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Newswise: From segregation to inspiration, James Griffin, M.D., is making history at Parkland and UT Southwestern
Released: 21-Feb-2024 10:05 AM EST
From segregation to inspiration, James Griffin, M.D., is making history at Parkland and UT Southwestern
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To call the connection James D. Griffin, M.D., has with UT Southwestern and Parkland Memorial Hospital lifelong is no exaggeration. Dr. Griffin was born at Parkland in 1958, when the labor and delivery ward was still segregated. More than six decades later, his colleagues at that hospital elected him President of the medical staff – the first Black physician to earn the honor.

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Released: 14-Feb-2024 12:05 PM EST
Two Texas transplant programs team up to save lives
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Two hard-to-match transplant patients 250 miles apart are starting 2024 on a new path to healthy lives.

Newswise: Devise a dietary game plan for Super Bowl parties
Released: 2-Feb-2024 10:05 AM EST
Devise a dietary game plan for Super Bowl parties
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Football fans who plan to attend food-and-beverage-packed Super Bowl parties should have a dietary game plan to ensure that watching the big game is a healthy affair, according to a lifestyle medicine expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Newswise: UT Southwestern Q&A: What is stress and how can we manage it?
Released: 18-Oct-2023 11:05 AM EDT
UT Southwestern Q&A: What is stress and how can we manage it?
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Everyone experiences stress from time to time. And while brief bouts can be a good thing, prolonged or chronic stress can have negative effects on your overall health.

Newswise: Research shaped career of O’Donnell School of Public Health leader
Released: 28-Aug-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Research shaped career of O’Donnell School of Public Health leader
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Saad B. Omer, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., Founding Dean of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health at UT Southwestern Medical Center, discovered a passion for public health while he was a medical student in Pakistan.

Newswise: Be cautious to avoid burns in extreme heat or when grilling
Released: 23-Aug-2023 1:55 PM EDT
Be cautious to avoid burns in extreme heat or when grilling
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With triple-digit temperatures continuing across many parts of the country and the outdoor grilling season still in full swing, a UT Southwestern Medical Center physician who specializes in burn care wants to remind people to be careful around hot surfaces such as a grill or a playground slide.

Newswise: Cause of ‘brain freeze’ a bit of a mystery, but not to worry
Released: 21-Aug-2023 12:25 PM EDT
Cause of ‘brain freeze’ a bit of a mystery, but not to worry
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You’re eating or drinking something frozen, like a snow cone, ice cream, or ice pops – probably a bit too eagerly – and you get one of those sudden-onset, painful headaches known as “brain freeze.” Man, does it hurt, but usually not for long, and it’s not harmful, according to an expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Newswise: UTSW Q&A: Experts talk about opioid abuse, risks, treatment
Released: 16-Aug-2023 3:05 PM EDT
UTSW Q&A: Experts talk about opioid abuse, risks, treatment
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Overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription painkillers and synthetics like fentanyl, continue to rise.

Newswise: Tips to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays
Released: 18-Jul-2023 2:55 PM EDT
Tips to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays
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With the increase in outdoor activities during the summer, a UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer specialist reminds you to protect your skin from sun damage.

Newswise: Less is best with caffeine, energy drinks during pregnancy
Released: 17-Jul-2023 12:30 PM EDT
Less is best with caffeine, energy drinks during pregnancy
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Millions of people drink coffee, soda, and/or tea daily, making caffeinated beverages the most commonly consumed stimulants in the world. Highly caffeinated energy drinks also have been a hugely popular pick-me-up for more than two decades, especially among younger adults and teens. But pregnant individuals should be careful regarding energy drinks and their overall intake of caffeine, according to an expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Newswise: UTSW researchers report progress in malaria treatments
Released: 10-Jul-2023 10:45 AM EDT
UTSW researchers report progress in malaria treatments
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With new cases of malaria being reported in Texas and Florida, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center continue to explore compounds for more effective drug-resistant therapies and biological targets to interfere with the parasites that spread the potentially fatal disease.

Newswise: Don’t put nutrition on the back burner for your summer menu
Released: 6-Jul-2023 3:30 PM EDT
Don’t put nutrition on the back burner for your summer menu
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Whether you’re hosting summer backyard cookouts or escaping the heat with indoor gatherings, a nutrition expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center says there are lots of options for adding some nutrition to your plate.

Newswise: UT Southwestern toxicologist offers tips to keep food safe during summer grilling season
Released: 29-Jun-2023 11:35 AM EDT
UT Southwestern toxicologist offers tips to keep food safe during summer grilling season
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The arrival of summer marks the return of a cherished activity: backyard grilling. A UT Southwestern Medical Center toxicologist offers some cautionary guidelines to help you and your guests avoid food poisoning.

