UT Southwestern in the News — September 2008


MedPage Today: VA will cover ALS treatment for veterans (Sept. 29, 2008)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) will now be considered a compensable illness, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced. The federal policy decision was based on a November 2006 Institute of Medicine report corroborating a 2003 study by Dr. Robert Haley of UT Southwestern that concluded that veterans of the 1991 Gulf War were at greater risk of developing ALS than civilians. Read More

U.S. News & World Report: Physical exam as good as high tech in assessing heart failure (Sept. 26, 2008)
A physical exam and patient history may still be one of the most accurate and cost-effective ways of assessing patients with congestive heart failure, even though doctors have come to rely on high-tech diagnostic methods such as imaging and measuring biomarkers, a new study says. Dr. Mark Drazner comments. Read More

New Scientist: Enzyme blocks bug-induced secondary illnesses (Sept. 25, 2008)
Getting one bug is bad, but two is worse. Bacterial infections often open the door to other invaders, but now it seems an enzyme can prevent these secondary infections, in mice at least. Research by UT Southwestern's Dr. Robert Munford is highlighted. Read More

Biotech Transfer Week: UT Southwestern biotech park to support tech development, industry-academia pacts (Sept. 25, 2008)
Owners of a new biotechnology park currently under construction near UT Southwestern are betting it will spur technology commercialization and economic growth in the region by providing lab access and incubator space for startup and established companies, and by facilitating academic-industry collaboration and entrepreneurial training and resources, university officials said last week. Read More

The Heart – Live what you advocate: The exercise habits of busy cardiologists (Sept. 24, 2008)
Diet and exercise remain the cornerstone of sound cardiovascular health, say doctors, and every clinician has had the inevitable talk with a patient about their weight, avoiding junk food, and starting an exercise program. Drs. James de Lemos and Darren McGuire of
UT Southwestern comment. Read More

The Dallas Morning News: Mayor's Race gets fitness program off to a running start (Sept. 23, 2008)
Area residents ages five and up are preparing for the three-mile Mayor's Race on Dec. 13, the day before the White Rock Marathon. Dr. William Scott, chief of cardiology at Children's Medical Center and a professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern, comments. Read More

Technology Review: Nanotubes on the brain (Sept. 23, 2008)
Metal electrodes are increasingly being used in brain implants that help treat depression and the tremors of Parkinson's disease, and in ever more sophisticated prosthetic devices. In spite of these successes, conventional metal electrodes have major limitations. Edward Keefer of UT Southwestern comments. Read More

Dallas Business Journal: UT Southwestern pushes forward with biotech park (Sept. 19, 2008)
UT Southwestern is setting the stage for health care innovation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with a new biotech park — the BioCenter at Southwestern Medical District. The 13-acre park will eventually consist of four buildings that will provide up to 500,000 square feet of lab, office and research space. Read More

The Dallas Morning News: UT Southwestern plans Dallas biotech center to profit from research (Sept. 19, 2008)
UT Southwestern announced Thursday that it will build a biotech park to develop and make money off medical discoveries. The 500,000-square-foot complex of four buildings, dubbed BioCenter at Southwestern Medical District, will be built on 13 acres purchased from the city of Dallas for $4.1 million. Read More

Reuters: Researchers find 'baby' fat cells (Sept. 19, 2008)
Baby fat cells formed at or before birth live inside the blood vessels that nourish fat deposits and lay waiting to form new fat cells, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday. These immature cells, called progenitor cells, appear to be formed at or before birth, said UT Southwestern's Dr. Jonathan Graff, who led the study published in the journal Science. Read More

The Dallas Morning News: Women fight aging skin with cosmetic fillers (Sept. 17, 2008)
Pump up the volume! That's the latest rallying cry among those in the front lines of the war on aging. The sagging facial skin that was once made taut by going under the surgeon's knife is now being restored to more youthful fullness using needles and cosmetic fillers instead. Dr. Rod Rohrich comments. Read More

HealthDay: MRI detects soft tissue damage affecting kids' hearing (Sept. 17, 2008)
Soft-tissue defects that contribute to hearing loss in children can be detected using MRI, say U.S. researchers who analyzed the medical records of hundreds of children diagnosed with sensorineural (related to sensory nerves) hearing loss. The findings, by researchers at UT Southwestern, were published in the September issue of the journal Archives of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery. Read More

St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press: Wolfing down a painkiller? Read the label first (Sept. 17, 2008)
Safe at the dose recommended on the bottle, the painkiller acetaminophen can become dangerous and even deadly if you take too much. "People misuse acetaminophen because it's considered safe and mild," says researcher Anne Larson, medical director of liver transplantation at UT Southwestern. Read More

Reuters: Gastric bypass beats band for faster weight loss (Sept. 15, 2008)
Gastric bypass surgery is more likely to result in successful weight loss, both short and long term, than is gastric banding, according to Dr. Nancy Puzziferri of UT Southwestern.
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Fort Worth Star-Telegram: UTA engineers working closely with doctors on designing medical technology (Sept. 14, 2008)
Dr. Edward Livingston, chief of gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery at UT Southwestern, comments on the new UT-Arlington Optical Medical Imaging Center at UT Southwestern. Read More

 MedPage Today: Killing bacteria not enough to restore full immunity (Sept. 11, 2008)
Even though the bacteria causing an infection have been killed off, the immune system may not be recovered fully to withstand a second attack, researchers say. A second step — at least in mice — is needed before the immune system is once again ready to repel organisms, according to Dr. Robert Munford of UT Southwestern and colleagues. Listen

ABC News: A blood test for Alzheimer's? (Sept. 9, 2008)
New research released Monday touts a potential blood test to predict which people are at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Myron Weiner, clinical professor of psychiatry and neurology at UT Southwestern, comments. Read More

MSNBC: Gooping on denture cream can be health hazard (Sept. 8, 2008)
Loading up on denture cream can be hazardous to your health, new research suggests. In the medical journal Neurology, Dr. Sharon Nations of UT Southwestern and her colleagues report on four denture-wearing patients who developed neurological problems. Read More

Fort Worth Business Press: Schools eye optical research (Sept. 8, 2008)
The University of Texas system in North Texas came together Aug. 29 to recognize a three-way collaboration between institutions to do translational research in the realm of optical medical imaging. UT-Arlington, UT Southwestern and UT-Dallas representatives celebrated the ribbon-cutting of the new UT-Arlington Optical Medical Imaging Lab, which is in the Clements Medical Imaging Center on the UT Southwestern campus. Read More

UPI: Nursing mothers with MRSA can be treated (Sept. 5, 2008)
Conservative treatment can deal with nursing mothers hospitalized for breast abscesses and afflicted with a "superbug," Dallas researchers said. "The take-home message is that not every patient with mastitis necessarily needs an antibiotic against MRSA," lead author Dr. Irene Stafford of UT Southwestern said. Read More

Dallas Business Journal: UT Southwestern ranked nation's top med school for Hispanics (Sept. 4, 2008)
For a second year in a row, Hispanic Business magazine has ranked UT Southwestern the nation’s top medical school for Hispanic students. Read More

Michigan Business Review: Waking up to the cost of sleep deprivation (Sept. 4, 2008)
When people discuss fast-rising health-care costs, few point to the amount of sleep Americans are getting. Maybe they should. John Herman, one of the nation's first sleep doctors and a training director for the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program at the UT Southwestern, comments. Read More

 ScienCentral: When it comes to fat, sugars are not equal (Sept. 3, 2008)
Dr. Elizabeth Parks, a nutrition researcher at UT Southwestern, found that sugary drinks containing fructose could be making us fatter. Watch Video

HealthDay: Kids of stressed, low-income moms prone to weight problems (Sept. 3, 2008)
Younger children from low-income families who pick up the stress of their anxious mothers often respond by developing poor eating habits that raise their risk of becoming overweight, a new study says. Lona Sandon of UT Southwestern comments. Read More

The Dallas Morning News: What are shingles, and why are more people getting them? (Sept. 2, 2008)
Shingles, a severe skin condition caused by varicella-zoster, the same virus that causes chickenpox, can strike suddenly. The condition can't be cured, but early intervention with antiviral medication can minimize the length and severity of the symptoms.
UT Southwestern's Dr. James Luby comments. Read More