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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are 60% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease. Photo by Getty Images.

Adequate folate levels linked to lower cardiovascular mortality risk in rheumatoid arthritis patients

Decreased folate levels in the bloodstream have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular mortality in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, shedding light on why those patients are more susceptible to heart and vascular disease, according to research published today in JAMA Network Open by experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Melissa Peskin, PhD, will lead the data collection effort. The data will be used in the development and implementation of strategies that will be created for the more than 7,400 youth in foster care in southeast Texas. Photo by UTHealth.

UTHealth to lead data collection effort aimed at reducing teen pregnancy

An evaluation of needs and assets required to help to prevent pregnancy among youth in the foster care program in the Houston area will begin with data collection by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Photo of Andrew Kincannon, paramedic and firefighter, and Jessica Yeager, HEROES recovery coach, head out to knock on doors of opioid overdose survivors. (Photo credit: Andrea Yatsco/UTHealth)

Outreach effective in connecting people who have opioid use disorder with long-term treatment

Proactive outreach, including knocking on the doors of individuals who recently overdosed on opioids, can be an effective way to engage more people who have opioid use disorder with long-term care, according to researchers at UTHealth. 

Carmel Dyer, MD, speaks to a patient. The Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative launched in 2017 and aims to make 20% of hospitals and health systems in the United States age-friendly by 2020. Photo by UTHealth.

UTHealth Consortium on Aging leads movement to enhance elder care in clinics, hospitals

UT Physicians, HCPC, Memorial Hermann, LBJ Hospital earn age-friendly recognition


UTHealth’s homeless health care delivery solution among top 100 proposals for MacArthur $100 million grant

Photo of UTHealth researchers investigating a sustainable health care delivery solution for individuals experiencing homelessness. (Photo credit: Theresa Crowley/UTHealth)

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced that a proposal by UTHealth to create a sustainable health care delivery solution for individuals experiencing homelessness is in the Top 100 for the foundation’s 100&Change competition. As a semifinalist, UTHealth is vying for a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges.



Valentine’s Day heartbreak turns to healing

Rebekah Holl pictured with her husband Donald. Last year Rebekah spent Valentine’s Day in the hospital for a procedure to place a catheter and a pacemaker on her heart. (Photo courtesy of Rebekah Holl).

A broken heart for Valentine’s Day sounds like the plot of a romantic comedy. But for Rebekah Holl, a literal broken heart was her reality on Feb. 14, 2019. Born with a rare defect called d-Transposition of the Great Arteries, she underwent open-heart surgery as an infant to correct the way blood circulates throughout her body. Though rare, congenital heart defects are the most common form of birth defects – affecting about 1% or 40,000 births per year in the U.S.



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