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Here are the recent health inspections for activity Feb. 7 through Feb. 13 provided from the Galveston County Health District.

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Since the pandemic started, many things have changed. One thing has been the increased adoption/fostering of pets. Overall, this is a good thing as there’s much evidence that caring for pets is healthy. It’s important, however, that children know how to behave around animals.

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When we bite into a nice sugary dessert, the flavor we enjoy is the result of one of the five basic elements of taste: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami.

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We’ve received many questions from readers anxious about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Several questioned reactions they experienced after receiving their shot. I hope our responses help answer the questions you may have as well.

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Today, we don’t hear much about leprosy in the United States, but in the early 1900s, leprosy was spreading on the Hawaiian Islands. Mild cases of leprosy were treated at a leprosarium in Honolulu, and advanced cases were quarantined on a peninsula on Molokai.

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Here are the recent health inspections for activity Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 provided from the Galveston County Health District.

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We’ve received many questions from readers anxious about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Several questioned if they should be vaccinated at all while others wondered if they need to continue wearing masks once vaccinated. I hope our responses help answer the questions you may have as well.

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Guns kill people — and not just the bad guys. Guns also kill children. Recently reported in the journal Pediatrics by R. S. Beidas, et al., is the following information: In 2018, 3,335 young people (aged 1-19) died of firearm injuries. These injuries are broken down into homicide (55 percent…