Health seminar for older adults
Geriatric medicine at UTMB will host a free luncheon seminar on health issues for older adults in League City on Thursday. Among the topics to be presented by faculty experts: “Falls prevention” by Dr. Liliana Andrade; “Diabetes and aging” by Dr. Elena Volpi; “Memory preservation” by Dr. Mukaila Raji; “Medication management” by Dr. Erin Hommel and “Geriatric care model” by nurse practitioner Andrea Wirt. Lunch starts at 11 a.m. in advance of the seminar, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Perry Family YMCA, 1700 League City Parkway. League City. The seminar is free but space is limited to the first 100 people to register. Call 409-772-1987 to register. 


Market Street closure 
Market Street, between 9th and 10th streets in front of the Moody Medical Library, will be closed 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Jan. 8-10 for construction. Entrances to nearby garages will remain open. 

Gastrointestinal cancer support group
Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist Gail Kwarciany will discuss fatigue at the next meeting of the UTMB colorectal and GI cancer support group tonight at 5:30 p.m. in room 1.132 of the Rebecca Sealy Building, at the corner of Market and Eighth streets. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Robert Webster at 409-789-5074 or

Galveston Island’s Biggest Loser Challenge 2013
All those over 18 who live and/or work on Galveston Island are eligible to participate in a 13-week weight-loss challenge, Jan. 12 to April 13. Registration takes place 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the McGuire Dent Fitness and Recreation Center, 2222 28th St. and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Fit Tri Run, 518 23rd St, Go to for more information. The UTMB department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health is one of the organizers of this event as part of the Transforming Texas initiative to improve the quality of life for every Texan through the power of prevention.  

 Levin Hall lecture today
“Medico-racial folklore: How to educate the medical community” is the topic of the Samuel G. Dunn Lectureship in the Medical Humanities to be presented by John Hoberman, professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas in Austin, at 5 p.m. in Levin Hall North, at Market and 10th St. His book, “Black & Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism” was published earlier this year by the University of California Press and is available at the bookstore. 

Nurse certified
Susan Johnson, nurse and manager of the thoracic organ program in transplant services, has been certified by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, one of less than two dozen nurses in the state to hold such status. The AAHFN is a specialty organization dedicated to advancing nursing education, clinical practice and research to improve heart failure patient outcomes.

Go green
Galveston’s 19th annual Christmas Tree Recycling Drive runs through Jan. 20. All non-artificial  trees, including flocked trees, will be accepted. Please remove all tinsel, lights, decorations and plastic or metal stands. Drop-off sites: 

•           UTMB: Open-top trash bin at the base of the water tower on the corner of Holiday and Harbor side drives.

•           City of Galveston Eco-Center: 702 61st Street.