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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. more »

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." more »

Dr. Paddon-Jones
Midlife nutrition: Helping women over 40 overcome nutrition challenges

Today's Dietician, March 2014

Douglas Paddon-Jones, a professor in the department of nutrition and metabolism at UTMB, says loss of lean body mass starts in the 30s and 40s. "Women need to understand the impact diet has on muscle loss the same way they understand how diet affects osteoporosis risk." Paddon-Jones explains that after age 40, women lose about 1 percent of their lean body mass per year if they're inactive.

Dr. Muir

Pepper Pilot Project Investigator Dr. Tristi Muir: Our Bodies, Our Lives - Fight Back Against Stress
Galv Daily News
March 4, 2014

In a world where stress is a constant companion, what can we do to fight back? Read the article.

Dr. Muir

Pepper Pilot Project Investigator Dr. Tristi Muir Speaks at UTMB's "The Lunch Bunch"
March 11, 2014

What should we do about all the symptoms of menopause? Are hormones helpful or harmful? As with all Lunch Bunch presentations, the event was free and open to the public. For questions about this or future sessions, call 832-505-1600 or email

Dr. Ottenbacher

Months after rehab, knee and hip patients keep improving
Chicago Tribune, Feb. 17, 2014

People who have had a knee or hip replacement reap the benefits of intense rehab months after they've returned home, according to a new analysis. "If you can get patients to a certain threshold level, they can do the rest of the rehabilitation on their own," coauthor Kenneth Ottenbacher told Reuters Health. more »

Dr. Kyriakos Markides
Decoding 'the Hispanic Paradox'
Dallas Morning News, Jan. 17, 2014
Dr. Kyriakos Markides, a professor of aging studies at UTMB, coined the term Hispanic Paradox in 1986 while studying the health of Mexicans in the Southwest. "It's been many years since we discovered this, and people still haven't figured it out," he says. more »

Dr. Raji
Dr. Raji Named One of UTMB's 40 Texas Super Docs

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Raji for being selected as a Texas Super Doctors® by Texas Monthly magazine.
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Liz Lyons
You'd run faster if a zombie were chasing you, too

Continuing coverage: Medical studies have proven that certain types of music can make athletes go faster or train harder, but can a game have the same effect? more »

Dr. Goodwin
UTMB gets $5M to study health care for elderly

UTMB has been awarded a $4.9 million grant to study how to care for and promote the health and well-being of elderly patients. more »

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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.

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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.

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