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Dr. Muir
Our Bodies, Our Lives: Impaired decision has effect on many lives
Galveston Daily News, July 15, 2014

In the latest Our Bodies, Our Lives column by UTMB's Dr. Tristi Muir: As alcohol is absorbed from the gut, it's distributed in the water of the body. Women have less water in their bodies than men (as a percentage); therefore, drink for drink, alcohol packs a bigger punch in women than men. As women age, they have even less water in their bodies, further enhancing the effects of alcohol.

Dr. Paddon-Jones
Balancing daily protein intake across meals increases muscle protein

Forbes, July 15, 2014

Continuing coverage: In a new paper published in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers asked a simple question, assuming that a total of 90 grams per day would be best:
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Dr. Rene Przkora
IARS grants UT medical branch scientist $150,000 award for anesthesia research

BioNews Texas, July 11, 2014

The International Anesthesia Research Society awarded four promising, young investigators with $600,000 worth of new 2014 IARS Mentored Research Awards. Among them, the IARS grants program awarded Dr. Rene Przkora of UTMB $150,000 in grants for his work on anesthesia used in hip joint replacement surgeries.
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UTMB joins national study on fall prevention

UTMB is participating in a $30 million national study on preventing falls in older people. Each year, 1 out of 3 adults 65 and older will fall, sustaining injuries that can lead to a precipitous decline in health, loss of independence and potentially death. [Note: Link unavailable.]

Dr. Paddon-Jones
5 things you've got all wrong about protein
Huffington Post, June 10, 2014

Continuing coverage: "Our research shows that eating about 30 grams of protein at breakfast, lunch and dinner is more beneficial for muscle protein synthesis than eating a large amount at dinner," explains Douglas Paddon-Jones, professor of nutrition and metabolism at UTMB.
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Dr. Paddon-Jones
UTMB research on muscle protein synthesis points out the need for new American eating habits

BioNews Texas, May 21, 2014

Continuing coverage: A group of scientists at UTMB recently concluded that people's protein consumption should be distributed through all three daily meals for improved muscle growth and health, adding that greater portions should be taken at breakfast and lunch instead of being over-consumed at dinner.
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The New Rules of Protein
Outside Magazine, May 19, 2014

A new study from UTMB found that a blend of soy, casein, and whey prolongs the delivery of nutrients after a workout, enhancing muscle recovery and growth better than whey alone can.

Soy-Dairy Protein Blend and Whey Protein Ingestion After Resistance Exercise Increases Amino Acid Transport and Transporter Expression in Human Skeletal Muscle. Read the article at the Journal of Applied Physiology

Dr. Volpi
The risk of high-protein diets


Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2014

"High protein diets may be effective to lose weight rapidly," said Dr. Elena Volpi, a professor of geriatrics at UTMB. "But very high protein diets may also be harmful."
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Welcome

Welcome to the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. These Centers honor the memory of Claude Denson Pepper, a Florida congressman and career-long advocate for the rights of older adults. A vigorous man throughout his life, he rejected the idea that physical and mental decline were an inevitable part of normal aging. Our Pepper Center seeks to identify predictors of physical function and recovery from illness in older adults; identify novel treatments to improve function and accelerate recovery; determine the efficacy of the identified treatments in clinical trials in geriatric patients; and increase the number of junior and senior investigators involved in geriatric research. Read on for more information about us including our leadership and administration, mission, history, cores, research funding, scientific publications, volunteering opportunities, and other resources.

Senior patients at UTMB participate in study on reducing rehospitalization

The Pepper Centers Program is funded by the National Institute on Aging. The NIA supports centers at leading research institutions to develop and enhance those institutions' programs in key areas of aging research through the provision of resources to institutions to address key research problems, technological limitations, and needs for trained researchers. There are currently 14 Pepper OAICs in the U.S., with UTMB's Pepper Center serving as the only one in the Southwest. Visit the National Pepper Center Website.

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