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Ryan Suk, PhD, assistant professor of management, policy and community health at UTHealth School of Public Health. (Photo by Nathan Jeter/UTHealth Houston)

Study reveals why cervical cancer screening rates are declining, which populations are most affected

Rates of cervical cancer screening have dropped in the U.S., with screening rates lowest among Asian and Hispanic women, as well as women who live in rural areas, don’t have insurance, or identify as LGBQ+, according to researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston).

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)

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

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.

Paige Wermuth, PhD, MPH, and graduate student Lou Weaver are launching a pilot project aimed at facilitating conversations about HIV prevention between trans men and their health care providers. (Photo courtesy of UTHealth School of Public Health)

Bridging the health care communications gap for transgender men

Transgender men face significant health and social disparities, including barriers to health care, research, and essential HIV-related conversations with their health care providers. That is why Paige Wermuth, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Management, Policy, and Community Health, and graduate student Lou Weaver of The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth Houston) School of Public Health are launching a pilot project to examine and develop communication materials for trans men and their health care providers regarding HIV prevention.

Photo of man receiving chemotherapy. (Photo by Getty Images)

Oropharyngeal cancer incidence and mortality rising in nearly all 50 states, reports new national study

Oropharyngeal cancer incidence among men is continuing to rise rapidly in nearly all 50 states and among women living in states in the Midwest and Southeast regions, according to a new study by investigators at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) School of Public Health in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.


New grant to help advance Alzheimer's disease research

A $6 million grant from the National Institute on Aging will help investigators with UTHealth advance Alzheimer's disease research. (Photo by Getty Images)

July 29, 2021

A five-year, nearly $6 million grant from the National Institute on Aging will allow investigators with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Biomedical Informatics to use artificial intelligence (AI) to advance Alzheimer’s disease research.




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

A photograph of a physician with an older couple and the words, at UTHealth, we have many stories to tell.

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

Photo of homemade baby food. (Photo by Getty Images)

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

A photo of empty vials in a lab.  (Image by: Getty Images).

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.



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