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Newswise: McGovern Medical School students step up to relieve burdens for front line physicians
Released: 4-Jun-2020 5:05 PM EDT
McGovern Medical School students step up to relieve burdens for front line physicians
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Just a few weeks ago, some sounds like "s" and "th" were difficult to pronounce for 6-year-old Owen McKay, who was diagnosed with an articulation disorder when he was 4 years old. Now, he can say them both well, thanks to his daily tutoring sessions with a McGovern Medical School student.

Newswise: New study reveals areas of brain where recognition and identification occur
Released: 4-Jun-2020 12:05 PM EDT
New study reveals areas of brain where recognition and identification occur
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Using “sub-millimeter” brain implants, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), have been able to determine which parts of the brain are linked to facial and scene recognition.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Get comfortable with the uncomfortable: How to talk to your kids about racism
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

“As the mother of a black child – having to talk to my 10-year-old son about ongoing racism is heartbreaking for me,” said Andrea N. Taylor, PhD, adult psychologist with UT Physicians and UTHealth.

Released: 2-Jun-2020 4:40 PM EDT
Ombudsmen advocate for long-term care residents at a distance during COVID-19
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Social isolation necessitated by COVID-19 weighs on everyone, especially older adults and those living with disabilities who may have already felt relatively isolated before the pandemic even started, said Greg Shelley, program manager of the Harris County Long-term Care Ombudsman Program at Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Likewise, the staff and volunteers who are dedicated to advocating for rights, health, and safety of seniors miss face-to-face visits.

Released: 2-Jun-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Pediatric injuries in the home are on the rise
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

COVID-19 has changed the way families go about their daily routines. With public schools being closed, most parents now have to take on several roles at once. Most are working, providing home schooling and care during the day, and taking on other new roles.

Released: 29-May-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Researchers examine data to identify optimal vasopressor treatment for rare type of stroke
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Results of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) study assessing the most commonly used medications for raising blood pressure in patients with nontraumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a rare type of stroke, have been published in Neurosurgical Focus by scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Released: 21-May-2020 4:15 PM EDT
Tracking COVID-19: New research app will help trace the spread of the virus
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the U.S., a new free research app is hoping to slow the outbreak of the disease by tracking symptoms of millions across the country. To bring the app home to Texans, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have joined the national research project led by Harvard University.

Released: 19-May-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Why having a national health information technology infrastructure could help save lives
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Real-time data about health and health care during the COVID-19 pandemic can help contain the virus but has been difficult to obtain. A new paper published in JAMA explores the concept of a national health information technology (IT) infrastructure to provide up-to-date patient information in public health emergencies, which can then be used in planning and containment efforts.

Newswise: New chemotherapy drug studied for malignant brain tumor in children
Released: 18-May-2020 5:30 PM EDT
New chemotherapy drug studied for malignant brain tumor in children
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

MTX110 is a new formulation of panobinostat, a chemotherapy drug that has shown promise in laboratory models of medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in children. Now, MTX110 is the focus of a novel trial that places the therapy directly into the fourth ventricle of the brain to treat patients with recurrent medulloblastoma.

Released: 15-May-2020 10:15 AM EDT
Scheduling appointments during COVID-19
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The Stay Home, Work Safe order has been lifted across the state, but with so much uncertainty still lingering around COVID-19, many patients may be wary of attending their much-needed appointments, potentially putting themselves at risk for worsening their condition.

