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New death registry rollout may improve vital statistics

The state of Texas is giving new life to a system that records how people die, and Texas doctors are optimistic it will be easier to use and will lead to more accurate death records, which collect vital data used to monitor public health.

Susie Roebuck Mammography Center

Christus Southeast Texas unveiled the Susie Roebuck Mammography Center on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at its Southeast Texas Outpatient Center – Mid County location.


Men, a shot that prevents cancers — the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination — is for you, too, though not nearly enough males are getting it. Sadly, physicians say, vaccination rates in males are extremely low, and doctors are seeing more cancers in men caused by HPV.

Gift of Life ‘cheerleaders’ spell out ‘victory’ during a pep rally to kick off t

One of the most popular and well-attended nonprofit events in Southeast Texas is coming in the fall, and Gift of Life started early, working to get the community fired up for it by hosting a pep rally luncheon Thursday, June 8, at Broussard’s Centré in Beaumont.

Cancer-fighting cheerleaders engaged the crowd, spelling out “victory” over the deadly disease, which Gift of Life has been helping Southeast Texas battle since 1994.

Harbor  Hospice held a ribbon  cutting to  celebrate the opening of its new loca
Harbor Hospice Administrator Brenna Rodriguez listens in as Harbor Hospice Medic

Harbor Hospice held a ribbon cutting Friday, May 5, to celebrate the opening of a new location at 2200 Highway 365, Suite 101, in Nederland.

Harbor Hospice Administrator Brenna Rodriguez said the location has actually been in operation since October 2016.

ADACDET Beaumont office employees are Julie King, liaison counselor; Kara Wharto

The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas is seeing a rise in abuse of meth, opiates and synthetic marijuana in the area.

Kara Wharton, a licensed chemical dependency counselor and team leader at the Beaumont office of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADACDET), said the non-profit organization services around 90-100 clients a month and the three aforementioned problems are the most common addictions seen.

“The numbers are growing,” Wharton said. “In this area, it’s methamphetamine” that’s most abused.

Kim Phelan (pictured) and Regina Rogers are spearheading a mental health initiat

Civic, business, and community leaders and health care professionals, social workers, law enforcement officers, and educators all converged at Broussard’s Centre’ Thursday, March 9 for the announcement of a new mental health initiative being spearheaded by Gift of Life founder Regina Rogers and Kim Phelan. 

Natalie Sfeir

Natalie Sfeir, a sophomore speech/language pathology major from Beaumont, envisions a future where people with dementia are no longer ostracized for their disease.

“My ultimate goal is to help prevent institutionalization of those with dementia. I want to play a role in providing a better life for them — a life where they can go about doing normal activities, a life where they can remain, to some degree, independent,” she said.

A cross section (measured in centimeters) of a calcified nodule found in a skele

Eight hundred years ago, in a hardscrabble farming community on the outskirts of what was once one of the fabled cities of the ancient world, Troy, a 30-year-old woman was laid to rest in a stone-lined grave.


A team of faculty, graduate and undergraduate researchers from LU has made significant progress toward developing digital technologies as an aid for hearing loss thanks to the funding from Lamar University’s Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE).