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Stroke survivor and mom looks forward to the virtual UTHealth Girl Scouts Stomp Out Stroke Program this year

Stroke survivor and mom looks forward to the virtual UTHealth Girl Scouts Stomp Out Stroke Program this year September 26, 2020

Zaundra Martinez, a mother of two Girl Scouts, marks the UTHealth Girl Scouts Stomp Out Stroke Program event on her family’s calendar each year. After suffering multiple strokes in 2008, Martinez wanted to ensure her daughters are prepared to respond quickly if another one strikes.

Clinical trial to assess rehabilitation treatment for infants and toddlers after stroke

Clinical trial to assess rehabilitation treatment for infants and toddlers after stroke September 24, 2020

In the first of its kind for the tiniest stroke survivors, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will lead a stroke rehabilitation clinical trial in the state of Texas through a multi-institutional NIH StrokeNet initiative.

Woman recovers from potentially deadly stroke with timely treatment and determination

Woman recovers from potentially deadly stroke with timely treatment and determination September 11, 2020

During a time when many people are delaying appropriate health care due to fear of COVID-19, Patricia Miata, 58, says timely treatment is ultimately what saved her life after suffering a stroke.

Sharrief named to citywide COVID-19 response team

Sharrief named to citywide COVID-19 response team July 14, 2020

Anjail Sharrief, MD, MPH, was appointed to a citywide COVID-19 response task force.

Houston hospitals say decline in ER visits could be linked to COVID-19 fears

KTRK-TV Channel 13

April 23, 2020

Sean Savitz, MD, was quoted in a KTRK-TV Channel 13 online story about how the drop in ER stroke visits could mean people aren't seeking needed help.

Study reveals less than 20% of Americans have rapid access to endovascular thrombectomy for stroke

Study reveals less than 20% of Americans have rapid access to endovascular thrombectomy for stroke March 3, 2020

Timely treatment is critical for stroke victims, yet only 19.8% of the U.S. population can access a stroke center capable of endovascular thrombectomy to remove a large clot in 15 minutes or less by ambulance, according to researchers from UTHealth. Only 30% of Americans can access a thrombectomy-equipped center in 30 minutes.

Retinoid X receptor boosts brain recovery after stroke in pre-clinical trial

Retinoid X receptor boosts brain recovery after stroke in pre-clinical trial February 5, 2020

A regulator of gene expression, retinoid X receptor (RXR), can boost scavenging cells in their mission to clear the brain of dead cells and debris after a stroke, thus limiting inflammation and improving recovery, according to preclinical research led by Jarek Aronowski, MD, PhD, of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Both simple and advanced imaging can predict best stroke patient candidates for thrombectomy

Both simple and advanced imaging can predict best stroke patient candidates for thrombectomy January 22, 2020

Both simple and advanced computed tomography (CT) were effective in accurately predicting which stroke patients would benefit from endovascular thrombectomy to remove a large cerebral clot, but together they were even better, reported researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

 

Giancardo awarded grant focused on deep space research

Giancardo awarded grant focused on deep space research December 10, 2019

Luca Giancardo, PhD, assistant professor at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, has been awarded one of six grants from Baylor College of Medicine’s Translational Research Institute for Space Health. 

New algorithm expands neurologists’ ability to assess for clot-removing procedure

New algorithm expands neurologists’ ability to assess for clot-removing procedure September 24, 2019

An algorithm developed by UTHealth faculty can help physicians outside of major stroke treatment centers assess whether a patient suffering from ischemic stroke would benefit from an endovascular procedure to remove a clot blocking an artery.

Imaging reveals new results from landmark stem cell trial for stroke

Imaging reveals new results from landmark stem cell trial for stroke September 16, 2019

Researchers led by Sean I. Savitz, MD, reported today in the journal Stem Cells that bone marrow cells used to treat ischemic stroke in an expanded Phase I trial were not only safe and feasible, but also resulted in enhanced recovery compared to a matched historical control group.

