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Photo of Marcia Otto, PhD, MS, of UTHealth Houston, who led research about establishing a model for predicting future waves in a pandemic. Photo by UTHealth Houston

Method for detecting waves of COVID-19 infections can shape critical public health decisions during a pandemic

A method that combines case investigation data from local health departments and hospitalizations records from local institutions allows for the objective detection of new waves of infection during a pandemic, according to research from UTHealth Houston.

Photograph of Sarah Messiah, PhD, MPH

Among people with obesity, nearly 30% gained significant weight during the COVID-19 pandemic due to mental health factors

Stress, anxiety, depression, and lack of sleep contributed to weight gain over the COVID-19 pandemic for people with obesity, according to researchers at UTHealth Houston and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

From left to right: Sharice Preston, PhD; Andrea Betts, PhD, MPH; Aubree Shay, PhD, MSW; Caitlin Murphy, PhD, MPH; and Marlyn Allicock, PhD, MPH, from the UTHealth School of Public Health, collaborated on the research. (Photo courtesy of Caitlin Murphy)

Cancer in adolescent and young adult women before pregnancy does not increase risk for stillborn births, according to UTHealth Houston research

Adolescent and young adult women who were diagnosed with cancer and received chemotherapy treatment prior to pregnancy did not have a higher risk of stillbirth, according to research led by Caitlin C. Murphy, PhD, MPH, with UTHealth Houston.

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Adolescents with severe obesity lost weight, kept it off, and erased comorbidities after bariatric surgery

Adolescents suffering with severe obesity who underwent bariatric surgery before the age of 22 had significant and lasting reductions in weight and comorbidities after surgery, according to researchers from UTHealth Houston and the University of Miami.






Children infected with a mild case of COVID-19 can still develop long COVID symptoms

Photo of a father and son at a Texas CARES event.

August 8, 2022

While research has revealed that children and adults hospitalized with COVID-19 are more susceptible to developing long COVID symptoms, a new study by researchers at UTHealth Houston found that children infected with COVID-19, but not hospitalized, still experienced long COVID symptoms up to three months past infection.

The study was published in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.




COVID-19 antibodies can last up to 500 days after infection

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May 31, 2022

Adults infected with COVID-19 develop circulating antibodies that last for nearly 500 days, according to a new study led by researchers at UTHealth School of Public Health.

The findings were published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.


UTHealth Houston researchers awarded over $6 million in CPRIT grants

Photo of Jack Tsai, PhD, and Vanessa Schick, PhD, with UTHealth School of Public Health.

March 23, 2022

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) awarded over $6 million to researchers with UTHealth Houston to aid in cancer prevention research. These awards will expand liver cancer prevention to persons experiencing homelessness, facilitate communication about the HPV vaccine, and find therapeutics that can help destroy gastrointestinal cancer cells.



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