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Dr. Liz Lyons
Do wearable trackers measure up to comprehensive professional fitness plans? Yahoo! News, Sept. 19, 2014

Many wearables lack one or more of the tools that healthcare professionals call upon to help individuals increase their physical activity levels or stick to a fitness regimen, according to a researchers at UTMB, who were impressed by the trackers' overall sophistication anyway. "Despite their rising popularity, little is known about how these monitors differ from one another, what options they provide in their applications and how these options may impact their effectiveness," says senior author Elizabeth Lyons.

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Dr. Liz Lyons
Congratulations to RCDC Scholar Dr. Elizabeth Lyons on recent K07 Grant Award:

Behavior Change Techniques Implemented in Electronic Lifestyle Activity Monitors: a Systematic Content Analysis.

"The proposed research project includes qualitative and quantitative formative research leading to a randomized controlled feasibility trial of a video game-based physical activity intervention. Physical activity can reduce health risks and improve quality of life in breast cancer survivors, but activity levels in this population are low." From the NIH website:

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Dr. Hans Dreyer
Congratulations to former RCDC Scholar Dr. Hans Dreyer on recent R01 Grant Award:

Mechanistic Approach to Preventing Atrophy and Restoring Function in Older Adults

"The rationale for the proposed research is that effective treatments to prevent muscle atrophy after increasingly common TKA surgery will result in short- and longer-term muscle cell adaptations that boost functional mobility and quality of life. Identifying the mechanisms up-regulated by EAA treatment that preserve muscle volume and mobility will have a major impact on rehabilitation science." From the NIH website.

Dr. Paddon-Jones
What a perfect day of eating enough protein looks like
Prevention, August 2014

"Balancing out your protein intake optimizes muscle protein synthesis at more points throughout the day, not just at night," says lead study author Doug Paddon-Jones, a professor at UTMB. That can help you retain muscle you might otherwise forfeit to age, so spread the protein love around. More »

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Welcome to the UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. Pepper OAICs 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 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.

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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