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    Oxidative stress produces damage linked with increased risk of preterm birth

    November 20, 2017, 11:16 AM by Donna Ramirez
    A group of scientists led by Dr. Ramkumar Menon at UTMB have gained new insights into what factors lead to preterm birth. These findings could help pregnant women decrease their risk.
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    Out of this world research: UTMB and Houston Methodist research project sends lungs to space, could lead to new therapeutics

    October 24, 2017, 17:24 PM by Shannon Porter
    Growing up during an era with an active space program, Dr. Joan Nichols and Dr. Joaquin Cortiella were fascinated by space. Now, she and Cortiella, a professor and physician in the Department of Anesthesiology at UTMB, are having the chance to live a childhood dream.
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    Passing the test: Emergency planning ensured safety of students, preserved research mission

    October 2, 2017, 11:55 AM by Alexis Loyd
    The start of the 2017-2018 academic year was a memorable one for UTMB students and faculty. Just days after welcoming new students from all schools to campus at fall orientation, leaders in UTMB’s Academic Enterprise had the safety of students, faculty and staff in mind when they decided to cancel classes as Hurricane Harvey closed in on the Texas gulf coast.
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    New Zika vaccine protects fetus against infection and birth defects

    August 18, 2017, 05:55 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Immunizing female mice with a Zika vaccine can protect their developing fetus from infection and birth defects during pregnancy, according to new UTMB research. The UTMB study is the first to demonstrate that potential vaccines could protect a fetus from the Zika virus.
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    Research Briefs

    August 18, 2017, 05:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Managing asthma in adults can be tricky because the condition can stem from several causes and treatment often depends on what is triggering the asthma. A team of experts from UTMB examined and summarized the current information available from many different sources on diagnosing and managing mild to moderate asthma in adults.
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    New cancer drug makes commonly prescribed chemo drug more effective when given together

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Researchers have found a way to increase the effectiveness of a widely used cancer drug while decreasing the risk of heart-damaging side effects, according to a new study by researchers from UTMB and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
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    Research Briefs

    July 17, 2017, 09:22 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Researchers at UTMB may hold the answer to preventing premature cell death. According to Dr. Ken Fujise, head of UTMB’s cardiology division, the key finding of new research is that the protein fortilin plays a role in the death of cells that could help fight cancer or help preserve an organ that will be used in a transplant.
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    Pregnant women unaware how Zika virus can spread, survey finds

    June 20, 2017, 06:16 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    Pregnant women at risk of Zika virus infection may not be aware of the various ways the virus is spread or be taking the proper preventive measures. A survey conducted by UTMB researchers focused on pregnant women in Southeast Texas.
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    Advancing health through animal research: New website aims to inform employees and public about animal research at UTMB

    May 22, 2017, 07:55 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When you take medication or get a vaccine or chemotherapy, chances are you’re able to do so because of animal research. In fact, most of the major medical advances in the last century were made possible through the help of laboratory animals.
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    Researchers find new gene interaction associated with increased MS risk

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    A person carrying variants of two particular genes could be almost three times more likely to develop multiple sclerosis, according to the latest findings from scientists at UTMB and Duke University Medical Center.
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    Research Briefs

    April 20, 2017, 12:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    New research led by Dr. Fangjian Guo, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UTMB, suggests that the increase in women receiving BRCA gene testing may not necessarily mean better diagnosis of those at risk of certain types of cancer.
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    UTMB anesthesiologist develops smart system to monitor patient oxygen levels, improve lung function

    March 16, 2017, 10:02 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    Sometimes, it’s the algorithm that knows best. Dr. Michael Kinsky, a professor in UTMB’s Department of Anesthesiology, has developed a device that can monitor a patient’s oxygen levels and alert medical staff when levels drop and the patient is at risk for pulmonary distress.
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    Research Briefs

    March 16, 2017, 10:01 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Dr. Ping Wu, PhD, professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, and Nikos Vasilakis, PhD, associate professor of Pathology, have uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development.
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    UTMB awarded $10 million from CDC to help stop spread of vector-borne diseases

    February 17, 2017, 16:10 PM by Donna Ramirez
    To help stop the spread of diseases carried by arthropod vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded UTMB $10 million to establish the Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases. The center’s work will protect public health in the region, the nation and beyond.
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    UTMB develops an oral vaccine against Salmonella

    January 19, 2017, 17:32 PM by Donna Ramirez
    UTMB researchers have developed a vaccine against salmonella poisoning designed to be taken by mouth. The findings are detailed in an article published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology.
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    Research Briefs - December

    December 20, 2016, 14:18 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB is the winner of a Grand Challenges Explorations grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The $100,000 grant will help Alejandro Castellanos-Gonzalez, PhD, assistant professor at UTMB, and his team pursue an innovative global health and development research project aimed at defining targets for drug development against a diarrhea-causing parasite.
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    UTMB study offers new insight into how Alzheimer’s disease begins

    December 20, 2016, 14:18 PM by Donna Ramirez
    A new UTMB study offers important insight into how Alzheimer’s disease begins within the brain. The researchers found a relationship between inflammation, a toxic protein and the onset of the disease. The study also identified a way that doctors can detect early signs of Alzheimer’s by looking at the back of patients’ eyes.
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    UTMB researchers develop new candidate vaccines against the plague

    November 21, 2016, 07:53 AM by Donna Ramirez
    UTMB researchers have developed new potential vaccines that protect animals against the bacteria that causes the deadly plague. These findings are detailed in NPJ Vaccines.
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    Research Briefs - November

    November 21, 2016, 07:53 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    There has been a three-fold increase in prescriptions of opiate painkillers among older adults for chronic pain not related to cancer. Yong Fang Kuo, PhD, and Dr. Mukaila Raji, professors of internal medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, were awarded $1.4 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct the first nationally representative study to examine variations in use of opiates in older adults and their relationship to outcomes, different state regulations and federal policy.
  • UTMB Nurse Latha Joy administers the HPV vaccine to patient Evelyn Perez while Dr. Abbey Berenson explains that a series of three injections is necessary for complete protection.

    Baby's checkup and a shot for mom

    October 19, 2016, 10:12 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    In the first months of a baby’s life, parents usually concentrate on their newborn’s health. But the postpartum period is also a good time for mom to catch up on an important vaccination for herself. The many doctor’s visits needed for a newborn present a convenient way for mom to get all three shots of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine