UT Southwestern in the News — April 2009

NBC 5 Dallas — 800 calories a day? That's an extreme diet (April 29, 2009) Doctors at UT Southwestern are prescribing a new diet of 800 calories a day through protein shakes. Dr. Eve Guth, UT Southwestern internist, talks about the diet. Watch Video

The Dallas Morning News — Tamiflu is most effective treatment for swine flu (April 29, 2009)
Tamiflu, an antiviral prescription medication in pill form, so far is the most effective treatment for combating the new swine flu and for protecting health care workers who may be exposed to it. "We don't want the ordinary you or me to go out and start taking Tamiflu. But if you got sick with a 101-degree temperature, and it's within 48 hours of the onset of illness, you'd be a good candidate to receive it, once you've had a spot check for flu," said Dr. James Luby, an infectious disease specialist at UT Southwestern.

NBC 5 Dallas — Swine flu: Facts and Fiction (April 29, 2009)
Dr. Paul Pepe, the emergency services director for UT Southwestern and Parkland Hospital, said some of what North Texans are seeing and hearing is a lot of hype. Pepe answered many of the common questions for NBCDFW's Meredith Land. Watch Video

The Dallas Morning News — Gilman to oversee Texas’ cancer grants (April 24, 2009)

Dr. Alfred Gilman, a Nobel laureate at UT Southwestern, has been named the chief scientific officer of Texas’ ambitious cancer research program. The state initiative, one of the largest in the nation, could provide as much as $3 billion for cutting-edge cancer research over 10 years. The state cancer program is “a bold, imaginative and creative move,” Gilman said at a news conference Thursday at the State Capitol in Austin. My job is going to be to make sure we do it right.”

NBC 5 Dallas — Risky, remarkable surgery restores gorilla's sight (April 24, 2009)
We recently interviewed Dr. R. Wayne Bowman, a 25-year veteran in the field of ophthalmology at UT Southwestern, about a new cataract lens. After the interview, we were talking about surgeries that have made him nervous in the past. Most people ask us what the hardest story we've ever covered was, so we asked him who was the toughest patient. He replied, "Timbo, the gorilla." It turns out, Bowman had just performed cataract surgery on the 47-year-old female gorilla at the Dallas Zoo, the second surgery of its kind in the U.S.

MSN Health & Fitness — Obesity may hide fetal abnormalities on ultrasounds (April 22, 2009)
Overweight and obese women are less likely to receive an accurate reading from ultrasound screenings aimed at identifying fetal abnormalities, new research reveals. Study author Dr. Jodi S. Dashe comments.

The Dallas Morning News — Forum explores link between diet, cancer (April 22, 2009)
The Friends for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Research will hold a free forum about the link between diet and cancer at 7 p.m. Wednesday at UT Southwestern. Dr. David Euhus, professor of surgical oncology at UT Southwestern, will be the featured speaker. Dr. Euhus and his team are studying how excess body weight affects the development and progression of breast cancer.

Time — Some beat it, but are they cured? (April 21, 2009)
Diabetics who turn things around, getting their blood sugar under control — either escaping the need for drugs or improving enough to quit taking them — are especially interesting to the medical community. Dr. Philipp Scherer, director of the diabetes research center at UT Southwestern, comments.

Reuters — Hospital label no guarantee of better weight surgery (April 21, 2009)

Despite the fancy label, hospitals designated bariatric surgery "centers of excellence" have as many deaths and complications from the weight-loss procedure as others, U.S. researchers said on Monday. The extra cost and effort required by hospitals to earn such a designation might not be worth it, they said. "Designation as a bariatric surgery center of excellence does not ensure better outcomes," Dr. Edward Livingston of UT Southwestern, whose study appears in the Archives of Surgery, said in a statement. Read More

Los Angeles Times — For bariatric surgery, hospital doesn't matter (April 21, 2009)
Bariatric (weight-loss) surgery is unlike most other types of surgery in that it doesn't seem to matter where patients have it done. For most types of surgery, hospitals that perform the most operations generally have a better success rate and lower mortality. But that is not the case for bariatric surgery, according to a new analysis by Dr. Edward H. Livingston of UT Southwestern. Read More

Forbes — A steady diet of detox (April 17, 2009)
A steady diet of detox body cleansing and detoxifying formulas have been around at least since the 19th century. One popular detox method used for weight loss is a colonic irrigation, a process in which the gastrointestinal tract is flushed out with water. Dr. Don C. Rockey comments. Read More

MSNBC.COM — These aren't devil's horns. They're real! (April 17, 2009)
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young may pretend his index fingers are devil’s horns in live concerts, but human beings have actually been known to sprout a horn or two. Called cutaneous horns, these growths occur when the surface of the skin thickens, usually in response to some type of disease. “Sometimes, especially if there’s a tumor beneath the skin’s surface, it can form a very thick cornified layer in an upward spine or spike,” says Dr. Clay J. Cockerell, clinical professor of dermatology at UT Southwestern. Read More

