A city project to build sidewalks along Stewart Road in Galveston has been delayed, not by weather or broken equipment but by an apparent errant key stroke.
If you're wondering what the Falcons are doing in the NFL's version of the Final Four with the Patriots, Steelers and Packers, you aren't alone.
About 30 years ago, an Illinois state trooper came to see me with the worst case of dry skin I had ever seen. His feet and hands were covered with callused, scaly, deeply fissured, painful and bleeding sores. Though he had seen many dermatologists and been prescribed a panoply of moisturizers, creams, steroids and more, his condition persisted unabated.
The winners of the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award are Laurel Sabol, a student in the School of Health Professions, Dr. Maurice Willis, director of UTMB’s Hemotology/Oncology clinic, Carlton Gentry, a licensed vocational nurse in the Gib Lewis Unit in East Texas, and Leah Jacobs, an analyst in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Scientists have been using various techniques to determine which of the 22,000 human genes are used in response to various situations, for example during infection or after exposure to a toxin. These studies provide insights into the mechanisms the body uses to respond to insults and can lead to the development of new therapeutics and medical interventions. A recent study explored what happens to gene expression when an organism dies. Surprisingly, some genes are actually turned on. Nature can be unpredictable.
Fitness after age 55 is easier than you think and the benefits are significant: Increased vigor. Alertness. Ample energy to enjoy your leisure time, to travel or to play with your grandchildren. Fitness is tied to longevity and according to experts, you’re likely to enjoy a more satisfying sex life.
The little white crystals sparkle like fairy dust in the sugar bowl, spinning memories of making cookies with grandma and having cake and ice cream to make each birthday a little sweeter.
Do you know the health benefits of resistance training? The main types of resistance exercise are weight training, resistance bands or tubes, using your body weight in exercise movements and isometrics. Aerobic exercise targets conditioning of heart, lungs and circulation. Resistance exercise focuses on strengthening, enlarging and/or shaping our muscles by stressing them beyond their usual activities and allowing them to repair and grow.
It is small, we all live with it and it is arguably the best studied organism on the planet. Yes, more than humans! Some forms of it can cause serious disease and scientists have been investigating all aspects of it for more than 125 years. It is present in the intestinal tract of every human and is commonly found in the environment. It is an important biomarker of fecal contamination. What I am talking about of course is Escherichia coli or E. coli.
New collaborations and increased philanthropic support helped the University of Texas Medical Branch realize an increase in research funding from 2015 to 2016. For 2016, the medical branch received 264 awards from the National Institutes of Health totaling $97.4 million. This is a 13 percent increase from 2015, when the medical branch received 235 awards for a total of $85,901,018 from the NIH.
Every year the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm honors those who have made seminal contributions in science through the awarding of Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine and in Chemistry. A Nobel Prize is awarded to a scientist(s) who have made the most important discoveries for the benefit of mankind.
Some days it may just feel like we are surviving, just barely hanging on, rather than thriving. This is a time of year when we often stop and take stock of our lives and ways to improve them. To be well, we need to reflect on the balance of the full spectrum of our health choices. This will of course include care of our body and our environment, our mental and emotional self, and our spiritual and social dimensions.
If you’re planning to begin a fitness or weight loss program in the new year, you’re in sync with almost half of U.S. adults.
We can all wipe the slate clean and start over once again.
Odds are you’ve never heard of Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, but if you watch commercials, you’ve seen ads recently for prescription medicines to address the inflammatory bowel disease that has borne his name since he characterized it in 1932. Crohn’s disease is a chronic, inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract with no clear cause. It can make life miserable for those who suffer from it.
University of Texas Medical Branch employees from all three campuses contributed approximately one ton of nonperishable food items to this year’s Ball High School “Share Your Holidays” food drive, sponsored by KTRK-TV Houston. In all, this year’s drive collected more than 15,500 pounds of food items, the equivalent of providing more than 18,600 nourishing meals to those in need in Galveston County.
Family Service Center of Galveston County will present its annual Connections of the Heart Gala: “Island Carnival,” an evening celebrating 103 years of service at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Floral Ballroom at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.
