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People with cancer and cancer survivors in low-income and rural areas face greater risk of suicide

Cancer is an unwelcome blow for anyone, but those diagnosed with cancer who live in low-income and rural areas face an increased risk of suicide compared with those living in high-income and urban areas, according to a study by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston).

Recipients of the 2020 President's Scholar Awards are (from left to right): Eugene C. Toy, MD; Alanna C. Morrison, PhD; Andrew Casas; Joy M. Schmitz, PhD; and Ian J. Butler, MD. (Graphic by Andrea Rodriguez/UTHealth Houston)

2020 President’s Scholar Awards: Five receive UTHealth Houston’s most distinguished honor

Five distinguished individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of teaching, research, clinical care, dedication, and service, have received the top honors awarded by President Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD, Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston).

Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD, pictured with her husband, Troy, and stepdaughters, Abigail and Coral. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD).

UTHealth Houston associate professor aims to improve people’s lives in hometowns like her own

San Diego, Texas is a quiet two-stoplight town with a strong history in agriculture, ranching, and oil and gas. It’s the kind of place where neighbors know neighbors, and people look out for one another. It’s also a place where health disparities are visible, and the hometown of Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD, an associate professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston).

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UTHealth awarded nearly $10 million for public health informatics workforce development program

In order to develop a talent pipeline with individuals from diverse backgrounds in public health and data science to address future public health response, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) has been awarded a nearly $10 million cooperative agreement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Infectious disease experts weigh in on how to plan a safe family vacation this summer

Catherine Troisi, PhD, poses for a photo with her grandchildren taken during their last family vacation in 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Troisi is looking forward to visiting again this summer. (Photo courtesy of Catherine Troisi, PhD).

June 7, 2021

After spending 18 long months avoiding people to slow the spread of COVID-19 and carrying the accompanying stress resulting from a global pandemic, a vacation sounds like an excellent way to wind down. But for parents of children who are not eligible to receive a vaccine, jumping in the car or jetting away on an airplane is not so easy. Infectious disease experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) share some tips to help families plan a safe vacation for the whole household.

Safety experts offer tips to prepare for potentially dangerous hurricane season

In 2017 Hurricane Harvey brought devastating flooding to the Houston area. Experts at UTHealth say now is the time to prepare for a potentially dangerous hurricane season.  (Photo credit: Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth).

June 1, 2021

Summer is just around the corner, and so is hurricane season. Weather experts are warning Americans to prepare for an active and potentially dangerous Atlantic season – which gets its official start on June 1. With the potential for heavy rain and strong winds, the threat of power loss, and dealing with potentially dangerous cleanup in the aftermath of a storm, experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) say preparing in advance is the best way to weather anything hurricane season may bring.

Public health experts hit the road to address barriers to vaccination for children in Texas

All for Them is a multimethod, multicomponent program aimed at increasing immunization rates, including for the HPV vaccine, among minority youth in medically underserved areas across Texas.

April 27, 2021

Every year the World Health Organization recognizes the last week of April as World Immunization Week – a time to celebrate the millions of lives saved and the eradication of multiple diseases because of vaccines. However, access to vaccines is still a barrier for many children in our community, so public health experts with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are hitting the ground to bring lifesaving immunizations directly to them.

UTHealth launches Many Faces. One Mission. campaign with transformational gift

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April 8, 2021

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) publicly launched its first comprehensive campaign Many Faces. One Mission. on Thursday, April 8. The campaign, representing the largest philanthropic effort in UTHealth’s history, aims to raise $500 million to address pressing health challenges and secure the institution’s future as a top health science center. Since the campaign’s quiet phase began in 2015, UTHealth’s closest friends have given more than $400 million in gifts and pledges.

Nutrition month: Making homemade baby food is likely easier and cheaper than you think

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March 25, 2021

A recent report from a House Oversight subcommittee revealed that commercial baby foods are “tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury,” a finding that sparked concern for parents across the country.  

The report noted that toxic heavy metals could impact a baby’s neurological development and long-term brain function, but a registered dietician from UTHealth said the bottom line is that we don’t really know the impact toxic metals can have on child development.

More than 20% of Texans may have COVID-19 antibodies, serological assessment finds

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March 15, 2021

Four months after launching the nation’s largest COVID-19 serological testing assessment, Texas CARES, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have compiled preliminary data estimating that 14% to 24% of Texans have COVID-19 antibodies.

State and local officials emphasize vaccine’s critical role in crushing COVID-19

Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo by Cody Duty/UTHealth)

January 25, 2021

In one of the Houston neighborhoods hit hardest by the coronavirus, state and local public officials, together with leaders from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and The University of Texas System, gathered at UT Physicians Multispecialty-Jensen on Saturday, Jan. 23, to encourage everyone to roll up their sleeves and receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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