Texas Health Journal


The Texas Health Journal is an ongoing digital effort to tell the story of how the 14 institutions that make up the University of Texas System are improving the health of the people of Texas and expanding the base of health knowledge and practice on a national and international scale.

More broadly, the Texas Health Journal mission is to facilitate the awareness, conversation, communication and collaboration that are essential to every aspect of health, from face-to-face encounters between doctors and patients to multi-institutional research projects to population level analyses of big data sets. We're all in this together, and the Texas Health Journal is a small part of the larger dedication of the UT System to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care.


Dr. Fatima Alshbool

The Great Unknown

Dr. Fatima Alshbool is investigating the effects of e-cigarettes on the cardiovascular system.


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Trying to Stem the Tide of Youth Vaping

The meteoric rise in youth e-cigarette use has public health experts scrambling to find a way to convince teenagers to stop vaping, but despite known risks, limited data on the long-term effects of vaping has made their job challenging.


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Tobacco, Vaping and the 86th Legislature

“Tobacco 21” is now law in Texas. The State approved a major funding increase for anti-tobacco efforts at the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). And The Department of State Health Services can now use public funds for anti-tobacco marketing campaigns.