Arming the aging immune system to fight cancer

Cancer is much more likely in the elderly than the young, and their bodies often are less prepared to fight the disease and the often-toxic side effects of treatment. But a study from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio shows that some types of immunotherapy previously thought to work only in […]

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Kenneth L. Kalkwarf

A message from the president

Strong seniors, healthy futures for people of all ages While I assist at the helm as president ad interim of our UT Health Science Center, my thoughts and prayers are with Bill Henrich and his family during this time of his medical leave. We all wish him the best of health and look forward to […]

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Outsmarting osteoporosis

Virginia Bowden, Ph.D., loves the slopes of Telluride, Colo., where she and her husband, Charles Bowden, M.D., own a condominium. “We’ve been skiing since the 1970s, currently about 30 days a year,” she said. “For me the appeal is the mountain views.” In 1997 she fractured her hip while skiing at Winter Park. The bone […]

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Clues from clams and hydra

Steven Austad, Ph.D., professor of cellular and structural biology, points to clams in an aquarium at the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies. The institute is part of at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. “The lighter ones, typically called ‘hard clams,’ are served in restaurants and live 100 […]

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Preserving memory

After the 40th birthday it becomes necessary to write notes — and then try to remember the location of the notepad. Learning and memory decline with age, and for some the cliff is Alzheimer’s disease. Thankfully, scientists from the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies at the UT Health Science Center […]

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ACE-ing elderly care

Hospitals save lives – no doubt about it. But for the elderly, they are full of hazards. Fluorescent lights and round-the-clock activity make it difficult to sleep, which can cause delirium in elders. Shiny hospital floors contribute to falls, while staying in bed can lead to pressure ulcers. The elderly are susceptible to infections and […]

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Easing advanced illness

Patients and families facing serious illness are gaining support from a thriving palliative care program established at University Health System a year ago. Complementing resources already available to University Health System patients, the Lifelong Intensive Family Emotional (LIFE) care program began with two key hires last summer. Jason Morrow, M.D., Ph.D., was brought in to oversee […]

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Modeling excellence

Community support builds simulation center to educate, train future health care providers For Stacy Cousins, the sight of the infant having a seizure was dramatic. “The baby was shaking and turning blue,” the senior nursing student said. “It felt like we were right there in the hospital.” Instead, she and fellow nursing students were learning […]

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