Why Providers Need to be Familiar with Lyme Disease

When I first felt the sharp stab of pain between my shoulder blades in the fall of 2017, I wasn’t worried. Why should I be? I was a healthy, active, 26-year-old woman who’d never broken a bone, never been hospitalized, and hardly ever taken any medication. Surely this unexpected pain was nothing more than a mild strain that would resolve itself within a day or so. I slapped a heating pad on my back, took an Advil, and went about my day. I should have been worried. The pain in my back did not disappear. A few weeks later, a… Full Story

UTSW Researcher Awarded for Decades of Circadian Rhythm Research

UT Southwestern Medical Center Neuroscience Chairman Dr. Joseph Takahashi has received the Gruber Neuroscience Prize for his work on the molecular and genetic bases of circadian rhythms in mammals. The international award honors discoveries that advance understanding of the nervous system. Takahashi discovered Clock, the first mammalian gene controlling circadian rhythm that regulates other genes. The prize includes a $500,000 award to be presented later this year. “Takahashi has made groundbreaking discoveries in the neurobiology of circadian rhythms,” the Gruber Foundation stated in its news release announcing the award. “His use of innovative approaches to observe clock oscillations throughout the… Full Story

New Rules for Safety Net Hospitals Reduce Readmission Penalties, UTSW Research Shows

In order to reduce health system costs nationwide, legislation created penalties for hospitals if patients are readmitted within a certain time frame after being treated, but new research from UT Southwestern Medical Center reveals that a rule adjustment  is causing penalties to drop for hospitals that treat riskier patients. Hospitals such as Parkland that care for socioeconomically disadvantaged patients are more likely to have patients who leave the hospital and go back to unstable environments where they can’t or don’t follow doctor’s orders closely, which can result in a return of symptoms. Patients may have transportation hurdles that keep them… Full Story

UTSW’s GammaPod Makes Breast Cancer Treatment More Precise

UT Southwestern Medical Center is home to the world’s second GammaPod, which delivers high doses of radiation to a targeted area for treating breast cancer. The technology allows patients to have fewer treatments in less time. A CT scan reveals the tumor’s location, and the GammaPod uses vacuum suction like a breastfeeding pump that immobilizes the breast so that the radiation can target the cancer to within three millimeters without damaging healthy tissue. Radiation is administered while the patient is laying face-down, avoiding radiation that may penetrate the heart or lungs.  Rather than the four to six weeks of treatment… Full Story

Which Local Medical Centers Made Newsweek’s List of Best Hospitals?

Newsweek released its list of best hospitals, and UT Southwestern Medical Center is the top hospital in Texas, ranking number 34 in the country. Baylor University Medical Center clocked in just below at number 39, and Medical City Dallas was ranked 106 in the U.S. The ranking notes the areas in which the hospitals are recognized, including neurology, pain medicine, pediatrics, and more. Newsweek worked with global market research and consumer data Stastica Inc. to rank the hospitals. Based on recommendations from medical professionals, patient surveys, and other indicators, over 1,000 hospitals were ranked worldwide. Doctors, hospital managers, and other healthcare… Full Story

When a Liver Mutation is a Good Thing

Researchers at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern have found that not all liver mutations are created equal. A liver mutation was previously thought to be an indicator of cancer or another disfunction, but researchers using gene sequencing have found that some adult liver mutations promote regeneration after liver damage. “Mutations that arise in normal cells are most often viewed through the lens of cancer. While certain mutations can represent steps toward the development of cancer, other mutations may actually promote tissue healing without causing cancer,” said Dr. Hao Zhu, an Associate Professor at CRI and of… Full Story

UT Southwestern Researchers Find Proteins That Could Help Fight Inflammation and Cancer

Researchers at UT Southwestern have found proteins that help reduce a potentially life-threatening response to chronic infection. The work may provide a way to control inflammation, which could lead to new medicine and can explain how cancerous cells develop resistance to chemotherapy. When a patient is experiencing chronic inflammation, the immune system can over-respond to something like the flu, causing what is called a cytokine storm, which can be life-threatening. The proteins that were identified help reduce the potentially deadly response. “This work provides insight into the molecular components required to limit tissue damage associated with uncontrolled inflammation, such as… Full Story

Former UT Southwestern Plastic Surgeon is One of the Nation’s Best

Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor program honored Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Rod J. Rohrich as one of the best plastic surgeons in the country. Rohrich is known for promoting safety and innovative surgery practices at lectures around the world, and was formerly a professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Rohrich has been chairman of the Dallas Rhinoplasty meeting, chairman of the Dallas Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine meeting, and the Editor-in-Chief of  the highly cited peer reviewed journal in the world, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Nominations and feedback are solicited from 50,000 healthcare professionals nationwide in the search for top doctors in… Full Story

You Need to Know Dr. John Warner – The Strategist Behind the Region’s Top Hospital at UTSW

We have all had that moment at the office when we are pulled away from our main job and are ask/told to help out with another role that we may or may not enjoy. That is precisely what happened when Dr. John Warner, Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs at UT Southwestern, was asked to sit on a committee to help design a facility. It set him on a new career path that would lead to his role in leading the design of the entirely new Clements University Hospital. His inclusive approach and clinical experience allowed him to play… Full Story

UT Southwestern Scientist and States At Odds Over Daylight Saving Time

A UT Southwestern scientist is joining the international coalition taking aim at daylight saving time. Some countries in Europe are looking at eliminating the practice that can negatively affect our circadian rhythms, while other American states are looking to keep it year-round for economic purposes. UT Southwestern’s Dr. Joseph Takahashi, who discovered the first circadian gene in mammals, says that disrupting our internal clocks is linked to higher rates of obesity, heart attack, cancer, and depression. “It is now well established that waking up even an hour earlier adds to stress on our body and sleep deprivation,” said Takahashi, who isChairman and… Full Story