The Keto Diet is Successfully Fighting Cancer at UT Dallas

The keto diet might be a way to fight against certain cancers, according to biologists at The University of Texas at Dallas. Avoiding glucose has long been known to help fight diabetes, but restricting glucose levels in blood might also be a bulwark against cancer cells as well. The study cut glucose levels for mice with lung cancer by feeding them a ketogenic diet, pairing reduced sugar with a diabetes drug. Many cancers are suspected to be dependent on glucose as an energy source, but the research showed that squamous cell carcinoma is even more dependent than other cancers. “Both the… Full Story

Expert Opinion: Medicare For All vs. Price Transparency

The cost of healthcare dominates today’s political discussion; the public consistently ranks it as the  number one issue they want government to address. So far, the discussion has centered on two polar opposite two avenues of approach: greater government control thorough various flavors of “Medicare for all;” and unleashing the forces of market competition through greater healthcare price and quality transparency. One of these two approaches ultimately is likely to prevail at the expense of the other.  Which one will is presently in doubt, but the resolution may not be long in coming. Medicare for All is a central theme… Full Story

Market vs. Government: Two Ways Inevitable Recession May Change Healthcare

The United States spends 3.7 trillion dollars a year on healthcare, more than all but three nations’ entire gross national product. UT Dallas and UT Southwestern professor John McCracken, speaking at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Conference, says that economic recession could be what forces the U.S. to change its healthcare spending habits. McCracken noted that the U.S. debt is 108 percent of its gross national product, and with the unfunded pension liabilities, it creates a precarious situation for the economy where a recession could force a massive change. “Time is running out, and there is  potential for… Full Story

Photos: Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference

The Center for Vital Longevityheld its biennial Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference last weekend focusing on the cognitive neuroscience of aging. Around 25o neuroscience, aging, and cognition experts from around the globe gathered at the Marriott downtown to learn and share their research. The conference focused on the impacts of aging on the brain, and how dementia and Alzheimer’s are connected to brain atrophy. Its keynote address was by Dr. Lars Nyberg of Umea University, called “Successful Memory and Aging — What is the Evidence?” It included topic overviews as well as research poster presentations. The meeting is part of… Full Story

UT System Employees Have a New Medical Plan Via Southwestern Health Resources

Employees and retirees of the University of Texas System in North Texas will now have access to a new medical plan through Southwestern Health Resources, the accountable care organization formed by UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources. More than 4,000 people have enrolled in the medical benefit option, named UT CONNECT, since it opened September. This is the first time the UT system has offered a program based on the ACO model of care, where providers collaborate and have payments tied to quality of care rather than fee for service. The UT system in the area, which include UT Arlington, UT… Full Story

The Election is (Mostly) Decided – How It Impacts Healthcare in North Texas

It’s been a week since the election, and many may be wondering how the results will change the healthcare industry, if at all. Clearly top of mind for many, a Deloitte study said that 26 percent of voters said healthcare was their top issue and three out of four voters who responded that way voted for Democrats. We touched base with John McCracken, clinical professor of healthcare management at The University of Texas at Dallas Jindal School of Management and adjunct professor of family and community medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Thaddeus Miller, associate professor in the University of… Full Story

Payment Reform – Can It Impact Healthcare Costs?

Last month, we began to recap the panel discussion at UT Dallas’s Center for Healthcare Management and Leadership, discussing our country’s healthcare spending and how much we get out of it (spoiler, we don’t fare well). We thought we would continue to recap to share the better (not sure if it is quite good) news. The U.S. government’s largest expenditure is healthcare at 28 percent, and it is 30 percent in Texas. That is more than Social Security, national defense or welfare. But it wasn’t all bad news. The panel also discussed how payment reform could slow the growth and maybe… Full Story

The U.S. Leads the World in Healthcare Spending. Does It Pay Off?

On a cold and rainy Wednesday morning, experts in the business of healthcare were busy predicting the forecast for healthcare costs in this country. Overall, things look gloomy. The Center for Healthcare Management and Leadership at UT Dallas hosted a panel, “Can Payment Reform Control Healthcare Costs?” as part of its annual fall seminar series.  The panel consisted of Don Taylor, the Director of Southwestern Health Resources Integration, Dr. Forney Fleming, the Director of UT Dallas’ graduate Healthcare Leadership and Management program, and John McCracken, the Director of UT Dallas’ graduate Healthcare Management for Physicians program. The panelists provided an overview… Full Story

UT Dallas Researchers Say They’ve Doubled The Movement Recovery Rate for Stroke Victims

UT Dallas researchers have good news for the 800,000 people who suffer strokes in the United States each year. A new therapy technique is doubling the recovery rate for stroke victims’ upper limbs, according to the UT Dallas news center. The treatment is called targeted plasticity therapy, which stimulates the vagus nerve and accompanies traditional physical therapy, and UT Dallas researchers say it has proved to be twice as affective as traditional methods. A device implanted on the nerve of the neck sends electrical stimulus to help aid recovery. The vagus nerve controls the parasympathetic nervous system, which oversees unconscious… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.09.12)

One North Texan makes Modern Healthcare’s 2012 “Up and Comers” list.

Dallas-based MediSend International is providing 50 Nigerian technicians with professional training and technical support.

Engineers at UTD made a material small enough to read DNA, which opens the possibility of using it as a low-cost tool to sequence DNA.

The Dallas Regional Chamber Chamber will host its fourth annual healthcare conference Oct. 17, bringing in experts across the sector’s various industries. Full Story