Brain Pathways Function Differently in Women with Anorexia

Women with anorexia nervosa perceive themselves differently than those without, according to a recent study on brain pathways by researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas and UT Southwestern, published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Participants in the study were asked to evaluate three types of assessments: those based on oneself, one’s friend, and “reflected” (what one’s friend believes about the individual). Anorexia patients showed different brain activation than their counterparts, according to the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) results. Dan Krawczyk of the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas and UT Southwestern conducted the study along… Full Story

AHA: Searching for the Best Practices in Workplace Wellness

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. and the American Heart Association have teamed up to perform pioneering research to help establish a healthier workforce in America. The joint-study looks to examine the overall impact of wellness programs on employees’ health, and the effectiveness of the tools and incentives used at these KKR portfolio companies. Currently, employers are responsible for designing and paying for the vast majority of health care for those under 65 years. An estimated 25 to 30 percent of companies’ annual medical costs are spent on employees with major risk factors for chronic diseases (such as heart disease,… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.14.12)

UT Southwestern has been chosen as one of 25 sites for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials, or NeuroNEXT, that may lead them to receive $1.4 million in NINDS aid over the next seven years.

Extended doctors’ office hours are linked to a ten percent dip in healthcare costs for patients, according to an annual government survey.

Medical groups sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to halt Medicare provider cuts that, along with the expiration of the sustainable growth rate fix for Medicare are slated to take effect Jan. 1.

The American Heart Association has released a study concluding that mini strokes can lead to serious disability, highlighting that it occurs with conditions that doctors often consider too mild to treat with drugs.

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UT Southwestern Earns Spot in NeuroNEXT Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern has been chosen as one of 25 sites for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials, or NeuroNEXT. The network will lead clinical trials for brain disease in hopes of making new treatments available faster and minimizing the time and expense of studies. As a result of participation in NeuroNEXT, UT Southwestern expects to receive $1.4 million in NINDS aid over the next seven years. Large patient population, clinical research experience, and multidisciplinary expertise were the factors that went into play when choosing UT Southwestern, according to NINDS associate director for… Full Story

Texas Nursing Leaders Hope Grant Will Boost Enrollment in Bachelor’s Programs

Texas is one of nine states that will receive a two-year grant to create a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced it would give the state $300,000 through its Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program. Susan Sportsman, co-chair of the education committee for the Texas Team nursing coalition, said the grant money would help nursing leaders work with universities to create a standard curriculum to encourage nurses to return to school to earn their bachelor’s degree. She said only about one out of six registered nurses have returned to school to earn a four-year degree.… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.12.12)

Beginning Oct. 1, a penalty of up to 1 percent for readmissions related to acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia will be set to impact hospitals in 2013 with the percentage increasing to up to 3 percent into 2015. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has identified ways to avoid the penalty.

Construction has begun on The Forney Emergency Center and Medical Office Building, the second phase of Forney Medical Plaza. The expansion will add 5,000 square feet of medical office space, and a 13,248-square-foot Forney Emergency Center.

According to the American Heart Association, heart attack victims who take common painkillers, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and prescription drugs such as Celebrex, run the risk of suffering a second heart attack as well as an increased chance of death.

Just 6.7 percent of medical students are African-American, and just 7.5 percent are Hispanic. To help change those stats, the AHA has teamed up with Macy’s to offer 16 scholarships to minority medical students.


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AHA Offers Scholarships to Increase Multiculturalism in Medicine

The Dallas-based American Heart Association has teamed up with Macy’s for a second year to offer 16 $2,500 national scholarships to minority students through the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund. The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that just 6.7 percent of African-Americans and 7.5 percent of Hispanics made up the total number of medical school graduates in 2010. Additionally, research has shown that many ethnic groups experience worse health outcomes than their Caucasian counterparts, due in part to minorities’ underrepresentation in medicine. The AHA hopes these scholarships will combat the high level of underrepresented minorities in medicine and decrease treatment… Full Story

Strategies for Leadership Development

The purpose of leadership is to create more leaders not more followers. Any leader, amidst all his or her responsibilities, should ensure their organization has a robust leadership development program that strengthens existing and emerging talent to assume roles of greater responsibility. As a former military officer, especially in combat, there was an ever-looming reality that I could be injured or killed in the next enemy engagement and the next ranking soldier had to be prepared to assume command. If I really cared about my unit and the soldiers in it, then it was imperative that I prepared them to… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.06.12)

Parker University will add three degree programs in January as part of a plan to develop 12 new programs through 2017. The programs were chosen in response to high demand among students, an increase in industry salaries, and changes in occupational healthcare trends, the university says.

About 7,000 women in DFW must now find an alternative to Planned Parenthood after the state officially cut its funding because the clinics offer abortions. An appeal of the ruling is under way.

A UT Southwestern medical student was featured on three episodes of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” The contestent didn’t win the big prize, but he certainly didn’t go home empty-handed.

Nearly one in three American adults has high blood pressure. The CDC reports that more than half of those people—36 million—don’t have it under control and recommends team-based approaches to help the problem. Full Story

UTSW Med Student Wins Big on TV Game Show

This week, a UT Southwestern medical student was featured on three episodes of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”—and won $250,000. Contestant Andrew Tyler came within two question of winning the grand prize of $1 million; he had one lifeline left in his last episode, but didn’t feel confident enough in his last question to continue. The Dallas Morning News posted the question seen below that kept Tyler from winning $500,000 (or from only winning $25,000). In the center of our Milky Way galaxy is a black hole that appears from Earth to be in what constellation? A: Orion B:… Full Story