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    Shining new light on halting the progression of Alzheimer's disease

    March 19, 2018, 19:16 PM by Donna Ramirez
    A light that is barely visible to the human eye could be the key to stopping the terrible effects of Alzheimer’s disease. A new UTMB study shows that using near infrared light on the heads of mice can effectively reduce vulnerability to the damaging effects of a toxic chemical in the brain known to be involved with the onset of Alzheimer’s.
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    Six myths about colonoscopies

    March 19, 2018, 19:15 PM by Dr. Praveen Guturu, gastroenterologist and assistant professor of Internal Medicine
    If the idea of getting a colonoscopy makes you grimace, you’re not alone. However, the procedure may not be as bad as you think— and it could save your life. Colorectal cancer is the No. 2 cancer killer in the U.S. Early detection and regular screenings are key to avoiding this deadly disease.
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    UTMB Trivia - March

    March 19, 2018, 19:15 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    In 1895, a German scientist chanced upon a form of radiation capable of “seeing through” most solid objects, rapidly transforming the practice of medicine.
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    From the President

    February 23, 2018, 16:27 PM by User Not Found
    Welcome to the February issue of Impact. We closed out last month with a Jan. 24 Town Hall that covered a variety of topics, including financial and construction updates and FY18 Institutional Priorities.
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    Working Wonders

    February 23, 2018, 16:25 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Raymond (Sonny) Morales, construction manager; Leonard LaComb, principal facilities project manager; and Joel Long, maintenance customer service manager; received UTMB President David Callender’s Way to Go Awards for their dedication to helping the patients and families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Galveston.
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  • Dr. Abe DeAnda performs a heart surgery without blood transfusion.

    Rethinking blood transfusions: UTMB’s Patient Blood Management Program focuses on better blood use, better patient outcomes

    February 23, 2018, 16:23 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Dr. Abe DeAnda trained in cardiac surgery years ago, he was given some dangerous advice. “There were a lot of old rules of thumb such as, ‘If you need to give one (unit of blood), give two,’” recalled DeAnda, who is now professor and chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at UTMB. “Every resident memorized that about blood transfusions. It was probably the most dangerous rule you could learn in medicine.”
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  • Amanda and Keith Johnson smile for a photo as they cut into their vow renewal cake.

    A second chance at life

    February 23, 2018, 16:21 PM by Shannon Porter
    UTMB liver transplant recipient celebrates 10th wedding anniversary after a journey from near-death to new life.
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    UTMB establishes institute to lead research, development of vaccines

    February 23, 2018, 16:20 PM by Raul Reyes
    Vaccine research and development will expand at UTMB with the creation of the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences. The institute, supported by The Sealy & Smith Foundation and approved by The University of Texas System, will help fund and further guide the development of preventive and therapeutic vaccines at UTMB.
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    Research Briefs

    February 23, 2018, 16:20 PM by User Not Found
    UTMB’s Dr. Scott Weaver was named as a Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors and will be inducted into the academy on April 5, 2018 during its annual conference in Washington, D.C. Weaver, globally recognized for his expertise in mosquito-borne diseases, is the director of the UTMB Institute for Human Infections and Immunity and scientific director of the Galveston National Laboratory.
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  • Darion Alexander (left) and Jeimmy Banegas

    A day in the life of a patient transporter

    February 23, 2018, 16:18 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    For Jeimmy Banegas and Darion Alexander, working as patient transporters means much more than just taking patients from point A to point B. It’s about providing excellent customer service, supporting patients when they need it most—and always greeting everyone who comes through the door with a smile.
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    Spotlight on Dr. Vicki Freeman, interim dean and professor, School of Health Professions

    February 23, 2018, 16:17 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Vicki Freeman currently serves as interim dean for the School of Health Professions, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. She first joined UTMB in 1996 as chair of the school’s clinical laboratory sciences department and is responsible for leading the program into becoming one of the largest and most dynamic in the country.
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    A lasting legacy: UTMB Police Chief Tom Engells remembered as brilliant, humble leader

    February 23, 2018, 16:16 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As the University of Texas System community continues to mourn the sudden loss of UTMB Police Chief Tom Engells, those who knew him are remembering his charismatic personality and the legacy he built.
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  • Dr. José Rojas works with students during a simulation.

    Interprofessional from the start: Since the beginning of his teaching career, Dr. José Rojas has emphasized a team approach

    February 23, 2018, 16:14 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Throughout his teaching career, Dr. José D. Rojas has stressed the importance of interprofessional education in better preparing his respiratory care students for careers in the medical field. Rojas, associate professor and chair of UTMB’s Department of Respiratory Care in the School of Health Professions, saw firsthand the value of students working in interdisciplinary teams when he taught at Midland College in the late 1980s.
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    Construction Update

    February 23, 2018, 16:13 PM by Stephen Hadley
    Facilities construction continues across UTMB, including the new Health Education Center on the Galveston Campus and expansion on the League City Campus. Here’s a closer look at the construction projects ongoing at UTMB.
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    Nutrition tips for a healthy heart

    February 23, 2018, 16:12 PM by Blair Brown, registered dietitian nutritionist, UTMB Health Texas Transplant Center
    February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease—including stroke and heart disease—claims more lives in the U.S. than any other illness. Making healthy diet choices is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your risk of heart disease.
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    UTMB Trivia - February 2018

