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Our Electronic Tobacco Future: July 2017
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Our Tobacco Future

In this issue of the Texas Health Journal, we're looking at some of the ways that UT health researchers and innovators are addressing the urgent challenges of tobacco use and addiction. Our faculty are on the front lines of understanding the new terrain of electronic cigarettes and vape pens, and the old and new challenges they present. We are leading the way in addressing tobacco use both on our campuses and within the larger communities of which we're part. We're investigating how and when college students become addicted to nicotine, and developing programs to help prevent addiction.

Smoking is still the single most significant cause of preventable death in America. More than 28,000 Texans die each year of smoking-related illnesses. That is more than the number of deaths from AIDS, heroin, cocaine, alcohol, car accidents, fire, and murder combined. It's an urgent health challenge, and one we're committed to meeting head-on.

Best,

David Lakey, MD
Chief Medical Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health
The University of Texas System

UTHealth
This Is Not a Cigarette

Electronic cigarettes are both like and unlike traditional cigarettes. UTHealth professor MeLisa Creamer and her colleagues are grappling with the science and policy of the new delivery mechanisms for nicotine.
NEW SCIENCE  

UT System | UT MD Anderson
A Smoke Free UT

The UT Eliminate Tobacco initiative is a systemic and coordinated effort, across all 14 UT institutions, to reduce tobacco use among staff, faculty, and students.
IN THE COMMUNITY  | HEALTH POLICY

UT Austin
Interview: Youth and Tobacco in Texas

UT Tobacco is working to understand why young people become or don’t become addicted to tobacco products, and what kinds of policies are likely to reduce use and addiction among youth and young adults.
NEW SCIENCE | HEALTH POLICY

UTEP
Tobacco at the Border

The Smoke Free Paso Del Norte is working to keep El Paso, and the Paso del Norte region in general, at the cutting edge of smoking policy nationally and internationally.
IN THE COMMUNITY | HEALTH POLICY

UT Arlington
Video: Aging and Alzheimer's

Two University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work professors partnered with The Senior Source to develop an innovative training program to increase knowledge and understanding for Alzheimer's caregivers.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING | IN THE COMMUNITY 

UT Southwestern | UT Austin
Supercomputing Cancer

UT Southwestern scientists who created a powerful analytic weapon in the fight against cancer and infectious diseases are making that tool available for free via a web-based portal. The new analytic tools, which are accessible via a web portal, run on high-performance computers at UT Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).
NEW SCIENCE  

UT Dallas
For Children with Cochlear Implants, Oral Communication May Provide Better Outcomes

In a new study of deaf children with cochlear implants, researchers have found that children with either no exposure or limited exposure to sign language end up with better auditory, speaking and reading skills later.
NEW SCIENCE 

UT Health Northeast
Suicide Rates for White Texans More Than Triple Rates for Black and Hispanic Texans

The suicide rate among whites has been trending up since 2000.
NEW SCIENCE

UT MD Anderson
HPV Vaccine Shows Enormous Potential to Stop Head and Neck Cancer

The infection rates in the vaccinated group was about 88% lower than in those who hadn’t been vaccinated.
NEW SCIENCE

UT Austin
The Next Round of Reform

Fee-for-service doesn’t work. We don’t measure what matters. The definition of ‘health care’ is too narrow. And we’re getting to the party too late. How will we address these challenges? It starts with a consensus for change.
HEALTH POLICY 

UT Arlington
AbeXXa Biologics Named Best University Startup

Faculty startup demonstrated the effectiveness of modified T cell receptor or TCR-like antibody-drug complexes against cancer.
NEW SCIENCE 

UTEP
Scientists Awarded Patent for Chagas Disease Vaccine

A pair of scientists at The University of Texas at El Paso is one step closer to developing the first ever clinical Chagas disease vaccine.
NEW SCIENCE

UT Health San Antonio
Initiative to Train Providers in Top PTSD Therapies

The STRONG STAR Training Initiative will train mental health professionals in two evidence-based treatments, Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy. 
EDUCATION AND TRAINING | IN THE COMMUNITY

UTHealth | UT MD Anderson
MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School Receives $10.5 million gift 

The Kopchicks’ gift will fund up to 15 student fellowships at the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School, where John Kopchick received his Ph.D. in 1980 and launched an illustrious career.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING 

UT Southwestern
Study Answers Why Ketamine Helps Depression

Scientists have identified a key protein that helps trigger ketamine’s rapid antidepressant effects in the brain.
NEW SCIENCE

UTMB
New Cancer Drug Makes Commonly Prescribed Chemo Drug More Effective When Given Together

Researchers have found a way to increase the effectiveness of a widely used cancer drug while decreasing the risk of heart-damaging side effects.
NEW SCIENCE
Texas Health Journal wants your feedback. Please email me with thoughts, corrections, comments and suggestions for stories we should cover. In upcoming issues we'll be focusing on these topics:
  • Genomics
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Infectious Disease
  • Rural Medicine
  • Perinatal Health
We'd love to hear about work being done at your institution in these realms, and are particularly interested in work that involves collaboration across UT institutions.

Best,
Daniel Oppenheimer
Editor, Texas Health Journal
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Academic Institutions
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas at El Paso
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The University of Texas at San Antonio
The University of Texas at Tyler

Health Institutions
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
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