• By WALT CANDELARI
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No! I am not endorsing a company. Back in the dark ages of television (circa 1952) Dinah Shore was the spokeswoman for Chevrolet, and she would sing about the vehicle and promote touring the country in a Chevy. By today’s standards it was simple, but it was upbeat and positive.

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‘Twas a beautiful impromptu get together for some Baby Applers like Phyllis Milstein, Marilyn McFatridge, Kelly Teichman and Marie Robb to meet Melani Fossum, the wife of Col. Michael Fossum, chief operating officer at Texas A&M University-Galveston and a former astronaut.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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Trash on the beach is never pretty. But thanks to a local art project, the island’s beachside trash receptacles will become a lot more pleasing to look at.

  • By ANGE MERTENS
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The end of summer brings all manner of emotions. Parents who have kids at home pull out the calendars and schedule most of their time around their children. But for another group of parents the school year means empty calendars and quiet homes. These are empty nesters who are sending their y…

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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The title of Robert Fulghum’s celebrated book is also its premise: "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." Here are some of the lessons it contains: share everything, play fair, don’t take what isn’t yours, put things back where you got them, don’t hit people, say you’re sorry…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Probiotics (meaning “for life”) are microorganisms that may help with digestion and offer protection from harmful bacteria just as the existing “good” bacteria in your body already does. Some formulas are fortified with probiotics which are live bacteria. They are “good” or “friendly” bacter…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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As physicians, we frequently look into the mouth. This is a routine physical exam procedure for me as a family doc, most commonly occasioned by an upper respiratory infection, sore throat or during a general physical. Our examination of the mouth typically looks at the back of the throat, of…

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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The University of Texas Medical Branch has received special recognition for its COPD care program from an independent commission that accredits and certifies health care organizations. The advanced certification from the joint commission means that the medical branch provides excellent care …

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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You know it’s wrong, yet you nearly always see it at get-togethers — double dipping. As microbiologists, we vividly imagine the exchange of microbes via the chip and dip bowl, but it is gross no matter what your job is.

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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Similarities between war and sports are obvious and have been noted for many centuries. Business mogul Ted Turner described sports as “like a war without the killing.” As for war itself, Chinese genius Sun Tzu’s masterpiece “Art of War” is perhaps the most insightful analysis ever written ab…

  • By ANGE MERTENS
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Cigars and tropical shirts, saucy dresses and flowers in the hair seemed to be the favored attire for hundreds of guests attending the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo NASA/Clear Creek/Friendswood Metro Go Texan annual casino night, themed “Hot Havana Nights.”

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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The lead article on one of the social media pages featured a grandmother who was being evicted from her home of some 35 years. She was small in stature, so the house was custom built to her height. She had been struggling, but faithfully making her mortgage payments. So what happened?

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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Maureen Patton is about to achieve a singular milestone as she and the whole family celebrate Mary Kotlarich Mezzino‘s 100th birthday. Last year, they celebrated 99 in style.

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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The pediatrics department is accepting school supplies until Aug. 18 for some pediatric patients and for students who attend L.A. Morgan Elementary School on Galveston Island. A list of suggested items is on the University of Texas Medical Branch pediatric Facebook page. Items and monetary d…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Diarrhea, abdominal pain, and flatulence (gas) following ingestion of milk or products containing milk are common complaints in infants and children. Generally, the symptoms are lower in younger children and begins to increase around school age. European and white Americans have the lowest i…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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In last week’s column, we reviewed the good and bad effects of stress. You can be unlit or burned out. For the unlit, there are nearly infinite resources of motivational speakers, conferences, goal setting, dream building, spiritual teachers, and just plain old skills training and education.…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, and every four minutes, a stroke is fatal. One of the keys to surviving a stroke is getting medical attention as quickly as possible. Scientists have developed a portable helmet that will help those with strokes and head injuries.

  • By ANGE MERTENS
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Growing up in the Clear Lake/Bay Area during the ’60s and ’70s was a sort of surreal experience. History was being made all around us, but it seemed normal to those of us lucky enough to grow up in Space City.

