Study of tagraxofusp reports 90% response rate for deadly blood cancer with no prior available therapies
(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) An open-label, multi-cohort Phase II trial, led by investigators at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, reports that treatment with the drug tagraxofusp resulted in high response rates in patients with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN), a rare but highly aggressive -- and often fatal bone marrow and blood disorder -- for which there are no existing approved therapies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Biologists design new molecules to help stall lung cancer
(University of Texas at Dallas) University of Texas at Dallas scientists have demonstrated that the growth rate of the majority of lung cancer cells relates directly to the availability of a crucial oxygen-metabolizing molecule called heme. In a preclinical study recently published in Cancer Research, they showed that the expansion of lung tumors in mice slowed when access to heme was restricted. They also engineered new molecules aimed at starving the cancer cells of heme. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 23, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Wary of Chinese Espionage, Houston Cancer Center Chose to Fire 3 Scientists
The director of the National Institutes of Health said that 55 similar investigations into possible foreign exploitation of American research are happening nationwide. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MIHIR ZAVERI Tags: Research Hospitals Espionage and Intelligence Services National Institutes of Health University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center Houston (Tex) Source Type: news

UTA engineering students build treadmill that helps athletes in wheelchairs work out
(University of Texas at Arlington) A University of Texas at Arlington senior design project team built a treadmill that can be used by athletes in wheelchairs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study tracks unpredictability of intimate partner violence
(University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio) In situations of intimate partner violence, not knowing what will come next is sometimes a stronger predictor of a woman's health outcomes than violence frequency and severity, research at UT Health San Antonio suggests. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Leukemia Atlas: researchers unveil proteins that signal disease
(University of Texas at San Antonio) Only about one in four people diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) survive five years after the initial diagnosis. To improve that survival rate, researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center created an online atlas to identify and classify protein signatures present at AML diagnosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 17, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

UTSA researcher receives grant to examine literacy development in bilingual children
(University of Texas at San Antonio) UTSA associate professor Becky Huang researches the development of language and literacy among school-age bilingual/dual language learners (DLLs) and how it affects their reading skills and success in the classroom. To expand on her work, Huang was awarded a three-year, $376,000 grant for a new project examining bilingual/DLLs in San Antonio. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Triple negative breast cancers can adopt reversible state that is resistant to chemotherapy
(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered that triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells can develop resistance to frontline, or neoadjuvant, chemotherapy not by acquiring permanent adaptations, but rather transiently turning on molecular pathways that protect the cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 17, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Pediatric endocrinologist gives iconic 'Mona Lisa' a second medical opinion
(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) Michael Yafi, MD, refutes the most recent hypothesis that 'Lisa' had hypothyroidism and psychomotor retardation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UTSA faculty receive $2 million in CAREER Awards to advance research
(University of Texas at San Antonio) Four University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) researchers have each been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, totaling $2 million in new research funding for San Antonio's largest public research university. CAREER Awards, one of the NSF's most prestigious programs, helps UTSA advance closer to National Research University Fund (NRUF) eligibility. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 16, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Experts in surgery, urogynecology honored at #AGS19
(American Geriatrics Society) Advancing care for older people across health specialties, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the AGS Health in Aging Foundation today announced that Courtney Balentine, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of Texas Southwestern and Candace Yvonne Parker-Autry, M.D., of Wake Forest School of Medicine will receive this year's Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in the Surgical and Related Medical Specialties. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

TxDOT grants allow UTA civil engineers to build more resilient roadways
(University of Texas at Arlington) Two civil engineering researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are working with the Texas Department of Transportation to better monitor and predict soil weakness, which can lead to slope failures on state highways. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Boutte receives grant to study mycobacterial cell wall division, regulation
(University of Texas at Arlington) A biologist at The University of Texas at Arlington is creating a comprehensive molecular model of mycobacterial cell wall regulation to better understand how mycobacteria respond to stress. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 16, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Researcher awarded $1.17 million for cancer research
(University of Texas at Arlington) Clay Clark, professor and chair of the UTA Department of Biology, has received a four-year, $1.17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the regulation of proteins responsible for programmed cell death. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 15, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

