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A blow to the head can lead to a major health problem called traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is a leading cause of injury-related death and disability, and those with even mild TBI may experience long-term changes that affect their thinking and emotions. Approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), clinicians and researchers are studying how to improve outcomes for patients with TBI and other types of brain injuries. Faculty members also are exploring new ways to facilitate rehabilitation after an injury. Much of this work is being done in collaboration with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.

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Frieden honored as outstanding educator by George Bush Presidential Library

Lex Frieden, professor in the School of Biomedical Informatics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), received the 2015 Outstanding Educator Award from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The award was recently presented by Bush Library Director Warren Finch following a nationally broadcast lecture by Frieden at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.

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UTHealth research: autologous stem cell therapy helpful in traumatic brain injury

The use of cell therapy after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children can reduce the amount of therapeutic interventions needed to treat the patient, as well as the amount of time the child spends in neurointensive care, according to research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.

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