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A Visit with Dr. Elena Volpi
by Jim and Lynda Guidry
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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Blake Rasmussen, PhDGrant awarded to study Effect of Specific Amino Acids on Human Muscle Protein Synthesis
Blake Rasmussen, November, 2014

"Effect of Specific Amino Acids on Human Muscle Protein Synthesis" is sponsored by Navitor Pharmaceuticals, Inc in Cambridge, MA

About Navitor Pharmaceuticals: Navitor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel medicines by targeting cellular nutrient signaling pathways. The company's proprietary drug discovery platform targets mTORC1, which responds to and integrates the cell's response to nutrient availability and plays a key role in protein synthesis and cellular growth. Navitor's therapeutics are designed to selectively modulate the cellular signals that are aberrant in disease processes caused by the dysregulation of mTORC1 activity to address a wide range of diseases, including metabolic, neurodegenerative, autoimmune and musculoskeletal diseases, as well as several rare disorders. For more information, please visit www.navitorpharma.com.

Reducing Hospitalization
Senior patients participate in UTMB study on reducing rehospitalization

Galveston Daily News, Nov. 18, 2014

UTMB is conducting a new clinical trial to study how to help elderly patients who have been hospitalized get better and stronger upon their return home. The elderly are more prone to being adversely affected by a stay in the hospital than younger patients. Whereas young patients tend to keep getting better after being released, the same is not true for most older patients. Being confined to a hospital bed can lead to a cascading onset of problems due to weakness. Loss of physical functions can result in secondary illness, injury and rehospitalization. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in October 2012, hospitals are now penalized by Medicare and Medicaid if they have too large a percentage of hospital readmissions within 30 days after initial discharge. "We are trying to break the cycle of rehospitalization," said Rachel Deer, the post-doctoral fellow running the clinical trial. "By using different intervention strategies we can help the elderly population recover from their hospital stay more quickly." [Note: Paid subscription required. Contact UTMB Media Relations for details.] This was also covered by UTMB Impact Newsletter.

Brian Downer, PhD
If you're over 60, drink up: alcohol associated with better memory

UTMB Newsroom, Oct. 22, 2014

Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Kentucky, and University of Maryland found that for people 60 and older who do not have dementia, light alcohol consumption during late... more »

7th Annual International Conference on Aging in the Americas (ICAA)
UTMB SCOA Represented at ICAAA September, 2014

7th Annual International Conference on Aging in the Americas (ICAA)

The 2014 International Conference on Aging in the Americas (ICAA) was held 23-25 September 2014 at the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado-Boulder. It is the seventh installment of the conference on aging in the Americas series, a partnership between the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Southern California, and the University of California – Los Angeles. This year UTMB co-sponsored and co-organized. Our support came from the P&S Kempner Endowment and the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health at UTMB.

Co-Organizers: Rebeca Wong (UTMB) and Fernando Riosmena (CU-Boulder).

7th Annual International Conference on Aging in the Americas (ICAA)
UTMB SCOA Represented at ICAAA September, 2014

7th Annual International Conference on Aging in the Americas (ICAA)

Prizes were awarded to Posters. The winners were: 1st Carlos Diaz-Venegas (Post-Doc, UTMB-SCOA), Family Size and Old-Age Well Being: effects of the fertility transition in Mexico 2nd Jacqueline Torres (Post-Doc, UCSF), Gender, Migration, and Old-Age Health: effects of the spousal U.S. migration on the health of older Mexican women 3rd Joseph Saenz (Pre-doc, UTMB-PMCH and SCOA), Educational Inequalities and Disability Onset among Older Mexicans. Congratulations, winners!

Local study: Testosterone therapy doesn't raise heart-attack risk
Local study: Testosterone therapy doesn't raise heart-attack risk

Houston Chronicle, Sept. 25, 2014

Continuing coverage: Testosterone treatment prescribed for men whose bodies produce little or no hormones doesn't increase the risk of heart attack, according to a Houston-area study that should ease fears of men with the condition. The study, conducted by researchers at UTMB, rebuts recent research that suggested the steroid hormone may be hazardous to men's cardiovascular health. The research had stirred much concern among both doctors and patients because testosterone use has exploded in recent years. “Testosterone's perceived risk and impact on patients has been in the news a lot lately,” said Jacques Baillargeon, a UTMB professor of epidemiology and the study's lead author. “I hope this study brings some balance to the debate, that it's weighed alongside all the evidence.”

Labros Sidossis
UTMB researchers discover brown fat protects against diabetes and obesity

Impact Newsletter, Aug. 4, 2014

Continuing coverage: Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have shown for the first time that people with higher levels of brown fat, or brown adipose tissue, in their bodies have better blood sugar control, higher insulin sensitivity and a better metabolism for burning fat stores.

Rehospitalization Study at UTMB
Senior patients at UTMB participate in study on reducing rehospitalization

Impact Newsletter July 16, 2014

Marie Butera sits down in a straight chair in the middle of her living room and holds a long red strip of elastic material stretched between her hands. She pulls her arms away from each other, then relaxes; pulls again, then relaxes. The two women sitting on the couch instruct her to place her foot on the exercise band. She pushes her foot away from her, struggling against the resistance of the elastic, then relaxes. She pushes again, knowing that every movement makes her stronger.

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