December 8, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 39


Media report




Laredo Campus Extension, breast cancer vaccine among recent headlines


The Dallas Morning News and the Laredo Morning Times profiled Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, president of the Health Science Center. The Austin American-Statesman carried an item on Dr. Cigarroa.

The Laredo newspaper covered an event celebrating the future of the Health Science Center’s new Laredo Campus Extension. President Cigarroa and State Sen. Judith Zaffirini were quoted and pictured.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Waco Tribune-Herald quoted Dr. Ian Thompson, surgery/urology, in articles about studies indicating Chinese herbs may curb advanced prostate cancer. Dr. Thompson discussed the lack of federal oversight authority over herbal supplements.

The Uvalde Leader-News ran a story about Health Science Center ophthalmologists who improved the sight of cataract patients in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from Del Rio.

The Valley Morning Star carried an article about the start of construction in Harlingen on the Medical Education Division of the Regional Academic Health Center.

The Zavala County Sentinel, Beeville Bee-Picayune, Frio-Nueces Current and Carrizo Springs Javelin mentioned the Health Science Center in stories about a regional health care seminar hosted by the South Texas Area Health Education Center.

The Dallas Morning News reported on San Antonio’s push for technology infrastructure, quoting Dr. Mary Pat Moyer, surgery, and mentioning the Health Science Center’s Institute of Biotechnology.

The Morning News also mentioned a study, conducted at the Health Science Center, that showed a drug taken to control diabetes also may be safely used in women who develop diabetes during pregnancy.

San Antonio Express-News

The Express-News ran photos with separate stories on President Cigarroa.

A new breast cancer vaccine study was reported with a patient interview. Faculty and staff of the Health Science Center and the Cancer Therapy & Research Center are conducting the clinical trial of the agent Theratope®.

Dr. Cigarroa was one of the leaders quoted in a story about creating more educational opportunities for Hispanics.

An article highlighted a $6 million gift for aging research from a longtime Health Science Center supporter, Berneice Castella.

Dr. John P. Brown, community dentistry, and Dr. Maria Lopez Howell, restorative dentistry, were interviewed about the benefits of adding fluoride to San Antonio’s water.

The Express-News mentioned a School of Nursing breakfast lecture given by Dr. Mindy Tinkle, family nursing care. The topic was "Menopause in the New Millennium."

The Health Science Center’s fall enrollment was reported in an "Education Express" article about area university enrollments.

Area Media

The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise highlighted a $6 million grant for aging research from longtime Health Science Center supporter Berneice Castella.

The Seguin paper also ran a story about the Health Science Center’s fall enrollment. That article mentioned the steady increase in the percentage of Hispanic students since 1996.

Several papers ran announcements of a School of Nursing breakfast lecture on menopause and individual decisions about hormone replacement therapy. The stories quoted invited speaker Dr. Mindy Tinkle, family nursing care.

The Countywide of Karnes City carried a story about the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Presidential Scholarships in the Medical School. The Long Scholarships will help educate health care professionals from the South Texas/Border Region.

The San Antonio Medical Gazette also announced the Long Scholarships and mentioned the School of Allied Health Sciences’ new bachelor of science degree program in emergency health sciences. The first students will begin study next fall in the department of emergency medical technology.

The San Antonio Informer ran an item in advance of the C.A. Whittier Medical Society’s 27th Annual Medical Student Scholarship Dinner and Reception.

The La Vernia News mentioned the free Asthma Fair held by the allied health, medical and nursing schools in the Allied Health/Research Building.

The San Marcos Daily Record quoted Dr. Michael Lichtenstein, medicine, in a story about a new National Institutes of Health award supporting the Positively Aging® program. Positively Aging is a curriculum that enables schoolteachers to instruct students about aging.

The Daily Record also mentioned the new emergency health sciences degree program to be offered in the School of Allied Health Sciences.

Area Television

KWEX-TV, Channel 41, interviewed Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath, medicine/cardiology, about a new congestive heart failure study and Dr. Adriana Segura, pediatric dentistry, about a new teeth-whitening study.

KVDA-TV, Channel 60, spoke with Dr. Anthony Infante, pediatrics/Children’s Cancer Research Center, regarding his presentation at the International Symposium on Cancer Research.

KMOL-TV, Channel 4; KSAT-TV, Channel 13; and KENS-TV, Channel 5, interviewed Dr. William Knight, medicine/medical oncology, about a new breast cancer vaccine under study.

KENS spoke with Dr. Ronald Grimwood, medicine/dermatology, about the dangers for expectant women who take Accutane; Dr. Connie Mobley, community dentistry, about lead in calcium supplements; Dr. Timothy Jones, medicine, about the importance of keeping cholesterol levels low; and Dr. Robert Nolan, pediatrics, about the possible connection between infant ear infections and excessive use of pacifiers.