UT Arlington Research to Avoid Medication-Related Harm

Research at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation is aiming to reduce the use of medications and avoid medication-related harm, which cause 700,000 emergency room visits and 100,000 hospitalizations a year. A team led by professor of nursing Yan Xiao has earned a $2.5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct interviews and focus groups with patients and healthcare professionals all over the country and use UTA’s Smart Hospital to run simulations of interventions. A multidisciplinary team of specialists in geriatric nursing,… Full Story

Urgent Care Supply is Surging, but Will Texas Have Enough?

The number of urgent care centers is skyrocketing nationwide, with 44 percent growth in the last five years according to a Cushman and Wakefield report. A combination of convenience and cost have pumped up demand, and between 2006 and 2016, urgent care volume increased by a factor of 18, while emergency room volume tripled during the same period. There are more than 200 urgent care centers in Dallas-Fort Worth, but in Texas, where there is already a healthcare shortage. There are lower than average number of urgent care centers per capita for residents over 65, meaning there may not be… Full Story

Brain Imaging May Help Detect Depression

UT Southwestern researchers have found brain imaging to be useful when prescribing medication for depression. It turns out that making images of the brain’s activity in various states, such as being at rest or engulfed in emotional turmoil, helps sketch an accurate picture of how depression manifests a particular patient. “Much like technology can discern individuals through fingerprints and facial scans, studies prove we can utilize imaging to identify specific signatures of depression in people,” says Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, founding director of UT Southwestern’s Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, via release. Artificial intelligence played a role in segments… Full Story

Report: Infant Mortality and Suicide Increases Nationwide

A report from America’s Health Rankings found an increase in teen suicide by 25 percent and an increase in infant mortality by 6 percent since their last report in 2016. The most significant indicator of influence on youth health is geography. Teen suicide is 7.3 times higher in Alaska than in Rhode Island. Tobacco use among youth is 2.8 times higher in Kentucky than in Hawaii. Male youth have notably higher rates of child mortality and teen suicide than female youth. Child mortality is 1.8 times higher among males than females and teen suicide is three times higher among males… Full Story

UnitedHealth Brief: High Value Physicians Can Save Medicare $286 Billion

If all the U.S. physicians who treat Medicare Fee-For-Service patients were to meet quality and cost-efficiency criteria, Medicare would save $286.8 billion between 2020 and 2029, according to a new UnitedHealth brief. The savings in 2020 would be $20.5 billion for Medicare fee-for-service. Meeting these criteria would create “high value” physicians, whose per-episode cost of care is 6.9 percent lower than other physicians according to the brief. These physicians also experience 21 percent lower risk-adjusted spending relative to other physicians, with 64 percent fewer inpatient hospital days and 35 percent fewer emergency department visits. If primary care physicians meet quality… Full Story

UTSW Research Details Positive Impact of Exercise on Brain Degeneration

For those at high risk for Alzheimer’s disease, frequent exercise can help fight brain deterioration, according to a report from UT Southwestern. Scientists say further research is necessary to solidify the link between fitness and dementia. Research says that regular exercise slowed brain degeneration in those who had a build up of an amino acid that is a sign of Alzheimer’s disease, though it did not completely stop the effects. “What are you supposed to do if you have amyloid clumping together in the brain? Right now doctors can’t prescribe anything,” Dr. Rong Zhang, who led the trial, told UTSW. “If… Full Story

Texas Health Fort Worth Selected for Research to Improve Maternal Mortality

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is one of ten hospitals across the nation to participate in a program to improve the lives of newborns and their mothers and reduce maternal mortality with Premier Perinatal Collaborative. “The idea is that by the hospitals working together we can learn from each other,” said Lindsey Canon, director of women and infant services at Texas Health Fort Worth via release. “We’ll identify best practices and ultimately share these learnings with hospitals around the country.” The hospitals in the collaborative will apply evidence-based treatment to fight maternal mortality and share their results in… Full Story

At-Home Blood Pressure Cuff Adds Value for African Americans

UT Southwestern researchers have found added value for African Americans who use a blood pressure cuff at home, augmenting benefits of the at-home tool. African Americans have a higher rate of disability and death related to high blood pressure than other groups, according to the American Heart Association. UTSW researchers analyzed the Dallas Heart Study and found that measuring blood pressure at home is more accurate, less expensive, and easier to obtain than in medical settings, where it often reads higher due to anxiety. “Our study shows that African American men and women who are taking medications to control their hypertension… Full Story

Treatment Showing Potential to Fight Deadly Kidney Disease at UTSW

Testing at UT Southwestern has shown positive results for a new treatment of polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder that causes multiple cysts to form on the kidney and can lead to swelling and organ failure. The study shows a 50 percent reduction in kidney size in mice following treatment. Dr. Vishal Patel, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern and senior author of the study has also led the drug to early clinical trials in humans. Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease impacts around 12 million people worldwide, and about half end up with the final stages of kidney failure by… Full Story

Mary Kay Foundation to Fund Cancer Fellowship at UT Southwestern

The Mary Kay Foundation will be granting $500,000 to fund a fellowship at UT-Southwestern that will fund five international postdoctoral researchers, giving them the opportunity to study cancer. “Mary Kay Ash, our founder, saw firsthand the impact that cancer had on our independent beauty consultants, their families, and women around the world,” said Ryan Rogers, board member of The Mary Kay Foundation and grandson of Mary Kay Ash via release. “It became a mission for her to eradicate cancers affecting women. Our expanded partnership with UT Southwestern will allow us to continue that lifesaving work on a global scale.” The fellowship continues… Full Story