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Headline News: Low levels of pro-inflammatory agent help cognition in rats   
Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2014

Although inflammation is frequently a cause of disease in the body, new research involving rodents indicates that a low level of a pro-inflammatory protein in the brain is necessary to recall past information and apply it to new situations. The unusual finding is published in the <em>Journal of Neuroscience</em>. Graduate student Jennifer Donegan is lead author of the study......more»

Headline News: Finding could explain age-related decline in motor function   
Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2014

Scientists from the School of Medicine have found a clue as to why muscles weaken with age. In a study published in <em>The Journal of Neuroscience</em>, Ben Eaton, Ph.D., and graduate student Rebekah Mahoney report the first evidence that “set points” in the nervous system are not inalterably determined during development, but can be reset with age. .....more»

Headline News: Light-based technology could prevent unforeseen heart attacks    
Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2014

Shedding light on plaque that causes unexpected heart attacks and strokes is the goal of Jennifer Phipps, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Phipps is using light to help physicians see where “vulnerable plaque” is building up so they can help prevent and treat these cardiac events. .....more»

Headline News: $900,000 funds immune-system research in ovarian cancer   
Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2014

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all gynecological cancers, often difficult to detect and hard to cure in the later stages. It wins the fight against the body’s immune system by simply turning it off, to the puzzlement to researchers. Tyler Curiel, M.D., M.P.H., has received a $900,000 grant to learn how to restart the body’s natural defenses to defeat this deadly cancer. .....more»

Headline News: Department of Neurosurgery performs 3,000 spine cases, 350 brain tumor cases and 190 spine tumor cases in 12 months    
Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2014

Neurosurgeons, clinical staff and residents from the Department of Neurosurgery at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio cared for thousands of patients with spine conditions and injuries, brain tumors, traumatic injuries and stroke during the 2012-13 academic year, according to data released Feb. 3......more»

Headline News: Suicide-related behavior: anti-epileptic drugs not direct cause   
Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A large new study of the suggested link between antiepileptic drugs and suicide-related behavior among veterans revealed that the risk for that behavior peaked in the month before the drugs were prescribed. Mary Jo Pugh, Ph.D., and her team analyzed the records of more than 90,000 older military veterans and published the findings in the journal <em>Neurology</em>......more»

Headline News: Nurse leader reappointed to federal health care commission   
Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Norma Martinez Rogers, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, professor of nursing at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, has been appointed to a second three-year term as a commissioner for the Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). .....more»

Headline News: Dual fellowship-trained orthopaedic oncologist joins UT Medicine   
Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

With the arrival of Zachary Child, M.D., the UT Health Science Center San Antonio is now one of only five locations in the United States with an orthopaedic surgeon who is trained in complex spinal and musculoskeletal oncology......more»

Headline News: Patent awarded for new traumatic brain injury treatment   
Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

James D. Lechleiter, Ph.D., a researcher in the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, received a U.S. patent Dec. 31 for his discovery that a class of compounds protects against traumatic brain injury. These compounds encourage “natural caretakers” in the brain called astrocytes to prevent swelling after a brain injury. .....more»

Headline News: CTRC researcher part of multiteam European cancer project   
Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) researcher has won a grant to be part of an ambitious multi-million-dollar international research program. The program will develop a new drug that could potentially be used to fight many different cancers. Tyler Curiel, M.D., M.P.H., an internationally known cancer immunologist at the CTRC, is part of the TumAdoR project......more»

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