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2020 Article Archive

UTSW COVID-19 model predicts surge in advance of Fourth of July holiday


Revised DFW model shows a dramatic spike in DFW hospitalizations related to COVID, predicting a potential 20% surge over the next two weeks.

Better measure of 'good cholesterol' can gauge heart attack and stroke risk in some populations


People with higher HDL cholesterol levels tend to have lower rates of cardiovascular disease.

HHMI Investigator/NAS member Dr. Beth Levine
Director of UT Southwestern Center for Autophagy Research: 1960-2020


Dr. Beth Levine, UT Southwestern Professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology, Director of the Center for Autophagy Research, and holder of the Charles Cameron Sprague Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science, died Sunday after a battle with breast cancer.

Seeing corneal degeneration in a new light


The molecular changes that lead to Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) occur decades before the disease causes blurry vision and other noticeable symptoms in patients.

Advanced MRI scans may improve treatment of tremor, Parkinson's disease


Recently developed MRI techniques used to more precisely target a small area in the brain linked to Parkinson’s disease.

Viewing dopamine receptors in their native habitat


Dopamine, a chemical that sends messages between different parts of the brain and body, plays a key role in a variety of diseases and behaviors by interacting with receptors on cells.

Obesity patients report health challenges during shelter in place


Shelter-in-place orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19 put unusual strains on people with obesity.

Happiness might protect you from gastrointestinal distress!


Serotonin, a chemical known for its role in producing feelings of well-being and happiness in the brain, can reduce the ability of some intestinal pathogens to cause deadly infections.

New technique retains nipple color in men after breast reduction


Surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center have pioneered a new technique that prevents nipple discoloration and preserves shape in men who undergo breast reduction surgery following significant weight loss.

Stomach issues, history of substance abuse found in teen vaping study


A study of teens diagnosed with the vaping-linked respiratory disease EVALI revealed that most also had gastrointestinal symptoms and a history of psychosocial factors, including substance abuse.