UT Southwestern in the News — February 2011

February 2011

United Press International – Neighborhood barbers can influence black men to seek blood-pressure treatment (Feb. 28, 2011)
Barbers, long linked to medical care, are effective in testing blood pressure and encouraging their clientele to seek a doctor's care, U.S. researchers say. Senior author Dr. Robert Haley of UT Southwestern says the study involved about 1,300 participants who were patrons of 17 black-owned barbershops in Dallas County from March 2006 to December 2008. Read More

KXAS-TV (Ch. 5) - New FDA requirements for lap band (Feb. 26, 2011)
More than half a million North Texans are eligible for lap band surgery after the FDA changed its guidelines for the procedure. Before, you had to have a body mass of 35 to 40. That could be a five foot person weighing 180 pounds or even a six-foot person weighing 250 pounds. Read More

New York Times – Newborn mice’s hearts can heal themselves (Feb. 28, 2011)
An adult zebra fish can regenerate a damaged heart with no scar formation. This remarkable phenomenon has been seen in other fish and amphibians as well, but never before in a mammal. Now researchers from UT Southwestern report in the current issue of Science that the mammalian newborn heart can fully heal itself. Dr. Hesham Sadek, a cardiologist at the medical center, comments. Read More

KTVT-TV (Ch. 11) – Tests for toxic metals in children’s products (Feb. 24, 2011)
Is the government really cracking down on products containing toxic metals? CBS 11 News went undercover inside a number of North Texas stores and put dozens of kids’ toys and jewelry to the test. Watch Video

Wall Street Journal – Rivalry in treating appendicitis (Feb. 22, 2011)
A new study looks at two competing surgical approaches to treating the most dangerous form of appendicitis – when a child arrives at the emergency room with an appendix that has already ruptured. Read More

KERA-TV (Ch. 13) – Lamar County among first in children’s health study (Feb. 22, 2011)
The National Children’s Study will track participants from “before” birth to age 21.  Researchers will look for the root causes of childhood asthma, autism, diabetes, obesity, and other illnesses. UT Southwestern, UT School of Public Health and UT Health Sciences Center in Tyler are part of the study coalition. Listen

Huffington Post – Chocolate’s startling health benefits (Feb. 22, 2011)
The food police may find this hard to take, but chocolate has gotten a bad rap. People say it causes acne, that you should eat carob instead, that it's junk food. There is in fact a growing body of credible scientific evidence that chocolate contains a host of heart-healthy and mood-enhancing phytochemicals, with benefits to both body and mind. Read More

Dallas Morning News – Chocolate, wine, coffee and nuts: How much helps your health? (Feb. 21, 2011)
Humans, perhaps Americans in particular, tend to share a certain creed that goes something like this: If one is good, two are better. That’s fine when it comes to dollars in the collection plate or hours spent volunteering, but not so with certain research-has-shown items consumed in the name of health. Read More

San Antonio Express-News – Read labels before digging in (Feb. 20, 2011)
We may need to cut back on our sodium intake, but the salt shaker on the dinner table is the least of our worries. Most of the sodium Americans consume is added to foods during processing, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010. Read More

KXAS-TV (Ch. 5) – Girl’s incredible reconstruction after panther bite (Feb. 18, 2011)
Jade DeMoss is like most 12-year-olds. She loves to sing and dance.  When she was 5 she was attacked by a wild animal while visiting family in Van Zandt County. Little Jade was taken by helicopter to Children's Medical Center Dallas. Her scalp was missing.  Watch Video

USA Today – Avastin increases fatal side effects in cancer patients, study shows (Feb. 1, 2011)
One of the most financially successful cancer drugs in the world appears to cause more fatal side effects than previously realized, a new study says. Read More