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Rapamycin increases Alzheimer’s-associated plaques in mice, study finds

June 7, 2022

The research also reveals a novel way to decrease the plaques. This is a potential drug target. Researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) have found that oral administration of rapamycin to an Alzheimer’s disease mouse model causes an increase in beta (β)-amyloid protein plaques. β-amyloid […]




NIA: Senescent brain cells may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease

May 26, 2022

New research shows senescent brain cells, damaged cells that do not die off, are found more in Alzheimer’s disease than in people without the disease. The study was led by researchers at NIA-supported Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the Biggs Institute at the University of Texas Health […]



Med Page Today: Brain Aging Markers Tied to Inflammatory Foods

May 16, 2022

New research is revealing how high inflammatory foods are connected brain aging markers and cerebral small vessel disease. Debora Melo van Lent, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, speaks to this research of a high inflammatory diet. To read the article, visit MedPageToday.com.



In the race to solve Alzheimer’s disease, scientists find more needles in the haystack

April 20, 2022

21 million. That’s the number of genetic variations in the human genome that researchers are sifting to identify patterns predisposing people to Alzheimer’s disease. Thanks to international collaboration, more genetic variations for Alzheimer’s disease are known today than ever before. The list of gene variants recognized for late-onset Alzheimer’s grew from one in 2009 to […]




San Antonio Express News: Telling yourself you’re old can prematurely age you. Here’s your guide to how to stop that negative self-talk to feel younger

March 2, 2022

San Antonio Express News by René A. Guzman, Staff writer Research shows that too much negative self-talk on aging can increase your body faster towards aging. Dr. Fred Campbell, an internal medicine specialist and associate professor of medicine at UT Health San Antonio in his early 70s, recommends the ancient art of mindfulness to remove […]




Best Life: The way you walk can detect disease

February 24, 2022

By Ivanhoe Broadcast News UT Health San Antonio researchers are studying how your walk says a lot about your health, both current and future. One of the most important characteristics that we know changes with the early Alzheimer’s is the speed at which you walk. So, with age, speed decreases. But there could be an acceleration […]



In the quest for a TBI therapy, astrocytes may be the bull’s-eye

February 11, 2022

Growing evidence suggests that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an important risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. But to date, effective therapies aren’t available for preventing or treating TBI-induced disease. Scientists may be on to something, though. New studies from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio), published […]


UT Health San Antonio, University Health perform region’s first surgery for Alzheimer’s disease

February 1, 2022

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) and clinical partner University Health are among 27 sites worldwide (18 in the U.S., one in Canada and eight in Germany) evaluating the effectiveness of a technique called deep brain stimulation (DBS) in treating patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. DBS is […]


Landmark national study resumes after COVID-enforced pause

January 24, 2022

After a 15-month-long COVID-19 stoppage, a landmark National Institutes of Health effort to detail the exact molecular mechanisms that explain exercise’s health and anti-aging benefits is again under way. The Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC) will collect blood, fat and muscle samples before, during and after exercise from around 2,600 volunteers spread across […]


Twenty-Four Seven: A Podcast About Caregiving by TPR

January 4, 2022

The Texas Public Radio podcast,  “Twenty-Four Seven: A Podcast About Caregiving,” presents a thoughtful and helpful tool offering guidance to families and friends with loved ones experiencing dementia. In season one of the podcast, longtime NPR journalist Kitty Eisele explored her experience of becoming a parent to her parent as she became a full-time caregiver for […]