• By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Developmental milestones are behavior or physical skills seen in infants and children as they grow and develop. Rolling over, crawling, walking and talking are all considered milestones. The milestones are different for each age range.

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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Darwin wrote about the survival of the fittest and made it a general axiom of modern thinking applicable to everything from sports teams and biological species to economic and political theories. Among animals, the weaker indeed tend to perish, while at the top of the food chain, the fittest…

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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Continuing its tradition of Mardi Gras court presentations, the Knights of Momus, Galveston’s oldest krewe, officially kicked off the first weekend of Mardi Gras with the president’s welcome reception and cocktail party at The Tremont House in the Davidson Ballroom on Feb. 2 and the glamorou…

  • By: MARGARET CANAVAN
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Galveston’s recent freeze was not actually all that cold as freezes go. Plants that survived 25 degrees in 2011 could not handle the same low in January. Why the difference? The 21.5-hour duration of the freeze compounded the stress already placed on vegetation by the low temperature.

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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In his new book, “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos,” Jordan Person, a University of Toronto psychology professor, provides some useful advice, which I will share with you in upcoming columns. I was attracted to the book after reading a Wall Street Journal review that described his app…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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We are in the midst of flu season, and if you or your child has not had the flu vaccine, please do so. For the common cold there is no cure. Antibiotics may be used for fighting bacterial infections, but they have no effect on viruses. The best treatment is to make sure your child is comfort…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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I think it is a fair statement to say that the 74 million cats in America think that they really own the home they share with humans! It turns out that cats and humans have had a long relationship that dates back more than 8,000 years. A recent study explored the genetic history of domestic …

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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Years ago, a Spanish friend wrote me that his son had done the unthinkable: moved his family out of Madrid to a suburb. What would be normal for an American was a calamity for my friend. Suburbs and rural villages were fine to visit on a weekend, he said, but any sensible Spaniard lives and …

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For 172 years, the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting has been a major event of the social calendar year. The event recognizes outstanding businesses and individuals who have made a considerable impact in the region, as well as highlight the many accomplishments of the G…

  • By JANICE LAW
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Digitally, you “become” a soldier in 1941-45 as you enter the World War II Museum in New Orleans when you receive a plastic “dog tag” apropos of the actual metal tags. You use it to board a troop train, then tap at kiosks in the sprawling complex, to collect digital artifacts, on routes 16 m…

  • By CONNIE HEBERT
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Most people are clueless when it comes to what so many children go through to succeed in school. They come to school having to navigate adult-sized problems, from abusive environments and the hardships of poverty, single-parent households, homelessness and more. They come as they are, from n…

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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For 26 years, the Angleton Danbury Auxiliary has hosted its annual benefit concert, which helps raise money for patient care equipment. The concert is the auxiliary’s major fundraiser and has raised about $25,000 since its inception. At 7 p.m. Friday, community members can enjoy a variety of…

  • By FRANK BOWSER
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The weather couldn’t have been finer for our eighth annual Friends of Galveston Island State Park New Year’s Fun Run considering that it was Jan. 6, and that other years have not been so hospitable. I suspect this is why everyone was in a convivial mood milling around in friendly conversatio…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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The reflections of students is often an amazing mirror in our lives. This past week, I attended a conference held by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Three student leaders of our Family Medicine Interest Group presented a perspective from millennials on what they thought family me…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Firearm violence has become a public health crisis in the United States and the American Academy of Pediatrics has the following information found on the website healthychildren.org. According to the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, almost 8.7 million children and adolescents have access …

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Biomedical science has developed many drugs to treat all manner of maladies. Most of these marvels of medicine are designed to alleviate the symptoms or root causes of a specific disease. In many cases, these powerful drugs have “side effects” in other areas of the body. Side effects are lis…

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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Writer and philosopher Kenneth Burke (1897-1993) described man as a “symbol-making animal.” But symbolism, the practice of using one thing to represent another, effectively separates mankind from all other creatures. Philosopher Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) tried to eliminate excessive philoso…

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The prestigious Club 25 held its winter banquet at the Artillery Club and announced its new officers for 2018. Randy Garcia is president, Steve Schulz is vice president and Gerry Hornstein is secretary/treasurer. Dining together at the club were Dolph and Teri Tillotson, Gwen Richardson, Mon…

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I’ll be the first to admit, not a big fan of Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”). I want to clear the air so I can say, without hesitation, this might be the project of hers that turns me into a fan. There are a couple of factors that make the ridiculously titled “Film Stars Don’t Die in L…

  • By THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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Flu season isn’t over. It can last into the spring months in some areas. Here are some tips from the University of Texas Medical Branch to help you stay healthy.

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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The philosopher Lao Tsu tells us, “Stillness brings order to the universe.” He also asked, “Who can sit quietly while the muddy pool settles?”

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Planning to make school lunches is not an easy task. Getting ready for school in the morning is frequently very hectic, so picking out which foods your child will eat and what is healthy is not an easy task.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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When is a drug worth more than $145,000 per year? When it saves your life, and when it is only one of two drugs approved to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

  • By MARY DUNBAUGH
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A new year and a new name all to celebrate the reopening of the Dickinson Historical Railroad Center’s Community Room after the deluge of horrible Hurricane Harvey.

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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The United States holds two clear titles. It is the world’s most capitalistic nation and the most charitable. But the twin titles seem to be a contradiction in terms. Capitalism, as its opponents have traditionally defined it, supposedly is the philosophy of taking from the poor and enrichin…

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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The Lefeber Winter Series on Aging, now in its 23rd year, features nationally recognized gerontology research educators, basic scientists, clinicians and social scientists. Each speaker presents a lecture on an important aspect of aging research and consults with students, faculty and staff …

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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Following a day of travel, driving for about three hours, sitting in the airport, and on a plane, I woke up feeling stiff and achy in my lower back. Rather than reaching for a Tylenol or Zyflamend, I decided to practice what I teach students and patients: “motion is lotion.”

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Dust mites are microscopic bugs that can live in comforters and pillows in even the cleanest houses. These tiny bugs are too small to be seen by the naked eye and are invisible except with a microscope. Dust mites are members of the same family as spiders and can find a home wherever humans …

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Over the past 50 years, life expectancy in the United States has increased and Americans are living longer than ever. However, just how long you live might come down to exactly where you live.

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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I think I had a “Newton moment” the other day and may have stumbled on a new law of physics, or at least some kind of basic labor principle. The story about Newton may be apocryphal, but as I heard it, one day Sir Isaac saw an apple fall from a tree — maybe on his head — and wondered why it …

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The new year has come and with it a new board of directors for the prestigious Artillery Club. The membership gathered in the middle of the coldest night since 1996 to hold the annual meeting and dinner. Much was discussed, and, ultimately, the club’s new board of directors was elected by a …