UT Dallas Peace Project focuses on ending deadliest type of war
(University of Texas at Dallas) A new federally funded research project at The University of Texas at Dallas aims to identify the most effective strategies for ending the deadliest type of war: civil conflicts that involve other countries. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Population health: A rapidly evolving discipline in US academic medicine
(University of Texas at Austin) Leaders from department-level initiatives across the US weigh in on how academic medicine is embracing population health and the opportunities med schools have to make an impact, according to a new analysis published in JAMA Network Open. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Healing glove reaches major milestone, earns national recognition
(University of Texas at Arlington) The revolutionary bioengineered healing glove created by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) and the University of Washington has completed another key step on the road toward commercialization. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Research underscores value of cognitive training for adults with mild cognitive impairment
(Center for BrainHealth) Researchers at the Center for BrainHealth ® , part of The University of Texas at Dallas, combined two non-pharmacological interventions for adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): eight sessions of Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART), a cognitive training program shown to improve reasoning and ability to extract bottom-line messages from complex information; and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) over the left frontal region, associated with cognitive control and memory recovery success in people with Alzheimer's. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Novel study creates new metric to illustrate disadvantaged areas nationwide
(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) Ohio, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia have the highest disparity between opioid-related deaths and access to treatment providers for opioid use disorder (OUD) in the U.S. That finding comes from a first-of-its-kind research study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers develop new vaccine against deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) A collaborative team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Saudi Arabia and Canada developed a potent and safe vaccine that protects against the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS. The findings recently were published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 9, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UTMB to lead program to advance treatments against potentially bioterrorist pathogens
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Profectus Biosciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Mapp Biopharmaceutical and Genevant Sciences Corp. have been awarded up to $35 million to advance the development of rapid-acting vaccines and broad-spectrum treatments of the highly lethal hemorrhagic fever viruses Ebola and Marburg. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Austin health care exec says Nashville needs to find its 'hunger' – or suffer the consequences
“For [Nashville], one of the big challenges is, you have strengths in health care but where’s the hunger? You’ve got to find what your’e hungry for,” said Dr. Marinder Kahlon, vice dean of health ecosystem at the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical Center. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 3, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

UTA researchers to study Foundation High School Program outcomes
(University of Texas at Arlington) Two College of Education researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are launching a statewide, longitudinal study of a new program designed to better prepare high school students for college and careers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UTA researcher investigating link between cardiovascular disease, depression
(University of Texas at Arlington) One University of Texas at Arlington researcher is working to understand the relationship between cardiovascular disease and depression in a National Institutes of Health-funded project. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Young Astronomer Uses Artificial Intelligence To Discover 2 Exoplanets
A team led by an undergraduate student at the University of Texas, Austin has found two new planets by using artificial intelligence to sift through data from NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope.(Image credit: NASA via AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Single agent umbralisib effective for relapsed slow-growing lymphoma
(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) A study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center revealed the investigational drug umbralisib as an effective treatment for patients with relapsed marginal zone lymphoma (MZL). Findings from the Phase II trial were presented by study co-lead Nathan Fowler, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Lymphoma& Myeloma, at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 in Atlanta. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 1, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Survival of US soldiers during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars increased three-fold
A new study from the University of Texas at San Antonio found that without interventions such as tourniquets and blood transfusions, there would have been nearly 3,700 more deaths. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New potential therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer discovered
(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) Cancer cells demand enormous amounts of molecular 'food' to survive and grow, and a study published March 27 online in Nature by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center may have identified a new approach to starve the cells of one of the most common and deadly cancers, pancreatic cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 27, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

UTSA study quantifies injuries and combat casualty care trends during War on Terror
(University of Texas at San Antonio) UTSA researcher, Jeffrey Howard, published an article today in JAMA Surgery that takes a closer look at the casualties of war and the trauma care they received during the military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq that began after September 11, 2001. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

MD Anderson study may explain why immunotherapy not effective for some patients with metastatic melanoma and kidney cancer
(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) White blood cells known as B cells have been shown to be effective for predicting which cancer patients will respond to immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) therapy, according to a study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Study results will be presented April 2 at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 in Atlanta. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study points to new strategy for boosting immunotherapy effectiveness in advanced colorectal cancer
(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center revealed the common oncogene KRAS as a possible explanation for why many patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) do not respond to immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 21, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Elevation shapes species survival in changing habitats
(University of Texas at Arlington) Luke Frishkoff, University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor of biology, explores how human land use expedites biodiversity loss in a paper recently published in Nature Ecology& Evolution. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 21, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

To stoke creativity, crank out ideas and then step away
(University of Texas at Austin) There is an effective formula for unlocking employees' creative potential, according to new research from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Employers should incentivize workers to produce an abundance of ideas -- even mediocre ones -- and then have them step away from the project for an 'incubation period.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

SSM Health appoints new president for SLU Hospital
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital named Steven Scott as its new president, effective immediately. Scott, most recently interim COO at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, has served as SLU Hospital's interim president since January, officials said Wednesday. He will be replacing Kate Becker, who left SLU Hospital last summer to become CEO of University of New Mexico Ho spitals. Scott has over 35 years of leadership experience in health care organizations across… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 21, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Brian Robbins Source Type: news

SSM Health appoints new president for SLU Hospital
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital named Steven Scott as its new president, effective immediately. Scott, most recently interim COO at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, has served as SLU Hospital's interim president since January, officials said Wednesday. He will be replacing Kate Becker, who left SLU Hospital last summer to become CEO of University of New Mexico Ho spitals. Scott has over 35 years of leadership experience in health care organizations across… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 20, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brian Robbins Source Type: news

