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Discovery

Nonsurgical valve treatment provides relief for patients with severe emphysema

Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction is a nonsurgical procedure that that can help patients with severe emphysema breathe easier. UT Southwestern's Dr. Muhhaned Abu-Hijleh helped develop the one-way valves and procedure that earned breakthrough device approval from the FDA in 2018.

Cancer

Lung cancer in young nonsmokers is on the rise: Uncovering the cause

U.S #lungcancer rates have declined for decades, except in one group: Young adults who never smoked. Jonathan Dowell, M.D., discusses what we know about the risks, as well as ongoing research to reveal more answers.

COVID

Are we ready for some football? Risks for fans in the stands during COVID-19

Texas football fans have always gone to great lengths to support their teams. But the Season of COVID-19 is forcing them to call an audible and assess the risks of being a fan in the stands. Respiratory specialist Dr. Sonja Bartolome provides a game plan for safety.

COVID; Cancer

No smoke & mirrors: Vaping increases COVID-19 risks in young adults

New research shows that vaping increases the risk of COVID-19 infection and serious complications. Explore the data and get help quitting – virtually.

COVID

Which COVID test is best? Pros and cons of coronavirus detection methods

With more people getting tested for COVID-19, which method is the best? And do I really need to get a test? Check out this quick comparison of the three main types of coronavirus detection tests, the methods, the speed of results, and their overall effectiveness.

COVID

COVID-19 and positivity: 7 encouraging signs amid the pandemic

Looking for a few rays of hope during the pandemic? UT Southwestern respiratory specialist Dr. Sonja Bartolome sees at least seven, including prevention measures taking hold in Texas.

COVID

Summer travel advisory: How to have a safe vacation amid COVID-19

The surge in COVID-19 cases has raised real concerns about summer travel plans. Respiratory specialist Dr. Sonja Bartolome provides some specific guidelines and precautions to help make your vacation as safe as possible.

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.

Cancer; Discovery; Prevention

Precision medicine, immunotherapy drive largest single-year drop in cancer deaths

Cancer death rates have dropped nearly 30% since 1991, and more that 2% between 2016 and 2017 alone – the biggest one-year drop on record. The driver has been precision medicine, an approach that focuses on personalization and collaboration. Learn more now.

Cancer; Prevention

Free Smoking Cessation Programs to Quit for Good

Free help to quit smoking is easy to find. Smoking cessation programs offer you the encouragement to kick your habit. Learn how you can get the help you need.