UTHSC Media Report
December 2000/January 2001
Dr. William Sponsel, ophthalmology, was interviewed during a live,
nationwide chat on the Web site of USA TODAY. Dr. Sponsel, a glaucoma
specialist, answered questions about the blinding
Dr. Deborah Conway, obstetrics and gynecology, was quoted on the Web
site of Ivanhoe Broadcast News in a story about healthy pregnancies.
Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, president, was quoted about appropriations
for the Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center in a
story in The Monitor (McAllen). He was profiled in an accompanying
KHOU-TV, Houston, interviewed Dr. Arlan Richardson, aging research and
education center, about the studies that show caloric intake leads to
longer life span in mice.
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS
The newspaper highlighted the 100th liver transplant performed by UTHSC
transplant surgeons Drs. Robert Esterl, Glenn Halff and Francisco G.
Cigarroa, president. The team also included Dr. Joseph Naples, chair of
Another Express story focused on a group of researchers who dedicate
numerous hours to find the cause of syndromes resulting from genetic
defects on human chromosome 18. These syndromes affect one in every
An item highlighted free long-distance calls provided by NEC America
Inc. over the Health Science Center's telephone system. Patients in
University Hospital and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System
called their loved ones the day after Christmas.
The San Antonio Business Journal featured researchers Drs. Karl Klose
and Daniele Provenzano about their work with cholera. The researchers
have successfully changed the genetic characteristics of the cholera
bug, making it grow more slowly in the intestine. Another article
featured the START center, an expanded facility to accommodate the
dynamic alcohol and drug abuse studies conducted by the team of Dr.
Bankole Johnson, psychiatry.
The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise ran an article
about a study conducted by the center for health economics and policy,
which is directed by Dr. Antonio Furio, family and community medicine.
The study identified three key factors affecting the retention of nurses
in the workforce.
Dr. Toni Miles, family and community medicine, was featured in another
Gazette story about sudden urinary incontinence, which could signal a
sudden decline in an elderly patient's health.
KWEX-TV, Channel 41, spoke with Dr. Teresita Balderas, psychiatry, about
KENS-TV, Channel 5, interviewed Dr. Christi Walter, cellular and
structural biology, regarding genetics studies of a paternal age effect;
Dr. Timothy Jones, medicine, about treating minor skin burns; Dr. Paul
Thompson, psychiatry, about a new drug for treating schizophrenia; Dr.
Carlos Nurko, pediatric dentistry, regarding a new treatment for
children's cavities; Dr. James Mellonig, periodontics, regarding the
connection between periodontal disease and strokes; Dr. Ronald Grimwood,
dermatology, about overactive sweat glands;
Dr. Kathleen Stevens, nursing, about a new teen smoking study; and Dr.
Craig Witz, obstetrics/gynecology, about a possible link between
caffeine and miscarriages.
KSAT-TV, Channel 12, interviewed Dr. Stephen Brannan, psychiatry, about
KHCE-TV Channel 23, interviewed Dr. Donald J. Gordon, emergency medical
technology, about incident treatment and prevention of heart disease and
WOAI-AM, interviewed Dr. Jodie Gonzalez, psychiatry, about holiday
stress and ways to identify
if professional help is needed and Dr. Alexander Shepherd, physiology,
about the importance of
getting professional medical treatment for high