UT Southwestern in the News — April 2011

April 2011

Fort Worth Star-Telegram – Benefits of exercise are even bigger than thought (April 29, 2011)
A team that conducted nationally recognized research has revealed how a lifelong commitment to physical fitness can preserve heart muscle equal to or even exceeding those of younger, healthy people who do not exercise. The study was performed with Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern.  Read More

Today Show (NBC) – For most people, antidepressants don't stop all symptoms of disease (April 27, 2011)
Antidepressants may not improve all symptoms of depression, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from a U.S. National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored study of depression treatment, which involved more than 4,000 people with major depression around the country and is the largest study on depression treatment to date. Read More

The Texas Tribune – TribLive: Podolsky on medical ed, health care cuts (April 26, 2011)

At a TribLive conversation on April 14, Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune interviewed Dr. Daniel Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern, about the state of medical education, the cost of health care cuts and the value of academic research. Read More

The Wall Street Journal – Aspirin and Prozac can mix badly, study says (April 26, 2011)
Antidepressants and aspirin don't mix, a new study suggests. Researchers found that painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen appear to decrease the effectiveness of a popular class of antidepressants that includes Prozac and Celexa. Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, a psychiatry professor at UT Southwestern who co-led the STAR*D trial and wasn't involved in the new study, comments. Read More

USA Today – Push to spur more drugs for deadly rare disease (April 25, 2011)
Every other week, 7-year-old twins Addison and Cassidy Hempel have an experimental medicine injected into their spines in hopes of battling a rare, fatal disease. And it's their mom who made that possible.

Dallas Business Journal – Pelvic-repair device developed by surgeons enables minimally invasive trauma surgery (April 19, 2011)
A device developed by UT Southwestern surgeons offers precise repair of pelvic fractures with minimal postsurgical scarring, pain and infection risk and is available for broad adoption by the nation's 200 level I trauma centers. Orthopaedic surgeons Drs. Adam Starr and Charles Reinert developed the Starr Frame, its associated accessories and the Reinert fracture reduction, or realignment, instruments. Read More

New York Times – Is sugar toxic? (April 11, 2011)
Not everyone with insulin resistance becomes diabetic; some continue to secrete enough insulin to overcome their cells’ resistance to the hormone. But having chronically elevated insulin levels has harmful effects of its own – heart disease, for one. A result is higher triglyceride levels and blood pressure, lower levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good cholesterol”), further worsening the insulin resistance – this is metabolic syndrome. Read More

USA Today – Could stomach 'pacemaker' be new weight-loss tool? (April 11, 2011)
Silke Zeigler was fed up with "yo-yo" dieting, so she participated in a trial of an innovative stomach "pacemaker," aimed at curbing appetite and controlling weight. Ten months after receiving the implantable device, Zeigler said she's lost about 80 pounds. The device, not yet approved for use in the U.S., is dubbed "abiliti" by its London-based maker. The device is implanted in the stomach during a laparoscopic procedure via small insertions in the abdominal wall. Some U.S. weight-loss experts are less than enthused. Registered dietician and assistant professor of clinical nutrition Lona Sandon, of UT Southwestern, comments.

U.S. News & World Report – Certain diabetes drugs better for heart health (April 7, 2011)
The commonly used oral diabetes drug metformin not only helps stabilize blood sugar levels, it also may offer protection against heart disease, researchers say. In a study that included more than 100,000 residents of Denmark taking metformin or another group of oral diabetes medications called insulin secretagogues (IS), researchers found that metformin and the IS drugs gliclazide and repaglinide had the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Dr. Darren McGuire, associate professor in the division of cardiology at UT Southwestern, comments. Read More

UPI – Spring cleaning can reduce allergy trigger (April 7, 2011)
Some spring cleaning may be in order for allergy sufferers because cockroach allergens have a bigger impact on allergies, a U.S. allergist says.  Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, an allergist and immunologist at UT Southwestern, comments. Read More

Dallas Morning News – Eat right and exercise to help fight off cancer (April 4, 2011)
Regina Ontiveroz can’t control the genes she shares with her father, grandmother, two uncles and an aunt, all of whom were killed by cancer. But the 33-year-old from Flower Mound can fight her increased risk for cancer by being proactive about her health. “My doctor told me that the more overweight you are, the higher the incidence for you to have any type of cancer,” says Ontiveroz. “That’s why I try to take really good care of myself.” Doctors say the best approach to fighting cancer is pre-emptive, and the most effective tools may be as simple as healthful lifestyle choices. Read More

Los Angeles Times – Exercise preserves, builds heart muscle (April 2, 2011)
Consistent lifelong exercise preserves heart muscle in the elderly to levels that match or even exceed that of healthy young sedentary people, a surprising finding that underscores the value of regular exercise training, according to a new study. The study enrolled 121 healthy people with no history of heart disease. Fifty nine were sedentary subjects recruited from the Dallas Heart Study, a large multi-ethnic sample of Dallas County residents.