In its ongoing effort to elevate public awareness about heart disease, the American Heart Association announces the 2017 Bay Area Go Red for Women Cause sponsor and chair, Santiago Mendoza Jr., of Bay Area Regional Medical Center.
While we are all aware of the Zika virus, scientists are only in the early stages of understanding how this virus actually causes disease.
It’s that time of year when festivities abound and this may include drinking alcohol, at times to excess. Even moderate drinkers might have a tendency to overdo it this time of the year. Those that drink only on the holidays may have forgotten their limits, or even pass out before reaching them. Those that don’t drink at all are in good shape here and need read no further.
To help keep children healthy and safe during the holiday season the American Academy of Pediatrics has a few reminders for safety.
If you’ve ever visited the pound and seen the sad eyes of a forlorn puppy staring back at you from a cage, you’ll be pleased to know that some of these young canines are now being used to save the lives of returning veterans.
Dr. Anish Bhardwaj will take on the role of interim vice dean of Academic Affairs, effective Jan. 1. Bhardwaj serves as professor and chair of the Department of Neurology and is the John Sealy Chair of Neurology. He is also associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development.
It is well established that tumors can induce our own cells to form new blood in a process called angiogenesis. This supplies tumors with the nutrients and oxygen to support their growth. But in 1999, scientists hypothesized that tumor cells themselves can form blood vessels, a process called vasculogenic mimicry or VM.
Inspire — expire. Breathe in — breathe out. The ancient drumbeat rhythm of our breath is a true miracle that accompanies us moment to moment throughout life. This automatic, unconscious process is repeated millions of times throughout our lives. We do not pay it any attention or consciously acknowledge how thin the thread of life is between breath, and no breath.
The American Academy of Pediatrics on their healthychildren.org website has suggestions for making sure your children are safe.
Currently, the country spends an estimated $30 billion each year pursuing non-medical remedies of all sorts, both symptomatic and therapeutic for every ill imaginable.
Actually, a well-crafted salad can serve to be a centerpiece to a meal instead of an introduction.
BMI calculations help put an end — once and for all — to the classic rationalization, “I’m not overweight, I’m just undertall.”
The recent election was also a referendum on the medical, and yes, recreational use of marijuana. Voters in Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine and California approved the recreational use of marijuana; bringing the number of approving states to eight. Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas will now join others that allow the medical use of it. With chronic marijuana use, questions about its influence on a person’s health are being debated.
Dr. Gulshan Sharma has been appointed vice president and chief medical and clinical innovation officer of the University of Texas Medical Branch’s health system. Sharma, who holds the Sealy & Smith Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine, will retain his position as director of Pulmonary and Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Sharma, who joined the medical branch in 2004, received his medical training at Dayanand Medical College in India. He completed an externship at the medical branch, his residency in Internal Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital, and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care in the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.
With increasing literature about the role of inflammation and diet in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease, may I suggest you read a new book, “Eat to Beat Alzheimer’s.” It offers a creative path forward to those of us with a strong desire to avoid the threat of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
A Dickinson area urgent care clinic is at the forefront of medical discovery, participating in an upcoming $37 million study that has the potential to change how heart attack patients are treated.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that two children go to the emergency room every hour after being injured by a stroller or carrier.
Type I diabetes or juvenile diabetes is often diagnosed by measuring blood glucose levels during the life threatening acute onset of this disease, diabetic ketoacidosis. This often comes as a surprise to parents, requiring a trip to the hospital followed by rapid lifestyle adjustments and a serious increase in their health care expenses. A way to test for type 1 diabetes before the onset of symptoms would help prevent the dangerous consequences and give families time to be educated and prepared. Scientists in Germany have developed an easy and relatively inexpensive screening test that can be performed on infants that would predict the development of type 1 diabetes.
The University of Texas Medical Branch’s Alejandro Castellanos-Gonzalez received a $100,000 grant from the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Castellanos-Gonzalez and his team are working on a research project aimed at defining targets for drug development against a diarrhea causing parasite. Diarrhea kills approximately 2,000 children every day and the intestinal parasite Cryptosporidium is one of the most prevalent causes of diarrhea in the world. Castellanos-Gonzalez has a novel method to study the function of potential drugs against the parasite.
