• By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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Alexander Bukreyev has been named a member of the Vaccines Against Microbial Diseases Study Section, Center for Scientific Review for a four-year term that begins in July. The microbial national study section, a part of the National Institutes of Health, reviews grant applications concerning…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children ages 9-11 be screened for high blood cholesterol levels due to the growing epidemic of obesity in children. For children in the following groups they recommend testing for cholesterol after 2 years of age and no later than 10 ye…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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In Australia and Tasmania, there is a unique semiaquatic mammal called the duck-billed platypus. The males have a venomous spur on their hind feet that they use to defend themselves. The venom can kill small animals and cause intense pain to humans. The pain has been compared to hundreds of …

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  • By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
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“The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6’4”, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian,” by W. Kamau Bell, 2017, Dutton, 352 pages, $28 

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The very term is enough to send shivers down one’s spine. A noted American televangelist claimed in a sermon not long ago that the Spanish Inquisition killed upward of ten million people, creating a reign of terror that destroyed Spanish power and culture.

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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When I last left Bill and Candy they were deep in their discussion of all the nuances that were involved in constructing a “safe” room. The retrofit was more difficult than a new construction because they had to work within the constraints of what was already there and it wasn’t designed for…

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Victor Reyes has been selected as a 2017 Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. Reyes, who is a professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Pediatrics, last year was chosen as a member of the University of Texas System Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of H…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Alcohol is the most socially accepted drug in our society and is also one of the most abused and destructive. Even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgment, provoke risky and violent behavior, and slow down reaction time. Alcohol-related car crashes are the leading cause of death for you…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Energy drinks are all the rage, coming in just behind multivitamins as the most popular dietary supplements in the U.S., particularly among teens and young adults. Energy drinks are promoted to increase alertness and enhance physical and mental performance. The major active ingredient in mos…

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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Holy Family Parish Altar Society held their annual covered dish luncheon at the Parish Life Center at St. Patrick’s. Entrees were catered by Benno’s, members provided sides and desserts. Games were played and 45 door prizes were given. The Rev. Maynard Tetreault led the blessings and took ho…

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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If you thought drugs were a recent social phenomenon in America, think again. In the broader context, drug use is as old as humanity. It seems we humans have always used our minds to search for substances to render ourselves mindless. Surprisingly, as far back into prehistory as we can trace…

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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Candy is an amazing lady. She is sharp as a tack, but sometime appears as “ditsy” as a confused teen. Bill never knows which Candy will be present and she appears to like it that way. It is not unusual for her to be at a mall and have a man try to “be of assistance” as she has that lost litt…

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Nearly 400 people graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch’s School of Nursing recently. During commencement, the school awarded 292 bachelor’s, 85 master’s and 10 doctor of nursing practice degrees. Overall, for academic year 2016-17, including the 12 others who earned research…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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Health Care for Dummies could be the title of a new popular self-help manual. The complexity of insurance, deductibles, doughnut holes, copays, formulary versus non-formulary drugs, prior authorizations, referral networks, approved providers, diagnostic codes, and umpteen rules and regulatio…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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A recent study in “Pediatrics,” by E. Basatemur et al looked at trends in the diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency in England. Because of all the interest in the health benefits of vitamin D there has been an increase in the number of children evaluated for vitamin D deficiency. They found that…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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It is rare to hear someone say that they love their commute to work, even with the modern comforts offered in today’s cars. For the workers that built and decorated the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, the commute was particularly tough. These workers had to walk over a mile …

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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When America was still a rural society, young people — boys and girls — detested the farm as much as they idealized the city. The monotony, isolation and endless drudgery of country life that promised more of the same for their future caused thousands to slip away as soon as they were of age…

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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The Santa Fe Crafty Grannies No. 1033 have been busy for April. They wore their Easter bonnets to their meeting. The Grandmothers made 47 Easter baskets. Forty were taken to the Children’s Center Inc., six baskets were made for their “adopted grandchildren” and one basket for our 101-year-ol…

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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Bill called and was complaining about the difficulty Candy was having every time she went to the station to fill the car with gas. Her list of complaints included difficulty with the heavy and awkward hose, having to lock the car every time, which “rewards” program to use, and having the fin…

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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Last month, Galveston lost a fine member of our small community. A leader through tumultuous times, Lyda Ann Thomas will be remembered as a great mayor for our city.

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DEAR ABBY: I’m acquainted with a woman who has been experiencing seizures for several years and, because of the seizures, has been restricted from driving. She drove her son to school a couple of years ago (he had missed the bus) and ran into a brick mailbox, totaling her car.

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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Some words, like old coins, wear out and we replace them. Words like astonied (dazed), behold (see), mayhap (perhaps), eventide (evening time), or whilom (formerly) are still in dictionaries, but unless we are familiar with older writings such as Shakespearean plays or the King James Bible w…

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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Well I did it again. I had purchased a riding lawn mower from a nationally known store complete with an extended warranty to cover any issues. Based on my prior experiences, I needed that warranty. Anyway, when I threw a belt off and found that it took an engineering degree to replace, I cal…

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DEAR ABBY: Six years ago, not long after I announced to my family that I was going to be married, my parents decided to divorce because Dad had been cheating on Mom. Because I allowed him to walk me down the aisle, she didn’t attend my wedding. I was extremely hurt by it, but decided to forg…

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DEAR ABBY: I’m writing because I see a lot of bullying going on at school. One of the bullies is a friend of mine and I’ve asked her to stop, but she doesn’t listen. How I can get through to her so she understands that she’s hurting someone’s feelings? She treats people like they don’t have …

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Drs. Scott Weaver and George Saade, both experts on the Zika virus, will be guests on Great Day Houston on Monday. Weaver will speak about research being conducted to combat the Zika virus and Saade will talk about the danger that the virus poses for women who are pregnant or considering get…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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I observed with some curiosity and even astonishment the recent march for science. It would not seem that science would need a march to buttress up some wavering ramparts of rationality and logical method. Indeed, science is, by its nature, a continuous process of discovery, of unfolding, of…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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April is Fetal Alcohol Awareness month. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a discussion about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in healthychildren.org. They describe FASD as an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol d…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Spinal injuries are devastating for patients and their families as they cope with their new realities. New technology suggests that patients can overcome some of the limitations following an injury. An international team of scientists has designed implants that allow paralyzed monkeys to wal…