UT Southwestern in the News — October 2008


 WFAA Channel 8: Man loses 50 pounds on water diet (Oct. 31, 2008)
UT Southwestern dietician Lona Sandon says the water diet appeals to people who want to lose weight for several reasons: it's simple, it's free and it works. Watch Video

The Dallas Morning News: With some planning, holiday menus can be a treat for diabetics (Oct. 30, 2008)
If sugar is to diabetics what kryptonite is to Superman, then the holidays must be a nightmare. The truth is, sugar isn't exactly a diabetic's worst enemy, carbohydrates are. Bernadette Latson of UT Southwestern comments. Read More

The Dallas Morning News: 'Dirt Doctor' planting faulty advice about flu shots (Oct. 26, 2008)
Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Someone is urging reconsideration. Local organic gardening guru Howard Garrett calls himself "The Dirt Doctor", with a radio show heard all over the country, books, organic products, a popular Web site and a free newsletter going to 40,000 subscribers each week. Dr. R. Doug Hardy, an infectious disease specialist at
UT Southwestern, offers medical perspective. Read More

U.S. News & World Report: Exercise improves stroke outcome (Oct. 23, 2008)
Recovering from a stroke is easier if you were physically active before the attack, a new Danish study finds. Researchers report that such patients had less severe strokes and a better chance of long-term recovery. UT Southwestern's Dr. Norman M. Kaplan comments. Read More

New Scientist: Cancer Special: Tumours under lock and key (Oct. 23, 2008)
The idea of cancer lying dormant in the body is not new, but only recently has the immune system been implicated in keeping some forms of cancer at bay. If immunologists can learn to mimic this process, people may be able to hold their tumours in check indefinitely. Jonathan Uhr of UT Southwestern comments. Read More

Reuters: "Harmless" virus may hide and cause asthma (Oct. 22, 2008)
A usually harmless childhood virus may hide in the lungs and come back to cause wheezing and other symptoms of asthma, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. "This research suggests that there's a potential new mechanism for asthma related to viral infections in children that could be associated with RSV," said UT Southwestern pediatrician Dr. Asuncion Mejias, who led the study. Read More 

WebMD: Are fat injections safe for breasts? (Oct. 22, 2008) Reshaping the breasts by injecting a woman's own fat works well for "touch-ups" after breast reconstruction, but is not yet proven effective for breast augmentation, according to plastic surgeons slated to present an update at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in Chicago. Dr. William P. Adams Jr., associate clinical professor of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern, comments.  Read More

The Dallas Morning News: More young people choosing vegetarian and fish diet (Oct. 22, 2008)
Pescetarianism is a new term for adherence to a diet that excludes meat and poultry but allows fish. Bernadette Latson, a registered dietitian and director of the nutrition program at UT Southwestern, says meeting a pescetarian's protein needs doesn't have to wreak havoc on the family meal. Read More

The Dallas Morning News: Dallas-Fort Worth stepping up medical technology firms (Oct. 20, 2008)
North Texas hasn't been a major player on the national medical research and biotechnology scene — but that may be about to change. In the past month,
UT Southwestern has announced plans for a four-building, 13-acre biotech park.
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UPI: Halloween can irritate sensitive skin (Oct. 20, 2008)
Halloween customs and makeup can be irritating for those with sensitive skin, a U.S. cosmetic dermatologist advises. "Kids and adults should be sure to wash off their makeup, paints and color from clothing at the end of the night to avoid irritation and breakouts," says Dr. Sarah Weitzul, a cosmetic dermatologist at UT Southwestern.  Read More

Austin American-Statesman: Insights through imaging (Oct. 20, 2008)
Sometimes a moving picture is worth a billion numbers. That's the thinking behind the recent moves by the University of Texas to bolster its ability to generate computer-driven scientific visualizations on the main campus in Austin and at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in North Austin. Christopher Gilpin, a cell biologist at UT Southwestern, expects to use the system soon as he puts together incredibly detailed pictures of brain cells. Read More

The Dallas Morning News: UT Southwestern wins national recognition for equal employment initiatives (Oct. 17, 2008)
The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday recognized UT Southwestern as an organization with successful initiatives to increase equal employment opportunities.
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UPI: Study: Steroids aid pneumonia recovery (Oct. 16, 2008)
U.S. medical researchers say they've found adding corticosteroids to traditional antimicrobial therapy for pneumonia can result in quicker recovery times. UT Southwestern's Dr. Robert Hardy comments. Read More

