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Resource kits raise awareness of high risk of drowning for children with autism

Heather McCrackin (far left) pictured with daughters Kimber, Kendal and her husband Philip recently launched an Autism Drowning Prevention Resource Kit. (Photo Courtesy of: Heather McCrackin)

March 17, 2022

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are 160 times more likely to die from drowning than the general pediatric population, according to research published in the December 2017 issue of Injury Epidemiology. That is why Heather McCrackin, RN, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student at Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston), is launching an Autism Drowning Prevention Resource Kit.




How to talk to your children about the Ukraine invasion

Talking with your children about the recent Ukraine invasion can look different depending on their age, according to a child and adolescent psychiatrist at UTHealth Houston. (Photo by Getty Images)

March 4, 2022

With updates regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on abundant TV channels and websites, it’s almost impossible to shield children from the unsettling news. Nor should they be, according to Leslie K. Taylor, PhD, child and adolescent psychologist with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) and its clinical practice, UT Physicians.






Mena to serve on World Triathlon Sustainability Commission

Photo of Kristina Mena, PhD, MSPH.

February 18, 2022

Kristina Mena, PhD, MSPH, regional dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) School of Public Health El Paso campus has been appointed to the World Triathlon Sustainability Commission. Mena will serve as a representative of the United States and work in conjunction with USA Triathlon, the national governing body for several multisport events in the U.S. Mena is tasked with the responsibility to develop a plan and creative solutions for the environmental considerations in all policy making and events with key stakeholders and local event organizers.


Classification system shows which patients would benefit from PFO closure

Phoebe Dow tied the knot with Travis Keeter in December 2020 – 15 years after she suffered a PFO-associated stroke and participated in a life-saving trial at UTHealth Houston. (Photo courtesy of Phoebe Dow)

February 18, 2022

Phoebe Dow was among nearly 1,000 patients to participate in the RESPECT trial, a national, randomized clinical trial led locally by Richard Smalling, MD, PhD, which over the course of 12 years compared outcomes between patients who received the PFO closure with medical therapy versus patients who received medical therapy alone. The results from this trial and five others conducted globally from 2000-2017 were analyzed in a paper recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, which was co-authored by Smalling.



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