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2020 Article Archive

Changing what heart cells eat could help them regenerate


Switching what the powerhouses of heart cells consume for energy could help the heart regenerate when cells die.

Traditional risk factors predict heart disease about as well as sophisticated genetic test, study suggests


Traditional cardiovascular risk factors, such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes, and smoking status, are at least as valuable in predicting who will develop coronary heart disease as a sophisticated genetic test that surveys millions of different points in DNA.

Data scientists ID potential vulnerabilities in the COVID-19 virus


UT Southwestern Medical Center data scientists analyzing genetic sequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus have identified potential vulnerabilities that could help in vaccine development and further study of the infectious disease now spreading worldwide.

Clinical trial exposes deadly kidney cancer's Achilles' heel


An experimental drug already shown to be safe and help some patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma, a deadly form of kidney cancer, effectively disables its molecular target.

How cancer cells stiff-arm normal environmental cues to consume energy


UT Southwestern researchers have uncovered how cells in general modulate their energy consumption based on their surroundings.

Mandatory science fairs counterproductive, can result in cheating


Mandatory participation in high school science fairs is counterproductive, emphasizes winning over learning, and sometimes leads to cheating and other research misconduct.

EHR vendor-sponsored education creates inappropriate bias, researchers say


Electronic Health Record vendors in the $31.5 billion industry should not be permitted to provide continuing medical education activities and presentations to physicians to avoid bias, researchers argue in a perspective article for the Association of American Medical Colleges’ journal, Academic Medicine.

AI, brain scans may alter how doctors treat depression


Artificial intelligence may soon play a critical role in choosing which depression therapy is best for patients.

UT Southwestern nearly doubles lifespan of mice with brain cancer


UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center researchers have developed technology that is spawning a much better form of drug delivery for gene therapy and has achieved a 43 percent increase in the survival of mice with glioblastoma, one of the deadliest forms of human brain cancer.

Looking inside a tiny heart to fix a big problem


When Haley and Zachary Sanders had their first baby, Rowan, and learned she had multiple heart defects, they were shattered. They never imagined technology borrowed from video games would help save their baby’s life.