It hasn’t quite sunk in yet for the players, but the 2016 Lady Tors volleyball squad are now and forever a part of school history — the first team to reach the playoffs in a program more than 40 years old.
As early voting begins today, what is of equal, if not more, importance than the presidential race for Galveston County voters are the local races.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued some guidelines about teenage driving.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital is making it easier for women in League City and the Bay Area to take a step toward wellness and prevention.
Celebrating fashion and the inspirational stories of patients, Bay Area Regional Medical Center will have its fall fashion show at 6 p.m. Thursday on the Kemah Boardwalk Plaza, 215 Kipp Ave.
For the second year in a row, the University of Texas Medical Branch’s MakerHealth Space won “Best in Class” at the 2016 World Maker Faire in New York City earlier this month. The medical branch had a booth at the meeting with examples of projects from the MakerHealth Space. The MakerHealth Space is where all medical branch staff, students and faculty can develop medical devices by either modifying an existing product or design and build prototype medical devices using 3D printing, laser cutting, textiles, electronics, power tools and much more. Medical branch nurse Debra Flynn, for example, made an adjustable patient shower sleeve from a shower curtain to keep patient wounds dry. Another project, by the medical branch’s Dr. Lara Reichert, repurposed a baby doll into an infant tracheostomy simulation device that helps train physicians to better perform the procedure on infants.
”The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” — Thomas Edison
A study of Icelanders has revealed that the loss of 12 letters of genetic code in a single gene substantially reduces the risk for a heart attack and also lowers cholesterol levels. Heart attacks happen when the flow of oxygen rich blood through a coronary artery to a region of the heart muscle is blocked. Without blood flow, the muscle in the deprived region of the heart will begin to die and is replaced by scar tissue resulting in permanent damage to the heart.
This week we'll discuss the various treatment options, how they work and some of the side effects.
With these findings, Komen Houston strongly believes that Galveston County is an ideal community to have an effective coalition that will bring positive change.
D’Feet’s main fundraiser is the annual breast cancer family “Celebration of Life” walk/run, scheduled for Oct. 22 at Moody Gardens, 7 Hope Blvd.
The next Sci Café discussion, “Understanding Alzheimer’s disease: The Race is on,” will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Mod Coffeehouse, 2126 Postoffice St., in downtown Galveston. Leading the discussion will be Kelly T. Dineley, associate professor in UTMB’s Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Disorders, department of pathology, and Lei Lu, associate professor of neuropsychology, department of neurology.
Genetic manipulation of animals and plants is actually not a new phenomenon. Humans have been selecting for desirable traits in foodstuffs for thousands of years through selective mating and breeding. This is proven technology but it can take decades to produce an animal with the desired traits. The advent of genetic engineering brought about the ability to add desirable genes quickly to foodstuffs. These are referred to as GMO or genetically modified organisms. For example, corn has been engineered to contain the insecticidal protein, Bt, a protein that protects plants by killing insects that ingest it. Another example are soybeans and other food plants that have been genetically modified to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup.
”Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas Edison
Editor’s note: This is part two of a three-part series.
The bright digital signs outside chain pharmacies here extend their rotating invitation to come in for your flu shot. Inside these stores, banners hang from ceilings, signs adorn counters and coupon machines all with the same message.
More and more, stories about the dangers of synthetic drugs are making the news, and yet people are still using these deadly substances, especially synthetic cannabinoids, more commonly known as “synthetic marijuana” or Kush. Synthetic marijuana is a misleading name for the classification of drug known as synthetic cannabinoids, and it is this misconception that has led many people to believe that it is a legal or safer alternative to marijuana.
As a physician training in integrative medicine, I believe nutrition is vital and that the right foods can act as medicine. Patients often ask me about fats, and I think this raises an important question: Are fats really essential?
Professor Kenneth Ottenbacher has been appointed to a five-year term to serve on the National Institutes of Health National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He will be one of 18 members.
D’Feet Breast Cancer Inc., is a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization which has provided over 11,000 breast cancer screenings to men and women of Galveston County for 16 years. Galveston County reports there are 145,000 females, one in five adults, who do not have health insurance, and 29 percent of the population ages 40-64 that have an income below 250 percent of poverty.
Atherosclerosis, sometimes called hardening of the arteries, affects about 5 million people in the U.S. This disease results from the accumulation of plaque inside arteries. The development of plaque is linked to elevated levels of cholesterol in the blood. The buildup of plaque leads to different diseases including coronary heart disease, carotid artery disease and peripheral artery disease. Most interventions to prevent these diseases rely on reducing the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Now come some tantalizing results that an FDA-approved substance, that is used to improve the delivery of other drugs, can actually solubilize cholesterol and dissolve the plaques.
The Galveston County Health District will be highlighting its vital breast cancer screening services during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In children, the DNA damage that starts the formation of a cancer is not typically caused by any identifiable cause or lifestyle habit such as smoking.
The images of children walking heedlessly into traffic, down steps or into obstacles are only part of the perils of focusing too intently on “catching them all” with the popular smartphone app called Pokemon Go.
