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

Mary Kay Foundation to Fund Cancer Fellowship at UT Southwestern

The Mary Kay Foundation will be granting $500,000 to fund a fellowship at UT-Southwestern that will fund five international postdoctoral researchers, giving them the opportunity to study cancer. “Mary Kay Ash, our founder, saw firsthand the impact that cancer had on our independent beauty consultants, their families, and women around the world,” said Ryan Rogers, board member of The Mary Kay Foundation and grandson of Mary Kay Ash via release. “It became a mission for her to eradicate cancers affecting women. Our expanded partnership with UT Southwestern will allow us to continue that lifesaving work on a global scale.” The fellowship continues… Full Story

UT Southwestern Expanding in Frisco

With all the hospital growth in DFW, it can be difficult to keep up with what is being built where and for whom. UT Southwestern is no stranger to growth, both at its main campus in Dallas and outlying districts. Frisco has been a hot spot for hospital growth, with Baylor Scott and White, Texas Health Resources, Medical City, and Scottish Rite of Texas building hospitals in the booming suburb in recent years. The two will soon be united. UT Southwestern will add to the healthcare explosion in Frisco with a four story multi-specialty clinic set to open in late… Full Story

UTSW Researchers Find Broader Use for Cancer Drugs

UT Southwestern researchers may have found a wider application for cancer drugs that are normally reserved for a small slice of patients. Treatment normally used for less than 10 percent of breast cancer patients may be effective in treating all cancers. The study found a biomarker that indicates when the drugs can be used to fight the broad array of cancers. “These findings could increase the patient population benefiting from these drugs by two, three, or four-fold. Up to 70 percent of breast cancer patients could now be good candidates,” said Dr. W. Lee Kraus, Director of the Green Center for… Full Story

UT Southwestern’s Gene Therapy Center Could be a Game Changer

The UT Southwestern gene therapy center should be up and running by the end of this year, and it may be an answer for the family of a young boy with a rare genetic neurological disorder who is running out of time. D CEO contributor Jason Heid shares the story in Texas Monthly.  When Joseph Hann was three, he began to lose his balance and vision, and after he experienced a grand mal seizure was diagnosed with a rare form Batten disease, which is almost always fatal in childhood. The disease attacks the nervous system, taking away a person’s ability to see,… Full Story

Study: Detecting Depression Rarely Requires Psych Visit

A UT Southwestern study shows that seeing a psychiatrist is not necessarily the most practical solution to diagnosing and treating depression. The research looked at 25,000 patients and concluded that primary care doctors can successfully detect and treat depression without additional help from mental health personnel, and arrives with guidelines asking for expanded depression screenings. “It’s difficult to do proper screening for depression in a busy clinical practice,” says founding Director of UT Southwestern’s Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, per release. “This study shows that primary care physicians can do this, and do it well,… 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

How PTSD Changed the Way I Care For Pregnant Women

Appointments with my doctor make me nervous. That’s highly ironic because I’m a doctor, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who regularly deals with high-risk pregnancies. But ever since developing preeclampsia during my first pregnancy eight years ago, the thought of having my blood pressure taken triggers flashbacks and anxiety. The silver lining is that my experience has changed the way that I care for patients. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 32 weeks after my blood pressure rose and I experienced headaches and blurred vision. The condition, which affects upwards of 10 percent of pregnant women, can lead to seizures or… Full Story

UT Southwestern’s Michael Serber is a D CEO Financial Executive of the Year

As an academic institution, medical center, and top-tier medical research organization, UT Southwestern has one of the more complicated funding sources one can imagine. A mixture of state funding, tuition, insurance and out-of-pocket expenses, donations, and other sources come together to fund UT Southwestern, and CFO Michael Serber is the man in charge of keeping the institution in the black. He won D CEO‘s Outstanding CFO for Large Nonprofits. Serber has been with UT Southwestern for 16 years, quadrupling the medical center’s top-line revenue from about $750 million to well over $3 billion per year. He has also been integral… Full Story

Obesity Alone isn’t a Problem – Your Fat’s Mood is What Matters

In 1995, Dr. Philipp Scherer discovered adiponectin, a hormone that circulates in the blood after being produced by fat cells. The UT Southwestern professor had essentially won the third leg of the Triple Crown of diabetes research. More than two decades later, he was awarded the 2017 EASD-Novo Nordisk Foundation Diabetes Prize for Excellence (which came with a cash award of close to $1 million) for his research explaining the relationship between body fat and Type 2 diabetes. We talked with him about what his research has taught him about the surprising nature of fat. What does what you’ve learned… Full Story