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COVID; Heart

Cardiac MRI for COVID-19 return-to-play is not ready for prime time

With many major college football conferences returning to play, researchers are studying whether cardiac MRI can help student-athletes safely get back in the game after COVID-19 infection. But MRI might not be the best tool for the job. Learn why.

COVID; Pediatrics

COVID-19 and flu: Navigating a potential ‘perfect storm’ this fall

In this year, which has been dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, experts are warning people to brace for a flu season like no other. UT Southwestern's infectious disease and pediatric specialists offer advice for staying safe and healthy this fall.

Back and Spine; Brain; COVID

Back pain relief at home: COVID-19 accelerates advances in video spine exams

Back pain can take a major toll on quality of life. Find out how our Spine Care team uses video visits to diagnose and treat patients with back, neck, and nerve pain. Learn more.

COVID; Mental Health

The psychiatrist will see you now (by virtual visit)

Telepsychiatry can increase mental health care access long after the pandemic ends. Kenneth Dekleva, M.D., discusses its benefits and what the future may hold.

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; Men's Health

More men are dying from COVID-19 – hormones may be partly to blame

More men are dying from COVID-19, and testosterone may be part of the explanation. In this MedBlog, Raksha Jain, M.D., who researches sex hormones and their affect on infection, discusses the underlying causes of men's risk factors.

COVID; Heart

After heart attack, this rare procedure can save patients from a hole in the heart

VSD, or ventricular septal defect, is a complication in 1/1,000 patients who don't get ER care for a heart attack – and 97% die within a year of suffering this complication. This procedure is the last chance to save their lives.

COVID; Plastic Surgery

Masks are essential; ‘maskne’ is not: How to avoid pandemic skin problems

Mask acne, or "maskne," has become an annoying side effect of COVID-19 and the need to wear a face covering. Masks are going to remain essential during the pandemic, so here are some simple and effective ways to prevent and treat maskne if it flares up on you.