Laser-targeted removal of prostate tumors works as well complete removal of prostate
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, led by prostate cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Eric Walser, have shown that selectively destroying cancerous prostate tissue is as effective as complete prostate removal or radiation therapy while preserving more sexual and urinary function than the other treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 20, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Brain-inspired AI inspires insights about the brain (and vice versa)
(University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center) In a paper presented at the 2018 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), researchers from The University of Texas at Austin described the results of experiments that used artificial neural networks to predict with greater accuracy than ever before how different areas in the brain respond to specific words. The work employed a type of recurrent neural network called long short-term memory (LSTM) that includes in its calculations the relationships of each word to what came before to better preserve context. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Antibodies from earlier exposures affect response to new flu strains
(University of Texas at Austin) Research from UT Austin highlights role of immunological imprinting -- or how the immune system fights the flu after previous exposure to the virus via infections or vaccinations -- in the elicitation of new antibodies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 20, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Dominican Republic named the most dangerous place to travel for plastic surgery in new report
A new report from the University of Texas Medical Branch looked at 42 patients who had serious post-surgery infections. Of those, 20 had operations performed in the Dominican Republic. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Abel Prize: American professor is first woman to win prestigious math award
Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin wins one of the world ’s most prestigious mathematics awardsAn American professor has become the first woman to be awarded the Abel Prize, one of the world ’s most prestigious international mathematics awards.The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced in Oslo on Tuesday that Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin was this year ’s winner of the prize, seen by many as the Nobel Prize in mathematics.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 19, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Tags: Mathematics Science US education Source Type: news

NAS Member Is First Woman to Win the Abel Prize
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters will award the Abel Prize in Mathematics for 2019 to Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin“for her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory, and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry, and mathematical physics.” Established in 2002, the Abel Prize recognizes contributions to the field of mathematics that are of extraordinary depth and influence. The prize amount is NOK 6 million. Visit Abelprize.no for more information on the prize. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - March 19, 2019 Category: Science Source Type: news

Where does chronic pain begin? Scientists close in on its origins
(University of Texas at Dallas) A new study published March 19, 2019 in Brain has produced evidence of the source of chronic pain in humans, revealing several new targets for pain treatment. The paper examined human dorsal root ganglia, specialized nerve cells clustered near the base of the spine removed from cancer patients undergoing surgery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UTSA psychologist helps train first responders on the front line of the opioid crisis
(University of Texas at San Antonio) James Bray, professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Psychology, is working on a research project with agencies in Houston to train first responders in how to detect prescription opioid overdoses and provide life-saving outreach services. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New research identifies potential PTSD treatment improvement
(University of Texas at Austin) Researchers may have found a way to improve a common treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by changing how the brain learns to respond less severely to fearful conditions, according to research published in Journal of Neuroscience. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nursing professor wins $6.575 million in grants to tackle musculoskeletal disease
(University of Texas at Arlington) Marco Brotto -- the George W. and Hazel M. Jay Professor in the college, and an internationally renowned scientist and an expert in bone, muscle physiology and sarcopenia -- recently obtained renewal for two grants, and funding for three new grants from the National Institutes of Health. These awards will further his work in tackling sarcopenia and osteoporosis, and support his new work on diabetic skeletal muscle disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 15, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

UTA researcher designing sustainable practices for small gold-mining communities
(University of Texas at Arlington) Kate Smits, an associate professor of civil engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, is part of a team of engineers and social scientists that is working with researchers and educators in those countries to find ways to increase sustainability and lessen the negative effects of mining while allowing the communities to continue their ancestral way of life. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 15, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Simple directions from parents can guide children's discovery
(University of Texas at Austin) Whether it's probing a child's understanding of a topic through questions or engaging in hands-on activities alongside them, parents can guide their children to learn in new ways through simple directions, according to a study by psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Solar-powered moisture harvester collects and cleans water from air
(University of Texas at Austin) A breakthrough by engineers at The University of Texas at Austin offers new solution through solar-powered technology that absorbs moisture from the air and returns it as clean, usable water. This 'super-sponge' could be used in disaster situations, poverty-stricken areas and developing countries. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 14, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

ZEB1 throttles therapeutic target, protecting KRAS-mutant lung cancer
(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) A cellular identity switch protects a cancer-promoting genetic pathway from targeted therapy, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center today reported in Science Translational Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 13, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Later abortion increased in Texas after House Bill 2
(University of Texas at Austin) A new study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) finds that the number of second-trimester abortions in Texas increased 13 percent after the implementation of the restrictive abortion law known as House Bill 2 (HB 2), even as the total number of abortions declined by 18 percent. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news