UT Southwestern in the News — November 2009

November 2009

Boston Globe – Narcolepsy research triggers myriad brain studies (Nov. 30, 2009)
Research into an unusual sleep disorder is unraveling what goes awry in the brains of people who fall prey to daytime sleep attacks – and shedding light on everything from addiction to appetite. Dr. Masashi Yanagisawa, a professor at the UT Southwestern, comments. Read More

The 33 CW – New technique offers mastectomy, breast reconstruction (Nov. 20, 2009)
It's hard to believe, but seven months ago Jennifer Jablon had a preventative double mastectomy. She has a family history of breast cancer and genetic testing indicated she would eventually wind up with cancer to,so at 36 years of age, she opted for Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator surgery. Jennifer says that when she woke up, she was amazed. Watch Video

Reuters – Reflux might be immune condition, study finds (Nov. 20, 2009)
Acid reflux, a common condition that has been highly profitable for the makers of antacid drugs, may not be caused by stomach acid at all, U.S. researchers said on Thursday. Instead, gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD might be caused by immune system cells causing inflammation, the team at UT Southwestern said. Dr. Rhonda Souza, who led the study published in the November issue of Gastroenterology, comments. Read More

Fox News – The obese don't always know it (Nov. 18, 2009)
Some obese individuals don't realize they have a weight problem, a new study finds. That could be an unhealthy attitude as these same people tend not to exercise and have many risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The study, based on survey data collected in Dallas, found that one in 10 participants – all of whom were classified as obese – were satisfied with their body size and didn't think they needed to lose a few. Tiffany Powell, a cardiology fellow at UT Southwestern, comments. Read More

KTVT CH 11 (CBS, D/FW) – Irving man lives normally without a heartbeat (Nov. 18, 2009)
Looking at Michael LeBlanc, it's hard to tell anything is wrong with him. But, the 40-year old Irving man isn't like most of us. While nothing seems unusual outside his body, it's what's happening inside that's extraordinary. LeBlanc's heart has all but stopped leaving him with virtually no heartbeat. So, how is he alive? It's because of a new device called a Left Ventricular Assist Device, or L-VAD. UT Southwestern is one of only two hospitals in the country using this device, and LeBlanc was the first person in Texas to get it. Read More

Wall Street Journal – Breast-Screening Advice Is Upended (Nov. 17, 2009)
For years, women have been taught to perform regular breast self-exams and those 40 and older told to undergo annual mammograms to detect breast cancer, a disease that kills about 40,000 people in the U.S. every year. Now, new guidelines offer this message: never mind. Dr. Phil Evans, a professor of radiology at UT Southwestern and president of the Society for Breast Imaging, says he was "shocked" by the changes. Read More

KTVT CH 11 (CBS, D/FW) – Plano Man Says Stem Cell Travel Saved His Life (Nov. 13, 2009)
Joe Woofolk of Plano and his wife Judy traveled thousands of miles for a controversial treatment Joe couldn't get in Texas. The couple found a company in Thailand that performs stem cell transplants for patients in heart failure. Just before Christmas 2006, the Woofolks checked into a Bangkok hospital. Joe says he is living proof stem cell therapy works. But Dr. Jay Schneider, a UT Southwestern cardiologist, cautions overseas facilities may not follow the strict scientific standards we’re used to here in the U.S. Watch Segment

KTVT CH 11 (CBS, D/FW) – North Texas family feeling the effects of PTSD (Nov. 12, 2009)
Joel McCartney is a proud and patriotic father. But when his 22-year-old son, Joel Jr., returned home from Iraq this summer, McCartney realized something had changed. "He has nightmares, he'll break out in a cold sweat," McCartney explained. "Intrusive memories of the event, whatever the trauma was, hyper arousal, always being on edge. If someone comes up behind you, you jump," psychologist Alina Suris said of PTSD symptoms. The doctor at UT Southwestern and the Dallas VA Hospital said the disorder has become almost commonplace in our nation's military. Read More

Dallas Morning News – Fort Hood shootings shatter security for soldiers (Nov. 8, 2009)
War came home to Fort Hood long ago, even though the actual fighting was thousands of miles away. Soldiers from the sprawling Army post in Central Texas have been sent into harm's way year after year since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Some who witnessed Thursday's shootings may have suffered the same kind of invisible wounds as soldiers who have seen too much in Iraq and Afghanistan. Carol North, a UT Southwestern psychiatrist and authority on how people react to mass shootings, comments. Read More

U.S. News & World Report – Genes linked to 'pot' belly (Nov. 6, 2009)
New research sheds light on the possible link between the genes you inherit and the size of your belly. Participants in a French study doubled their risk of having fat around the abdomen if they had a certain genetic trait, and the more of these traits one had, the greater the risk for a pot belly. The findings are just one more piece of the obesity puzzle, a nutrition specialist said. Lona Sandon, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern, comments. Read More

Reuters Health – Stereotactic body radiation therapy halts lung tumor progression
in frail inoperable patients (Nov. 4, 2009)
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) can effectively treat very early stage 1 non-small cell lung cancer in patients who are too frail to undergo surgery, according to phase II trial results presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting (ASTRO 2009). SBRT involves just 3 outpatient sessions that last one hour each. Dr. Robert Timmerman comments. Read More

Dallas Morning News – Dallas area sees significant growth in clinical trials
(Nov. 4, 2009)
Testing a new drug on patients used to be done at universities, which could count on hundreds of millions of dollars a year to conduct the trials. But as pharmaceutical companies look to cut costs and get drugs to market quicker, outsourcing to other companies is an increasingly popular option. There are 877 clinical trials in Dallas looking for participants, according to clinicaltrials.gov, a Web site maintained through the U.S. National Institutes of Health. But 70 percent of clinical trials are conducted in the private sector with individual companies overseeing drug testing, said Dr. Perrie Adams, associate dean of research administration at UT Southwestern. Read More

Dallas Morning News – New treatments and technologies ease burden on diabetes patients (Nov. 4, 2009)
In recent years, new drugs that can help a diabetic's pancreas work optimally have given doctors new options in controlling the disease. But they do have side effects, some dangerous, that can prevent their use. Patients with heart disease or shortness of breath, for example, can't usually tolerate these drugs. Dr. Ildiko Lingvay comments. Read More

Science Daily – Intervals between lung cancer diagnosis and treatment displays
a health care disparity (Nov. 2, 2009)
Research published in the November 2009 issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology has found that intervals between lung cancer suspicion, diagnosis and treatment may be attributed to health care system discrepancies. Researchers studied the timing of lung cancer diagnosis and treatment at U.S. medical center providing care to a diverse patient population within two different hospital systems. Dr. David E. Gerber comments.
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