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Eavesdropping on fat cells may hold solutions for diabetes


A study, published in the journal Cell, shows that fat cells communicate with endothelial cells of the blood vessels that course through fat tissue, and potentially with other organs, by secreted packages of information. This communication between cells was demonstrated in a number of new mouse models that researchers created.

Dr. Philipp Scherer, a metabolism expert and Director of the Touchstone Center for Diabetes Research at UT Southwestern, is excited about the new findings because they will allow researchers to test new ideas and re-examine old ones.

Khera named president of ASPC


Dr. Amit Khera has been named President of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC), a national organization of individuals with a dedicated interest in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Gene variations are frequently reclassified


Testing laboratories should periodically review their records and alert physicians when scientific knowledge evolves and genes are reclassified says Dr. Theo Ross, professor of Internal Medicine in the division of Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Arteaga awarded $600,000 from Komen organization


Dr. Carlos Arteaga, Director of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and Associate Dean of Oncology Programs has been awarded a $600,000 research grant from the Susan G. Komen organization.

September is AFib awareness month


September is AFib awareness month, and UT Southwestern cardiologists can help patients determine when to seek treatment. According to the American Heart Association, AFib is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications. At least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib

“Having atrial fibrillation (AFib) can increase your risk for stroke and heart failure. It’s vital to know your risk and get help before it strikes,” said cardiologist Dr. Mark Link, Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology

Four Internal Medicine specialties ranked by U.S. News & World Report


U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals listings released today. UT Southwestern Medical Center has retained its listing as the No. 1-ranked hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth and No. 2 in Texas. Four of Internal Medicine specialties ranked nationally out of 4,500 medical centers evaluated nationwide for 2018-2019:

New cardiovascular risk calculator


A team of researchers led by cardiologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center has developed a new online tool to more accurately predict who among those ages 40-65 is at the highest risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years.

The new tool, named the Astronaut Cardiovascular Health and Risk Modification (Astro-CHARM) calculator, was developed by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) together with a research team led by UT Southwestern preventive cardiologist.

Searching for metabolic signs of heart problems


Oncologists have known for more than half a century that anthracyclines, a class of drugs used to treat solid tumors, can cause damage to the heart.

Dr. Vlad Zaha, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern and a member of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, is a cardiologist who specializes in heart problems caused by cancer treatment. He was recently awarded a $2.3 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to study the metabolic changes that occur in the heart with anthracycline treatment.

Dr. de Lemos honored with ROTO Award


Cardiologist Dr. James de Lemos, Professor of Internal Medicine, and pediatrician Dr. Dorothy Sendelbach, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education at UT Southwestern, have been recognized with the UT System’s highest educational honor, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards, for their academic prowess and mentoring talent.

UTSW ranked No. 1 for published research


UT Southwestern Medical Center is the No. 1 academic medical center in the world for publishing high-quality scientific research, according to the Nature Index 2018 Annual Tables released today. UT Southwestern is ranked first among peer institutions that include Columbia University Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and UC San Diego Health.