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‘Secret shopper’ study finds errors, discrepancies in inquiries about hospital prices

Although hospitals are required by law to publicly post prices for their services, it remains difficult for the public to get reliable information on what those services will cost. That’s the overall finding of a paper published Sept. 18 in in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine based on research out of the University of Texas Medical Branch.

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COPD-specific clinics might mean fewer ER visits

A clinic specifically designed to educate, manage and treat patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease means fewer emergency room visits for patients, according to a new study.

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UTMB Deploys Robots to Support Hospital Staff

The University of Texas Medical Branch welcomed some new staff members at the Angleton Danbury campus this week: two nearly life-sized robots programmed to support the human staff and free up nurses from certain tasks to allow them more time to spend with patients.

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Docside Clinic brings primary care to underserved maritime community

University of Texas Medical Branch researcher Dr. Shannon Guillot-Wright was recently awarded a $660,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control to fund a five-year research project to address health disparities for commercial fishermen.

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Heart attack mortality rate higher in the US compared to other high-income countries

When it comes to treating heart attacks, U.S. hospitals may have the latest tech and low readmission rates, but the country’s mortality rate is one of the highest among the nations included in a new study. The study, published May 4 in The BMJ, found substantial differences in care for heart attack patients across six high income countries despite international agreement on how heart attacks should be treated.

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UTMB featured in Community Impact

Patient Taylor Thurstonson recently shared how UTMB OBGYNs kept her and her baby boy safe during an unexpected 30-week delivery via c-section.

Recovering COVID patient coping with depression, regrets

Conflicting news earlier this year about COVID-19 vaccinations confused Michele Budd, so she put off deciding if she should get the shot. Then she got sick and spent two weeks in the hospital.

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Substantial Mental Health Impact From COVID-19 Measures Found in New Research

Findings from new University of Texas Medical Branch research suggest a substantial mental health impact of COVID-related mitigation measures such as stay-at-home orders. The study, which was published today in the JAMA Network Open, found an increase in the use of psychiatric medications coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic among both men and women, with a substantially higher increase among women.

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Ribbon-cutting for renovated John Sealy Tower

The long-awaited renovation of the AB wing of John Sealy Hospital at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston Campus will mark its completion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 3. Approximately 220,000 square feet were renovated across five different floors, which will house services for women, infants and children.

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Recognizing neurosurgery firsts at UTMB Health’s Clear Lake Campus

Surgeons at UTMB Health’s Clear Lake Campus recently performed the hospital’s first craniotomy for brain tumor removal and the first intracranial aneurysm clipping, which represent an expansion of services offered at the campus as the hospital continues to find new and innovative ways to provide world-class treatments to the growing communities it serves.

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New UTMB Mobile Mammography Unit Unveiled in Galveston

Thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the Moody Endowment, the University of Texas Medical Branch has a brand new, ultramodern, Mobile Mammography Unit that will enable women across the region to have access to screenings for Breast Cancer.

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