The Doctor You See When Nothing Else Works

Last fall, D Magazine profiled UT Southwestern’s Dr. Juan Pascual, the Spanish-born neurologist who is a physician of last resort for patients all over the world when they run out of answers about their brain condition. Pascual’s unique and innovative outlook on treating brain disease has led to a committed patient base and numerous accolades in his work running UT Southwestern’s Rare Brain Disorder Program. Several things set him apart. First is his love of philosophy and respect for the power of language. Especially with brain disorders, he knows that a patient’s emotional state and psychology can be just as… 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

How UTSW and Children’s Health’s Master Affiliation Could Impact Cost

UT Southwestern and Children’s Health have long been partners in providing healthcare for North Texas children. For over six decades, the two organizations have had a clinical, academic, and research affiliation, but now they have created a separate nonprofit entity to develop a joint pediatric enterprise in the form of a master affiliation. So is the increased partnership a boon for North Texas residents that will improve quality and best practices, or will the organization have more leverage against payers and be able to increase prices? The affiliation involves two of the biggest players in North Texas healthcare. The Dallas… 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

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

Women Leaders Share Insights at D CEO’s Healthcare Breakfast

“I had basically thrown myself into a men’s club at the age of 26, as general surgery is sort of the last bastion of maleness,” said Terre McGlothin, a breast cancer surgeon and owner of Breast Cancer Surgeons of Texas, as she compared her early career to a Dallas Cowboys locker room. “It was like stacking two hats on my head. I was a girl, but got counted as a member of a guy’s group.” Four women leaders each representing hospital administration, pediatrics, surgery, and nursing were invited to speak at the Women Leaders Healthcare Breakfast Panel on August 28th… 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

Medical Community Mourns T. Boone Pickens

T. Boone Pickens’ passing last week rippled through nearly every community in North Texas, and the medical community joined in its mourning of one of the nation’s greatest philanthropists. The old-school oil tycoon, known as the “Oracle of Oil,” was a larger than life character who risked a great deal to become one America’s greatest entrepreneurs. After a series of strokes in 2017 and a fall in 2018, he stopped most public appearances, but he still made it to D CEO‘s Oil and Gas Awards last October where he received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Pickens was known as much for… Full Story

Elderly Have a Worse Prognosis at Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals Than Advanced Cancer Patients

Fewer than 1-in-5 older adults who are transferred to a long-term acute care hospital are alive five years later, giving these individuals a worse prognosis than advanced cancer, according to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center and UC San Francisco. The study looked at 14,072 patients admitted to the long term care hospitals, and found the average patient spent nearly two thirds of their life in a hospital or inpatient setting and that one third died and never made it home. Only 16 percent of patients ever made it to hospice for an average of 10 days, lower than other… Full Story