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Island East-End Theatre Company was delighted its Students on Stage performed the musical, “Mary Poppins, Jr.” on June 22. The prestigious Students on Stage Session I involves musical theater students between the ages of 11-18. These multi-talented students attend a three-week theater intens…

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Those busy folks down at Island ETC (East-End Theatre Company) are preparing to open its 16th season with a grand opening night on Friday, July 6. Graciously sponsored by Joe Tramonte Realty and VJ Tramonte, this promises to be one of the “don’t miss” events of the summer. The doors will ope…

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During the month of June, Rosenberg Library will honor the late June P. Ross (1921-2001). On display will be an assortment of items related to her long career as a community leader and an advocate for seniors and children in need.

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Traveling around the island recently, I came upon a beautiful small tree with a multitude of huge pink blossoms. Serious gardeners may know it as hibiscus mutabilis, the Latin describing the “changeable” color of the tree’s blossoms during the day. More familiar names include Confederate ros…

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The Sealy Center on Aging has been re-designated as a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Aging and Health, under the direction of Dr. Rebeca Wong. Collaborating centers are designated by the WHO Director-General to carry out activities in suppo…

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Just when we thought things could not get any crazier, there is a new movement against tap water encouraging people to drink “raw water” that is not treated or filtered. One company in California sold 2.5 gallon jugs of untreated spring water for $36.99. You can also buy water collection sys…

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Myopia is a condition in which near objects are seen clearly — but far objects are blurred. This happens when the eyeball (the globe) is elongated or there is too much curvature of the cornea. When this happens the light entering the eye is focused in front of the retina rather than on it. M…

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Over the past few days, I received several calls regarding the identification of a shrub-like plant that is growing along the Seawall on Galveston Island. The impetus for so many calls was not surprising.

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The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center from DNV GL Healthcare, a leading health care accrediting agency in the United States. The medical branch underwent a rigorous onsite review that evaluated their adherence to DNV comprehen…

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The Galveston County Health District (GCHD) is encouraging women to take steps to improve their health as it celebrates National Women’s Health Week, which began Monday and ends Saturday.

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My grandmother used to say Jal-ja. It literally translates to “sleep well” rather than “good night.” She wished me to sleep well. Do you sleep well? Do you dream? The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 9 hours for adults — but only about two thirds do so. Sleeping well regularly is es…

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Arguably, the greatest frontier in biomedical research is our understanding of the human brain. While we are making strides in mapping circuits in the brain and understanding how different areas of the brain function and contribute to different neurological diseases, overall the brain is sti…

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The following information was prepared by Dr. L. Rajagopalan for the Texas American Academy of Pediatrics Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program in the state of Texas. Permanent congenital hearing loss occurs in one to three per 1,000 live births. It is the most prevalent condition…

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What can we do besides medications and procedures to treat medical problems? I will always recommend proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep, but I’m also constantly on the lookout for other tools to add to the tool bag. We are starting to see some evidence from studies to support the use of h…

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Dr. Jose M. Barral has been appointed director of the University of Texas Medical Branch’s MD-PhD Combined Degree Program. Barral had been serving as interim director since January 2017. Barral, who also has a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from Baylor College of Medicine in…

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Robots are in homes, factories and also in hospitals. Robot-assisted surgery has been around since at least 1985. Since then, robots have been used in developing minimally invasive surgeries such as laparoscopies using flexible fiber optic cameras. The first robotic surgical system, the daVi…

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A recent article in the “American Journal of Emergency Medicine,” by J.R. Starnes et al, outlined the significant and increasing source of severe injuries and death associated with golf carts. Between 1990 and 2006 there were well over 100,000 related injuries treated in the U.S. and the rat…

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Philosopher Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) proposed “The Jericho Method” as a way to resolve daunting human problems. Most of us know the original story. Having crossed the Jordan River into the land promised them, the invading Hebrews found their way blocked by the powerful fortress city of Je…

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During the month of May, Rosenberg Library will exhibit a beautiful, handcarved mother-of-pearl rosary, which was presented to Galveston resident Fides Senechal Boening (1891-1966) when she received her first communion at Sacred Heart Church on May 1, 1904.