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Remembering Tropical Storm Allison 20 years later: A lesson in resiliency

Tropical Storm Allison dropped more than 40 inches of rain on Houston in 2001, causing widespread flooding in the city and in the Texas Medical Center. (Photo by UTHealth)

June 8, 2021

In a region defined by hurricanes and severe weather, one storm stands out in its devastating impact on the Texas Medical Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth).

Tropical Storm Allison dropped more than 40 inches of rain on Houston in 2001, causing widespread flooding and severe consequences. McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center were among the hardest-hit medical institutions.


Infectious disease experts weigh in on how to plan a safe family vacation this summer

Catherine Troisi, PhD, poses for a photo with her grandchildren taken during their last family vacation in 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Troisi is looking forward to visiting again this summer. (Photo courtesy of Catherine Troisi, PhD).

June 7, 2021

After spending 18 long months avoiding people to slow the spread of COVID-19 and carrying the accompanying stress resulting from a global pandemic, a vacation sounds like an excellent way to wind down. But for parents of children who are not eligible to receive a vaccine, jumping in the car or jetting away on an airplane is not so easy. Infectious disease experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) share some tips to help families plan a safe vacation for the whole household.


Preclinical research reveals that new IgM antibodies administered intranasally to fight COVID-19 more potent than commonly used ones

Photo of Zhiqiang An, PhD, who was one of the lead authors  of a study that revealed engineered IgM antibodies were more potent than standard ones against COVID-19. (Photo by UTHealth)

June 3, 2021

A nasal therapy, built upon on the application of a new engineered IgM antibody therapy for COVID-19, was more effective than commonly used IgG antibodies at neutralizing the COVID-19 virus in animal models, according to research recently published by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB Health), the University of Houston, and IGM Biosciences, Inc. 



Safety experts offer tips to prepare for potentially dangerous hurricane season

In 2017 Hurricane Harvey brought devastating flooding to the Houston area. Experts at UTHealth say now is the time to prepare for a potentially dangerous hurricane season.  (Photo credit: Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth).

June 1, 2021

Summer is just around the corner, and so is hurricane season. Weather experts are warning Americans to prepare for an active and potentially dangerous Atlantic season – which gets its official start on June 1. With the potential for heavy rain and strong winds, the threat of power loss, and dealing with potentially dangerous cleanup in the aftermath of a storm, experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) say preparing in advance is the best way to weather anything hurricane season may bring.



Thirdhand smoke impacts gut bacteria for infants, study finds

Photo of man smoking.

May 26, 2021

Infants exposed to thirdhand smoke while hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) show a difference in the composition of their gut microbiome, according to a new study by researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).



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