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“Water, water, everywhere. Nor any drop to drink.” Coleridge wrote this while becalmed on a ship. This now famous quote could have been said on Galveston Island as the population grew and all the wells were coming up with water with too many minerals. In 1893 Galveston abandoned any hope of …

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We wrote a recent column about how Edward Jenner invented vaccination to protect against smallpox based on the protection offered by a related virus, cowpox, in 1797. Cowpox was only found in parts of Europe, so most of the world did not have access to this life-saving vaccination. King Char…

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Almost everyone, whether they have children or not, has heard about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The issue of “not focusing” can be associated with hyperactivity or without hyperactivity. The children with hyperactivity are distracted by everything. The children without h…

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Developing a vaccine against cytomegalovirus is right at the top of researchers’ priority list. However, most people have never heard of the virus. CMV is common, with a third of children in the United States infected by the age of 5, and well over half of people are infected by the age of 4…

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Houston, we have a problem! Not limited to Houston — the United States has a problem. Very simply as a people, we are too fat. Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States, putting children and adolescents at risk for a lifetime of poor health, social shamming, and early death…

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I enjoy reading about ancient history and civilizations. So many remarkable discoveries and engineering marvels were born that paved the way for our modern world, especially the advancement of medicine. Much of this relied on the discovery and use of plants for their medicinal properties.

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Last week, we discussed the first part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current recommendations for physical activity for adults. It is recommended that we strive for 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise and two days of weight training per week.

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There are several words in medicine that are bad. They are not four letter words but when said are often said in a lowered voice and with concern as they imply a serious problem. Two examples are cancer and cholesterol. Many are surprised to learn that cholesterol is not as fundamentally evi…

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Synthetic embryos — those two words just don’t seem to go together, do they? Two recent reports in the journals Cell and Nature describe research that has done just that. Both groups started with single cells and provided the right conditions to stimulate the cells to grow into embryos. Thes…

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The new year is starting strong with the news that those with Medicare Part D may receive all recommended vaccines without paying a dime. This is needed as some argue that the U.S. healthcare system is instead a “sick-care” system.

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Every adult involved with the care of children whether they are parents, grandparents, teachers or health care providers should stop and seriously consider the following statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics: “The most powerful way children learn isn’t only in classrooms or libra…

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Recently there have been frequent reports of fever reducers for children being sold out. Pictures of empty shelves of medications that are not available. Mostly the reporting is related to problems with supply chains but also to emphasize the increased infection rate of three important and d…

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The human microbiome is a wonderous thing. These are the microbes that live in and on our bodies. We each have somewhere between 10 and 100 trillion microbes with us. They outnumber the cells that make up our bodies. Many of these microbes are bacteria that inhabit our intestinal tracts or g…

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Unless you are vegan, odds are that your holiday meal was vaccinated. Whether you had prime rib, a Christmas ham or a turkey with all its fixings, vaccination was involved. Even the whipped cream on the pumpkin pie came from a vaccinated dairy cow. While most of us appreciate the role vaccin…

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“Without going outside, you may know the whole world. Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven. The farther you go, the less you know. Thus, the sage knows without traveling. He sees without looking, He works without doing.”

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kevin Brooks, Reggie Johnson, Wilma Martin-Franklin, Torrius Fisher, Gerald Hardeman and Sheila Mack.

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For thousands of years humans have used the long dark days of winter to reflect on their wellbeing and make plans for the coming period of growth and building for the future. It is believed that the idea of resolutions began with the Babylonians offering the gods promises to insure good crop…