2016 Article Archive

Be alert for symptoms of acute flaccid myelitis


Late summer and early fall have brought an uptick in the number of cases of the polio-like paralytic disease acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).

Researchers report highest-resolution model to date of brain receptor behind marijuana’s high


Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center report the most detailed 3-D structure to date of the brain receptor that binds and responds to the chemical at the root of marijuana’s high.

20-year cancer survivor is beating a second diagnosis: pancreatic cancer


Ken Abernathy is very familiar with cancer. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1996 and managed his slow-growing disease until 2013, when he started having pains in the side of his abdomen.

Research Highlight: Targeting molecules that replenish brain cells


Researchers at the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute have identified a set of molecules that can be manipulated to promote the regeneration of neural stem cells crucial for learning and memory.

Mentoring the next generation of cancer researchers


David Gerber, M.D., Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, knows the importance of mentorship and its role in advancing cancer research.

Major artery more rigid in African-Americans, which may explain high rates of hypertension and heart disease


African-Americans have more rigidity of the aorta, the major artery supplying oxygen-rich blood to the body, than Caucasians and Hispanics, according to a study by UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiologists.

‘Stomach pacemaker’ surgery allows Arkansas teen to savor life – and pizza – again


Hunter Pye, 16, was a high school football player, a wrestler, and strong in academics as well. Life was rockin’ along great for the Little Rock teen – but then everything changed.

Medical School class reunion 2016


Hundreds of UT Southwestern Medical School alumni and their families were on campus in late September for the annual reunion activities.

In Memoriam: Dr. Ernest Poulos: vascular surgeon, clinical leader


Dr. Ernest Poulos, former Professor of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Emeritus Director of Surgical Training at the former St. Paul University Hospital, died on Oct. 30 after a lengthy illness. He was 90.

Orthopaedic surgeon Karol completes national leadership role


Dr. Lori A. Karol, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, exemplifies the rapidly changing landscape in pediatric orthopaedics.