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  • By ROBYN BUSHONG Special to The Daily News
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"Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard Silversea Cruises' Silver Galapagos. On behalf of our expedition team, we're delighted to have you with us for the next seven days. We look forward to sharing with you this incredible destination known as a 'world unto itself.’"

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Galveston’s premier fall festival — the 36th annual Island Oktoberfest — is 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 27 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 28. This fun family weekend will feature continuous live entertainment on two stages, authentic German food and libations; a cake wheel; fine arts, crafts and gif…

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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Have you ever wondered how to prepare for the mother of all emergencies — the day the zombies attack? Well, wonder no more. The next Sci Café presentation “Emergency Response: Getting Prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse!” will feature Mike Mastrangelo, UTMB director of institutional preparedn…

  • By GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
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Enjoy music, food and entertainment from numerous cultural groups and organizations throughout Texas while learning more about the early days of immigration through the Port of Galveston at Galveston Historical Foundation’s Galveston Heritage Day from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Hendley Green…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL and NORBERT HERZOG
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Every child that develops a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) dies within a year of diagnosis. About 300 children 10 and younger develop this type of tumor each year. Scientists at Northwestern Medicine have identified a molecule that stops the growth of this aggressive brain tumor.

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Recently, in the journal “Pediatrics,” Dr. K.A. Fowler reported on the number of children in the United States who are wounded or killed by guns. Almost 1,300 U.S. children die and 5,790 are treated for gunshot wounds each year according to an analysis of information to several national data…

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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Jeannie Janota is at the helm of the upcoming, first-ever, Sea Star Base Galveston Gala. "Disco on the Dock" reigns as Sea Star Base Galveston prepares for its first fundraiser gala Friday that will include drinks, dinner dancing and an auction.

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Early fall yields a rainbow of pepper fruit at the farmers’ market — sweet bells, cherries, Hungarians, Fresnos, Jimmy Nardellos, poblanos. It’s impossible not to scoop up a bag’s worth of these beauties simply for their colors and shapes. The trick is to find all sorts of ways to put them t…

  • By THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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More than 1,000 University of Texas Medical Branch employees, or about 10 percent, are veterans. They will be honored Nov. 2 at a luncheon featuring a keynote address by Georgeann McRaven. When her husband, retired Admiral and University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven was on a…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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This past weekend, as we were heading to the opening concert of the Galveston Symphony Orchestra, I told me wife that I just hadn’t come up with any ideas for this week’s column. I had been engrossed in writing a new curriculum for an online integrative medicine fellowship and my thoughts ha…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL and NORBERT HERZOG
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Sepsis is a deadly complication that results from the immune system attacking organs and tissues after an infection. It is hard to diagnose and may be involved in the deaths of a quarter million people in the U.S. every year. Scientists have identified a new biomarker that can be used to fin…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the name given to unexplained deaths of apparently healthy, sleeping babies younger than the age of 1. The deaths remain unexplained even after a thorough investigation, an autopsy, death-scene examination and review of the child’s medical history. The …

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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The Galveston Independent School District Educational Foundation is proudly hosting the second annual Out to Eat for Education fundraiser Wednesday, and is excited to have over 40 restaurants participating.

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  • By BERNICE TORREGROSSA Correspondent
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When the doors open Thursday night for the members’ preview of the Friends of Rosenberg Library’s annual used book sale, it’s a safe bet that some of Galveston County’s most avid cooks will be heading straight for the cookbook section.

  • By JANICE LAW
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“The goal of this festival has become to meet the Texans! Everyone is talking about how you traveled all the way from Texas to do volunteer work at our book festival,” the young woman announced, after half-running to catch up with us across the capacious Piazza Sordello near the festival core.

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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The University of Texas Medical Branch now has an adult urgent care at 6216 Broadway in Galveston, in front of Home Depot.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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U.S. wars since 2001 have resulted in more than 52,000 Americans wounded in action. Among them have been over 1,600 major limb amputations.

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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It is hard to ignore sugar as a major player in unhealthy eating habits of our children and its part in their obesity. Children these days get more than twice the recommended daily amount of sugar from soda pop and other sweetened beverages (fruit juice). Each 12-ounce can of soda pop contai…

  • By ANGE MERTENS
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First responders were honored Sept. 15 at the annual League City Chamber of Commerce Patriots Awards luncheon. Although an annual event, the timing couldn’t have been better for a city desperate to acknowledge local heroes and thank them for their service.

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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There will be plenty of fun and healthy activities for the entire family on Oct. 7 at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Angleton Danbury campus. The day will kick off at 7:45 a.m. with the Superhero Kids Fun Run, and continue through early afternoon with a community health fair. The d…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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Sunday morning, I was doing tai chi in our backyard pool. Attracting my attention was a floating dragonfly. I inspected it carefully and the once living creature continued to show radiance. Its iridescent wings glimmered like a rainbow. The green eye, slender body and tail brought to mind an…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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When I was a teenager, I worked as a lifeguard. We used to tell the kids that there was a chemical in the water that would turn purple around them if they peed in the pool. Of course, there was no such chemical and it is likely that the kids peed anyway. One in five Americans admit to having…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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This is an important time to think about heatstroke as after Harvey there are multiple locations with deficient air conditioning and other activities, such as football practice, are in full swing.

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Galveston Island Meals on Wheels also became a victim of Hurricane Harvey and decided to postpone its Fall Regatta, which was to be held Oct. 5.

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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Nancy Barone has been appointed interim dean of the School of Nursing, effective Oct. 2. Barone most recently was interim associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. She previously was vice president and chief operating officer for the…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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What is healing? This may seem like a simple question. Of course most of us would agree it means the closure of a wound. But beyond this unidimensional explanation, healing is a multidimensional and complex set of processes, interventions, and outcomes.