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Stroke bleeds in the brain not decreasing, study finds

June 9, 2020

Brain bleeds called intracerebral hemorrhages remained stable in incidence among all age groups over the past 30 years, but they increased in people 75 and older, according to a new analysis of the Framingham Heart Study. The findings are in JAMA Neurology. Use of anticoagulants also increased in senior adults threefold over the period, but authors cautioned against […]




The region’s first brain bank and what it brings to dementia research

May 29, 2020

As part of National Brain Awareness Month, Kevin Bieniek, Ph.D., director of the Brain Bank at the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, answers questions about what the region’s first brain bank means for dementia research. Q: You are the director of the Brain Bank at the Biggs Institute. What inspired you to study the human brain?   Dr. […]



Medical Xpress: Cognition and gait speed often decline together, study shows

May 7, 2020

Do thinking and walking go hand in hand in determining the health course of senior adults? A study published by UT Health San Antonio researchers found that, indeed, the two functions often parallel each other in determining a person’s health trajectory. The researchers analyzed data from 370 participants in the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of […]


A counselor’s note: Caregivers and grief during COVID-19

April 29, 2020

Across the world, people are feeling impacted by COVID-19. While it is important to know and discuss the physical symptoms of this virus, an equally important conversation is on the emotional impact. Specifically, how grief is present during this time and its unique impact on those caring for a loved one with dementia. While grief […]


Caregiving and connecting during COVID-19

April 17, 2020

In the two-weeks following San Antonio’s stay-at-home orders, 450 calls were made to 400 family caregivers of a person diagnosed with dementia. Hundreds of phone calls ensuring this group of caregivers stay seen and heard. Like many organizations responding to COVID-19, the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases and the UT Health San Antonio Caring for the Caregiver program canceled their weekly events for the safety of their patients that fall into the vulnerable age population for the disease. The canceled events not only […]


‘Reasons for Hope’ summarizes dementia advances, encourages 300

February 28, 2020

“No matter how long it takes, no matter how much it costs, UT Health and I are in this fight until we win. This disease motivates us to expend our maximum energy at every moment, because there is so much at stake and there are so many depending on us.” With those words, William Henrich, […]


Texas Public Radio: The San Antonio Symphony Brings Music And Memories To Those With Dementia

February 26, 2020

The San Antonio Symphony will perform Hollywood Hits this Friday at the Tobin Center. Before they do, they’ll perform the show for a special crowd: people with dementia and their caregivers. It’s part of the Memory and Music program at the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases. The Symphony and the Tobin Center welcome those with dementia and their caregivers to […]


Biggs Institute joins NIH network studying post-stroke dementia

February 25, 2020

UT Health San Antonio is part of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) stroke research network announced Feb. 19 at the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles. Sudha Seshadri, M.D., professor of neurology and founding director of the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, is serving on the Steering Committee as co-leader of […]


San Antonio Magazine: Walking to detect Alzheimer’s

January 3, 2020

San Antonio startup GaitIQ aims to help prevent dementia by analyzing your walk By Kristin Mears By recording a patient walking during a routine physical, doctors will one day be able to detect whether the person is at risk for dementia. That’s the vision of San Antonio entrepreneur Rick Morris, whose GaitIQ is developing a cloud-based […]


Biggs Institute’s neurologist to go to Capitol Hill

December 12, 2019

Alicia Parker, M.D., neurologist at the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, is one of 200 neurologists from around the country whom the American Academy of Neurology has selected to meet with Congressional representatives in February 2020. Dr. Parker was selected as part of the academy’s “Neurology on the Hill” program designed for […]