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Kyriakos Markides, a professor in the department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, has received a grant of more than $2.5 million to continue his longitudinal study on aging in Mexican-Americans, begun in 1994.
During the course of his research, interviewing the same group of Hispanic Americans, Markides discovered the “Hispanic Paradox.” The population studied had fewer resources and access to services than other ethnic groups yet had a better overall state of health.
Once the data has been gathered, it will be available through the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging.

Lunch program today: Insomnia

Today’s Lunch Bunch program, “Overcoming Insomnia: Say Goodnight to Sleepless Nights,” focuses on ways to address insomnia, including tips on how to improve sleep on your own, as well as treatment options and how to know when you should to seek treatment. Sara Nowakowski, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UTMB, will lead the discussion. The program includes a light lunch, and is free and open to the public. It meets from noon to 1 p.m. at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South. For more information, call 832-505-1600.

Lefeber Lecture on Aging tonight

Tonight’s Lefeber Winter Lecture on Aging will focus on potential drug therapies for aging. “Can Drugs that Target Mechanisms of Aging be Translated into Clinical Application: Opportunities and Challenges” will be presented by James Kirkland, director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic. The lecture, which is open to the public at no charge, will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Levin Hall South Auditorium, 11th and Market streets in Galveston, with a reception following. Next week’s lecture is entitled “Lest We Forget: What Do We Know about Promoting Brain Health?”

GI cancer support group tonight

The gastrointestinal cancer support group meets at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 1.132 of the Rebecca Sealy Building, at the corner of Market and Eighth streets. Oncology clinical nurse specialist GHail Kwarciany will lead a discussion on fatigue among patients with cancer. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Robert Webster at 409-789-5074 or Captr

New Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic offers expanded hours

UTMB’s new Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic at 6416 Broadway — in front of Home Depot in the Galvez Shopping Center — offers extended hours from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday/Sunday. The new clinic is four times larger than the old one at 61st Street, with 6,700 square feet of space, 12 exam rooms, easy access and lots of parking. For more information, call 409-744-5437 or 888-886-2543.

Optical Children’s Boutique

UTMB Health Eye Center and the UTMB Optical Center recently opened its new “Children’s Boutique” within the optical center in the Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences building in Galveston at 700 University Boulevard. The Children’s Boutique carries a wide variety of affordable kids’ eyewear, with trendy and stylish eyeglasses from popular and reliable brands such as MiraFlex, RayBan, Kensie Girl, Thalia, Lilly Putlzer, Ninja Turtles, Cantera and K12. MiraFlex, a frame line ideal for young children, requires no adjustments or replacement parts because there are no screws, nose pads or hinges. For questions, call 409-747-5823.

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