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Cynthia Orantes, MD, (right) and Irma Ugalde, MD, (left) saw an increase in pediatric firearm-related injuries during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite also seeing a decrease in total pediatric ED visits over the same period. (Photo by Joshua Moffett)

UTHealth Houston study finds pediatric firearm injuries increased during the COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers at UTHealth Houston saw an increase in pediatric firearm-related injuries during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite also seeing a decrease in total pediatric emergency department (ED) visits over the same period, according to a poster presented at the 2022 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim, California.

Bing Yu, PhD, The JLH Foundation Chair in Transplant Prevention at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

$3 million grant awarded to determine genetic relationships to heart failure in minorities

A $3 million grant to determine how genes affect a person’s risk for heart failure has been awarded to Bing Yu, PhD, The JLH Foundation Chair in Transplant Prevention at UTHealth School of Public Health. The project is co-led with Vasan Ramachandran, MD, inaugural dean of The University of Texas School of Public Health San Antonio.

Sudhakar Selvaraj, MD, PhD, associate professor and director of the Depression Research Program at the Louis A. Faillace, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with McGovern Medical School. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

UTHealth Houston researchers awarded NIH grant to study pregnancy depression

Using a combination of biomarkers and mood assessments, researchers will study how pregnant women who are experiencing depression respond to different antidepressants in a clinical trial funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health to UTHealth Houston.  Depression affects approximately 12% of pregnant women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Photo of Marcia Otto, PhD, MS, of UTHealth Houston, who led research about establishing a model for predicting future waves in a pandemic. Photo by UTHealth Houston

Method for detecting waves of COVID-19 infections can shape critical public health decisions during a pandemic

A method that combines case investigation data from local health departments and hospitalizations records from local institutions allows for the objective detection of new waves of infection during a pandemic, according to research from UTHealth Houston.






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