Study finds transport by mobile stroke units get patients quicker treatment than traditional ambulance

Study finds transport by mobile stroke units get patients quicker treatment than traditional ambulance August 2, 2019

Researchers at UTHealth recently published new findings in Stroke that show patients transported to the hospital by mobile stroke unit instead of standard ambulance received a clot-busting procedure an average of 10 minutes faster, which could potentially save up to 270 million neurons per patient.

Stomp Out Stroke Festival rescheduled for Saturday, June 8

Stomp Out Stroke Festival rescheduled for Saturday, June 8 May 3, 2019

The UTHealth Stomp Out Stroke Festival has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 8. The free, fun event will take place, as previously, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Discovery Green’s Jones Lawn.

Lauren Fournier, MD, talks about stroke after director John Singleton dies at age 51

FOX 26 News

April 30, 2019

In the wake of the death of film director John Singleton following a stroke, Lauren Fournier, MD, told FOX 26 News viewers about the risk factors and invited them to the Stomp Out Stroke Festival.

Andrew Barreto, MD, MS, talks about stroke prevention and warning signs

FOX 26 News

March 5, 2019

Andrew Barreto, MD, MS, was interviewed on FOX 26 News about stroke risk factors and prevention following the death of TV actor Luke Perry, who died this week after suffering a massive stroke. In a related story, Tzu-Ching "Teddy" Wu, MD, was interviewed via robot by KFDM-TV Channel 6 News about how telemedicine plays a part in faster stroke diagnosis and treatment.

UTHealth research highlights findings on thrombectomy, post-stroke anxiety, and caregiver burden

UTHealth research highlights findings on thrombectomy, post-stroke anxiety, and caregiver burden February 18, 2019

Outcomes in patients treated with mechanical clot removal, results from the only mobile stroke unit in the country using rendezvous transfers, and data on predictors of post-stroke depression and anxiety were among the highlights of activity by investigators from UTHealth at the International Stroke Conference 2019.

Neurologists speak out about gender disparity at global stroke gathering

Neurologists speak out about gender disparity at global stroke gathering February 8, 2019

The International Stroke Conference (ISC) attracts thousands of neurologists each year to network with fellow experts and watch compelling presentations on the very latest advances in clinical care, science, and education. 

First US patient in novel stem cell trial for stroke disability enrolled at UTHealth

First US patient in novel stem cell trial for stroke disability enrolled at UTHealth January 25, 2019

The first U.S. patient to participate in a global study of a stem cell therapy injected directly into the brain to treat stroke disability was enrolled in the clinical trial this week at UTHealth.

First patient treated in US stroke trial

Financial Times

January 24, 2019

A new global clinical trial studying stem cell therapy for stroke disability led by Sean I. Savitz, MD, was picked up by 11 media outlets including Financial Times, News Medical, and Medical Xpress. You can also read more in the Newsroom.

UTHealth research: simpler scan still effective in deciding stroke treatment

UTHealth research: simpler scan still effective in deciding stroke treatment May 18, 2018

A study led by a neurologist from McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) showed that a computed tomography (CT scan) could be sufficient for determining thrombectomy treatment in stroke.

UTHealth Stomp Out Stroke Festival April 28

UTHealth Stomp Out Stroke Festival April 28 March 12, 2018

The sixth annual Stomp Out Stroke Festival to raise stroke awareness will be hosted by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Stroke Team from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Discovery Green, Jones Lawn, 1500 McKinney Street.

UT Physicians opens PM&R clinic in Southwest Houston

UT Physicians opens PM&R clinic in Southwest Houston March 6, 2018

UT Physicians has responded to a growing demand for specialty care with the opening of a new physical medicine, rehabilitation, sports medicine and pain management clinic in southwest Houston. The outpatient clinic provides patients with comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for joint pain, spine pain and sports-related injuries