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Study finds why some cancer drugs may be ineffective

Researchers with UTHealth have found a possible explanation for why many cancer drugs that kill tumor cells in mouse models won’t work in human trials. (Photo by Getty Images)

April 1, 2021

A possible explanation for why many cancer drugs that kill tumor cells in mouse models won’t work in human trials has been found by researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Biomedical Informatics and McGovern Medical School.





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.


McGovern Medical School Class of 2021 celebrates virtual Match Day

Group photo of the Class of 2021 at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. (Photo by Dwight Andrews, UTHealth)

March 18, 2021

Fourth-year McGovern Medical School students learned where they will train as residents through the National Resident Matching Program today - in the midst of one of the greatest challenges to the medical profession: the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Traditionally, students gather to open the envelopes containing their fate, but this year, students did their own celebrations separately, some receiving their Match results via email.

While the process may have looked different, the achievement remains a meaningful symbol of hard work, determination, and hope for the future.



Researchers find mobile stroke units improve outcomes and reduce disability among stroke patients

Photo of the UTHealth mobile stroke unit. (Photo by UTHealth)

March 17, 2021

Stroke patients received clot-busting medications such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) faster, more often, and recovered significantly better when treated via a mobile stroke unit (MSU) compared to standard management by Emergency Medical Services (EMS), according to researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC).



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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