UT Southwestern in the News — December 2009

December 2009

United Press International – Self-injectable face fillers can pose risk (Dec. 30, 2009)
Those seeking to face the New Year looking younger through self-injectable facial fillers sold online should use caution, a U.S. plastic surgeon says. Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel, vice chairman of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern, says improper injection techniques or locations can lead to injection-site infections, droopy eyelids and filler material spreading to unwanted places on the face, among other side-effects. Read More

Fox National – Hormone causes us to overeat: Study (Dec. 30, 2009)
'Tis the season for family, friends, holiday cheer ... and a whole lot of overeating. Turns out you can blame that overeating on a hormone. Scientists have found that the reason why some people keep eating sugary, fatty food even after they're full is because of ghrelin, the so-called hunger hormone."What we show is that there may be situations where we are driven to seek out and eat very rewarding foods, even if we're full, for no other reason than our brain tells us to," said Dr. Jeffrey Zigman, co-author of the study out of
UT Southwestern. Read More

KRLD Radio – Hormone may explain eating habit (Dec. 28, 2009)
A little-known hormone may explain why you keep eating after you're full.
UT Southwestern researcher Dr. Jeffrey Zigman comments. Read More

Dallas Morning News – HHMI grant will help teach UT Southwestern researchers (Dec. 23, 2009)
A UT Southwestern program designed to teach medical basics and clinical research to graduate students has received $700,000 from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The funding supports a program begun in 2008 by Dr. Helen Yin, a professor of physiology at UT Southwestern. "Basic scientists could greatly affect human health if they communicated more with clinicians and discussed their research," she said. "The goal of our program is to train Ph.D. students to learn more about translational medicine, or how to move laboratory research to clinical trials." Read More

ABC News – Unnatural causes? Brittany Murphy's death baffles (Dec. 23, 2009)
The death of actress Brittany Murphy could have been related to a previously undetected heart condition, type-2 diabetes, or even Murphy's rumored thyroid problems, but experts said it's unlikely there was anything "natural" about the cause of her tragic death. Dr. Jeffrey Barnard, professor of pathology at UT Southwestern and chief medical examiner for Dallas County, Texas, comments. Read More

New York Times – HGH’s Conundrum: Does Costly Treatment Enhance Performance? (Dec. 19, 2009)
While human growth hormone has a remarkable ability to generate controversy, exactly what it does for athletes, both good and bad, is as much of a mystery today as when it first found favor as a performance booster during the 1990s. Dr. Richard Auchus, a professor of endocrinology at UT Southwestern, comments. Read More

Business Week – Doctor's orders influence baby's sleep position (Dec. 18, 2009)
A pediatrician's advice has the most influence in convincing parents to place infants on their backs to go to sleep in order to prevent sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, researchers have found. Study author Dr. George Lister, chairman of pediatrics at
UT Southwestern, comments. Read More

Science Daily – Accelerated aging: Researchers identify traits of people with rare syndrome (Dec. 16, 2009)
UT Southwestern researchers have provided the most extensive account to date of the unique observable characteristics seen in patients with an extremely rare premature aging syndrome. The findings, reported in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, suggest that patients with atypical progeroid syndrome (APS) should not be lumped together with those diagnosed with two similar but more well-defined accelerated aging disorders. Dr. Abhimanyu Garg comments. Read More

Dallas Morning News – Swine flu vaccine for kids recalled over effectiveness (Dec. 16, 2009)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 800,000 doses of swine flu vaccine had been recalled because tests showed they had lost strength faster than expected. Medical effectiveness aside, that still leaves public health officials with the challenge of overcoming the effect of bad publicity on people already not inclined to get the vaccine. But the decision should not be that difficult, said Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, professor of pediatrics and microbiology at UT Southwestern. "If you compare the disease to the vaccine, I would prefer to get vaccinated," he said. Read More