”If you can’t do great things yourself, remember that you may do small things in a great way.” — Napoleon Hill
When the Galveston National Laboratory opened months after Hurricane Ike in 2008, leaders knew researchers there would battle infectious diseases on a global scale — forever changing the status of the University of Texas Medical Branch.
The Food and Drug Administration advises parents to stop giving babies homeopathic teething tablets or gels and to throw the products awa
The biggest philanthropic effort in the University of Texas Medical Branch history, a $450 million Working Wonders Campaign, officially concluded last week, having exceeded the goal by raising $450,954,995 for various initiatives at the university. Medical branch President Dr. David L. Callender said the campaign was “transformative,” enabling the medical branch to construct the new Jennie Sealy Hospital, add 153 new endowments and to fund or sustain several major research programs. Medical branch faculty, staff and retirees contributed $13.3 million.
It is well established that tumors can induce our own cells to form new blood in a process called angiogenesis. This supplies tumors with the nutrients and oxygen to support their growth. But in 1999, scientists hypothesized that tumor cells themselves can form blood vessels, a process called vasculogenic mimicry or VM. That started a fierce, but healthy, debate about how tumors acquire their blood supply. Nearly 17 years later, a drug that targets VM has gone into clinical trials and if successful would go a long way in bolstering the case that this phenomenon contributes to tumor growth.
“Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it.” — Genesis
There’s a saying that laughter is the best medicine, but recent work suggests that friends and family may be. What is the take-away for folks who may have few of either? Is there anything they can do to set themselves up for a better outcome?
A combination of a heavy head, weak neck muscles and a soft and rapidly growing brain can lead to severe bruising of the shaken child’s brain.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah can be particularly difficult for those going through them without their loved ones. Grief can be magnified by holiday sights and sounds, causing memories to come flooding back in on these and other special days.
The holiday season is here. It’s not only a time of celebration, fun and family, but it’s also a time of year when youth are more likely to experiment with drinking alcohol. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, when students are out of school — winter holidays, spring break and summer — they are more likely to try using alcohol for the first time. You can help youth make a healthier choice by restricting their access to alcohol.
My life is pretty busy. With work, family and other obligations, I don’t get out much. We recently took a vacation after the death of my dear mother-in-law, who passed at 95-years-old, after a nearly decadelong struggle with Alzheimer’s. We definitely needed a break.
Any cancer patient will tell you that the fear of a cancer’s recurrence is with them all the time. For many, follow-up can involve invasive or uncomfortable testing that serves as an ongoing reminder of cancer’s threat. For patients with lung cancer, the follow-up usually means regular CT scans to look for tumors. Now there is a promising new breath test that detects the presence of certain markers that are only present in patients with lung cancer. How is that for patient-friendly?
In TV’s hospital dramas, illnesses tend to be dramatic and interesting. Clanging alarms, rushing staff and hurtling crash carts keep viewers pinned to their seats.
Third-hand smoke is tobacco smoke contamination that remains after the cigarette has been extinguished.
Artifacts and documents from 15 different University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine alumni will be on display on the third floor of the Moody Medical Library for the next two months. The stories of the former students are told through photographs, letters, diaries and other materials that make up part of the Truman G. Blocker Jr. History of Medicine Collections. The exhibit includes displays on Dr. Herman Barnet III, a World War II fighter pilot who would become the first African American admitted to medical school in Texas, Dr. Edith Bonnet, the first woman intern at John Sealy Hospital, and Dr. Felix Miller who spent a day in 1911 patching up soldiers in Pancho Villa’s army, among many others.
Cancer. A big word in a small package. And it doesn’t discriminate. Young. Old. Big. Small. Celebrity. Janitor. Mother. Father. Daughter. Son. It comes in many forms. Skin. Lung. Blood. Breast. Colon. Pancreatic. Brain. It just doesn’t care. Cancer, in all its forms and in all its victims, doesn’t care what you think, feel, want or dream. It is a destroyer of the normal and the unusual; of goals, ambitions and lives.