NBC 5 Dallas — Recession or not, you still have to look good (April 15, 2009)
In lean economic times, patients are opting for Botox and fillers rather than cosmetic surgery. Despite a down economy, some North Texas plastic surgeons are seeing a dramatic rise in the number of people wanting procedures to keep a younger look. Dr. Rod Rohrich, chairman of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern, comments. Watch Video

USA TODAY — Boomers learn to work, and play, around arthritis (April 15, 2009)
Azam Anwar played competitive tennis in his youth, and trophies aren't the only thing he has to show for it. An arthritic right knee reminds him of the years spent on the singles court. Experts say there's no need for Anwar, 49, and other Baby Boomers with arthritis to trade their Nikes for a rocking chair. Arthritis occurs when the cartilage and synovial fluid are inflamed. UT Southwestern's Scott Zashin and David Karp comment. Read More

United Press International — Why some procrastinate income tax filing (April 15, 2009)
The reason some file U.S. income taxes promptly and some procrastinate may be a combination of cash and psychological issues, a researcher suggests. Dr. Steven Krebaum comments. Read More

Medical News Today — Improved diagnosis of endometrial disease with new ultrasound-guided biopsy method (April 14, 2009)
A procedure used in conjunction with a vaginal ultrasound might make it easier to visualize and diagnose diseases in the lining of the uterus, researchers at UT Southwestern have found. Physicians evaluated the endometrium, a cavity that lines the inside of the uterus, in women who were in the midst of or had gone through menopause and who complained of abnormal bleeding. Abnormal bleeding can indicate certain diseases that may or may not be malignant. Dr. Elysia Moschos, lead author of the study, comments. Read More

The Dallas Morning News — Health Calendar: Diet and cancer (April 14, 2009)
Know Your Risks: Seminar on the link between diet and cancer, April 22. The forum will feature Dr. David Euhus, professor of surgical oncology. The free event will be at 7 p.m. in the Simmons Biomedical Research Building, North Campus, 6000 Harry Hines Blvd. Call 214-648-2344 or e-mail RSVP@utsouthwestern.edu. Read More

The Dallas Morning News — State cancer funding requires 50% match; scientists unsure how to raise money (April 12, 2009)
In 2007, Texans voted to give their scientists as much as $3 billion over 10 years to conduct groundbreaking cancer research. But scientists say the cancer research initiative may face a major roadblock: For every dollar granted by the state, the Texas Constitution requires researchers to come up with 50 cents — as much as $1.5 billion over the next decade. With the economy in recession and federal funding tight, researchers say it could be hard to find those matching funds. Dr. Daniel Foster comments.

U.S. News & World Report — Protein might be a troublesome nutrient (April 8, 2009)
You may want to put down that protein shake — at least if you’re a rat. New research suggests that diets high in protein spell trouble for rats that already eat a lot of fat: It’s easier for them to develop a risk factor for diabetes. Lona Sandon, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern, said the research is too preliminary to produce recommendations for people. Read More

Associated Press — Study finds 1 in 5 obese among 4-year-olds (April 7, 2009)
A striking new study says almost 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese, and the rate is alarmingly higher among American Indian children, with nearly a third of them obese. Overall, more than half a million 4-year-olds are obese, the study suggests. Dr. Glenn Flores, a pediatrics and public health professor at UT Southwestern, comments. 

NBC 5 Dallas — The dangerous extras hiding in weight-loss supplements (April 3, 2009)
The Food and Drug Administration says 72 different supplements sold in stores and on the Internet are filled with hidden dangers. Doctors at UT Southwestern said dieters may take the supplements to feel healthy, but the FDA says every supplement on their list carries serious risks. Dr. Eve Guth of UT Southwestern comments. Watch Video

Navy Times — Study links Gulf War exposure, brain changes (April 2, 2009)
A new study of veterans of the 1991 Gulf War suggests that exposure to neurotoxins such as anti-nerve agent pills, insect repellent and Sarin caused neurological changes to the brain. However, brain imaging shows those changes appear to differ depending on what and how much exposure there was. Researchers at UT Southwestern, SMU, and the Dallas VA Medical Center performed digital brain scans on 21 chronically ill Gulf War veterans. Dr. Robert Haley comments. Read More

ABC News — Vegetarian teens may face higher eating disorder risk (April 1, 2009)
Even as teens and young adults who choose to be vegetarians reap a number of benefits, some may also have a higher risk of eating disorders such as binge eating. Dr. David Waller, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern, said that teens with eating disorders may try to use their supposed vegetarianism as a convenient excuse to eat less. Read More