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The Galveston County Daily News: Health

October 25, 2016


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Black Tie and Boots Galveston Gala to celebrate 20 years Sept. 17

The gala, which will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 17 at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., will have a major focus on the initiatives and achievements over the past 20 years, including lifesaving technologies the association has helped fund at the medical branch and local hospital systems.

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Tuesday 04/26/2016
When the doctor becomes the patient
Posted: April 26, 2016

Doctors get sick. When we do, we have to face the same troubles that the non-physician does. We have to fill out the same forms to get into the hospital. We have to deal with our insurance companies, and we face all the old and new rules to save money.

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Monday 04/18/2016
Testosterone therapy decreases hospital readmissions in older men with low testosterone
Posted: April 18, 2016

A new large-scale population-based study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston showed for the first time that older men using testosterone therapy were less likely to have complications that require them to go back to the hospital within a month of being discharged than men not using this therapy.

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Wednesday 10/14/2015
Vitamin D updated
Posted: October 14, 2015

The Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Children (healthychildren.org) have recommendations about the amount of vitamin D to be taken daily for all infants. It is recommended that all infants, children and adolescents take 400 IU daily. Low levels of Vitamin D are associated with rickets which is a condition of weakened deformed bones. New information now suggests that vitamin D has a role in immunity and reduces the risk for certain chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

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Wednesday 09/30/2015
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month — part two
Posted: September 30, 2015

Last week we discussed what cancer is, and how it begins when microscopic cells that make up a normal body part start growing out of control. This week we discuss some of the different types of childhood cancer. 

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Tuesday 09/29/2015
Medieval antibiotic
Posted: September 29, 2015

Almost every week there is another report about the catastrophe of drug-resistant bacteria, and very few new antibiotics have been developed to treat people who have been infected. But a possible solution to this modern-day problem has been discovered in a 1,000-year-old source: an eye salve, as recorded in a ninth-century text, has effectively killed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

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San Luis Salute gives UTMB $100,000
Posted: September 29, 2015

Dr. David Callender recently accepted a $100,000 check on behalf of UTMB, proceeds from the 19th annual San Luis Salute. The Salute, hosted by Tilman and Paige Fertitta, celebrates Mardi Gras! Galveston by providing a charitable aspect to the city’s annual celebration. Each year, the Salute recognizes the extraordinary work of doctors and scientists, and also funds UTMB programs. This year’s Salute benefitted UTMB’s National Biocontainment Training Center. Honorees included Drs. Alan Barrett, Thomas Geisbert, Thomas Ksiazek, James LeDuc and Scott Weaver.

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Have to ... choose to ... get to ...
Posted: September 29, 2015

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with life? So many things simply need doing and you have not enough time to do them. You might feel like a victim of one more demands on your time and energy.

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Wednesday 09/23/2015
Child Cancer Awareness Month — Part one
Posted: September 23, 2015

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that one in every 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer? The next three articles will discuss cancer and its treatment.

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Tuesday 09/22/2015
Snake bite defense: The Opossum
Posted: September 22, 2015

If you live in a rural area, you’ve probably had to deal with snakes. Almost 500,000 people are bitten by snakes and more than 20,000 die from them worldwide each year, although the World Health Organization notes these figures may be closer to 1.8 million incidents and 94,000 deaths. Opossums, on the other hand, never have to worry about that since they are resistant to snake venom. Opossums have a protein in their blood that binds to the toxins in snake venom and neutralizes them. Now scientists are looking into whether this protein could be used to treat human victims of snake bites.

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