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We’re constantly amazed by modern technology that mimics human speech. We’ve had machines that can “speak” language for many years, and now we have virtual assistants such as Siri on Apple devices and Amazon Alexa. Consider a simple question: “Alexa, what is the weather today?” Alexa can ret…

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Measles, also called rubeola, is a viral disease. The virus can be found in secretions, blood and urine in the prodromal phase (the first part of the illness), and a short time after the rash appears. This virus can remain active at room temperature for 34 hours. It’s important to know that …

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“Pay attention to the feelings, hunches, and intuitions that flood your life each day. If you do, you will see that premonitions are not rare, but a natural part of our lives.” — Dr. Larry Dossey

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Dr. Ravi Radhakrishnan, associate professor and chief of the division of pediatric surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch, has been accepted as a member of the University of Texas System Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Education. Members of the academy serve the UT Syste…

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Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic childhood conditions in the United States. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain, infections and lead to future problems.

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The University of Texas Medical Branch has earned a spot on the Centers for Disease Control’s national registry of recognized diabetes prevention programs, making it the only institution in the Greater Houston area to be listed. The CDC recognizes organizations that have demonstrated its abi…

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Iceland is in the news. Iceland is a small island nation with a population of about 340,000 in the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s not covered in ice — that would be Greenland. This small nation is one of the oldest democracies in the world, established in 930 C.E., with the founding of the country.

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Travel is a wonderful opportunity to see the world through different eyes, cultures, and geography. Travel brochures, websites, and magazines are filled with sumptuously colored photos of lands far away, exotic people, beaches, food, drinks, art and architecture. Any of us, if physically and…

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Opioids are a category of highly addictive narcotic drugs, which include prescription pain medicine and illegal substances like heroin. They’re products, or synthetic versions, of the opium produced in small amounts by poppy plants. In large doses, they can slow the body’s heart and breathin…

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Q. The map published by the Human Connectome Project in 2016 is a milestone. It detailed 180 regions of the brain, 97 of which hadn’t been known. But you started mapping the brain with pencil and tracing paper. How has your idea of an image — or a map — changed?

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We think humans rule the world, but the reality is that Earth is dominated by microbes. Microbes are mostly single-celled creatures, and they have existed on Earth for more than 3.5 billion years. They occupy almost every ecological niche — from hot springs in Yellowstone, to acidic mine was…

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Dr. Jamie Kane, from Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in New York, discusses the benefits of some carbohydrates and suggest that they shouldn’t all be shunned. He states that “resistant starch lowers blood sugar after a meal, helps reduce appetite, is anti-inflammatory, improves gut heal…

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Students of all ages are encouraged to submit artwork that reflects The University of Texas Medical Branch’s 2019 Annual Earth Day event theme – “Reduce Your Use.” All artwork submitted will be showcased during the event, with the winning entry being used for t-shirt design and promotion on …

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Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards at The University of Texas Medical Branch. The winners, who were announced at the annual awards luncheon on Jan. 9, are Dr. Ike C. Okereke, associate professor in the Department of Surgery; Saree…