UTMB News Articles

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    UTMB President’s Cabinet announces 2023 award recipients

    Ten projects that address pressing health needs received a University of Texas Medical Branch President’s Cabinet award. The awards totaled more than $220,000 and will go to 26 UTMB faculty, staff and students working on the winning projects.

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    How UTMB Health is combating the rising cardiovascular maternal mortality rate

    As the rate of heart-disease related deaths continues to rise for pregnant and postpartum mothers and women during childbirth, cardiologist Dr. Danielle El Haddad is laying the foundation for a cardio-obstetrics program to care for at-risk patients.

  • Imaging method reveals new cells and structures in human brain tissue

    A new microscopy technique that enables high-resolution imaging could one day help doctors diagnose and treat brain tumors. “We’re starting to see how important the interactions of neurons and synapses with the surrounding brain are to the growth and progression of tumors,” said UTMB’s Dr. Pablo Valdes. “A lot of those things we really couldn’t see with conventional tools, but now we have a tool to look at those tissues at the nanoscale and try to understand these interactions.” This news was also reported in Interesting Engineering and The Mirage.

  • 'Budget Ozempic'? Nearly 1 in 10 Adolescents Have Used Laxatives for Weight Loss

    New research found that nearly 10% of adolescents worldwide have used non-prescribed weight loss products, like laxatives, to lose weight. While it might lead to weight loss in the short term, laxatives should never be used for weight loss Dr. Samuel Mathis tells health. “This loss of nutrients can lead to malnutrition quickly if done with regularity,” he said. “Malnutrition can cause issues with the growth and development of the body and brain. It can lead to weakened bones and muscles, poor mentation, lower school performance, and can even lead to eating disorders in the long term.”

  • Another COVID controversy

    In new research, scientists have learned more about Long COVID, write Drs. Norbert Herzog and David Niesel in their Medical Discovery News column. Those who had COVID had significantly higher rates of diabetes, heart failure and fatigue; some appearing years after infection. There was an elevated risk of heart disease and mental health conditions for a year after infection.

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    Cervical cancer 101 with Houston Moms

    From screening measures to treatment options and prevention methods, Dr. Marisol Carpio-Solis shared everything she knows about cervical cancer during a recent conversation with our partners with Houston Moms.

  • UTMB to offer first in-person doctorate program at UT Center at Laredo, officials say

    UTMB will soon offer an in-person degree in occupation therapy for students in Laredo. “We are delighted to welcome UTMB’s presence at the UT Center at Laredo which now joins UT San Antonio, UT Health San Antonio, UTHealth Houston and UT Rio Grande Valley in a commitment to help meet critical workforce demands in this important region of Texas,” said UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken. The news was also reported in the Laredo Morning Times.

  • Who can benefit from integrative medicine visits?

    Integrative medicine consultations are beneficial for people looking to maximize their health, people with chronic medical conditions and people who deal with long-term pain, Dr. Samuel Mathis writes in his latest column.

  • Defending against shingles – more than just a rash

    Beyond its primary mission of fending off shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia, the vaccine extends its protective arm to the heart and brain Dr. Megan Berman and Dr. Richard Rupp talks about shingles vaccines in this column.

  • The effects of light on health and mood is night and day

    Why is this one-hour change bothersome? Dr. Sally Robinson explains how sudden change of one hour with daylight saving time is disruptive for most humans, and why a lack or an excess of light can have significant effects on health and mood.

  • UTMB research says that fewer vaccine doses are required for HPV protection.

    No prospective studies have been conducted in the U.S. to show that two doses of 9vHPV vaccine are non-inferior to three doses among individuals in this age range,” said lead researcher Dr. Abbey Berenson, a UTMB professor within the department of OB/GYN and director of the UTMB Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health. “This study was designed to fill that gap of knowledge.” This news was also shared on Houston’s KPRC.

  • You Can’t Change Your Genes, So What *Can* You Do if Dementia Runs in Your Family?

    "The best thing you can do if you’re concerned about getting dementia is twofold. Number one, follow the food rules. Try to cut out high-sugar, highly processed foods [think: pastries, desserts, sweetened drinks] that are known to be inflammatory and can negatively affect the body and the brain”, Dr. Samuel Mathis shares tips to protect your brain health and things people can do to lower risk of dementia if it runs in their family.

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    Follow these tips for a healthy 2024

    During an interview with Houston Life, Dr. Carlos Dostal shares tips for how to have a healthy 2024.

  • COVID’S cold cousins

    While SARS-CoV-2 gets all the headlines, there are other coronaviruses circulating in humans that do not cause great harm and that could be a hopeful glimpse of the future of COVID-19. UTMB’s Dr. Gregory Gray tells Science that humanity is under constant siege from viruses. “I think there are certainly other animal coronaviruses circulating that are challenging human immune systems,” Gray said.