UT Southwestern in the News — January 2010

January 2010

World News Tonight (ABC) – 15 day survival: Miracle rescue in Haiti (Jan. 29, 2010)
A 16-year-old girl was pulled from the rubble more than two weeks after Haiti's deadly earthquake. UT Southwestern's Dr. Paul Pepe says human beings are actually remarkably resilient and can last long periods of time in rubble if they have access to water. Watch Video

KDAF-TV, THE 33 NEWS, Dallas/Fort Worth – How to beat the winter blues! (Jan. 29, 2010)
With weather like today, you're bound to feel more sluggish and somber, and you may not even realize you're suffering from the winter blues. Dr. Madhukar Trivedi from
UT Southwestern says, "Because the days are short, you spend a lot more time in the house and don't get outside, and people are also more withdrawn." Dr. Trivedi adds, "Have a routine, so you're not at the mercy of the daylight. Exercise on a regular basis, remain active." 

KTVT-TV Ch. 11 (CBS), Dallas/Fort Worth - Robotic surgery gives N. Texas man new opportunity (Jan. 22, 2010)
When Craig Harrison found out he would be the first patient in North Texas to have robot-assisted lung-tumor surgery, he wasn’t nervous at all. His surgeon, Dr. Michael DiMaio at UT Southwestern, removed the tumors using the da Vinci Robotic Surgery system.

Dallas Morning News – School shocked, grief-stricken by 9-year-old's apparent suicide (Jan. 25, 2010)
People close to a 9-year-old boy from The Colony struggled Friday to understand why he would take his own life. Suicide at such a young age is rare, said Dr. Betsy Kennard, a psychologist and professor at UT Southwestern. "At age 9, kids are just beginning to understand that death is final," she said.

Dallas Morning News – Dallas-area cancer researchers to get $17.4 million in state grants (Jan. 21, 2010)
Texas has awarded its first $61 million in cancer research grants, with Dallas-area scientists reeling in nearly 30 percent of the money. The institute awarded a $2 million grant last month to help UT Southwestern recruit noted researcher Ralf Kittler from the University of Chicago. At an Austin press conference, Dr. Al Gilman introduced only one scientist, UT Southwestern's Ralph DeBerardinis, whose application was ranked the highest priority among the 880 submitted. DeBerardinis, a pediatrician and geneticist, was awarded $200,000 to investigate a hunch about how to slow the growth of tumors caused by glioblastoma multiforme, the most aggressive form of brain cancer. Read More

ABC News – Haiti relief workers risk their minds, experts say (Jan. 20, 2010)
As more medical and rescue teams arrive in Haiti, mental health experts say these volunteers and soldiers may be risking not just their safety, but the sanctity of their own minds in the earthquake-shattered capital Port-au-Prince. Experienced aid workers, like those who work for Doctors Without Borders, may be tougher than the average citizen, but Dr. Carol North, a professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern and an expert in post-disaster mental health, warns, "That may not prepare them for the massive scope of severe injury, the many, many dead bodies and people who are frantic. Nothing can prepare a human being for something that massive." Read More

USA TODAY – Many appendectomies may not be needed, study finds (Jan. 19, 2010)
Appendectomies are the most common emergency general surgical procedure in the USA, but a new study suggests many are unneeded. The study in the Archives of Surgery implies that perforated, or ruptured, appendicitis is a different disease from non-perforating appendicitis. Senior author Edward Livingston, chief of gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery at UT Southwestern, comments. Read More

Wall Street Journal – Noodling your way to weight loss (Jan. 19, 2010)
A bowl full of noodles may seem like an unlikely weight-loss aid, but companies that sell noodles and other products made with fiber from the Asian konjac plant say the fiber can help you lose weight by keeping you full longer. They also claim konjac fiber lowers cholesterol, improves digestion and can help diabetics control blood sugar. For diabetics, fiber intake in general has been shown to help keep blood sugar under control. But so far there's insufficient evidence to show glucomannan (konjac) is better than other fibers-particularly those you get by eating whole, natural foods, says Abhimanyu Garg, chief of the division of nutrition and metabolic diseases at UT Southwestern. Read More

