in the Houston area in 2012, and I am sure many more are going unreported”. According to Greene, the first step is avoidance. “Never reach into a hole or a bush blindly, a snake may be resting there,” he said. “It is also important to maintain an appropriate distance from a snake. Most pit vipers, which include rattlesnakes, copperheads and water moccasins, can strike at a target up to twothirds of their body length when provoked.” If you are bitten by a snake, Greene suggests the following important steps: • Stay calm. • Call 911 immediately to be evaluated. • Take off anything that is constricting the affected area, such as a ring or watch. • Position the affected area at or above heart level. This means that if you are bitten on the hand, bring it to heart level, and if you’re bitten on the leg or foot, elevate it if possible. This minimizes the amount of local tissue damage and swelling, which is the most common finding in pit viper bites. • Go to the emergency room – the sooner the better. Greene also dispels several myths about treating snake bites and suggests heeding the following advice: • Do not apply a tourniquet or a constriction band. • Do not apply ice; it can cause local tissue damage. • Do not apply heat. • Don’t cut the affected area and attempt to suck the venom out – this increases the amount of local tissue damage.

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• Don’t use a commercially-available extraction device. These have also shown to be ineffective in removing venom and actually increase the amount of tissue damage. • Don’t use electrical therapy. • Don’t apply any type of lotions or ointments. The management of snake bites has changed over the years and the newer type of anti-venom has proven to be very effective in reducing pain, bleeding complications, swelling and tissue damage, Greene says. Although anti-venom has been shown to have the maximum effectiveness within the first 12 hours of the bite, it can still be effective a few days after the bite. At the hospital, physicians will determine if anti-venom and hospital admission is necessary. “Ideally, patients should be evaluated by a medical toxicologist with experience in managing snake bites,” Greene says. If a patient requires anti-venom, he or she usually spends one or two days in the hospital. After hospital discharge, patients will need to follow up twice a week for two weeks to watch for any signs of recurrent toxicity.

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When getting together to cook for loved ones, the last thing you want is to get sick from the food you eat. Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian at Baylor College of Medicine, has a few tips to keep your food safe. • A l w a y s u s e a m e a t thermometer to check if meat is fully cooked. The color of the meat can’t determine the safety of the meat. All meat should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly during food preparation. • Wash all produce before cutting and chopping. • Refrigerator leftovers within two hours. • Use a thermometer when reheating food as well. Following these basic guidelines will ensure that the food you serve is safe to eat, said Anding.


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MY HOMETOWN CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT, MINIMIZE CANCER RISK Controlling weight can help a person reduce the risk of cancer, said an oncologist from the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine. "We do not know exactly how and why obesity affects cancer risk, but we know there is an increase, so it is important for everyone to control their weight to minimize this risk,� said Dr. Kent Osborne, director of the Duncan Cancer Center and the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, both at BCM. Research has linked obesity to a greater risk of developing esophageal, pancreatic, colorectal, breast, endometrial, kidney, thyroid and gallbladder cancer, Osborne said. In some cancers like breast cancer, there is also an increase in the risk of recurrence if a patient already has the cancer and is obese. Many other factors, such as genetics, may play a role in cancer development, but keeping a normal weight is one thing people can change and it may help, he said.


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Our ongoing efforts to repair and repaint community fencing has sparked interest in other options, such as installation of concrete and vinyl fencing. Here’s the information we have gathered so far. 2013 staining and repairs for a portion of our wooden fence will run approximately $40,000. Estimates for installation of a vinyl fence - does not include removal of our existing fence - are around $780,000. Estimates for installation of a concrete fence (it’s made to look like wood) - includes removal of existing fence - are around $1,000,000. If you have helpful information about less expensive solutions that are more sturdy with lower ongoing maintenance costs, please email your HTK Board of Directors at


Since January, violation notices have been given to homeowners whose trash cans are visible from the street. During our March 12th board meeting, a discussion was held regarding those violations and interpretation of language in our CC&Rs. Consequently, between now and the annual meeting in June, the board will be considering issues raised about storing trashcans and what “properly screened from view� means. In the meantime, the board has agreed to temporarily return to the practice that was allowed when homeowners were adjusting to the City of Kyle’s change to 3 trashcans. During that grace period, trashcans could be stored in front of the homeowner’s fence, but behind the air conditioning units.

MY HOMETOWN Sinuses Can Be a Pain in the Head, Not Neck

That troublesome headache might not be a migraine or brought on by tension. It could be caused by sinus trouble, said doctors at Baylor College of Medicine. “The sinuses work to humidify and cleanse the air, lighten the weight of the skull, and provide resonance to the voice. Sometimes, the sinuses fail to function correctly, leading to sinus pain caused by an infection or nasal congestion,� said Dr. Mas Takashima, assistant professor of otolaryngology at BCM and director of the Baylor Sinus Center. Sinus headaches usually occur along with congestion. Many things can cause sinus pressure and pain, such as sinus infections, nasal allergies, nasal polyps, septal deviations as well as enlarged vascular structures in the nose called turbinates. “Sinus pain can also be exacerbated by the weather or even plane travel as the pressure changes in the air around you,� said Takashima. Therapy is based on cleansing and decongesting the nose. This can be accomplished with something as simple as nasal irrigation using salt water. Steam, as found in a hot shower, may also provide decongestion and relief. If the problem is caused by infection then antibiotics are used. If it is allergy related, allergy medications may be prescribed. Occasionally surgery is required to keep the passages open.

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05/1997 Marcus is a smart, funny and passionate young man. He is a thinker and a planner who likes to explore new ideas and gain knowledge. He likes to write and listen to rap music. Marcus craves acceptance and responds well to positive attention from adults. He is determined to have a bright future and works hard to reach his academic potential. Marcus wants very much to be adopted so that he can have a family to love and support him in the future. His adoptive family needs to be nurturing, firm, patient and willing to provide him with much needed one-on-one attention. Marcus will do best in a family with older children and one with parents that can help build his self-esteem while encouraging him to discover his strengths and find his place in the world. For more information on Marcus, please contact Stephanie Berka at the Adoption Coalition of Texas by email or by phone: 512-450-8750.





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