Newswise: Lots of water, small dietary changes can help prevent kidney stones, UTSW expert says
Released: 12-Jun-2023 1:30 PM EDT
Lots of water, small dietary changes can help prevent kidney stones, UTSW expert says
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The painful experience of having a kidney stone has become more common in recent years, including in Texas, part of the “Stone Belt” where hot weather can cause dehydration. But small dietary changes as well as drinking lots of water can help avert the discomfort, says a board-certified physician assistant in the Department of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Newswise: Start screenings at age 45 to prevent colorectal cancer, UT Southwestern experts advise
Released: 6-Jun-2023 11:05 AM EDT
Start screenings at age 45 to prevent colorectal cancer, UT Southwestern experts advise
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Colorectal cancer is on the rise among younger adults. According to the American Cancer Society, the proportion of cases among people under 55 increased from 11% in 1995 to 20% in 2019, and it is now the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men younger than 50.

Newswise: Receiving treatment for postpartum depression ‘important for the entire family’
Released: 25-May-2023 10:35 AM EDT
Receiving treatment for postpartum depression ‘important for the entire family’
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Depression is considered the most common complication of childbirth, and new mothers shouldn’t feel ashamed or embarrassed about seeking mental health care and treatments including therapy and medication, advised experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Newswise: Regular exercise key to treating osteoarthritis, UT Southwestern rheumatologist says
Released: 24-May-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Regular exercise key to treating osteoarthritis, UT Southwestern rheumatologist says
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If it hurts when you grip a cup of coffee, get up from a chair, or climb the stairs, you may have osteoarthritis, one of the most common types of arthritis. And though your achy joints seem to be telling you to take it easy, that’s exactly what you should not be doing.

Newswise: Poor sleep can lead to long-term health problems for older adults, UTSW specialists say
Released: 10-May-2023 1:15 PM EDT
Poor sleep can lead to long-term health problems for older adults, UTSW specialists say
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It’s a common misconception that older adults need less sleep than those younger, but many get fewer hours due to insomnia and various health problems, including sleep apnea and heart trouble. In addition to a reduced quality of life, long-term health consequences of poor sleep include high blood pressure, weight gain, stroke, heart attack, diabetes, memory problems, and even increased risk of death, said Deborah Freeland, M.D., Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and a member of UTSW’s Division of Geriatric Medicine.

Newswise: UT Southwestern Q&A: Experts offer tips on talking to kids about traumatic events
Released: 8-May-2023 12:55 PM EDT
UT Southwestern Q&A: Experts offer tips on talking to kids about traumatic events
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Following the latest mass shooting at an outlet mall in Allen, Texas, on Saturday and other violent incidents across the country, parents may find themselves trying to navigate difficult conversations with their children. What to say is just as important as what not to say, according to experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Children are naturally curious and may have questions, or they may be worried about their own safety.

Newswise: Skin conditions may indicate more serious rheumatic disease, UT Southwestern physician says
Released: 21-Apr-2023 11:05 AM EDT
Skin conditions may indicate more serious rheumatic disease, UT Southwestern physician says
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While rheumatic diseases typically affect the joints, muscles, or ligaments, the first signs of a problem may appear on the skin. A UT Southwestern physician who specializes in rheumatology says it’s essential to know what to look for.

Newswise: UT Southwestern nephrologist addresses National Kidney Foundation
Released: 12-Apr-2023 3:50 PM EDT
UT Southwestern nephrologist addresses National Kidney Foundation
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Susan Hedayati, M.D., Director of Clinical and Population Health Research in Nephrology at UT Southwestern, has spent a career investigating the links between kidney disease and depression and developing methods to improve care from a patient-centric perspective for those with chronic kidney disease.

Newswise: Awareness vital to improving Parkinson’s patients’ quality of life, UTSW neurologist says
Released: 3-Apr-2023 12:45 PM EDT
Awareness vital to improving Parkinson’s patients’ quality of life, UTSW neurologist says
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About 1 million people in the United States have Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurological disorder that ranks second to Alzheimer’s among the most common neurodegenerative diseases. While many tend to associate Parkinson’s with hand tremors, it can cause a broad range of symptoms, affecting both motor and nonmotor functions.

Newswise: UT Southwestern Q&A: Experts offer tips on talking to kids about school shootings, other traumatic events
Released: 29-Mar-2023 12:55 PM EDT
UT Southwestern Q&A: Experts offer tips on talking to kids about school shootings, other traumatic events
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After a school shooting like the one that occurred in Nashville, parents may find themselves trying to navigate difficult conversations with their children. What to say is just as important as what not to say, according to experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Children are naturally curious and may have questions, or they may be worried about their own safety.