    February 23, 2018, 16:11 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    This heart was preserved by an individual who was a pioneering cardiology researcher and past UTMB president using the “injection-and-corrosion” method. This method involved injecting a colored plastic material into the heart. After the injection, the heart was then submerged in concentrated hydrochloric acid.
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    From the President

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Happy New Year, and welcome to the latest issue of Impact! The beginning of a new year gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the accomplishments of the previous months and plan ahead for the many opportunities to come in 2018.
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    Working Wonders

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Nisha Jain Garg, professor in the departments of Microbiology and Immunology and of Pathology, was awarded $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to examine the previously unknown role of a DNA repair protein called PARP1 in increasing the risk of heart damage that often accompanies Chagas disease.
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  • HG Length of Stay team members (L-R): Claudia Thomas, Paulicia Grimes, Kenia Latin, Oyebamiji Adebayo, Marjorie Kovacevich, Dr. Olubgenga Ojo, Veronica Kwarteng-Amaning, Nancy Ritzmann and Angel Male.

    Continuity of care behind bars: UTMB Hospital Galveston initiative improves average length of stay, patient throughput

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    On any given day, all 110 acute care beds in UTMB Hospital Galveston are full. While some patients are preparing for discharge, new patients are brought in by bus, ambulance and vans from prison units all over the state. As the state’s aging prison population requires increased medical care, the maximum security hospital on UTMB’s Galveston Campus often faces a challenge: there aren’t enough beds to go around.
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  • Dr. Jason Ross, a senior radiology resident, stands in front of a CT machine.

    Everyday Best Care: UTMB radiologist steps out of his comfort zone to provide exceptional, compassionate care for cancer patient

    January 25, 2018, 13:31 PM by Erin Swearingen
    When Irene Slovak, who was an otherwise healthy 74-year-old woman, began experiencing stomach pain and fatigue, she knew something wasn’t right.
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    Children who get spanked more likely to be violent toward future dating partners

    January 25, 2018, 13:30 PM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    A parent who spanks a child may be teaching them the wrong lesson. A new study by UTMB researchers found a link between children who experience corporal punishment and those who later perpetrate acts of dating violence.
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    Research Briefs

    January 25, 2018, 13:30 PM by Donna Ramirez
    Scientists at UTMB have discovered a promising developing drug that has been shown to selectively shrink excess fat by increasing fat cell metabolism. The drug significantly reduces body weight and blood cholesterol levels without lowering food intake in obese mice.
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    A day in the life of a stroke coordinator

    January 25, 2018, 13:29 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB Stroke Coordinator Brenda Yanez lives and breathes the mantra “Time is brain.” “Every minute counts after a person has a stroke,” she says.
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  • Christine Wade with her husband, David, and children, Jack and Sydney, on vacation in New York City.

    Spotlight on Christine Wade, director of patient care services and assistant chief nursing officer

    January 25, 2018, 13:29 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Christine Wade joined UTMB in 2012 and has spent the majority of her career managing high-volume trauma centers. In addition to support services, she oversees two emergency departments (Galveston and League City campuses), including a level 1 trauma center, level 1 burn center, two medical-surgical units, nursing house supervisors and the designated emerging infectious disease biocontainment unit and program—which she spearheaded.
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    We are open! Texas City and RMCHP Dickinson clinics reopen to patients following Hurricane Harvey

    January 25, 2018, 13:28 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The Texas City Primary and Specialty Care Clinic and the Dickinson Regional Maternal and Child Health Program (RMCHP) clinics are happy to be back doing what they do best—serving patients and the community.
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  • Dr. David Callender and Imelda Wicks stand with the winners of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards. Recipients rom left to right: Dr. Oluwarotimi Dolorunso, Dr. Jeff Temple and Lorraine Hunter-Simpson.

    UTMB honors three with annual MLK service awards

    January 25, 2018, 13:28 PM by Shannon Porter
    Three UTMB employees were honored as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award recipients at the annual luncheon in January on the Galveston Campus.
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    Learn together, work as a team

    January 25, 2018, 13:27 PM by Shelley Smith
    Preparing students for clinical rotations provided an ideal opportunity for interprofessional practice at the Clinical Skills Experience held recently in UTMB’s Interprofessional Nursing Simulation Center. Nursing students served as instructors and coaches for medical students gaining skills for basic procedures and learning to manage high-acuity situations.
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  • Flu Man

    Top tips for weathering flu season

    January 25, 2018, 13:26 PM by Dr. Megan Berman, associate professor, Department of Internal Medicine
    The 2018 flu season is shaping up to be a nasty one, as a severe strain of the flu—H3N2—has spread to most U.S. states, including Texas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the end of the first week in January, the entire continental U.S. reported widespread flu activity.
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    UTMB Trivia - January 2018

    January 25, 2018, 13:25 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    This individual became the first African-American student to graduate from medical school at UTMB—and in the state of Texas—in 1953. Can you name him?
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    From the President

    December 20, 2017, 09:10 AM by User Not Found
    I’d like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season as we come to the conclusion of another calendar year—one that has been very eventful to say the least!
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