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Cancer-fighting gene restrains 'jumping genes'


About half of all tumors have mutations of the gene p53, normally responsible for warding off cancer. Now, UT Southwestern scientists have discovered a new role for p53 in its fight against tumors: preventing retrotransposons, or “jumping genes,” from hopping around the human genome.

High-sugar diet can damage the gut, intensifying risk for colitis


Mice fed diets high in sugar developed worse colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and researchers examining their large intestines found more of the bacteria that can damage the gut’s protective mucus layer.

Aspirin use best for those with high coronary calcium, low risk of bleeding


An X-ray test commonly used to assess hardening of the arteries could help doctors decide whether the benefits of taking aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke outweigh the risks of bleeding from its use, UT Southwestern research suggests.

Home-time metric needed to judge hospital readmissions, studies suggest


Two new studies suggest Medicare’s system of penalizing hospitals if too many patients are readmitted within 30 days should also look at whether the patients were well enough to remain in their home during that time.

DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study expands


As more DFW businesses and schools have reopened, and as cases have begun to surge again, researchers are expanding participation for the DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study – uniquely designed to reveal how widely COVID-19 has spread and why some communities are harder hit.

Time is not on their side: Physicians face barriers to voting


Two new UT Southwestern studies published today report some surprising findings: Only half of practicing physicians are registered to vote, and the most common obstacle faced by resident physicians is the lack of time to vote.

Cancer metabolism researcher Ralph DeBerardinis elected to the National Academy of Medicine


Ralph DeBerardinis, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI), has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

UT Southwestern leads national efforts around childhood blood disorders


When a child has a rare blood disorder, clinicians can struggle to find the best diagnostic and treatment methods.

Casting call: Why immobilizing helps in healing


Immobilization is the most common treatment, and yet, until recently, it was unknown exactly why this technique worked to advance healing.

Revised clinical trial rules during COVID-19 pandemic may benefit patients, survey shows


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to new rules and expectations for clinical trials.