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Dr. Juan Ramon Ortega-Barnett will be the keynote speaker at the 127th School of Medicine commencement on June 3. Ortega-Barnett is a neurosurgeon and assistant professor in the department of surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Ortega-Barnett, who knew at an early…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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We are in the midst of an opiate epidemic with horrific numbers of overdoses, suicides and ruined lives. More people die daily in the U.S. from these painkillers than from auto accidents. This is part of the reason that medical treatments are the third leading cause of death in our country.

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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There is a recent discussion in healthychildren.org about drug overdoses, primarily opioid overdose. The American Academy of Pediatrics is dedicated to treating and preventing opioid use disorder that will help to assure a happy, healthy childhood.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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A gentle breeze blew through the town of Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg), Russia, early in the morning on Monday, April 2, 1979. The inhabitants of the town suspected nothing, but the breeze carried death. A nearby bioweapons plant called Compound 19 had accidentally released anthrax, and it r…

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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The University of Texas Medical Branch’s 25th annual observance of Earth Day will take place Friday. Festivities will be held on the administration plaza at the intersection of University Boulevard and Market Street beginning at 10 a.m. The keynote address will be by David Niesel, UTMB’s chi…

  • By MARSHA CANRIGHT Correspondent
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Remember when butter was bad for you? And table salt and coffee and red wine and egg yolks? Remember when you shouldn’t eat fish more than once a week — because of the mercury — and when drinking whole milk was almost a sin?

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” This ad for a medical alert system is a bit of a parody. But it is no joke to an older adult who has taken a bad fall and knows firsthand the feelings of helplessness, pain and shame of not being able to get up from the floor.

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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The American Academy of Pediatrics, Parents Plus, has some suggestions for activities for your young child to do to allow unstructured playtime. First, make sure that you remember to use a portable play yard or safety gates to keep your child in a safe area in case you are distracted. Also m…

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The University of Texas Medical Branch and the Shiloh A.M.E. Church Layman Organization are partnering to provide free screening mammograms for uninsured women ages 40-64 in Galveston County.

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More than half of the University of Texas Medical Branch’s 2017 School of Medicine class will continue their medical training in Texas, with about half of them entering the much-needed field of primary care. Of the 216 students in the class, 53 percent will do their residency training in the…

  • By KATHY BARROSO
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At the Galveston County Health District we often see surprise in the expressions of people when they realize the variety and depth of services we provide. With that in mind, we thought Public Health Week, April 3 through 9, is a great time to highlight how our services touch the daily lives …

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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By now, pretty much everyone in the civilized world is aware of the risks of smoking. On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I was fascinated and horrified by the graphic pictures attached to cigarette packages of human body parts infested with cancer, hardened arteries, and other gruesome fare.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Before the vaccine, nearly all children got measles by the time they were 15. While thought of as a relatively benign childhood disease before 1963, it is estimated that 400 to 500 people died of measles each year. Add to that 48,000 hospitalizations and 4,000 suffering a life threatening co…

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Health Education Center is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 7. The $90.4 million, 160,000 square-foot facility is expected to open in 2019. The building will feature a variety of simulation classroom space enabling future generations of health care professi…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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You can now eat eggs guilt free. For years, we have been warning people about the risks of cholesterol from eggs. A recent meta-analysis from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has upended this advice.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Most of the time, we live in peaceful coexistence with the numerous bacteria that live on our skin. But sometimes we live through the indignity of acne, particularly when we were adolescents. Despite being such a common condition, we really do not have a good understanding what triggers acne…

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In her short time, Bless Onaiwu has learned that medical school is about the small details.

  • By DR. ROB SLATER
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Note from Dr. Victor S. Sierpina: Please allow me to introduce Dr. Rob Slater, who upon finishing his Integrative and Behavioral Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch, will be joining our faculty in July. Those wishing to schedule a consultation with him or to establish care w…

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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Scott Weaver, an internationally-renown expert in mosquito-borne diseases, has been named chair of the Microbiology and Immunology department. The John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Human Infections and Immunity, Weaver is a virologist and vector biologist who studies arthropod-borne viruses,…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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The possibility of getting a hot pizza or an anxiously awaited online order by drone appears to be heading toward reality. But one company aims to make a difference by delivering lifesaving blood and other medical supplies to people in need in remote regions in Africa.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Growing up, peanut butter sandwiches were a staple of kids’ lunches, but the number of children reporting peanut allergies has changed that. Childhood peanut allergies now represent a quarter of all food allergies and can result in severe reactions. Recent clinical trials testing a patch tha…

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The University of Texas Medical Branch faculty, staff and students have contributed more than $380,000 toward the new Health Education Center as part of the Innovations in Mind Faculty and Staff Campaign. The medical branch will break ground on the center next month, and when it opens in 201…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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Did you know this month is colon cancer awareness month? That the theme color is blue? No? Well likely you are not alone. Breast cancer month in October is unmistakable with all the pink ribbons and media focus. March, the month of colon cancer is strangely unheralded.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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People who suffer from migraines often know which things will trigger an attack and do their best to avoid them. Nitrates in foods such as chocolate, red wines and processed meats are common triggers, but it has been unclear why some people are more susceptible to getting migraines from them…

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A co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia, A. Thomas McLellan, is the featured speaker at the 2017 Town Hall Distinguished Lecturer series to be held at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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Recently, someone close to me suggested I could be more kind. We were having what I thought was a mild disagreement and discussion, but my tone of voice and body language were coming across to them as unkind. This was good feedback, though uncomfortable. Kindness is the oil that keeps all hu…

  • By JENNIFER NEWTON
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Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem across the country, particularly the abuse of opioids. Opioids are a classification of commonly prescribed painkillers such as hydrocodone or oxycodone. There is a mistaken assumption that prescription drugs are safer than illicit drugs because th…

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Each year, up to four faculty members are selected for the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award. The award recognizes the fundamental concept exemplified by Sir William Osler that the development of outstanding physicians occurs primarily in clinical settings. Each recipient will receive $5…

  • By VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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Over a plate of grilled octopus, salad, linguine, and red wine at Trattoria, some friends and I were discussing the topic of integrative medicine. One friend, a longtime patient, asked a core question, “What is integrative medicine?” As her primary care provider, I take care of her overall h…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women, killing 610,000 Americans each year. Someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 42 seconds. A recent study has revealed that stem cells derived from one Macaque monkey transplanted into five other animals helpe…

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The School of Nursing master’s degree program recently ranked fifth out of the top-rated institutions offering online nursing graduate programs in the country, according to GraduatePrograms.com. The website compiles more than 57,000 student reviews and ratings of more than 1,600 colleges int…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Much has been written about how humans have domesticated livestock, crops and pets but what about the yeasts that we use to make bread, wine and beer? Well, scientists in Belgium examined the genomes of industrial yeast strains. These yeast strains all arose from just a few ancestors and the…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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Last week, I attended an amazing community event called Galveston Welcoming Day. Held at the Galveston Islamic Center, the theme was “Hate Has No Home Here.”

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  • By MARSHA CANRIGHT Correspondent
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Edna and Joe Grillo know what it means to have a loving relationship. The children of Sicilian immigrants, they met in Galveston in the early 1950s. They married, built a business together; had three daughters, and 62 years later, they are still in love.