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Announcing occupational therapy services for people with dementia and their caregivers

By Kate Hunger New Department of Occupational Therapy clinical faculty member Laura Novak, OTR, is developing the new occupational therapy services program at the UT Health San Antonio Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases. Laura Novak, OTR Nova joined the department in July. She has 18 years’ experience as a clinician, primarily within […]

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Dr. Parker and Dr. Gonzales receive Texas Alzheimer’s consortium funding

Alicia Parker, M.D., and Mitzi Gonzales, Ph.D., of UT Health San Antonio will receive grant funding from the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium (TARCC), the organization recently announced. Alicia Parker, M.D. Dr. Parker is assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and staff physician with the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases. [...] Read more

Dr. Seshadri receives nearly $2 million STARs award

Sudha Seshadri, M.D., professor of neurology at UT Health San Antonio, recently received a $1,991,114 Translational STARs award from the UT System to address research and treatment needs in Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Seshadri, who joined UT Health San Antonio in December 2017, is the founding director of the Glenn Biggs Institute for […]

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San Antonio Express-News: We must end the Alzheimer’s tsunami

We must end the Alzheimer’s tsunami By Sudha Seshadri, For the Express-News, Nov. 7, 2018   On Nov. 5, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a joint resolution passed by Congress that designated November 1988 as National Alzheimer’s Disease Month. The resolution referred to the “two and one-half million Americans” affected by Alzheimer’s disease and the $25 […]

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TIME: Stressed-Out People May Have Smaller Brains, Study Says

  By Jamie Ducharme October 24, 2018   You already know that stress is bad for your health, but according to a new study published in Neurology, it may also be bad for your brain. The new study found that middle-aged adults with the highest levels of cortisol had lower brain volume and cognitive functioning […]

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Forbes: Senolytic Therapies Seem to Stop Alzheimer’s Disease In Its Tracks

Scientists at the University of Texas have implicated a type of cellular stress for the first time as a player in Alzheimer’s disease. And their discovery could lead to treatments for more than 20 human brain diseases including Alzheimer’s and traumatic brain injury. One author of the study went as far as to say the […]

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San Antonio Express News: Leaders push to make San Antonio a better place for people with dementia

When Mary Lou Rodriguez tells people she has Alzheimer’s disease, she has come to anticipate a common response. Often, they will turn to her husband, or her daughter, and talk with them instead. “It’s like all of a sudden, I’m not there,” said Rodriguez, 75. “They stop looking at you. It’s like you become a […]

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KSAT 12: Alzheimer’s disease approaching status of health crisis, researchers say

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s but now, researchers at the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio, are working to find warning signs for the disease. Read the full story

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Toxic ‘zombie’ cells seen for 1st time in Alzheimer’s

A type of cellular stress known to be involved in cancer and aging has now been implicated, for the first time, in Alzheimer’s disease. UT Health San Antonio faculty researchers reported the discovery Aug. 20 in the journal Aging Cell. The team found that the stress, called cellular senescence, is associated with harmful tau protein […]

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Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News: Tau Tangles Cleared by Senolytic Drugs in Alzheimer’s Mice

Tangles of tau protein in the brain constitute a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, but exactly how these tangles exert their toxic effects remains poorly understood. In hopes of untangling tau’s mysteries, scientists based at the UT Health San Antonio delved into postmortem brain tissue from Alzheimer’s patients and generated transcriptomic profiles. These profiles revealed expression […]

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