• By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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During the holiday season especially — but even all year long — parents are concerned about their children’s sense of entitlement and worry about teaching them how to be thankful for what they receive. Parents worry that their children are materialistic and self-serving, which unfortunately …

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Where can you find the tallest men in the world? If you are a basketball fan, your answer would be to look at a college or professional basketball team. In the United States, some of the tallest men can be found in the NBA. While there is an element of truth to this statement, recent scienti…

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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Christmas trees can be more than just a symbol of celebration during the holidays this year. Turned into mulch, they can provide benefits year-round. The University of Texas Medical Branch and the city of Galveston encourages everyone to go green this holiday season by recycling your Christm…

  • By ANGE MERTENS
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In League City last weekend 25,000 or so people lined historic Main Street to witness the 20th annual Holiday in the Park Grand Night Parade. One highlight was that Mayor Pat Hallisey led the parade as grand marshal.

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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Literacy, the ability to read written accounts, is a relatively recent innovation in the immemorial linguistic history of mankind. And Bible translators tell us that there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of spoken languages and dialects that still have no written version. For ages it was true …

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Many Americans believe that eliminating gluten is healthier and that it helps with weight loss, skin conditions, inflammation and attention deficit disorder. The trouble is there’s little evidence that a gluten-free diet has any health bene…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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As I get older, I often hear from colleagues and friends about the medical problems they are facing. Sound familiar? And have you noticed how many times the term “MRI” has come up when someone is talking about a medical problem? MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, has become the “Cadillac” o…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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The other day while reading quietly, I looked over in amazement at a small white mountain that had somehow appeared on my table. “Where did that come from?” said some part of my feverish mind. I realized with astonishment that it was pile of tissues that gradually accumulated over the past h…

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Deborah J. Jones last week officially became dean of the University of Texas Medical Branch’s School of Nursing. Jones, who is also a senior vice president, previously was the associate dean for professional development and faculty affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at …

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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A sign outside a restaurant in this area reads: “Voted Best in the Nation.” It sounds impressive, but since we’re all inundated daily by such claims I hardly ever give them a second thought. But this one caught my attention for a specific reason. I once ate there, and if it really is the bes…

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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The prestigious Artillery Club presented seven, count them seven, lovely debutantes at its 177th ball to the delight of a SRO audience.

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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Dr. David L. Callender occasionally recognizes University of Texas Medical Branch employees who have gone above and beyond their duties. Earlier this month, Callender presented Way to Go Awards to Lonnie Winston and Seth Grimes, materials handling techs, for making sure that a young patient …

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics published information about young athletes dying from sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest happens without warning and is the No. 1 cause of death in young athletes.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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When you think of batteries, I bet the image that comes into your mind is of a pink bunny and small metal cylinders. Some of you with recent car issues may even think of the lead-based batteries that we use to start our cars. There are a myriad of batteries with different sizes and character…

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When you think of citrus, images of grapefruits, lemons, limes, and oranges are most likely to come to mind. It’s unfortunate that the citrus you see in the supermarket represents a very small portion of the variety of citrus that can be grown locally.

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Did you, like me, forget to celebrate the International Day of Philosophy? It always falls on the third Thursday in November (the 16th this year). I am not good at remembering family days and assorted holidays, and Philosophy Day is at the bottom of my list. Let’s hope it doesn’t become anot…

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Many families woke up Thanksgiving morning just like they had for every Thanksgiving in their past. But this year was nothing like it had been before. This year many families woke up in hotel rooms with small microwaves and no place to cook a turkey or a green bean casserole or to bake a pum…

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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Professor Jeff Temple, director of the Behavioral Health and Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology, has won the 2017 Outstanding Contribution to Science Award from the Texas Psychological Association. The award presented at the association’s annual meeting states that Temple was honored for …

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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There is an estimated 5.9 million children in the United States that have a food allergy. Of these children, 38 percent have a history of severe reactions. Severe reaction is usually anaphylaxis, which is a total body reaction that occurs suddenly after contact with any number of substances …

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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The opioid crisis has been front and center in the news for years and it does not seem to be getting any better. Opioid addiction often begins with an innocent prescription from a physician for pain. When that source runs out, users find other sources until they end up on the streets where a…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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Have you gotten that vaccine that reduces your risk of heart attack or stroke? Haven’t heard about it? Here are some facts. In the first two weeks after this vaccine, those who got exposed to an infection compared to those who got the vaccine had five times the rate of a first heart attack a…

  • By MELVYN SCHREIBER
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One does not expect to grow seriously old without arthritis. Old people’s arthritis ruins once supple joints, and we are tempted to limp a little to avoid putting all our weight on an arthritic hip.

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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From time to time, countries, like amebas, feel an urge to subdivide. The latest is Spanish Catalonia. Before that it was Scotland and, in Belgium, the French-speaking south and the Dutch-speaking north threaten to split that nation down the middle. A few years ago Quebec seemed poised to le…

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The Witchery’s Kimberley and Clyde Wood have thrown the Witches’ Ball for eight years now. They wanted a fun way to give back to the community so they donate all the profit to local charity, the Galveston Island Humane Society, because they love animals and Artist Boat because they care abou…

  • By GALVESTON COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT
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If you’re a smoker or tobacco user, setting a date to quit can be an important step in protecting your health and the health of loved ones. The Galveston County Health District encourages tobacco users to take advantage of the Great American Smokeout on Thursday as a starting point to quit t…

  • By UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH
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Faculty members from the University of Texas Medical Branch’s School of Health Professions occupational therapy program recently were recognized for outstanding achievement at the Texas Physical Therapy Association conference in Corpus Christi. Associate professor Lynne Hughes received the J…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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What are chores and why is it important for children to have to do chores? Chores are simple tasks that help build planning skills and teach basic life skills. These basic life skills will help your child for the rest of his life with such tasks as cleaning, cooking, doing laundry and househ…

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Strokes can be devastating events that can lead to permanent mental and physical impairments. The goal of treatment is to minimize the brain damage that results from loss of blood flow to a region of the brain. It is more than a little surprising that something in the venom of the deadly fun…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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Going to bed and waking up at about the same time regularly is a simple approach to maintaining a good sleep cycle. This is one of the reasons I fundamentally oppose the daylight saving time changes in falling back and springing ahead biannually. This bizarre time shift essentially knocks ev…

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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Many men and women have created, or helped to create, vast empires. Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, Queens Elizabeth, respectively, of Spain and England, and Catherine the Great of Russia are famous examples. But no list exists of individuals who successfully demolished imp…