Dr. Susan D. McCammon, associate professor of otolaryngology and co-director of the Center for Cancers of the Head and Neck recently was honored for compassionate, patient-centered care as the 2016 recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine. The award was presented at the 2016 of the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. The criteria for the Gold award includes compassion and empathy to patients and their families and co-workers, cultural sensitivity and respect of a patient’s viewpoint.
Several lines of research have shown that certain activities support cognitive function in the aging brain.
We live in a wondrous time. We can 3D print almost anything including some human tissues. Biotechnology is revolutionizing the energy industry and personalized medicine has the promise of delivering individual treatments for heart disease and other major illnesses. And we can play God and create life. In fact, we are up to version 3.0. Scientists have created a living bacterium with genetic information made from only chemicals in a test tube.
This year’s seasonal flu vaccines are now available at the Galveston County Health District Immunization Clinic and both Coastal Health and Wellness locations.
Houston Methodist St. John Hospital will have its Paint the Night Pink event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 in the hospital’s main lobby, 18300 St. John Drive, in Nassau Bay.
Dina DiMaggio, MD and Julie Cernigliaro, DMD, have listed seven facts about baby teeth at www.healthychildren.org. Many things about babies are blamed on teething such as fussiness, drooling, crying during the night and fever. Listed below are some facts about teething:
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is one of the most dreaded and worrisome diseases since it progressively robs its victims of personality, awareness as well as slowly diminishing the essential functions of their bodies.
Nine projects recently were named recipients of UTMB President’s Cabinet awards during the annual President’s Cabinet Awards Dinner. The projects are being made possible by more than $200,000 in awards to 14 faculty and staff members and seven students. Annual contributions from President’s Cabinet members are pooled to create the awards. Since 1993, cabinet members have contributed more than $5 million for more than 100 community programs. The 2016 awards are:
“I have memory problems, Doc. Is it Alzheimer’s?”
Sometimes I have to remind myself we are in the 21st century when I hear that infectious diseases are a leading cause of death among adults and remain the leading cause of death in children.
Thursday is the “first day of fall” and what better way to celebrate it than to become aware of the risks of falls, especially in our older population. The good news is that many falls can be prevented.
Editor’s note: Christof Koch will open the Robert and Russell Moody Lecture Series, which will explore consciousness and the life cycle of the brain. William J. Winslade, a professor at the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch, organized the series. He talked about his plans.
On Oct. 5, The Robert and Russell Moody Lecture Series will begin. This first lecture, entitled, “Consciousness and the Birth, Life and Death of the Brain,” will be at 6 p.m. at the Moody Gardens IMAX Theater. The lecture will be presented by Christof Koch, president and chief scientific officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. For more information, contact William Winslade, firstname.lastname@example.org.
It may sound like a passing inconvenience, but in those who experience it for months or even years on end, insomnia can be costly to health and to the nation as a whole.
Let’s try a short exercise. Ask yourself a series of questions and notice how they make you feel:
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of U.S. deaths and accounts for up to 80 percent of all dementia cases. Particularly distressing is the fact that there is no way to prevent its occurrence, slow its progression or cure the disease once it is detected. And this produces a significant economic burden on families; totaling almost $250 billion for health care and long term care annually.
The unbridled joy of riding a bike can be seen on the faces of many children this summer. But it’s a new experience for Katelyn Vincik, 5, of Victoria, Texas.
When probiotics and prebiotics are combined they are called synbiotics. Yogurt is an example of synbiotics, which contains the live bacteria and the fuel they need to survive.
Dr. Richard E. Rupp, a professor in pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch is on deck in the fight to reassure the public on the safety, necessity and effectiveness of common vaccinations.
The Moody Medical Library’s Truman G. Blocker Jr. History of Medicine Collections recently accepted 13 notebooks documenting Dr. William E. Thornton’s experiments and daily activities when he participated in the 1972 Skylab Medical Experiment Altitude Test.
So here we are, in a world where there is still food insecurity, famine and starvation. Yet one of our greatest health challenges is too much food, too much weight.
That was the beginning of the era of antibiotics.
Imagine what it is like, as a 5-year-old boy, to discover that you are different from your classmates. They seem to be able to sit still for minutes at a time while you can’t stay in your chair. Despite your young will power, you also can’t remember when the teacher is talking and become agitated when she calls on you and finds your attention has drifted to other matters beyond kindergarten.
Nothing is more important to success than learning to read.
The University of Texas Medical Branch is offering a youth and school sports injury clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays through Nov. 5 at the League City Campus, 2240 Interstate 45, in League City.
One study, from researchers in England found that these tastes lure the underaged into a lifetime of vaping and perhaps, smoking.
A common question I hear is, “Doc, do you have a pill to help me lose weight?”
Scientists have been seeking the cause of this disorder for decades, but it still remains elusive.
Dr. Karen D. Wagner, chair of the psychiatry/behavioral science department, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Edward A. Strecker Award. The award is named after Dr. Strecker, a clinician, researcher and prolific author. Wagner holds the Titus Harris, M.D., Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch.
It is important that if you have any concerns about a child’s development that that concern should be expressed to the health care provider and the child should be screened.
ALS is often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s the serious illness that came to everyone’s attention through the Ice Bucket Challenge in which a series of celebrities doused themselves with ice-filled buckets of water while challenging other stars and other VIPs to do the same.