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Living our lives with a continual attitude of gratitude is a choice. Such a bold decision is a spiritual and psychological one. It has the effect of radically changing our thoughts and consciousness to the positive. As we choose to declare and affirm all the things we’re grateful for, the co…

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In this time of increasing intolerance of immigrants and other cultures, it is worth remembering contributions made by people from different cultures to medical science throughout history. One British-Asian Muslim physician made important contributions to what we know about the effects of bl…

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has an educational website, healthychildren.org, and has information on how to prevent tooth decay in babies. Baby teeth are important. If baby teeth are lost too early, the teeth that are left may move and not leave room for the adult teeth. Tooth decay is…

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No one wants to be burned. Even the smallest burn hurts more than a cut the same size. Larger burns not only hurt, but can result in significant pain, permanent scarring, loss of the use of limbs and even death. Most scald burns can be prevented. Scald burns occur from accidental spills of h…

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Dr. Cindy Wigg, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and program director for the Psychiatry Residency Program, has been selected to receive the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award.

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A couple Saturdays ago, I was taking a nap on the living room sofa. I was comfortable, warm and even snoring — apparently, pretty loudly. Two rooms away, our 10-year-old granddaughter, Serenity, was working on a school history project with grandma. At some point, noting the snoring that was …

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Getting older is inevitable, and it brings many good things — but also some challenges. Among them is an increased susceptibility to infections. A recent study using two drugs that block the activity of a cellular pathway involved in immune responses have been found to improve the health of …

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Recent information released from the American Academy of Pediatrics will help your family have a safe winter season. It’s finally getting cooler and everyone will be starting their heaters. Leaky connections, and improper ventilation may cause carbon monoxide to be there.

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One of my medical students asked me if I kept up with current events. I somewhat glumly replied that I did as I had been encouraged to do since my early school days.

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For those who enjoy working with the public and have been bitten by the travel bug, a career as an airline flight attendant may be appealing. However, this career elevates a person’s risk of developing cancer.

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The executive team for the University of Texas Medical Branch Clear Lake campus is taking shape with the addition of Stephen Jones Jr., and Michelle Henderson.

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Most adults realize that lowering their blood cholesterol levels will reduce the chance of developing heart problems later down the road, but many parents don’t even think about their child’s cholesterol level. Adult cardiovascular disease has been linked to high cholesterol in childhood, an…

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There are several treatments for type II diabetes, but there’s no cure. Now, scientists may have developed one in mice using a single injection of an engineered virus carrying a certain gene. The virus altered cells in the liver, fat tissue and skeletal muscle to continuously produce a prote…