Simulation Drastically Improves Trauma Response Times, Study Shows

A new study from UT Southwestern shows how simulations can positively impact lifesaving trauma interventions. The medical center is home to one of the largest medical simulation training centers in the country, which provides a space for instructors to challenge the decision-making and performance of practitioners in high-pressure situations. The study showed how response times for resuscitative thoracotomies, which involve opening the chest cavities of patients without a pulse, improved from 14 to three minutes. Response times for tube thoracostomies, which release the pressure of blood filling the chest cavity, also improved from 13 to six minutes. “What we found most… Full Story

SMU Research Could Change the Way Diabetes is Treated

Diabetes and pre-diabetes affect an astonishing 43 percent of the country’s population at a cost of $237 billion in treatment and $90 billion per year in indirect costs such as absenteeism. The U.S. spends more treating diabetes than the entire GDP of Portugal. The earlier the disease is caught, the more likely treatment costs will be kept down. But testing is expensive and time consuming, so providers need to be wise about who they test. Usually, the patients who receive a diabetes test already have a symptom, meaning the chances of reversal are low and treatment costs are more likely… Full Story

Stopping the Spread of Melanoma with Children’s Health

A new method for melanoma treatment may have been found by researchers at Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern, as the group learns more about why certain melanoma cells are more likely to spread throughout the body and progress into the deadly stages of cancer. “In prior studies we found there are intrinsic differences among melanomas in their ability to metastasize or spread. Some are efficient metastasizers that readily form distant tumors whether you take them out surgically or not, while others are inefficient metastasizers that spread more slowly and that can be cured through surgery,” said Dr. Sean… Full Story

Hyperbaric Unit at Presbyterian Hospital Receives Accreditation

The Hyperbaric Medicine Unit at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is now accredited as a Level 1 facility with distinction by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). It is the largest multi-place facility in the region to receive this accreditation. “Achieving accreditation with distinction is a testament to the dedication of our team,” said Renie Guilliod, M.D., medical and fellowship director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, and a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas via release. “Our dedicated team members work together to provide our patients with… Full Story

SMU Study Finds Drug to Prevent Spread of HIV Cousin

Research from SMU may have found a way to prevent the spread of HTLV-1, a cousin of HIV that infects 10-15 million people. The virus causes cells to divide uncontrollably, which can lead to leukemia, neurological disease, and an inflammatory disease of the nervous system whose symptoms include affecting one’s ability to walk, coma, and even death. The drug is called Oleandrin and is derived from the Nerium oleander plant. It targets a stage in the reproduction process of the virus that has yet to be attempted by other treatment. There is no known treatment for the virus, which attacks white… Full Story

Texas Has the Second Highest Rate of Alzheimer’s in the Nation

Texas has the second highest rate of Alzheimer’s in the country, according to a new report from A Place for Mom that analyzed census bureau data. Among Texas’ senior population, 13 percent have Alzheimer’s, causing 9,545 deaths each year statewide. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the country, and its frequency grew 145 percent between 2000 and 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and around 11 percent of those over the age of 65 have the disease nationwide. In Texas, the annual costs for Medicare… Full Story

UTSW and THR Research May Have Found an Answer for Untreatable Heart Failure

Collaborative research from UT Southwestern and Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas have developed an exercise program that stops the progression of what was formerly an untreatable type of heart failure, with some patients experiencing a reduction in risk as well. The program was developed by the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, a partnership between UTSW and Presbyterian, and was presented at the 2019 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia. “I think this reflects the quality of the research being done by scientists here at the IEEM and shows what Texas Health and UT Southwestern can achieve when we combine the… Full Story

CPRIT Awards $6 Million for Research at UT Southwestern and UT Dallas

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas is awarding $6 million worth of grants to North Texas cancer researchers in the first round of funding since the organization was backed by voters in the November elections. UT Southwestern and UT Dallas both recruited researchers with the help of CPRIT funds. The funding was part of $38 million for 10 research grants to bring the total number of CPRIT scholars to 192 across the state. “As overwhelmingly affirmed earlier this month, voters want Texas to be the center of world-class cancer research,” said Wayne Roberts, CPRIT Chief Executive Officer via… Full Story

Moving Past the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Era of Mental Health: Children’s Health’s “Beyond ABC” Report

Increasing access to mental health for children is the overall recommendation in Children’s Health’s biannual report, “Beyond ABC,” which takes a deep dive into the health, economic security, safety, and education of the children in Dallas County and the rest of North Texas. Communities Foundation of Texas hosted a panel to accompany the launch of the report, with discussion centering around increased access, higher insurance rates, and improved and expanded mental health services to the region’s children. “The strength of our community can be measured by how well we care for our youngest people,” Children’s Health President and CEO Christopher… Full Story

Blood Test Identifies Those at Risk of Heart Disease, UTSW Research Finds

Researchers at UT Southwestern have found that a blood test can identify those who are in the early stages of heart disease. Patient data revealed that two biomarkers were elevated in patients who were often not receiving any treatment for hypertension. The research analyzed 13,000 patients from a variety of backgrounds, and found that one-third of adults had the elevated biomarkers and were not previously in treatment for a heart condition. Though the patients had a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, or heart failure over the next decade, they were not aware of the risks prior to the test… Full Story