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In an article in “Consultant for Pediatricians,” doctors Timothy Lefeber and Linda Nield discuss secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is the sidestream smoke that is released from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke exhaled by the smoker. Sidestream smoke, because of its lower tempera…

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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…

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There’s a lot of talk about measles recently and with good reason. Worldwide, there are an estimated 7 million measles cases annually. With modern-day global travel, coupled with growing vaccine hesitancy, it’s not surprising measles cases in the U.S have hit an all-time record — the highest…

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In Galveston, the population of the island is far exceeded by the hordes of mosquitoes. While I walked from the parking garage to the building that housed my lab each morning, I was guaranteed to feed a few of the little buggers. We’ve all noticed that some people are bitten more often than …

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Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in children, with nearly 1,000 deaths in children ages 20 and younger in 2017 alone, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Recently, the State of Texas has the highest number of drownings with a clos…

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If you’re like most people, you may be ashamed of your body, or perhaps just parts of it. This is a long-standing habit for many of us, starting perhaps with our first zits in adolescence or maybe much younger. We weren’t as tall or strong or fast or pretty as other children. Maybe we even h…

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America has a “big” problem — pun intended! The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than one third of adults in the U.S. suffer from obesity, making it a significant public health issue. Look around your city or your workplace and you can see the problem. We’re a culture of fast …

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The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing has achieved a milestone with a 100 percent national exam pass rate for the 122 students who tested in the second quarter of 2019. A passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination is required for the licensure of nurses in…