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Headline News: Team IDs two pathways where chromosomes are rearranged   
Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013

Biologists have a new discovery that may help prevent cancer in some high-risk individuals. Edward P. (Paul) Hasty, D.V.M., from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, and other researchers, have identified two pathways through which chromosomes are repeatedly rearranged in the cells of mammals. The findings may offer possible targeted therapies to prevent some types of cancer and inherited disorders......more»

Headline News: Usatine receives Lone Star Award for substance abuse work    
Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013

Dr.Richard Usatine, M.D., has been honored by the Association of Substance Abuse Programs for his work at Alpha Home, a nonprofit treatment center in San Antonio for women with chemical dependency. This clinic was the first of five he and his medical students established to provide compassionate care for homeless families and the medically underserved through the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. Usatine receives Lone Star Award for substance abuse work.....more»

Headline News: Shopping card sales to benefit CTRC cancer care, research   
Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013

The Cancer Center Council is now selling its Partners Shopping Card, which offers a 20 percent discount at more than 300 stores and restaurants in San Antonio. All of the net proceeds go directly to the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio......more»

Headline News: Immunologist Casali to occupy Zachry Distinguished Chair   
Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013

Paolo Casali, M.D., an immunologist known for his pioneering studies about the processes that strengthen the body’s ability to fight back against viruses, bacteria and cancer cells, will join the School of Medicine in January. Dr. Casali will become the new chairman of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. He is currently working at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine......more»

Headline News: Two faculty receive $1.6 million for patient-centered research   
Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013

Two UT Health Science Center San Antonio researchers have received $1.6 million in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Barbara J. Turner, M.D., M.S.Ed., M.A., MACP, received a $715,539 award to investigate ways to engage the community in research. Dawn Velligan, Ph.D., (pictured) received $928,845 to compare approaches in providing transitional care for patients with severe mental illness. .....more»

Headline News: Research: Latino kids consume more sugary drinks   
Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013

Latino kids consume more soft drinks, fruit-flavored drinks and other sugary drinks on average than their white or African-American peers, putting them at greater risk of obesity and diabetes. Research from the <em>Salud America!</em> based in the Institute for Health Promotions Research at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio provides an in-depth look at this unequal health risk and possible solutions. .....more»

Headline News: Help educate community about new health insurance options   
Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Teams from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio will help educate Bexar County residents about the new health insurance options available under the federal Affordable Care Act. On Sept. 28, the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, led by Ruth Berggren, M.D., will host an educational session for students, faculty and staff interested in volunteering to be Champions for Coverage. .....more»

Headline News: Estrogen enhancers tied to aggressive breast cancer   
Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What causes breast cancers to form? Scientists at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center have discovered ++distant estrogen response elements++ (DERE) that can act independently to spur tumor development. Tim Hui-Ming Huang, Ph.D., (pictured) deputy director of the CTRC, is senior author of a new study about this discovery published in the journal <em>Cancer Cell</em>. .....more»

Headline News: Knockout mouse grows larger, but weaker, muscles   
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Researchers at the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies have discovered a curious thing in mice that may shed light on sarcopenia &#8213; the age-related loss of muscle mass and strength. Scientists, including Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D., have discovered a protein that seems to protect muscle cells from the effects of oxidative stress. Surprisingly, muscle cells without this protein are bigger — but weaker — than normal muscle cells. .....more»

Headline News: Medical student wins AMA Physicians of Tomorrow Award   
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Amy Yu, a fourth-year student in the School of Medicine, has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s Physicians of Tomorrow Award. She is the first UT Health Science Center San Antonio student to receive the coveted award and is one of only 20 nationwide selected this year from the 141 accredited U.S. medical schools......more»

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