• Colorado hospital requires transplant patients to be vaccinated or lose spot

    Health reporter Haley Hernandez asked Houston-area hospitals about policies on unvaccinated patients waiting for transplants. Hernandez read a statement from UTMB: “We encourage our patients undergoing transplant to protect themselves by getting vaccinated pre-transplant as post-transplant immunosuppression will reduce their likelihood to mount good antibody response. We are not denying anyone to get evaluated for transplant based on vaccination status.”

  • Better understanding breast cancer

    Dr. Angelica Robinson, physician and associate professor with the UTMB Department of Radiology, and Dr. Kimberlyn Robinson, a UTMB OB/GYN in Clear Lake, joined host TJ Aulds to discuss women’s health and breast cancer.

  • How History May Be on Vaccine Mandate’s Side

    Dr. Susan McLellan, director of biosafety for research-related infectious pathogens at UTMB Health, recounts how George Washington led the first mass military inoculation in history against smallpox.

  • Should colleges be doing more to prioritize career development?

    UTMB has struggled to find postsecondary institutions that will partner on learn-and-earn opportunities for students in some allied health programs, said Angie Bush, administrative director of imaging services for UTMB, during a September podcast from Whiteboard Advisors.

  • Although natural immunity exists, health experts say inoculation is safer

    Vaccines protect better than natural immunity. Dr. Richard Rupp, assistant director of the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development at UTMB, spoke to the newspaper about the evidence. “We know natural immunity is limited,” Rupp said. “Healthy people start getting reinfected as soon as six months after their initial infection. There is a good chance that natural immunity will only protect for three to five years.”

  • Mathis elected to American Academy of Family Physicians board

    Dr. Samuel E. Mathis, an assistant professor of Family Medicine at UTMB, is a new member of the American Academy of Family Physicians board of directors. The academy held elections for its board in September. The academy represents 133,500 physicians and medical students.

  • How has virtual learning affected youth?

    Dr. Karen Dineen Wagner, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UTMB, discussed how virtual schooling during the pandemic posed challenges that could have long-term effects on children and adolescents. Studies are showing an increase in anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavior problems, prosocial behavior problems, sleep problems, and the worsening of pre-existing mental disorders, Wagner said.

  • What’s The Magic Crew Number for Astronauts Headed to Mars?

    Sheryl L. Bishop, UTMB professor emeritus and social psychologist, spoke about how many people to put in a crew going to Mars. “There isn’t a real ‘Goldilocks’ number for a Mars crew; the general opinion is that you need a group of at least five people,” Bishop said. One reason would be to have someone who could break a tie, she said.