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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 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…

  • 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.

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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…

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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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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.

  • 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…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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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…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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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…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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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.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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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…