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

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)

January 28, 2022

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.



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

Photo of person looking at computer. (Photo by Getty Images)

January 25, 2022

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.


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

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)

January 24, 2022

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.



Special MRI Protocol Can Help Treat Patients with Brain Hemorrhages

Special MRI Protocol Can Help Treat Patients with Brain Hemorrhages

January 13, 2022

Muhammad Haque, PhD, assistant professor of neurology with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston and the UTHealth Institute for Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease led a trial to investigate a special MRI protocol to help understand which patients might be at risk for hematoma expansion and determining when patients might be safely placed back on anti-thrombotic medications such as aspirin. 





Fernandez receives ASPPH Research Excellence Award

Maria E. Fernandez. PhD

December 20, 2021

 Maria E. Fernandez, PhD, the Lorne Bain Distinguished Professor in Public Health and Medicine, and professor of health promotion and behavioral science at UTHealth School of Public Health is the recipient of the 2022 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s (ASPPH) Research Excellence Award. This distinguished award recognizes faculty who have devoted their careers to investigating public health issues. 



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