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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How many things do we routinely believe and accept that we have never seen or touched? I am not referring to exotic realities like distant galaxies detectable only by super telescopes or subatomic particles invisible to ordinary sight but instead to things we bring up in ordinary conversatio…

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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The Texas City High School Class of 1987 held its 30th reunion on July 22 at Bubba’s on The Strand, owned by one of their former classmates, Beau Rawlins. Committee members were Amy Osborn-Torres, Brenda Kesinger Thomas, Albert Cotton, Amy Schmidt Alaniz and Debbie Williams Crump. The band f…

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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It starts: “A povre wydwe, somdeel stape in age, (A poor widow somewhat old in age)” Yes, harken ye back to time spent in your English Literature class reading Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” and the Nun’s Priest’s tale. I struggled trying to decipher the language and understand the tale. It wa…

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa will be the guest speaker at the Hector P. Garcia Awards Luncheon on Sept. 8. The winners of the Hector P. Garcia Cultural Competence Essay Contest and the Hector P. Garcia Abstract Contest will be announced at the event that will be held in Levin Hall on the …

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Water safety cannot be written about too much. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in children older than 1 in the United States. From 2000 to 2006 drowning was the second leading cause of death from unintentional injuries in children ages 2-19. In the 1-4 year old age grou…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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Stress is a universal phenomenon of living humans. It is a nonspecific reaction to demands imposed on us by life. These can be physical, emotional or spiritual. While stress may seem to be a negative thing, it is a hard-wired physiological reaction that allows us to survive and thrive as opp…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) can be devastating to patients and their families. Though there is no cure, there are treatments that can be used to prevent new attacks of MS and to help deal with the symptoms. There are four types of MS, and knowing which one someone has helps decide…

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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Yale University Professor Dr. David Gelernter predicted in a Wall Street Journal article earlier this year that 90 percent of United States colleges will be gone within the next generation. The top universities, he says, including his own, will survive, not necessarily because of the educati…

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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This summer, Galveston’s lifeguards have some extra help spotting potential trouble in the water thanks to a new volunteer program that trains local citizens to help protect beachgoers.

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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Island ETC (East-End Theatre Company) celebrated the grand opening of both their Season of Love (15th Season), and their newest production the musical “Disaster!” with a spectacular preshow and intermission event. Thanks to Joe Tramonte Realty and V.J. Tramonte for sponsoring the evening.

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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Recently, I was at a rather upscale department store and watched as a child needled and wheedled his Mom trying to get her to buy him a complex (and high priced) drone. The fact that he didn’t know anything about it i.e. how to fly it and that he had already ricocheted from toy to toy indica…

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Eve is a beautiful and unique shepherd mix, around 6 months old. She is shy at first but is full of playful energy and would be the perfect addition to an active family. She gets along great with other dogs, is curious about cats and is eager to learn basic commands. Stop by to meet this swe…

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My name is Janis, and I am the sweetest kitty you will ever meet! I am a solid black female domestic shorthair cat. I am just over a year old, and I had a litter of kittens in the shelter. Now that all of my kittens have found wonderful homes, it is my turn to find a family that loves me. I …

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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Frontera de Salud student members and faculty adviser, Dr. Norma Pérez, recently returned from their second mission trip to Presidio County in West Texas, a rural area that lies in the Chihuahuan desert and is adjacent to Mexico. Working with the area hospital district and the Presidio-Brews…

  • By DR. SAMUEL MATHIS
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When I moved back to Galveston last month, I was reintroduced to the special brand of mosquitoes that only Galveston has. Rather than go buy the biggest can of mosquito spray I could find, I decided to confront this naturally. If you will be outside and not wanting to spray yourself every fe…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 10,000 children a year are treated for lawn mower-related injuries. Many of these injuries occur in older children and teens. However, small children are at risk of injury also.

  • By NORBERT HERZOG & DAVID NIESEL
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We have covered e-cigarettes previously, but more data about their safety is emerging. Most recently, new research has revealed the use of e-cigarettes may increase the risk of heart disease.