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Researchers uncover why a gene mutant causes young children to have strokes

Photo of Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD, with UTHealth Houston.

September 28, 2023

A discovery of a mutation in the gene ACTA2 has given researchers, led by Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD, with UTHealth Houston, insight into understanding the cause of a rare and progressive problem with arteries in the brain and a cause of strokes in young children, called moyamoya disease.

Volleyball player takes time to heal from concussion before returning to sport

Competitive volleyball is a favorite activity for 12-year-old Gizelle Rodriguez, who suffered a hard concussion during warmups, forcing her to take a few needed months off for restorative physical therapy and healing. (Photo provided by family)

September 26, 2023

Twelve-year-old Gizelle Rodriguez is an impassioned young athlete – especially when it comes to volleyball. When an unexpected head injury occurred during one of her club team matches in April, Gizelle had hoped it was minor and the pain would diminish quickly. What it turned out to be was much more serious, requiring consultation and time away from her favorite pastime to heal.

Knee replacement allows active 70-year-old to return to water sports

Roy Gray is not your average 70-year-old. His sense of adventure translates to 60 years of water sports and lots of broken bones. His recent knee replacement enables him to continue his passion of water skiing. (Photo provided by Gray)

September 15, 2023

For a man who’s been surfing and water skiing for 60 years, Roy Gray wasn’t ready to give up water sports due to knee pain. His dad started taking him to Bastrop Bayou (about 60 miles south of Houston) when he was 10 years old, and it evolved into his lifetime passion.

American Heart Association’s ASA adopts Spanish-language R.A.P.I.D.O. acronym for stroke awareness created by Cizik School of Nursing and Institute for Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases at UTHealth Houston

(From left) Andrea Ancer Leal, DNP, RN; Alejandra Castro, BSN, RN; and Jennifer Beauchamp, PhD, RN, and others created and developed R.Á.P.I.D.O., which has been adopted by the AHA/ASA. (Photo by David Sotelo/UTHealth Houston)

September 14, 2023

R.Á.P.I.D.O., a culturally relevant acronym created under the leadership of Jennifer Beauchamp, PhD, RN, at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston to raise awareness of stroke signs in the Spanish-speaking Hispanic/Latino community and save lives, has been adopted by the American Stroke Association (ASA), the organization announced today.

UT Physicians team helps mom count her blessings after stroke during pregnancy

Jamie McCown lost complete periphery vision on her right side from her stroke. Anjail Sharrief, MD, checks for improvement during a recent visit. (Photo by UT Physicians)

August 23, 2023

A stroke is the last thing Jamie McCown imagined for herself – especially at age 39. She routinely visited her primary care physician and gynecologist, and didn’t have high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, or cardiac issues that usually correlate with having a stroke. But at eight weeks pregnant, Jamie experienced a stroke in her sleep.

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