• By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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Standing in the salad line for lunch at the Scripps Natural Supplements Conference in San Diego last week, a gentleman behind me said, “Greetings from a fellow Texan.” He extended a friendly handshake and said, “I’m Ken Cooper.” My mouth dropped as I looked at his name badge, “THE Ken Cooper…

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H.G. Wells was a writer of fantastic science fiction during the 1890s. He is considered one of the fathers of science fiction and wrote novels whose stories remain popular today. He wrote about time travel in “The Time Machine,” about interplanetary conflict “The War of the Worlds,” which Or…

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Dr. Charles P. Mouton, will join the University of Texas Medical Branch as vice dean for academic affairs, effective March 1. Mouton also will be a professor in the Department of Family Medicine. A nationally recognized leader in education as well as in patient care and research, Mouton most…

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“I don’t mind dying. I just don’t want it to be my fault.”

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Loren Skinner is the new vice president and chief administrative officer for the Academic Enterprise, effective immediately. In his new role he will continue to work with deans and faculty as well as administrators to oversee operations and improve efficiency. He will also help with organiza…

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Have you ever heard a high pitched buzzing or ringing in your ears but nothing around you is the cause? Then you have experienced something called tinnitus. The incidence of tinnitus peaks between 60 and 69, but it can happen at any age. A recent study of 170 students ages 11-17 revealed an …

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Imagine a day when an effective, inexpensive cancer therapy is available for breast cancer as an outpatient procedure with only a local anesthetic and none of the potential risks of surgery or general anesthesia.

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The next Sci Fi Café, “Can Meditation Have Long-term Health Benefits?” will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mod Coffeehouse, 2126 Postoffice St., in Galveston. Dr. Cara Geary, professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and Terry Conrad, owner of Island Brain Works, are th…

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“Dr. Jamal, I don’t need to use contraception or really have a talk about it. My boyfriend told me he’s been neutered, so I don’t have to worry.” This was the response to a talk I was about to have with my 16-year old patient, following a sexually transmitted disease check, about abstinence,…

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The new gold standard in prostate cancer detection uses magnetic resonance imaging, which is noninvasive and more accurate than the traditional biopsy in spotting dangerous tumors.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Besides the obvious physical differences, science is beginning to tease out some significant biological differences between men and women that have implications for women’s health. A call to action was the measles vaccine that the World Health Organization suddenly had to withdraw after the …

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About a third of high school seniors across the country report using an illegal drug sometime in the past year, and more than 10 percent report nonmedical use of a narcotic painkiller, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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A newborn baby is the universal symbol of our shared humanity. Eliciting awe, tenderness, and deep feelings of connection, the presence of an infant is the homing beacon for us to return to our genuine selves. Puppies seem to bring on similar sentiments.

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Some recent studies have revealed something we suspected but had not discovered about the brain. There are many types of neurons or nerve cells in the brain. We have known for years that there are predominantly two types of cells in our brains — neurons and glial cells. Glial cells provide n…

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The University of Texas Medical Branch and Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas have signed a clinical affiliation agreement effective Jan. 1 that will build on the strengths of both organizations to provide the most advanced patient care for adult and pediatric patients in the Beaumont area…

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We all need less of some things in our daily lives: less fat, less sugar, less debt, less stress. But physicians say we also need more of certain essentials.

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The best start for an exercise program is to have a purpose, a plan and a measure of accountability, fitness specialists agree.

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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 an…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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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 lea…

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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 s…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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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 moisturizer…

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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.

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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 exercis…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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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 huma…

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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…

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From opening new hospitals to explaining a relatively-unknown virus to the public, 2016 was a year full of excitement and accomplishments for the University of Texas Medical Branch. Here are some highlights:

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 fo…

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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.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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While we are all aware of the Zika virus, scientists are only in the early stages of understanding how this virus actually causes disease.

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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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 t…

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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.

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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.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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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 calle…

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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 …

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Actually, a well-crafted salad can serve to be a centerpiece to a meal instead of an introduction.