Pediatrics Research Day

When

8 a.m. to noon, Friday, May 12

Where

MED 409-410L

Details


The purpose of Pediatric Research Day is to inform the university community of the quality and breadth of pediatric research taking place within the institution. At the event, pediatric fellows, residents, post-docs, and medical/graduate students compete for “Best Talk” and “Best Poster.” All who are interested in children’s health research are welcome to view posters and listen to presentations. Light refreshments and snacks will be available. For more details, visit  http://pediatrics.uthscsa.edu/research/research_day_2017.asp

UT Health Hill Country Open House

When

4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 11

Where

UT Health Hill Country, 25723 Old Fredericksburg Road, Boerne

Details

Tour the new facility and meet health care providers in primary care, orthopaedics, urology, physical therapy and imaging. Hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine served after 5 p.m.

Book & Gift Fair

When

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, May 9 to 12

Where

Lecture Hall Commons

Details

All proceeds benefit the Gifts for Children program. All items are 30 percent to 70 percent off retail. Credit cards accepted.

 

Nurses Week: Annual Huebner Lecture

When

12:30 p.m., Friday, May 5

Where

School of Nursing, Hurd Auditorium

Details

Ann Bruce, Ph.D., RN,  of the University of Victoria, British Columbia, will deliver  the Huebner Lecture on “Contemplative Pedagogy: A Quiet Revolution in Nursing and Higher Education.” Free and open to the campus community.

Liver cancer in Latinos linked to contaminated food

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Even as U.S. cancer rates decline, liver cancer rates remain on the rise, especially among Latinos.

But why?

A new UT Health San Antonio study found that Latinos with liver cancer had much higher levels of aflatoxins than those without liver cancer. Aflatoxins are cancer-causing chemicals produced by mold that can contaminate improperly stored foods.

People can ingest aflatoxins in contaminated corn, nuts, rice, sesame seeds, wheat, and some spices.

For the study, researchers gauged aflatoxin exposure in 42 liver cancer cases and 42 non-cases. Two-thirds of the pairs were Latinos.

Liver cancer cases had 6 times higher odds of having detectable levels of aflatoxins in their blood, compared to non-cases.

“This study means that Latinos have unique exposures that put them at higher risk for liver cancer,” said study leader Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H. Dr. Ramirez is professor of epidemiology and biostatistics and head of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.

The study, published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, is the first to link liver cancer with aflatoxin exposure among Latinos.

Dr. Ramirez and her team previously found that Latinos in South Texas have the highest rate of liver cancer in the nation.

Their 2014 study found that liver cancer incidence rates were 3.1 higher in men and 4 times higher in women than their non-Latino white counterparts. South Texas Latinos had even higher rates.

Dr. Ramirez plans to continue examining the causes and potential solutions.

“Understanding the causes of increasing liver cancer in South Texas is critical. We must develop interventions and identify high-risk individuals who may be screened and treated with the best available care,” she said.

Other UT Health San Antonio researchers contributed to the new study, including: Edgar Muñoz, M.S., Dorothy Long Parma, M.D., M.P.H., Joel Michalek, Ph.D., and Alan Holden, Ph.D. Brad Pollock of The University of California, Davis, and Timothy Phillips of Texas A&M University also contributed.

Study: Liver cancer in Latinos linked to contaminated food

aflatoxin in corn liver cancer
 Story by Cliff Despres, Institute for Health Promotion Research, UT Health San Antonio.  Main photo via Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board.

 

Even as U.S. cancer rates decline, liver cancer rates remain on the rise, especially among Latinos.

But why?

A new UT Health San Antonio study found that Latinos with liver cancer had much higher levels of aflatoxins than those without liver cancer. Alfatoxins are cancer-causing chemicals produced by mold that can contaminate improperly stored foods.

grandparents with latino boy picnicPeople can ingest aflatoxins in contaminated corn, nuts, rice, sesame seeds, wheat, and some spices.

For the study, researchers gauged aflatoxin exposure in 42 liver cancer cases and 42 non-cases. Two-thirds of the pairs were Latinos.

Liver cancer cases had 6 times higher odds of having detectable levels of aflatoxins in their blood, compared to non-cases.

“This study means that Latinos have unique exposures that put them at higher risk for liver cancer,” said study leader Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez. Dr. Ramirez is leader of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.

The study, published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, is the first to link liver cancer with aflatoxin exposure among Latinos.

Dr. Ramirez and her team previously found that Latinos in South Texas have the highest rate of liver cancer in the nation.

Their 2014 study found that liver cancer incidence rates were 3.1 higher in men and 4 times higher in women than their non-Latino White counterparts. South Texas Latinos had even higher rates.

Liver cancer risk factors may include:

  • diabetes and obesity;
  • hepatitis;
  • genetic predisposition; and
  • environmental contamination and hazards along the Texas-Mexico border, such as aflatoxin exposure.

Dr. Ramirez plans to continue examining the causes and potential solutions.

“Understanding the causes of increasing liver cancer in South Texas is critical. We must develop interventions and identify high-risk individuals who may be screened and treated with the best available care,” she said.

Other UT Health San Antonio researchers contributed to the new study, including: Edgar Muñoz, Dorothy Long Parma, Joel Michalek, and Alan Holden. Brad Pollock of The University of California, Davis and Timothy Phillips of Texas A&M University also contributed.