UTMB News Articles

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    Prostate cancer treatment options

    Surgeons Dr. Stephen Williams and Dr. Laith Alzweri share insights and information on prostate cancer and its potential treatment options.

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    New research sheds light on the potential cause of diabetic kidney disease

    For years, researchers have worked to understand why some people with diabetes get kidney disease while others do not. A paper published in today’s edition of Science Translational Medicine may have uncovered the reason: the existence of a new type of diabetes.

  • male coach in red shirt and gray shorts consoling injured female athlete sitting on track gripping knee

    UTMB health tackles physical and mental aspects of athletic injuries

    If your athlete experiences an accident or injury, know that UTMB Health experts are equipped to help with the mental and physical aspects of recovery every step of the way.

  • Houston organizations snag chunk of recently announced $49M cancer research grant funding

    UTMB was one of a three institutions in the Houston area to receive funding for cancer treatment and prevention from the state agency, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Almost $2.5 million was for expansion of a program at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston that supplies HPV vaccinations for new mothers.

  • UTMB gets rare $2M grant to study gun violence in the Houston region

    UTMB researchers will be able to expand their work into gun-related violence thanks to a $2 million grant from the CDC. UTMB’s Jeff Temple told the Chronicle that the study would be nonpartisan—focused exclusively on finding ways to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms—and focused on southeast Texas.

  • New insights revealed on depression, anxiety

    Current research suggests the inflammatory response may provoke or exacerbate anxiety and depression in many individuals write Dr. Samuel Mathis and Dr. Hasan Yasin. The inflammatory process leads to inflammation in brain tissues via immune-mediated pathways, which may give rise to increasingly disordered thoughts and feelings, they write.

  • MD-Owned Hospitals: Is a Policy Debate Being Overshadowed by Financial Troubles?

    An opinion piece written by UTMB’s Dr. Peter Cram is quoted in this Healthcare Innovation column on the problems faced by physician owned hospitals. “The Federal government's restrictions on physician-owned hospitals create an unfair playing field that protects the interests of powerful hospitals,” wrote Cram and his coauthors.

  • Concussion patients often have unclassified, chronic pain

    Many patients with mild traumatic brain injury have central sensitization, a pain that requires a different therapeutic approach than nociceptic pain, according to a study by UTMB student Christopher File, BSA, and colleagues.

  • The ‘Hispanic Paradox’ intrigues a new generation of researchers determined to unravel it

    “Part of the story about the Hispanic Paradox,” said Kyriakos S. Markides, a professor of aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, “is that the non-Hispanic white population is not doing as well as it should.” Markides coined the term “Hispanic Epidemiological Paradox” in a 1986 paper showing Hispanics in the American Southwest lived as long, or longer, than white people.

  • West Nile Virus Outpacing Awareness, Testing, and Reporting in the US

    The number of West Nile virus cases will vary greatly from year to year. “The effect of climate on vector-borne diseases is very complicated,” said Scott Weaver, PhD, director of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Warmer temperatures are extending the geographic distribution of mosquitoes and ticks in the US. But rates of human disease also depend on the habitats and migratory patterns of animal hosts that harbor the pathogens that infect mosquitoes and ticks. “These are all being affected by climate change,” Weaver said.

  • The science of phantom pregnancies: a very real—and very rare—condition

    “The medical establishment, even within the field of OB-GYN, does not have a good understanding of pseudocyesis,” UTMB’s Dr. Shannon M. Clark tells National Geographic. Understanding what’s happening in the body of a woman with pseudocyesis would help treat the condition and reduce the stigma, Clark says.

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    ‘Secret shopper’ study finds errors, discrepancies in inquiries about hospital prices

    Although hospitals are required by law to publicly post prices for their services, it remains difficult for the public to get reliable information on what those services will cost. That’s the overall finding of a paper published Sept. 18 in in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine based on research out of the University of Texas Medical Branch.

  • Image of UTMB Health women's health, orthopedics & genetics patient Audrey Solomon, sitting on a bench, wearing glasses & a mauve-colored knit sweater, holding 18-month-old daughter Maisie Solomon. She has on a pink-colored knit sweater both are smiling

    Sense of community comforted new mom

    When a lifelong UTMB patient with a rare genetic condition found out she was pregnant, she knew exactly where to go to get the care she could trust for her and her daughter-on-the-way. Nearly two years later, both mom and daughter continue to see UTMB Health specialists and they are healthy and thriving.

  • UTMB Study Suggests Immune Drugs Might Help Fight Dementia

    Researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch have uncovered a promising connection between certain immune-suppressing drugs and a lower risk of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. This research could impact how these devastating brain disorders are treated.

  • Scientists discovers a mutation protection for Alzheimer's

    In their latest column, Drs. Norbert Herzog and David Niesel write about scientists have been studying members of a large extended family in Colombia who develop early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in their 40s or earlier.