Dallas Morning News – Fort Worth man seeking face transplant is already beating odds (Jan. 17, 2010)
Dallas Wiens does not remember the moment his face was burned off. He was standing inside a cherry picker making repairs on a church window in Fort Worth. The next thing he recalls was waking up in the burn unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital. It was three months later. His family had to tell him how his head had touched a high-voltage power line that day in November 2008. After more than 20 surgeries, his face had become a smooth, featureless melon of skin and muscle harvested from his body. Dr. Jeffrey Janis, chief of plastic surgery at Parkland and an associate professor at UT Southwestern, comments. Read More

Dallas Morning News – Local  missionary dies from Haiti quake injuries (Jan. 15, 2010)
One of the Highland Park United Methodist Church missionaries caught in the Haiti earthquake has died. Jean Arnwine died in Guadeloupe from critical internal injuries sustained when a free eye clinic in the village of Petit Goave collapsed. Ten of the 12 missionaries returned to Dallas by plane Thursday night. Among the 12 was Dr. James Lehmann, an ophthalmologist who trained at UT Southwestern and who now practices in San Antonio. Read More

Dallas Morning News – Plan to snack to conquer cravings (Jan. 8, 2010)
If you want to shed those extra holiday pounds, here’s some food for thought: Plan to snack. Nutrition experts say that if you plan healthful snacks to tide you over between meals, you’re less likely to overeat come mealtime. “So much of success in losing weight is about planning,” says Bernadette Latson, program director for the Department of Clinical Nutrition at UT Southwestern. Be realistic about planning snacks, Latson says. “If you look forward to something salty when you come home from work, plan on something like salted edamame — not a banana.” Read More

Reuters – New guidelines back mammograms starting at age 40 (Jan. 5, 2010)

Mammograms should begin at 40 for women with an average risk of breast cancer and by 30 for high-risk women, according to guidelines released on Monday by two groups that specialize in breast imaging, contradicting controversial guidelines from a U.S. advisory panel last year. Dr. Phil Evans of UT Southwestern and president of the Society for Breast Imaging, said the guidelines are based on the latest clinical trial data. "Where the data was not present, we looked at recommendations that reflect expert consensus opinion," he said. Read More

KDAF-TV CH 33 (CW) Dallas/Fort Worth – Study: To spank or not to spank (Jan. 5, 2010)
Researchers say spanked kids become happy, successful adults. A new study indicates that kids who were spanked up to the age of six we more likely as teens to do better at school, volunteer and go on to college than kids who were never spanked. Dr. Thomas Van Hoose, a child psychologist at UT Southwestern, says parents should reserve spanking to only serious offenses and never spank when they're upset.

Science Daily – Experimental drug shows promise against brain, prostate cancers (Jan. 4, 2010)

An experimental drug currently being tested against breast and lung cancer shows promise in fighting the brain cancer glioblastoma and prostate cancer, researchers at
UT Southwestern have found in two preclinical studies. The drug's actions, observed in isolated human cells in one trial and in rodents in the other, are especially encouraging because they attacked not only the bulk of the tumor cells but also the rare cancer stem cells that are believed to be responsible for most of a cancer's growth, said Dr. Jerry Shay, professor of cell biology and a senior co-author of both papers. Read More

Fort Worth Star-Telegram – Arlington man is the first in North Texas to undergo robot-assisted lung-tumor surgery (Jan. 1, 2010)

Craig Harrison was sure the tumors in his lung were malignant. But the idea of going through another surgery or having them zapped with radiation was intolerable. He had already lost most of his colon and a sizable chunk of his liver to cancer. Adding his right lung to the list seemed unbearable. In October, he became the first person in North Texas to have robot-assisted lung-tumor surgery. Dr. J. Michael DiMaio, associate professor of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at UT Southwestern, comments.