Newswise: Scientists and neurosurgeon team up to develop novel imaging device for babies with brain disorders
Released: 6-May-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Scientists and neurosurgeon team up to develop novel imaging device for babies with brain disorders
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Using night-vision goggle technology, near-infrared light, and high-resolution detectors, a wearable imaging device for awake infants with brain disorders was developed by a team of scientists and a pediatric neurosurgeon at UTHealth. Cap-based Transcranial Optical Tomography (CTOT), which utilizes a cap for the baby’s head, is the first high-resolution, whole-brain functional imaging device that does not require the baby to be put under anesthesia.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 5:35 PM EDT
Researchers launch confidential helpline, 833-EMS-INTX, for Texas first responders to find help for substance use disorder
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

First responders in Texas can now call a confidential helpline to seek treatment for substance use and mental health disorders through a new clinical research program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The Heroes Helpline comes at a time when first responders are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 5:05 PM EDT
The search for IgG: What you need to know about antibody testing
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

As officials consider how to reopen the country safely, researchers say antibody testing will play an important role in navigating those future decisions. But not all antibody tests are created equal, and the presence of antibodies doesn’t necessarily equate to COVID-19 immunity.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 12:25 PM EDT
New dashboard takes an in-depth look into local, national, and global COVID-19 cases
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A dashboard developed by experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Biomedical Informatics takes a new look into local, national, and global cases of COVID-19 to offer better insights from currently available data.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Experts at UTHealth successfully treat severe case of COVID-19 in 3-week-old infant
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

In one of the first reported cases of its kind, a 3-week-old infant in critical condition recovered from COVID-19 due to rapid recognition and treatment by physicians from McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The case was published April 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Released: 22-Apr-2020 2:35 PM EDT
UTHealth is joining forces with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and NIST on COVID-19 search engine effort
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has teamed up with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop search engines that will help streamline COVID-19 research for health care experts fighting the virus.

Released: 21-Apr-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Public health experts explain what our new normal will look like
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

As local, state, and national government leaders release guidelines on reopening businesses and returning to a “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, public health and infectious disease experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) say a gradual, cautious return would be the most effective.

Released: 17-Apr-2020 5:15 PM EDT
2020 Benjamin J. Geigerman Lecture Series reaches out to people on the autism spectrum
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Many individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle with finding and maintaining employment, which is an important key to helping them achieve lifelong success. To create a bridge toward employment, the Benjamin J. Geigerman Lecture Series was created at UTHealth.

Newswise: First COVID-19 patient in Texas enrolled in UTHealth stem cell therapy study at Memorial Hermann
Released: 17-Apr-2020 5:10 PM EDT
First COVID-19 patient in Texas enrolled in UTHealth stem cell therapy study at Memorial Hermann
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The first COVID-19 patient in Texas has been enrolled in a stem cell therapy clinical trial for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Released: 14-Apr-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Study finds long-duration spaceflight can affect the brain
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Research has shown long-duration spaceflight missions impact the vision of astronauts. Now a new study, published today in the journal Radiology, shows extended time in space also alters brain and pituitary structure.

13-Apr-2020 8:00 AM EDT
UTHealth, Memorial Hermann seeking plasma donations from survivors of COVID-19
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

An experimental therapy to help patients recover from COVID-19 by transfusing plasma from virus survivors into critically ill patients is being investigated by physicians at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) for use at Memorial Hermann.

Newswise: How to encourage healthy eating for the body and mind during stay-at-home orders
Released: 8-Apr-2020 3:45 PM EDT
How to encourage healthy eating for the body and mind during stay-at-home orders
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Planning a constant pipeline of healthy meals and snacks can feel overwhelming. A chef and dietitian shares some tips that can help.

Released: 8-Apr-2020 3:20 PM EDT
Researchers map areas of major Texas cities where residents are most likely to need hospitalization, ICU care for COVID-19
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Areas within Texas’ major metropolitan cities where residents are at the greatest risk for hospitalization and critical care due to COVID-19 have been mapped for the first time by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Newswise: A guide to using nonmedical masks
Released: 6-Apr-2020 8:35 AM EDT
A guide to using nonmedical masks
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

There are some critical things to know about how to use a nonmedical mask correctly, because when used incorrectly, which is pretty easy to do, you could actually put yourself and others more at risk. Physicians at UTHealth break it all down.

Released: 1-Apr-2020 2:20 PM EDT
COVID-19 and chronic lung disease: How to stay safe
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Because COVID-19 attacks the lungs, limiting social contact is extremely important for people who have underlying health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, and any additional chronic lung illness.

