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Generations of parents have sung this lullaby to their children: “Rock-a-bye baby on the tree top, when the wind blows the cradle will rock.”

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June 1 was the start of hurricane season, and employees at The University of Texas Medical Branch are preparing for any possible storm. In an emergency, the medical branch activates its incident command structure to make decisions based on the specifics of the emergency as it develops.

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The nicotine in tobacco is addictive, and people become addicted much sooner than they expect after they start using products with nicotine. Children and teenagers, even animals, can become addicted to nicotine.

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The smoke is getting thick. Marijuana use is increasing. Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states and several U.S. territories. More than a dozen other states have laws that restrict THC content (the chemical responsible for the “high”), but allow access to cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive m…

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The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Medical Branch held its commencement ceremony May 17, awarding 28 master’s degrees, 34 Doctor of Philosophy degrees, and three MD-PhD combined degrees. Dr. John Papaconstantinou, professor of biochemistry and molecular bio…

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We’re hearing a lot about the increased use of smoking in teenagers, and it may be time to review what third-hand smoke is and what its harmful effects are. Everyone has experienced third-hand smoke. It’s when you step into an elevator and it smells as if someone has just lit up a cigarette,…

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The genomic revolution is uncovering more and more information about the genetic basis of human diseases. Our DNA is the code for who we are, and it’s copied many times and present in every cell in our bodies. With advances in genomic science, we’re learning more about what our DNA means and…

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During National CPR and AED Awareness Week June 1-7, the American Heart Association will shine a spotlight on how lives can be saved if more Americans learned how to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

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The University of Texas Medical Branch has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The certification recognizes organizations in the outpatient care setting that focus their efforts for COPD care on s…