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The future of medicine, today.
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Congratulations to CalTech scientist Dr. Frances H. Arnold (center) for receiving the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work on the directed evolution of enzymes leading to the development of new biofuels and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Arnold was visiting UT Southwestern when she learned of her award. Pictured with her are Drs. Melanie Cobb and Elisabeth Martinez of UT Southwestern’s Pharmacology Department.
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According to a recent study published in JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, surgery and radiation therapy are equally effective in treating oropharyngeal cancer. Lead author David Sher, M.D., says quality-of-life concerns should help inform decisions about treatment.
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Atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common type of heart arrhythmia, can cause heart failure, stroke, and other serious conditions. However, Mark Link, M.D., says new trials are showing reduced mortality and hospitalization rates are possible for patients who undergo catheter ablation treatment. Learn more.
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A study published in Science magazine documents how scientists for the first time used #CRISPR gene editing to halt the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in a large mammal. The UTSW study is seen as a major step toward a clinical trial. Learn why: http://bit.ly/2wv08h6
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Thousands of families across the U.S. are coping with the challenge of caring for children with a rare disease for which there are no cures. Drs. Minassian and Gray have a plan in place to reverse the sobering effects of terminal illnesses through gene therapy. http://bit.ly/2nUqjKr
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The smallest triggers can cause you to slip up when you’re trying to kick the smoking habit. Here’s one suggestion: When filling up the car, pay at the pump. This will keep you out of the gas station and help stop you from purchasing tobacco out of habit. Learn more about our free Smoking Cessation program, where help awaits to get nicotine out of your life for good. http://bit.ly/UTSWSmokingCessation
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Fewer black men entered medical school in 2014 than in 1978, a fact that’s worrisome to many including Marc Nivet, Executive Vice President of Institutional Advancement at UT Southwestern. Dr. Nivet talked to +NBC News about the problem and options to increase matriculation rates. https://nbcnews.to/2wbbGXP
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Concussions are serious injuries that affect all age groups, including children. While risks definitely exist, concussion expert Munro Cullum, Ph.D., says that parents shouldn't bench their child because of a fear of concussions. Find out why in his +The Dallas Morning News commentary.
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We all know that routine exercise is good for the body, but did know it’s also good for your mental health? UT Southwestern psychiatrist Madhukar Trivedi, M.D., spoke with +CNN about why you should exercise when feeling sad and blue. https://cnn.it/2PgR9Jk
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Ever since doctors diagnosed Will Woleben with a rare disease, his parents have spent countless hours searching for a way to save their six-year-old’s life. Just as they were running low on options, their neurologist at UT Southwestern sent Will's case file to Steven Gray, Ph.D., a new colleague focused on developing treatments for fatal childhood diseases like Will’s. Read more about Dr. Gray’s efforts in this +The Dallas Morning News article: http://bit.ly/2nTVhlX
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