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Despite a primary progressive multiple sclerosis diagnosis, Kristi Taylor, pictured with her husband Glenn, was still able to travel to Universal Studios in Florida. (Photo courtesy of Kristi Taylor)

Primary progressive multiple sclerosis patient joins clinical trial, notices symptoms stabilize

After examining Kristi Taylor in November 2020, J. William Lindsey, MD, a neurologist with UTHealth Houston, determined she was an ideal candidate for a clinical trial that is testing the efficacy and safety of fenebrutinib – a medication that inhibits the activity of certain malignant white blood cells – on the progression of disability in adult participants with primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

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Health care experts propose 6 principles to follow when switching electronic health record systems

As health care evolves over the next 10 years, many providers will switch out their current electronic health record (EHR) system for a new one due to health system mergers or to keep up with the trends. Because EHR switches can cause care disruptions, researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Baylor College of Medicine suggest following six key guidelines for an easy and safe transition.

Jae Beltran, now 7, sees pediatric plastic surgeon Matthew Greives, MD, for annual checkups to monitor his cleft lip and palate. (Photo courtesy of Sonia Estrada)

Surgery, care allow child born with cleft lip and palate to blow bubbles and more

The first time Sonia Estrada saw her son Jae blow a bubble, it brought tears to her eyes. The seemingly simple act marked a major milestone for the now 7-year-old Jae, who was born with a cleft lip and palate – birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy.

But thanks to pediatric plastic surgeon Matthew Greives, MD, director of the Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Team, Jae has progressed tremendously and remains on the right track with his medical care.

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).

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)

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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