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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.

A photograph of a measuring tape in front of a two feet on a scale. Photo by Getty Images

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.

A trial led by Gregory Knell, PhD, second from left, is analyzing the effects of different treatments on recovery from a sport-related concussion. (Photo by Angela Douglas / UTHealth Houston)

Clinical trial comparing concussion treatments now recruiting adolescent patients

A clinical trial investigating the effects of different treatments, including light exercise and screen time restrictions, on recovery from a sport-related concussion among adolescents has opened for enrollment at UTHealth Houston.



Kymberle Sterling’s research aims to reverse decades of tobacco marketing aimed at minorities, youth

Photo of Kymberle Sterling, DrPH, MPH

February 22, 2022

Kymberle Sterling, DrPH, MPH, has spent her career combating the tobacco industry’s efforts to attract new smokers.

Sterling is something of an anti-marketer, looking for ways to fight tobacco’s marketing efforts to make their products attractive to teens as well as its targeted efforts to sell certain products within minority communities, including African American, Hispanic, and LGTBQ+.


Mena to serve on World Triathlon Sustainability Commission

Photo of Kristina Mena, PhD, MSPH.

February 18, 2022

Kristina Mena, PhD, MSPH, regional dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) School of Public Health El Paso campus has been appointed to the World Triathlon Sustainability Commission. Mena will serve as a representative of the United States and work in conjunction with USA Triathlon, the national governing body for several multisport events in the U.S. Mena is tasked with the responsibility to develop a plan and creative solutions for the environmental considerations in all policy making and events with key stakeholders and local event organizers.






Fernandez receives ASPPH Research Excellence Award

Maria E. Fernandez. PhD

December 20, 2021

 Maria E. Fernandez, PhD, the Lorne Bain Distinguished Professor in Public Health and Medicine, and professor of health promotion and behavioral science at UTHealth School of Public Health is the recipient of the 2022 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s (ASPPH) Research Excellence Award. This distinguished award recognizes faculty who have devoted their careers to investigating public health issues. 


5K raises funds for COVID-19 research, honors lost loved one

Krista and Scott Patlovich at the Papou 5K event, which honored Krista's late father, Nick Georgas, and raised money to support COVID-19 research at UTHealth Houston. (Photo by Meredith Raine/UTHealth Houston)

December 17, 2021

Krista Patlovich organized “Papou’s 5K” on Dec. 11 to honor her beloved father Nick Georgas, who died in December 2020 from COVID-19-related complications. The event raised more than $10,000 for COVID-19 research at UTHealth Houston.



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