26-Mar-2020 2:35 PM EDT
COVID-19 linked to cardiac injury, worse outcomes for patients with underlying heart conditions
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

COVID-19 can have fatal consequences for people with underlying cardiovascular disease and cause cardiac injury even in patients without underlying heart conditions, according to a review published today in JAMA Cardiology by experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Released: 25-Mar-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Stricter, immediate intervention critical for keeping COVID-19 cases manageable for health care facilities, according to UTHealth modeling
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Led by Eric Boerwinkle, PhD, and Momiao Xiong, PhD, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) modeled the potential spread of COVID-19 based on whether the Greater Houston area began stringent interventions immediately or waited one week or two weeks. That data was presented Monday to city and county officials.

Newswise: Top Harris County, Texas, areas where residents are most likely to need hospitalization, ICU care for COVID-19
Released: 25-Mar-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Top Harris County, Texas, areas where residents are most likely to need hospitalization, ICU care for COVID-19
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Areas of Harris County, Texas, where residents are most at risk for hospitalization and critical care needs due to COVID-19 have been mapped for the first time by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston (UTHealth).

Released: 24-Mar-2020 9:35 AM EDT
COVID-19 just a problem for elderly people, right? Think again.
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

According to the CDC, based on the preliminary report on outcomes for patients in the U.S., when examining the age range of cases, the largest group with confirmed cases was ages 20-44 years old (29%). Among those hospitalized, adults ages 65-84 years old comprised over a third of patients, but young people were not immune; 1 in 5 of those needing hospitalization were between the ages of 20 and 44 years old. The CDC also reports that in cases with known outcomes, 20% of the deaths occurred in those ages 20-64 years old.

Released: 19-Mar-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Facts versus fiction – breaking down COVID-19 myths
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, rumors and misinformation about the virus seem to be spreading just as quickly, if not more quickly, than the virus itself. In the midst of a pandemic, false information can be dangerous and lead to panic, making it difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction.

Released: 18-Mar-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Older adults need to stay in touch to avoid loneliness during social distancing
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the U.S., social distancing is now the byword for prevention. But for older adults who may already be experiencing loneliness, further isolation could be bad for their health.

Released: 17-Mar-2020 6:25 PM EDT
Managing stress during the COVID-19 pandemic
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

While we are all focusing on taking care of our physical health as the outbreak of COVID-19 develops, it’s also important to keep our mental health a priority.

Released: 17-Mar-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Creating a new normal for kids during the uncertainties of COVID-19
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The list of schools canceling classes indefinitely is growing, and day-to-day life has been disrupted like never before – all because of increased social distancing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. This lack of routine, coupled with the fear of an unknown illness, can be overwhelming for children. A pediatric psychologist with the Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) explains what parents can do to maintain a sense of normalcy for their children during this time.

Newswise: Three UTHealth nursing programs ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report
Released: 17-Mar-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Three UTHealth nursing programs ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Three programs at Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) made the 2021 list of Best Graduate Schools published today by U.S. News & World Report.

Released: 12-Mar-2020 11:15 AM EDT
What is “social distancing” and should we be doing it?
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, many are starting to consider scaling back exposure to people, a tactic called “social distancing” and a buzz phrase for people closely following the pandemic. Much to the delight of germophobes and introverts, epidemiologists say social distancing can help prevent the spread of disease.

Released: 9-Mar-2020 5:55 PM EDT
What does self-quarantine mean?
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

So, what does self-quarantine look like? Susan Wootton, MD, an infectious disease pediatrician at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, explains.

Released: 6-Mar-2020 8:10 AM EST
Thinking about cancelling your spring break plans? Ask yourself these questions.
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A handy checklist to help you decide whether to travel for spring break, in light of COVID-19.

