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Tina’s Transplant Story: A race against time and acute liver failure

When acute liver failure strikes, it’s like a bolt of lightning. Tina Bartolucci knows the reality of this all too well. She had what felt like a cold and a day later she was rushed to UT Southwestern in need of a liver transplant. By the grace of an unnamed donor and the rapid response by the UT Southwestern transplant doctors, Tina survived the fight of her life.

COVID; Prevention

Quarantine cuisine: Easy meals to support a healthy immune system

Cooking during the COVID-19 pandemic can seem tough, especially if you're limited to food items you have on hand. Jaclyn Albin, M.D., director of UT Southwestern's Culinary Medicine Program, provides some tips and recipes on how to prepare and enjoy immune-supporting meals.

COVID; Your Pregnancy Matters

Visitors, doulas, and video calls: Birth plan updates during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 visitor restrictions, safety concerns, and social distancing guidelines have led expecting parents to get creative with birth plans and virtual ways to "meet the baby." Get tips and ideas in this Your Pregnancy Matters blog.

COVID; Prevention

Life cycle of a coronavirus: How respiratory illnesses harm the body

How can a microscopic respiratory infection such as COVID-19 wreak such havoc in the body so quickly? And why do some patients get hit harder than others. Lung specialist Sonja Bartolome, M.D., discusses how a coronavirus can progress in our respiratory tracts.

Aging; COVID

6 ways to support seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic

Keeping seniors and other vulnerable populations safe as COVID-19 spreads is absolutely vital, but it’s also important to ensure they don’t drift into social isolation. Craig Rubin, M.D., Chief of UT Southwestern's Geriatric Medicine Department, suggests 6 ways to help elderly friends and relatives through the crisis.

Cancer; Your Pregnancy Matters

Can uterine fibroids harm my pregnancy?

Large or multiple uterine fibroids can pose risks to mom and baby during pregnancy. Find out why in this week's Your Pregnancy Matters blog.

Brain; COVID; Mental Health

Why we touch our faces so much – and how to break the habit

Why is it so hard not to touch our own faces? Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic? UT Southwestern's neuropsychologist Dr. Nyaz Didehbani explains this instinctual, soothing behavior and how to resist it now more than ever.

COVID; Mental Health

COVID-19 distress: Managing your mental health in a pandemic

For the 500 million people worldwide who are already struggling with depression and anxiety disorders, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic can feel downright paralyzing because our brains are designed around predictability and structure. There are some practical, common sense and clinical solutions to manage the distress.

COVID; Prevention; Your Pregnancy Matters

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Answers to 10 key patient questions

The COVID-19 pandemic has many pregnant patients concerned. Get answers to your pregnancy-related questions in this Your Pregnancy Matters blog with Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, M.D.

Cancer; Digestive

Why you should consider clinical genetic testing for hereditary colon cancer

People are fascinated with the human genome at the moment, with the popularity of direct-to-consumer tests such as 23andMe soaring. But Interpreting genetic test results can be complicated, particularly for conditions like colon cancer. At UT Southwestern, our 14 genetic counselor works with patients before and after a comprehensive DNA analysis to determine if they have any hereditary risks.