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A surgical procedure trial compares efficacy of two reliable procedures to repair a hiatal hernia and put an end to heartburn and GERD symptoms

Two years later, Mike Culp, left, no longer has disruptive GERD symptoms and is very happy with the results of his fundoplication procedure. (Photo courtesy of Mike Culp)

June 13, 2023

For years, Mike Culp, 30, followed a highly restrictive diet and took medication to help manage his painful acid reflux symptoms that plagued his life and sleep. At age 18, he went to a specialist, who diagnosed him with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). He was prescribed a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI), a medication that shuts off the acid-pumping cells in the stomach. His symptoms were temporarily managed, but he could not get rid of the burning, acidic-induced discomfort for long.

Livestock exhibitor recovering well after open-heart surgery

Mark Wise stands proudly in his family-owned business, Wise Meat Market. (Photo provided by Wise family)

June 6, 2023

The last thing Mark Wise remembered from his arrival at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was leading his steer into a stall. The next thing he recalled was being in an ambulance and his clothes being cut off with scissors. Between those moments, Wise’s heart stopped beating.

El Paso’s UTHealth Houston Center for Community Health Impact to partner on USDA Regional Food Business Center

Gabriela Gallegos, JD, MPP, will lead the evaluation, assessment, and advocacy team for the Rio Grande Colonias USDA Regional Food Business Center. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

May 10, 2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 12 applicants that will each establish a Regional Food Business Center. UTHealth Houston School of Public Health Center for Community Health Impact has partnered with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and other Texas and New Mexico organizations to lead the Rio Grande Colonias USDA Regional Food Business Center over the next five years.

UTHealth Houston establishes Institute on Aging

Photo of Aanand Naik, MD, and Holly Holmes, MD.

May 9, 2023

Nearly 4 million people in Texas are over the age of 65, making up nearly 15% of the state’s population, according to a 2019 report. By the year 2050, 1 in 4 adults in the United States will be older than 65. As the population of older adults continues to grow, so does the need for quality health care and powerful research.

Researchers and physicians across all six schools at UTHealth Houston are prepared to take on this challenge with the newly established UTHealth Houston Institute on Aging, positioning the university to become a leader in aging and health care for older adults. The new institute will build on the foundation of the UTHealth Houston Consortium on Aging.

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