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Innovations in the treatment of lymphedema in head and neck cancer patients

Ron Karni, MD, and patient Carey Hatfield

April 19, 2019

Lymphedema research at UTHealth has led to new knowledge and innovative treatments for head and neck cancer patients after surgery and radiation therapy. Carey Hatfield, 59, is among the patients to benefit from the researchers’ elucidation of internal lymphedema and the use of the Flexitouch® system, an intermittent pneumatic compression device that allows patients to self-manage the condition.

Novel study compares opioid deaths to treatment capacity by region to illustrate disadvantaged areas nationwide

Photo of James Langabeer, PhD, MBA, and his research team created a new metric to measure the areas of the U.S. that have the greatest need for opioid treatment programs. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

April 9, 2019

Ohio, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia have the highest disparity between opioid-related deaths and access to treatment providers for opioid use disorder (OUD) in the U.S. That finding comes from a first-of-its-kind research study conducted at UTHealth to investigate the regional imbalances that exist between the need for OUD treatment and access to providers nationwide.

Solving the 3D puzzle in calcium-signaling research

Mariah Baker, PhD, of McGovern Medical School shows a 3D model of IP3R.

March 18, 2019

Precise regulation of cell calcium levels is essential to health. The body tightly controls the calcium homeostasis that is maintained by specialized transport proteins known as ion channels and transporters. A new UTHealth study pinpoints one of these ion channels is found in virtually all cell types.

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