United Press International – Pediatrician SIDS prevention program works
(Dec. 15, 2009)
The U.S. rate of sudden infant death syndrome has dropped since a Back to Sleep campaign by pediatricians began in 1994, researchers say. Dr. George Lister, chairman of pediatrics at UT Southwestern, says the Back to Sleep campaign urges placing infants on their backs to sleep, because studies show this cuts risk of SIDS – the leading cause of death among children under age 1 in the United States. Read More

Dallas Morning News – H1N1 flu shots available, and if history repeats, more cases ahead (Dec. 11, 2009)
Vaccine for the 2009 H1N1 flu is increasingly easy to locate in the Dallas area, even as the flu itself is getting harder to find. So some people may think getting the shot now is like closing the barn door after the horses have left – but this barn may not be empty. Dr. James Luby comments. Read More

US News & World Report – Molecule Discovery Might Help ALS Patients
(Dec. 11, 2009)
Researchers have identified a molecule that can reduce symptoms and prolong the life of mice with a type of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The molecule, called microRNA-206 (miR-206), is produced naturally by skeletal muscles in response to nerve damage caused by ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The moleI becule acts as a chemical signal to guide new nerve endings and maintain their interactions with muscles. Dr. Eric Olson comments. Read More

Dallas Morning News – Dallas doctor Malcolm Perry, who worked on JFK and Oswald, dies at 80 (Dec. 9, 2009)
Drs. Malcolm O. Perry and Robert McClelland began their friendship in July 1958 at Parkland Memorial Hospital, where they slept on bunk beds and spent hours with their hands in patients – one clamping off arteries while the other stitched up holes. It was a time of exhaustion and adrenaline. And it was a time of history. Drs. Perry and McClelland were two of the four doctors who struggled to save a mortally wounded President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. Saturday in Tyler, Dr. Perry died at age 80 after a two-year battle with lung cancer. Read More

United Press International – Existing drug also good in type 1 diabetes (Dec. 9, 2009)
U.S medical investigators say they've determined a drug used to treat autoimmune disorders might also aid patients recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Scientists at
UT Southwestern said they found injections of the drug rituximab help slow the destruction of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas of those newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, suggesting a potential treatment option that might improve management and reduce long-term complications of the disease. Dr. Philip Raskin, a professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern, called the findings "extremely exciting." Read More

Associated Press – Dallas doctor who treated JFK dies in Tyler (Dec. 8, 2009)
Dr. Malcolm Oliver Perry II, who attended to President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital after he was shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, has died. He was 80. Perry was an assistant professor of surgery at UT Southwestern and a vascular surgeon on the Parkland staff when he became the first staff surgeon to treat Kennedy. Read More

Austin American-Statesman – Medical school is ultimate goal, UT System official says (Dec. 4, 2009)
A plan to expand medical education and research in Austin through a partnership involving UT Southwestern and the Seton Family of Hospitals is an important step toward establishing a medical school, a senior UT System official said Thursday. Kenneth Shine, the system's executive vice chancellor for health affairs, comments. Read More

Wired Magazine – Download your own robot scientist (Dec. 4, 2009)

Ever wanted to have a robot to do your research for you? If you are a scientist, you have almost certainly had this dream. Now it’s a real option: Eureqa, a program that distills scientific laws from raw data, is freely available to researchers. The program was unveiled in April, when it used readouts of a double-pendulum to infer Newton’s second law of motion and the law of conservation of momentum. It could be an invaluable tool for revealing other, more complicated laws that have eluded humans. Gurol Suel of
UT Southwestern comments. Read More

Dallas Morning News – UT Southwestern occupational therapist earns Guardian Angel Award (Dec. 2, 2009)

Compassion and kindness earned occupational therapist Beth Denson Ray the 2009 Cyndi Bassel Guardian Angel Award, which she was given at Southwestern Medical Foundation's annual dinner. Ray, who works in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UT Southwestern University Hospital-Zale Lipshy, helps patients with brain injuries relearn daily tasks so they can function independently after they've left the hospital. Read More