   
Newswise: Re-establish consistent sleep patterns to adjust to daylight saving time
Released: 10-Mar-2023 1:05 PM EST
Re-establish consistent sleep patterns to adjust to daylight saving time
UT Southwestern Medical Center

The shift to daylight saving time disrupts the body’s biological clock, affecting sleep patterns and how we function. A UT Southwestern Medical Center neuroscientist explains why.

Newswise: As allergy season approaches, UTSW physician offers tips on treatment, prevention
Released: 2-Mar-2023 1:05 PM EST
As allergy season approaches, UTSW physician offers tips on treatment, prevention
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It’s almost that dreaded time of year, when spring and summer allergies can make life miserable for many. Ashley Agan, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, said steps can be taken to control symptoms and prevent infections.

Newswise: Stay alert to avoid falls that can cause serious injuries, UT Southwestern orthopedist says
Released: 2-Feb-2023 5:05 AM EST
Stay alert to avoid falls that can cause serious injuries, UT Southwestern orthopedist says
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Slipping on ice or tripping over a curb can result in broken bones or more serious injuries. To avoid taking an unexpected tumble, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and watch where you’re walking, a UT Southwestern Medical Center orthopedist advises.

Newswise: UT Southwestern ophthalmologist shares techniques for cataract surgery complications
Released: 24-Jan-2023 7:05 AM EST
UT Southwestern ophthalmologist shares techniques for cataract surgery complications
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Patients undergoing cataract surgery typically have their natural lens replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). But complications occasionally arise that require the placement of a more surgically challenging secondary IOL. Several techniques are available for secondary IOL placement, and each has its advantages and disadvantages.

Newswise: Consider risks and alternatives before deciding on LASIK surgery, UT Southwestern ophthalmologists say
Released: 13-Jan-2023 11:10 AM EST
Consider risks and alternatives before deciding on LASIK surgery, UT Southwestern ophthalmologists say
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Patients considering LASIK vision correction surgery should weigh the risks as well as benefits and see a doctor who can assess whether they are a good candidate for the procedure, according to an ophthalmologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Newswise: How parents can help their kids with asthma avoid serious attacks
Released: 8-Nov-2022 4:05 PM EST
How parents can help their kids with asthma avoid serious attacks
UT Southwestern Medical Center

UTSW pediatric pulmonologist highlights how to reduce risk of serious asthma attack

Newswise: UTSW Optometrist Offers Optimum Care Guidelines for Contact Lens Users
Released: 3-Nov-2022 2:05 PM EDT
UTSW Optometrist Offers Optimum Care Guidelines for Contact Lens Users
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A recent viral video showing a California ophthalmologist removing 23 contact lenses from an elderly patient’s eye has drawn attention to the importance of properly using contact lenses to ensure the health of your eyes.

Newswise: How to Protect Yourself Against Summer Urinary Tract Infections
Released: 3-Sep-2022 11:05 PM EDT
How to Protect Yourself Against Summer Urinary Tract Infections
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Summertime means lots of opportunities for fun in the sun. But this year’s high temperatures also bring an increased risk of dehydration that can cause urinary tract infections (UTIs), said Maude Carmel, M.D., Associate Professor of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. These common infections are marked by a burning sensation or pain with urination, increased urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and blood in the urine (a condition called hematuria).

Newswise: Mothers with Diabetes Can Have a Healthy Breastfeeding Experience
Released: 3-Sep-2022 11:05 PM EDT
Mothers with Diabetes Can Have a Healthy Breastfeeding Experience
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Breastfeeding offers a wealth of benefits both for mothers and their babies. Although diabetes can complicate the process, it does not prevent mothers from giving their babies this wonderful start to life, according to UT Southwestern endocrinologist Maria Ramos-Roman, M.D., Associate Professor of Internal Medicine.

Newswise: Preventing and Treating Swimmer’s Ear
Released: 13-Jul-2022 2:35 PM EDT
Preventing and Treating Swimmer’s Ear
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Summertime trips to lakes or pools to escape the heat can sometimes lead to ear infections caused by excess moisture in the ear canal. Hongzhao Ji, M.D., Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern, offers information on swimmer’s ear, how to treat it, and how to prevent it.

Newswise: UTSW Infectious Diseases Experts Offer Advice on Second COVID-19 Booster
Released: 15-Jun-2022 1:20 PM EDT
UTSW Infectious Diseases Experts Offer Advice on Second COVID-19 Booster
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Individuals should weigh their own personal health and risk levels in deciding when to receive a second booster of the COVID-19 vaccine, UT Southwestern infectious diseases experts advise.


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