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GOING THE DISTANCE

GOING THE DISTANCE

STEM CELL PATIENT TAKES RECOVERY ONE STEP AT A TIME

Scott Zettner never has a bad day. Not even after blood vessels ruptured in his brain and turned his life upside down.


BRINGING A SILENT KILLER TO JUSTICE
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BRINGING A SILENT KILLER TO JUSTICE

TRACING THE GENES BEHIND A DEVASTATING BRAIN CONDITION

Day and night, a deadly specter trails nearly 6 million Americans—roughly the combined populations of Houston and Los Angeles. It leaves no footprints, makes no sounds, and strikes wantonly with cruel precision. Fortunately, UTHealth neurosurgeon Dong H. Kim, MD, is working to bring this boogeyman—better known as a brain aneurysm—to light.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING BRAIN
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NIGHT OF THE LIVING BRAIN

WHEN KIDS AND BRAINS COME TOGETHER

Once a year, and not on Halloween, Houston kids get to hold a real human brain. Not a plastic replica. A real one. Pretty icky and neat at the same time.

Interleukin 33
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Interleukin 33

Could this common protein stop Alzheimer's disease?

The human brain, with its countless mysteries and complex links, may represent the next frontier of discovery and innovation. UTHealth researchers Yahuan Lou, PhD, and João L. de Quevedo, MD, PhD, are helping us to understand what makes our brains unique and to find better treatments, preventions, and cures for brain disorders.


The sky is the limit
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The sky is the limit

Teenager triumphs over a rare brain condition

Ryan Logan’s teammates dubbed him “Bullet” for his lightning-quick jukes and his trailblazing speed—the 11-year-old’s athleticism on the football field was unparalleled. With a wit that zipped quicker than his feet, he also excelled in gifted and talented classes and made friends across school. The only thing that reined him in were mysteriously recurring headaches and visual disturbances.

UTHealth names department
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UTHealth names department

Louis A. Faillace, MD Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

A new name honors a lifetime commitment to improving brain and behavioral health.

HEROES OF THE OPIOID CRISIS
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HEROES OF THE OPIOID CRISIS

TAMING THE FLAMES OF ADDICTION

After struggling with opioid use disorder for seven years, 29-year-old Matt Bridgeman recalls slipping dangerously close to joining the more than 300 people who died of opioid overdoses in Harris County in 2018. The former forest firefighter had erected boundaries through two years of therapy, but they came tumbling down as opioids raged back into his life.

Fragmented
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Fragmented

Building relationships to end homelessness

Within the walls of your house, you have a roof to protect you from rain, a door to close to make you feel safe, and most importantly, a place to call home.

The Kid Next Door
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The Kid Next Door

Breaking the Bonds of Sexual Exploitation

The first encounter Elizabeth Newlin, MD, had wasn’t what she expected. The family appeared affluent. Well put together. The little girl, who had visible signs of abuse, was throwing the world’s greatest tantrum in the middle of the emergency room—none of the doctors or nurses
knew what to do.

In Their Shoes
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IN THEIR SHOES

MEDICAL STUDENTS MODEL LIVING IN POVERTY

Some students stole to pay bills. Others begged. Still others deliberated whether to buy their child’s medication or pay the mortgage. These acts—part of a simulated poverty experience for students at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth—illuminate the circumstances some of their future patients may face.

AGE-OLD ISSUES
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AGE-OLD ISSUES

IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL HEALTH FOR SENIORS

Getting older is a normal part of living. “Our brain function changes, and we’re not as agile in our reasoning or verbal agility,” says Vineeth John, MD.