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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.


Crosby woman with COPD has 6-centimeter tumor removed surgically; spared chemotherapy and radiation

Photo of Bidhan Das, MD, who devised a unique surgery-first plan for removal of Doralyn Davenport's tumor. (Photo credit: Maricruz Kwon/UTHealth)

March 10, 2021

Doralyn Davenport, a 54-year-old woman from Crosby, knew something wasn’t right when she started to have stomach pains, difficulty going to the bathroom, and bleeding. She was shocked when a colorectal screening colonoscopy revealed a more than 6-centimeter tumor in her gastrointestinal tract, and was worried how undergoing chemotherapy and radiation might impact her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.


Spring forward your clock, but don’t fall back on your sleep

Photo of clock in front of flowers.

March 5, 2021

Daylight saving time is one week away, and as many look forward to the longer and warmer days that accompany this time change, losing an hour of sleep can have you feeling out of sorts. An expert with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) shares why it’s important to prepare our bodies for the time change.




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