4-Mar-2020 6:05 PM EST
Combination of engineered cold sore virus and inhibitor drugs could destroy brain tumors
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Researchers who discovered that an engineered cold sore virus could help destroy brain tumors from the inside out have determined a one-two punch might be the key to finish them off. This virotherapy could make a class of investigational cancer drugs more effective, according to investigators at UTHealth.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 12:50 PM EST
Outreach effective in connecting people who have opioid use disorder with long-term treatment
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Proactive outreach, including knocking on the doors of individuals who recently overdosed on opioids, can be an effective way to engage more people who have opioid use disorder with long-term care, according to researchers at UTHealth.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 9:00 AM EST
Study reveals less than 20% of Americans have rapid access to endovascular thrombectomy for stroke
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Timely treatment is critical for stroke victims, yet only 19.8% of the U.S. population can access a stroke center capable of endovascular thrombectomy to remove a large clot in 15 minutes or less by ambulance, according to researchers from UTHealth. Only 30% of Americans can access a thrombectomy-equipped center in 30 minutes.

25-Feb-2020 12:05 PM EST
Adequate folate levels linked to lower cardiovascular mortality risk in rheumatoid arthritis patients
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Decreased folate levels in the bloodstream have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular mortality in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, shedding light on why those patients are more susceptible to heart and vascular disease, according to research published today in JAMA Network Open by experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

19-Feb-2020 8:50 AM EST
Thousands of uninsured kidney disease patients strain Texas emergency departments each year
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

More than 10,000 uninsured patients sought care at Texas emergency departments for lifesaving kidney dialysis in 2017, incurring more than $21.8 million in hospital costs, according to researchers from UTHealth.

Released: 19-Feb-2020 8:55 AM EST
Physician-scientist wins esteemed award to study whether maternal gut health impacts stroke risk for offspring
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Louise D. McCullough, MD, PhD, a physician-scientist at UTHealth is a recipient of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) prestigious $1 million Merit Award to investigate whether the maternal microbiome influences stroke risk in offspring.

Newswise: Valentine’s Day heartbreak turns to healing
Released: 14-Feb-2020 12:55 PM EST
Valentine’s Day heartbreak turns to healing
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A broken heart for Valentine’s Day sounds like the plot of a romantic comedy. But for Rebekah Holl, a literal broken heart was her reality on Feb. 14, 2019. Born with a rare defect called d-Transposition of the Great Arteries, she underwent open-heart surgery as an infant to correct the way blood circulates throughout her body. Though rare, congenital heart defects are the most common form of birth defects – affecting about 1% or 40,000 births per year in the U.S.

Released: 13-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
OB-GYNs step up preeclampsia prevention by recommending low-dose aspirin for all patients
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Lowering the risk of developing a life-threatening condition while pregnant is as simple as taking low-dose aspirin every day, according to OB-GYNs at UTHealth. They are now recommending their patients take a low-dose aspirin of 81 milligrams daily to prevent preeclampsia as part of routine prenatal care, just like taking a prenatal vitamin.

4-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Researcher’s technology differentiates between Parkinson’s disease and multiple system atrophy
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Scientists have found a way to distinguish between two progressive neurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson’s disease (PD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA), using a technology developed by a researcher at UTHealth. The discovery was published today in Nature.

Released: 31-Jan-2020 12:20 PM EST
Infant and toddler teachers receive specialized training on helping young minds realize potential
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has received a $3 million grant to teach the latest child development strategies to more than 850 infant and toddler specialists and teachers working in at-risk communities in the Lone Star State.

Released: 30-Jan-2020 2:35 PM EST
Study finds vaping prevention program significantly reduces use in middle school students
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

In response to the youth vaping crisis, experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) developed CATCH My Breath, a program to prevent electronic cigarette use among fifth – 12th grade students. Research published in Public Health Reports reveals the program significantly reduces the likelihood of e-cigarette use among students who complete the curriculum.

Newswise: Children to bear the burden of negative health effects from climate change
Released: 27-Jan-2020 11:35 AM EST
Children to bear the burden of negative health effects from climate change
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The grim effects that climate change will have on pediatric health outcomes was the focus of a “Viewpoint” article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation by Susan E. Pacheco, MD, an expert at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).


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