2021 Article Archive

Laser procedure offers advantages for rare pediatric epilepsy surgery


Using a laser for a rare brain surgery to treat drop seizures, which cause a child with epilepsy to suddenly fall, holds some advantages over a traditional open craniotomy

New gene editing strategies developed for Duchenne muscular dystrophy


UT Southwestern scientists successfully employed a new type of gene therapy to treat mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)

Quality improvement project boosts depression screening among cancer patients


Depression screening among cancer patients improved by 40 percent to cover more than 90 percent of patients under a quality improvement program launched by a multidisciplinary team at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Southwestern Health Resources.

Researchers identify protein produced after stroke that triggers neurodegeneration


Researchers with the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at UT Southwestern have identified a new protein implicated in cell death that provides a potential therapeutic target that could prevent or delay the progress of neurodegenerative diseases following a stroke.

Two UTSW faculty elected to prestigious National Academy of Sciences


Two UTSW faculty elected to prestigious National Academy of Sciences

UT Southwestern identifies first reported Brazil variant of SARS-CoV-2 in North Texas


UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have identified the first cases of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19 infection in North Texas using next-generation sequencing technologies along with PCR testing.

Black, Hispanic, impoverished people have worse survival rates among teens, adults under 40 with cancer, UTSW review shows


Being Black or Hispanic people, living in high-poverty neighborhoods, and having Medicaid or no insurance coverage are associated with higher mortality in men and women under 40 with cancer

Consistent use of food pantries needed to address food insecurity, related health issues


Food banks should be used more consistently rather than only during emergencies to better address food insecurity and related health issues

Once-a-week insulin treatment could be game-changing for patients with diabetes


Treating people with Type 2 diabetes with a new once-a-week injectable insulin therapy proved to be safe and as effective as daily insulin injections

Chemical modification of RNA could play key role in polycystic kidney disease


A chemical modification of RNA that can be influenced by diet appears to play a key role in polycystic kidney disease, an inherited disorder that is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure in the U.S.