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'The Business of Health Care Report'

World-Class Physiology Research at IEEM
10/03/2011

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Did you know that some of the world’s leading research in physiology is taking place right here in Dallas? The Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas was founded as a joint program between Texas Health Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The institute is one of the few research centers in the world that brings together basic science and clinical medicine to study human physiology. The goal is to improve quality of life for people of all ages. And the work is making a difference.

Researchers at the institute recently presented study results on how the human body responds to bleeding in hot conditions. Researchers found that cooling patients who are in shock may be a better strategy than warming them. Their work could have a profound effect on how soldiers, firefighters and police officers are treated after suffering an injury.

Recent studies have found that long-term aerobic exercise can benefit brain function, and that heart muscle is strengthened by consistent exercise. Researchers at the institute are also studying the connection between obesity and shortness of breath. They hope to learn how overweight and obese people can recover healthy lung function, lose weight and improve their overall health.

I congratulate the researchers at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine for the work they are doing to unite basic science and clinical medicine to improve quality of life.

For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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