Can You Exercise Too Much? New Research Has an Answer

With the growing popularity of high-intensity interval training, Crossfit, and ultra-marathoning, scientists began to wonder if this level of intense exercise might be bad for the heart. Researchers from The Cooper Institute and UT Southwestern Medical Center analyzed how this type of heightened exercise impacts the risk of heart disease and death, but found no additional risk in highly active individuals. The study did find that these individuals have an 11 percent greater risk for coronary artery calcification, which can be a sign of atherosclerosis, a disease where plaque builds up in the arteries and gives risk to heart attack and… Full Story

Local Research Severs Link Between Liver Cancer and Hep C Therapy

Patients with liver disease and hepatitis C, which often occur in congruence, have some good news from UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers. A study found that antiviral drugs for hepatitis C do not impact the reoccurrence of liver cancer. Researchers looked at patient records for those treated successfully for liver cancer and compared two groups: those that received hep C drugs and those that didn’t, and found those that received the drugs were less likely to have the cancer return.  Over 3 million people in the U.S. have chronic hepatitis C, many of whom experience liver inflammation, impaired liver function,… Full Story

Local Research Could Lead to Preventing Alzheimer’s Before it Starts

Researchers at UT Southwestern have neutralized what they believe to be a primary factor in Alzheimer’s disease, which could lead to a drug that could be taken by patients long before they show symptoms. If taken for life, they found it could prevent the disorder in 50 to 80 percent of at-risk adults. If a person contains the protein ApoE4, they are 10 times more likely to develop the disease than someone who has another form of the same protein. The protein causes a build up that negatively impacts nerve cells in the brain, but researchers found a way to… Full Story

Texas’ First Single-Incision Robotic Surgery at UTSW

Single-incision robotic surgery made its Texas debut at UT Southwestern Medical Center this week. Dr. Jeffrey Cadeddu performed the new technique, which allows for all the surgical tools to enter the body through one small incision rather than five or six, reducing scarring and overall risk. Cadeddu, a Professor of Urology and Radiology at UTSW, performed the laparoscopic surgery. “Every hole you create in a patient has a risk associated with it. Every incision means increased pain, increased risk of hitting a blood vessel,” he said via release. The robotic device is called Single Port SP Robot, which has four arms… Full Story

UTSW Researchers One Step Closer to Stopping Disease Causing Thousands of Painful Tumors

Imagine having a condition that covers your body with thousands of small tumors. Not only are they disfiguring, but they itch, are painful, catch on your clothing, bleed, and can become infected. The only thing worse than the physical pain is the emotional distress of trying to hide them, if possible. The condition is called neurofibromatosis type 1, and occurs in one in 3,000 people. UT Southwestern researchers have created a model and identified a marker for the cell of origin for NF1 tumors, allowing them to learn more about how they form and possibly slow their growth. “Because of this model,… Full Story

How Fort Worth is Reducing Healthcare Costs for City Employees

Talk to any healthcare executive, and they will discuss “bending the cost curve.” That means most healthcare providers, insurance networks, and employers are hoping just to slow the increase in healthcare costs, not reduce them. But for Fort Worth’s 14,000 employees, dependents, and retirees, their healthcare spending is heading toward being $4.8 million under budget for fiscal year 2018, according to the Dallas Morning News. How are they doing it? The city is offering an option to sign up with  Southwestern Health Resources, an accountable care organization where UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources have partnered to offer coordinated care.… Full Story

The 2019 Breakthrough Prize Winner in Life Sciences is a Local Researcher

A UT Southwestern researcher is one of the recipients of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize, which awards achievements in the fields of physics, life sciences, and mathematics. UT Southwestern’s Zhijian “James” Chen, who also works for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, was honored for his work in life sciences for discovering how DNA triggers immune and autoimmune responses from the interior of a cell. His research looks to improve the immune system’s defense against pathogens, malignant cells, and diseases such as lupus. Chen will win $3 million, which is one of the most generous science prizes in the world. Chen is the… Full Story

UT Southwestern Wins National Diversity Award

UT Southwestern Medical Center has received an award for their commitment to diversity and inclusion in high education. Earlier this week, the center won the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a higher education publication focused on diversity. “The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both; continued leadership support for diversity; and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine via media… Full Story

Clements University Hospital Named a Rising Star Again

William P. Clements University Hospital has once again been recognized for its quality and safety, receiving the Vizient Quality Leadership Rising Star Award earlier this week. The award recognizes academic medical centers that improve their year-over-year rankings in Vizient’s accountability study, which looked at safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness, and equity of care. Clements is no stranger to recognition, as they were named the number one hospital in Dalllas and number two hospital in Texas by U.S. News and World Report in August’s Best Hospitals ranking. The hospital was also named a Rising Star by the University Healthcare Consortium in 2015.… Full Story

Susan G. Komen To Fund $600,000 Grant For Breast Cancer Research At UTSW

Dr. Carlos Arteaga of UT Southwestern Medical Center is the recipient of a $600,000 Susan G. Komen organization research grant that will help him improve precision in breast cancer treatment while preventing drug resistance. Arteaga serves as the Director of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and Associate Dean of Oncology Programs at UT Southwestern. While 90 percent of breast cancer patients survive for 5 years, more than 40,000 women still die from the disease each year in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. According to the Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin journal, 90 percent of failures in chemotherapy… Full Story