Scientific American Mind: The oxygen dilemma: Can too much O2 kill? (Oct. 15, 2008)
Oxygen is vital for life-without it, severe brain damage may ensue in as little as three minutes. So doctors routinely treat traumas such as heart attack or stroke by providing victims with more oxygen. Mounting evidence suggests, however, that resuscitating with too much of the gas may actually have a harmful effect. UT Southwestern's Dr. Steven Kernie comments. Read More

The New York Times: Worrisome infection eludes a leading children's vaccine (Oct. 14, 2008)
A highly drug-resistant germ has become a common cause of meningitis, pneumonia and other life-threatening conditions in young children. Dr. George H. McCracken Jr. of UT Southwestern comments. Read More

UPI: Eating green helps planet and waistlines (Oct. 14, 2008)
For those wanting to reduce their carbon footprint, eating green may be as important as driving green, not to mention the health benefit, U.S. researchers say. Nutrition experts at UT Southwestern say eating green can benefit the waistline as well as the environment. Read More

Nature: Entire-paper plagiarism caught by software (Oct. 9, 2008)
When Eric Le Bourg, a French biogerontologist, came across a paper in a Korean journal recently, he almost fell off his chair; the entire article — text and graphs included — had been taken from one of his earlier articles. Such blatant copying of an entire article is not unknown, says UT Southwestern's Harold "Skip" Garner. Read More

The Dallas Morning News: Doctors report Botox taking pain out of migraines (Oct. 7. 2008)
For 25 years, migraines robbed Karen Cook of the joys of a happy marriage, lovely home, children and grandchildren. Like millions of other migraine sufferers in America, most of whom are women, Ms. Cook was desperate for answers when she heard about Dr. Jeffrey Janis' research on Botox and migraines at UT Southwestern. Read More

The Dallas Morning News: Support your neck at night and beat a pain in the neck (Oct. 7. 2008)
Waking up with a stiff neck can be the first sign of a really bad day. And chances are, it's your own fault. "Most instances of what people call a 'crick in the neck' are caused by a person's positioning while asleep," says Dr. Brian Bruel of UT Southwestern. Read More

The Dallas Morning News: The 'divorce diet' melts off pounds (Oct. 7. 2008)
All your other attempts to lose weight have failed? One of the fastest and most foolproof diets around is the "divorce diet," a phenomenon known all too well to survivors of painful breakups: the tendency to lose a lot of weight, quickly, while going through a divorce.
UT Southwestern's Lona Sandon comments. Read More

Los Angeles Times: Acid reflux disease hits Americans hard (Oct. 6, 2008)
It was 1972 when a visibly uncomfortable man leaned over the side of his bed bemoaning his indulgence with the phrase, "I can't believe I ate the whole thing." This Alka-Seltzer commercial was an early and memorable marketing effort to show how a simple pill could ease the pain of gluttons everywhere. Dr. Stuart Spechler of UT Southwestern comments. Read More

 WFAA Channel 8: Hot flashes (Oct. 2, 2008)
For women, the signs of a hot flash are unmistakable. As part of the experiment, researchers from UT Southwestern are using Botox. Botulinum toxin is known to paralyze nerves responsible for wrinkles. It also blocks the sweating response. So, scientists are working to see if Botox works for hot flashes. Researcher Craig Crandall comments. Watch Video

Dallas Child: Power of One: Q&A with Dr. R. Doug Hardy (Oct. 1, 2008)
Let’s be frank: Dr. R. Doug Hardy is one of those doers who would undoubtedly balk at being called a hero. The infectious disease specialist and associate professor at
UT Southwestern has aided the establishment of a local HIV/AIDS clinic for Dallas teens. Read More

 WFAA Channel 8: A tale of two lap band procedures (Oct. 1, 2008)
Joe and Dawn Wear both wear smaller sizes these days. Both got the lap band procedure, but in totally different ways. Dawn got a traditional laparoscopic lap band — with five incisions on her belly. Joe got his with just one small cut. Dr. Daniel Scott of
UT Southwestern performed the first single incision lap band in Texas in April. Watch Video