UTMB will offer a new service during football season — a Saturday Sports Injury Clinic inside the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday between Aug. 31 and Nov. 9. Staffed by sports medicine physicians and physical therapists, the clinic will offer treatment for the kinds of injuries that can happen during football season — fractures, dislocations, sprains and torn ligaments in particular. In addition, the clinic will offer X-rays, MRIs and CT scans as needed. Call 832-505-1234 for more information.

Optometrist expands services
UTMB optometrist Dr. Praveena Gupta is now providing specialty contact lens and low-vision care at the UTMB Health Eye Center in Friends-wood, at 400 W. Parkwood, Suite 120. She will continue to practice at the UTMB Health Optical Center in Galveston as well. Gupta is a licensed therapeutic optometrist and optometric glaucoma specialist. She specializes in contact lens fittings, among other services. Visit www.UTMB
eyecenter.com for more information, or call 281-996-7564 to schedule an appointment.

Construction detour
Beginning  Thursday, the Strand between 11th and 13th streets will be closed to east- and west-bound vehicular and pedestrian traffic due to construction in the area. Detour signs will be in place to direct drivers. Construction is expected to last through mid-September.

New and expanded clinic sites
Planning is in progress for an expanded pediatrics clinic site on Galveston Island in the vicinity of 61st Street. Stay tuned for more details. UTMB is also planning a new Family Clinic in Alvin, near Home Depot and Highway 6, which will provide adult and pediatric services when it opens in Fall 2014. Texas City will see a combined clinic off Emmett Lowry in early 2015 for cardiology, urology, pediatrics, ear, nose and throat and physical/occupational therapy patients.

Laughter therapy
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTMB Health is hosting “How to create therapeutic laughter,” a two-day workshop on Sept. 19-20 in the OLLI Community Room at 4700 Broadway, Suite B in Galveston. The course provides a toolbox for increased positive thinking, positive emotions, a healthy, balanced life and well-being. For cost information and registration go to www.WorldLaughterTour.com or call 800-NOW-LAFF (800-669-5233).

New PMCH chairwoman
Laura Rudkin has been appointed chairwoman of the department of preventive medicine and community health, effective Sept. 1. She has served as interim chairwoman for the past year. A faculty member since 1993, Rudkin is highly respected in the public health research community. She is a social epidemiologist and demographer with a primary research interest in the influence of social factors on health outcomes.