• By WALT CANDELARI
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I received my annual call from Bill to drop in and see if his “summer to do” list was complete. Every year Candy develops a list of items for Bill to work on and every year I help purge the list of “nonessentials” i.e. Please buy yourself new yard clothes! In turn, he helps me with my list (…

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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The Galveston College and Prairie View A&M University Food Science and Agriculture Summer Planning Conference reception was held on June 4 at Hotel Galvez. The reception was hosted and generously underwritten by Complex General Manager Steve Cunningham, and Tremont House Hotel Manager Ma…

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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Recently, I saw a list of the ways humanity — and maybe the world itself — could end. The possibilities included incurable pandemics, mass starvation, earth-shattering collisions with giant meteors, atomic wars, alien invaders, the biblical apocalypse, magnetic pole reversals, massive collap…

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  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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In 1845, the English arctic explorer Sir John Franklin and 134 officers and crew disappeared while looking for the Northwest Passage. Thanks to climate change, the once-impossible sea route through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago is now used for commercial traffic. What may have killed the 1…

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The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been recertified as a Level I Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the medical branch’s dedication to providing optimal care for i…

  • By MARSHA KROHN
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Building on a successful exhibit at Galveston Art League Gallery in December, 2015, 14 artist members of Texas Association of Original Doll Artists have joined forces to present “Galveston, Oh Galveston,” an exhibit of handmade, one-of-a-kind figures, also called art dolls, with a theme desi…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently distributed their dog bite prevention tips for 2017. Each year more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs and about 800,000 receive medical attention. About one-half of those receiving medical attention are children. Most dog b…

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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Did you get it? If you did you are definitely not “CL.” It also suggests that you are up with the lingo of texting and the language used. Me? Not so much. I have to borrow someone else’s teen to find out what the acronyms they use actually mean.

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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Kick off summer with a splash, and keep cool, at Palm Beach. The private beach oasis, complete with white sand, is open daily through Aug. 20 and features a 650-foot lazy river, wave pool and two 18-foot tower slides.

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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Many mysteries and as many controversies surround Christopher Columbus, including his ethnicity. Was this secretive man Jewish, as some argue, or Greek, according to others? All agree that he was intensely religious. John Dyson, expert on Columbus, said that the Genoa native believed his mis…

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This month Rosenberg Library will exhibit an antique Keuffel & Esser slide rule, which belonged to Andrew Fraser, an innovative architect who designed several notable buildings in Galveston during the first half of the 20th century. The slide rule was donated to the library in 1977 by Si…

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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Dennis Bente, an associate professor in the department of microbiology and immunology, received an Innovations in Health Science Education Award from the University of Texas System’s Kenneth Shine, MD, Academy of Health Science Education. Bente was honored for his development of the scenario…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Every year, 500 Americans die from inhaling a tasteless, odorless gas called carbon monoxide. The only emergency treatment — the administration of high pressure oxygen — was developed more than 50 years ago. Now there may be a new antidote for CO poisoning.

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Recently, Nancy Z. Farrell, a registered dietitian nutritionist, was quoted about some common food myths in Consumer Reports.

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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As the 2017 hurricane season approaches everyone will be ramping up their “doom and gloom” forecasts touting their products guaranteed to make your home and loved ones safe. Some of these products will be worth looking at while others don’t deserve a second glance. Do your homework ahead of …

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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In the most highly-attended gala in Lone Star Flight Museum history, more than 900 guests joined the museum’s board of directors and co-chairs Lisa and Jerry Simon and Cathy and Joe Cleary for a black-tie and military mess dress gala celebrating four new inductees to the Texas Aviation Hall …

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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Democracy has its enemies. Despots of every ideological stripe hate it on principle, and revolutionaries who promise it often end up delivering tyranny instead. Even its defenders make jokes about it. Winston Churchill quipped that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all t…

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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The University of Texas Medical Branch this week celebrates the anniversary of the opening of the League City campus hospital. The University of Texas Board of regents last month approved a $156.6 million expansion to the League City campus that, during the first phase, includes the construc…

  • By VICTOR & MICHELLE SIERPINA
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What is a teaching kitchen? This leading edge concept in professional and public health education can be large or small varying from a complete training center like Galveston Community College’s Culinary Arts program to a hot plate/kitchen stove at the St. Vincent’s Student Run Free Clinic’s…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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In the months before the Rio Olympics, the news was nonstop: the Zika virus was lurking in Brazil, threatening to send the world’s top athletes back to their home countries to spread the infection. While the impact of the Olympics on the spread of the virus was not as severe as expected, by …

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics printed information in their Parents Plus information about illness obtained while swimming or boating in a river or lake. As warmer days are coming many families are heading out to spend time on the water.

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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“Well pilgrim, what are you going to do now?” I can see John Wayne AKA “The Duke” looking down the barrel of his rifle at some desperado and giving him a minute to make his decision. Then there was Gary Cooper in “High Noon” standing alone in the street waiting for the outlaw gang coming aft…

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated Cinco de Mayo hosted by members of the Negocios de Comite, a task force of the chamber. Guests enjoyed special treats baked by Vivian Hernandez and incredible tostada encrusted cheese triangles made by committee chair Cipriano Ro…

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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Our intuitions work subconsciously to shape our sense of reality. Their origin is a mystery, doubly so because they vary from culture to culture without any reason I know of. One example is our concept of time.

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston will launch a new childbirth education course in June at the League City campus. The four-week course, which is open to all expecting moms whether a medical branch patient or not, includes information on preparing to give birth, coping with…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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A recent report gives hope to those living with a genetic disease. Researchers at Stanford University have used a powerful new genetic technique called CRISPR to repair a genetic mutation that causes a devastating disease called sickle cell anemia. This disease is caused by a mutation in the…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued an updated policy statement about fruit juice. Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children younger than 1, and should not be included in their diet according to a new policy statement marking the first change in their recommendations on…

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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When my daughter was growing up, one of her favorite bedtime toys was her well-worn fluffy snuggle bunny. It didn’t talk. It didn’t make any sounds. One eye was lower than the other and one ear showed the marks of being held every night. Every night the ritual was the same. We read at least …

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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The Ronald McDonald House Of Galveston’s Buckaroo Ball was so special because of the great response from the community. The historic Garten Verein found Frances Ingrid Lee Moody, daughter of Robert L. Moody Jr. and Ingrid Moody gathering an SRO crowd and several big names from Galveston fami…

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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T.S. Eliot wrote that the world ends not with a bang but a whimper. Impressive stuff, but lately I have a different dread. I’m afraid one of these days we’ll end up in a plastic apocalypse. Have you thought about how plastics have proliferated and mutated? Years ago they were innocent little…