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An image of a young girl receiving a vaccination. (Photo by Getty Images).

New study reveals HPV vaccine hesitancy among parents of teens has increased in the U.S.

A new study documenting an increase in HPV vaccine hesitancy among parents of unvaccinated adolescents despite provider recommendations was published in Pediatrics by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

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

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

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.

Experts suggests keeping a daily journal sharing three things you are grateful for at the end of each day. Research has shown that expressing gratitude can help with mental and physical health. (Photo credit: Getty Images).

As a year like no other draws to a close, the power of gratitude can bring healing

While acknowledging that many aspects of daily life were dramatically altered in 2020, a mental health expert with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) shares that reminiscing on the moments that brought joy in this last year can help with both mental and physical wellbeing.

The study is one of the first to analyze the association of stress caused by the pandemic and dangerous alcohol consumption. (Image by: UTHealth).

Stay-at-home orders tied to an increase in harmful alcohol consumption, study finds

Binge drinkers increased their alcohol consumption by nearly 20% during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, according to new research by public health experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Their study, published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, is one of the first to analyze the association of stress caused by the pandemic and dangerous alcohol consumption.

Planes, trains and automobiles: reducing the risks of traveling this summer

A photograph of a family loading luggage into a car. The photo is by Getty Images.

June 12, 2020

After enduring more than two months of quarantine, businesses and institutions are reopening, spurring summer travel plans to satisfy the urge to escape confinement. But is it safe to travel with the threat of COVID-19 still lingering? Experts at UT Physicians and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) weigh in on how to reduce the risks of traveling and make health-conscious decisions as we plot out the summer.






The search for IgG: What you need to know about antibody testing

Photo of physician conducting antibody research, as researchers say antibody testing will play an important role in navigating decisions on reopening the country safely. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

April 28, 2020

As officials consider how to reopen the country safely, researchers say antibody testing will play an important role in navigating those future decisions. But not all antibody tests are created equal, and the presence of antibodies doesn’t necessarily equate to COVID-19 immunity.


Public health experts explain what our new normal will look like

A woman wearing a mask prepares to open up her business. Photo by Getty Images.

April 21, 2020

As local, state, and national government leaders release guidelines on reopening businesses and returning to a “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, public health and infectious disease experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) say a gradual, cautious return would be the most effective.


Tracking COVID-19: New research app will help trace the spread of the virus

COVID Symptom Tracker app

April 15, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the U.S., a new free research app is hoping to slow the outbreak of the disease by tracking symptoms of millions across the country. To bring the app home to Texans, researchers at UTHealth have joined the national research project led by Harvard University.


How to encourage healthy eating for the body and mind during stay-at-home orders

Photo of Wesley McWhorter, MS, RD, preparing food with Laura Moore, MEd, RD, and students watching (Photo by Terry Vine)

April 8, 2020

Stay-at-home orders from government officials due to the COVID-19 pandemic have forced us to quickly adapt to a new normal, especially when it comes to eating. Restaurant dining rooms are closed, grocery shopping can be challenging, many parents are tasked with serving meals while working from home, and families who relied on school meals are now left to provide them since schools closed.




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