American Stroke Month is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s annual campaign to increase stroke awareness and to educate people that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.

Stroke ranks No. 4 as a cause of death and is a leading cause of disability in the United States.

A team of caregivers from UTMB Health will offer free stroke and heart health-related screenings and information from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday on the first floor of John Sealy Hospital.

The screenings offered will include: blood pressure, weight and BMI, ankle/brachial index, carotid dopplers, cholesterol testing and education on stroke, cardiac and related services.

Call Kristen Perkings at 409-772-4242.

Film festival awards

UTMB’s Odette Comeau, John Carstens, Susan Court, Robert Hastedt and Olinka Zamora were awarded two Bronze Remi Awards at the 47th annual from the Worldfest-Houston International Film and Video Festival.

They won in the categories of How To’s/Instructional for the video “Portacath” and in Medical/Treatments/Procedures for the video “Pulmonary Artery Catheter.”

This year’s Worldfest received more than 4,300 entries from 31 countries.

Sports, school physicals

Knowing a student needs to be ready for the demands of their extracurricular activities, UTMB makes it easy with a one-stop physical screening from an expert team of physicians and health care providers.

The fee for a comprehensive physical screening is $25. Concussion baseline assessment is available for an additional $10.

The screenings are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 21 at the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway S., in League City.

Call 409-747-3509 or email to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged for concussion screenings.

Parental consent and school district forms are available for download at

Caring Cradles baby shower

This community effort supports prenatal education and care for women.

Donations of diapers, wipes, other baby care items, furniture, food and toys are being accepted through June 6

 UTMB’s Regional Maternal and Child Health Program is one of two programs that will receive donations.

Donations can be made at any RHCMP clinic location, and the following UTMB sites: Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center, Stark Diabetes Center, Bay Colony Pediatrics, Bay Colony Women’s Health and Bay Colony Dermatology.

Clinic addresses and hours are available at

On June 6, donations can be dropped off in Galveston from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Shiloh A.M.E. Church, 1310 29th St.

Asthma research

Volunteers are needed for an asthma research study. Individuals may qualify for one of UTMB’s studies if they have a history of physician-diagnosed asthma and are 18 to 65 and a nonsmoker for at least one year.

Eligible participants will be reimbursed for their time.

Contact Afifa Khalil at or 409-747-1887.

Inside UTMB is compiled by the communications department at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

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