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Fertility-sparing treatment for endometriosis and fibroids

Endometriosis and uterine fibroids can cause heavy periods, pelvic pain, and difficulty getting pregnant. And traditional treatment options can cause infertility. However, women can find advanced, fertility-sparing treatment options at UT Southwestern. Learn more.

Cancer; Prevention

Which sunscreen is best – brand name or generic?

When shopping for sunscreen, many brands might catch your eye. But are brand name products more effective than generics? Rajiv Nijhawan, M.D., discusses what matters when choosing a sunscreen – and best practices for getting the most protection.

Your Pregnancy Matters

Why pregnant women need ‘pit crew’ Ob/Gyns, not ‘cowboys’

Checklists, cowboys, and pit crews – Shivani Patel, M.D., discusses how these three seemingly unrelated phrases can save patients’ lives in every area of medicine. Learn more.

Heart

TAVR is not the ‘beginning of the end’ for aortic stenosis open heart surgery

Two studies presented in March at #ACC19 are the talk of the cardiology community. Both address one question: Can low-risk patients with aortic stenosis benefit from TAVR? Dharam Kumbhani, M.D., says the data are intriguing, but the excitement is a bit premature. Learn more.

Prevention

Ticks on the move: Why are these tiny pests and their illnesses spreading?

Ticks and the illnesses they carry are spreading thanks to climate change and several other factors. David Greenberg, M.D., an infectious disease specialist and an expert in geographic medicine explains why ticks are on the march and how people can protect themselves from Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

Your Pregnancy Matters

SADFACES: Diagnosing depression and anxiety during pregnancy

Fatigue and appetite changes are considered “normal” side effects of pregnancy – but these symptoms can also be signs of depression. In this week’s #YourPregnancyMatters blog, find out why we screen patients twice with the SADFACES survey and why physical and cognitive symptoms matter.

Cancer; Prevention

Rocket science: How the NASA Twins Study launched a novel radiation protection therapy

Patients will go to the ends of the earth to get the best cancer care, and we’re taking our research even further – into space. In partnership with NASA, UT Southwestern researcher Jerry Shay, Ph.D., is using data from the NASA Twins Study to develop a new drug to reduce cancer radiotherapy side effects.

Your Pregnancy Matters

Texas hospitals must prove pregnancy care expertise or lose Medicaid dollars

A new law is highlighting the importance of maternal health. By Sept. 1, 2020, Texas hospitals that provide pregnancy care are required to prove their expertise in high-risk pregnancy – or lose Medicaid reimbursement. Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, M.D., discusses what the new law means for patients.

Cancer; Dermatology

3 skin cancer treatments that might stop melanoma in its tracks

Melanoma rates are increasing in the U.S., even as incidences of other cancers are declining. However, treatment advances in the last decade have tripled survival rates for advanced melanoma.

Prevention

Teen vaping: Talking points for parents

Teen tobacco use has trended downward for years, but an alarming number of teens have turned to vaping instead. In this week’s blog, David Balis, M.D., discusses talking points for parents to help teens quit using e-cigarettes and kick their nicotine habits.