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The risk of high-protein diets
Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2014
Research shows that a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates can help shed pounds and normalize blood-glucose levels, improvements that lower the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But will you live longer on a high-protein, low-carb diet? Two studies in the current edition of the scientific journal Cell Metabolism suggest the opposite. "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." Americans tend to consume the bulk of their protein at dinner, and the body isn't always able to process an entire day's worth in one sitting, said Volpi, who wasn't involved in either study. "It appears you can better use the protein you need if you distribute it across three meals, especially if you are a senior," she said.
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.
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 VictoryLakes@utmb.edu.
Please join us for a special lecture: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 3-4pm Shriners Hospitals for Children - 7th Floor Auditorium Pharmacological Approaches to Modify Brown Fat Development and Energy Expenditure Presented by Shingo Kajimura, PhD Assistant Professor, UCSF Diabetes Center Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research Department of Cell and Tissue Biology.
Contact: Stephanie Burt
In a world where stress is a constant companion, what can we do to fight back? Read the article at the Galveston Daily News.
Galveston County Daily News, February 18, 2014
The 19th annual Lefeber Winter Lecture Series, presented by the Sealy Center on Aging on consecutive Tuesdays through March 4, continues tonight from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Levin Hall South Auditorium, located at 10th and Market streets. "Is HIV a model of accelerated aging?" will be presented by Dr. Kevin P. High, professor of medicine and translational chief in the section of infectious diseases and associate dean for clinical research at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Next week's lecture will look at pathways to healthy aging. For more information, contact Kelley Prevou at firstname.lastname@example.org or 409-747-1987.
Tuesday evenings, January 28 - March 4, 2014
Contact: Kelley Prevou
The Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition 2013-14 Seminar Series, "Neural Plasticity in Neurorehabilitation of TBI: Facilitating Functional Neural Repair" Presented by: Theresa Pape, DPH, MA Deputy Associate Chief of Staff & Clinical Neuroscientist Research & Development Service, Edward Hines Jr. VA
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 1.202 SHP/SON
Contact: Beth Cammarn
Please join us for the next Pepper Investigator's Lecture: March 5, 2013 Noon-1pm RSH 6.100 "Patient and Caregiver Preferences in Stroke Rehabilitation Outcomes" Presented by Timothy Reistetter, PhD, OTR Associate Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Contact: Stephanie Burt
"Novel Strategies to Improve Physical Function in Older Adults: Discussing Potential Collaborations Between UTMB and Ritsumeikan University" Presented by Satoshi Fujita, PhD Professor, Ritsumeikan University
Contact: Stephanie Burt
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. "In a sense, these patients become their own physical therapists," he said. Ottenbacher directs the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB.
"Amino Acid Sensing in the Control of mTORC1 Signaling and Protein Metabolism in Aging Muscle" Presented by Blake B. Rasmussen, PhD Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition and Metabolism *Lunch provided, first come, first served*
**Please remember to acknowledge the Claude D. Pepper OAIC grant # 5P30-AG024832 in all applicable publications.** Contact: email@example.com.
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. Back in the '80s, Markides' research showed that the health of Hispanics in the Southwest resembled that of Anglos, although Hispanics were poorer, were more likely to be unemployed and had less access to health care. "It was so paradoxical," he says. A recent study that found that Hispanics in Texas are usually diagnosed with cancer much later than Anglos. But even then, Hispanic immigrants are more likely than whites to survive cancer. It's yet another paradox. "It's a very puzzling fact," says Dr. James S. Goodwin, a doctor at UTMB, who led the cancer study. Goodwin agrees that the importance of family may lie at the heart of the Hispanic Paradox and that the survival advantage might be explained by the fact that Hispanics who are sick and hospitalized are more likely to be discharged home and taken care of by family, compared with other groups.
Dates to remember:
March 3, 2014: All attendee registrations & Junior Faculty Mock Study Section proposals due to the coordinating center
March 10, 2014: All Poster information and abstracts due
March 16, 2014: Cut-off Date for the Room Block (Room Block Dates: Sunday April 6th and Monday April 7th)
PHS 6250 Directed Studies in Metabolism students, please see your email for updates to this schedule. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Functional Remodeling of Human Skeletal Muscle by Sildenafil" Presented by William J. Durham, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism
UTMB's Dr. Elizabeth Lyons recently received a $140,000 grant from the American Heart Association and visited with Guidry News Service about her project that can be described as "working out with the living dead." Read the full article.
"Browning of Subcutaneous White Adipose Tissue in Humans" Presented by Labros S. Sidossis, PhD, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Dr. Soham Al Snih was inducted as a Fellow in the Geriatric Society of America (GSA), a very prestigious honor in the field of aging, at the organization's annual meeting in New Orleans November 2013.
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? That's what UTMB behavioral-science researcher and assistant professor Elizabeth Lyons wants to find out. With a fresh $140,000 grant from the American Heart Association, Lyons is studying how effective the smartphone app "Zombies, Run!" is at increasing the activity level of its users.
Forty-three minutes. That's the median time a hospitalized elderly patient spends standing or walking daily. Anyone gets weaker after days spent horizontally, but older people have less of what doctors call physiologic reserve. The good news is that research by UTMB's Dr. Steven Fisher showed that elderly patients went home two days earlier if they did modest amounts of early walking.
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. All four of UTMB's schools will participate in the study. Dr. James Goodwin, director of UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging in Galveston, will head up the project. This award comes on the heels of a $1.8 million, five-year grant UTMB researchers in Galveston were awarded to apply methods of gene therapy to pain that arises from malfunctions in the nervous system, known as neuropathic pain.
You already know to keep calories and fat in check, but you'll fan the flames of your metabolism by putting another nutrient on your radar: protein, the building block of lean muscle mass. "The amino acids enter your bloodstream and are then absorbed by your muscle tissues and other cells," says UTMB's Douglas Paddon-Jones. "Once the amino acids end up in your muscles, your body starts putting them back together - sort of like Legos - into your muscle tissue."
A new UTMB study has found a link between the activity levels of elderly people who have just been released from the hospital and the risk that they will require readmission within 30 days. The investigation draws on data collected from 111 patients aged 65 and older, each of whom was fitted with a "step activity monitor" during his or her hospital stay. Worn on the patient's ankle, the pager-sized device counted every step the person took during hospitalization and for a week after discharge.
Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, professor of occupational therapy and the Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in the School of Health Professions, has received a prestigious national award for his contributions to occupational therapy. Ottenbacher is the recipient of the 2013 American Occupational Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Foundation joint President's Commendation Award in honor of Wilma L. West.