Diagnosis and Treatment

Texas Public Radio: Fighting Alzheimer’s at the eye doctor

April 2, 2024

Margaret Flanagan, MD, is a neuropathologist at the Biggs Institute — an expert in brain tissue and how it changes in the presence of diseases like Alzheimer’s. Dr. Flanagan is working on a test to help detect dementia early at the eye doctor’s office. Listen here to learn more: Science & Medicine: Fighting Alzheimer’s at the […]

Studying a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease in those with Down syndrome

March 21, 2024

  How the connection of Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease could be the start to a vaccine against Alzheimer’s. Significant levels of amyloid beta plaques and tau tangles in the brain are classic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. These precursors are also prevalent in the understudied population of those with Down syndrome. Although nearly all people […]

KSAT: Brain thinning could predict dementia 5 to 10 years before symptoms, local study shows

January 30, 2024

Through a decade’s worth of findings, researchers at the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio are discovering a connection between the thickness of brain tissue to dementia risks. Claudia Satizabal, PhD, associate professor at the Biggs Institute and lead researcher on this study, said duplicating this marker could be […]

TPR: Science & Medicine: Using AI for brain health diagnoses

October 29, 2023

  Artificial intelligence may be somewhat unsettling, but it also has the potential to improve and even save lives, according to Mohamad Habes, PhD, assistant professor of radiology and director of the neuroimaging core at the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health Science Center San Antonio. To listen to the podcast or […]

Using AI to diagnose brain disease in seconds

August 8, 2023

Stroke has occurred several times in your family. Aunt Mary suffered hers at the dinner table on a holiday. The fork she was holding fell to the table. Grandmother Sadie’s happened during her last years when you were away at college. Her thinking was never sharp again. Yes, your family history includes stroke and dementia […]

Response to Lecanemab (Leqembi®)

July 10, 2023

The Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegnerative Diseases is excited about the progress of promising new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, including lecanemab. We acknowledge this is a first step in treatment advancements, and although the medicine is demonstrating a modest benefit, there is the possibility of side-effects like brain swelling. Lecanemab is not for […]

Brain stimulation gives Parkinson’s patient new lease on life

June 23, 2023

At 77 years old, Carl McLain appears to be the picture of health. His half smile and twinkling eyes hint at a mischievous sense of humor. But eight years ago, he was far from feeling healthy. Mysterious symptoms such as pain in his legs, depression, anxiety and trouble sleeping led him to see one specialist […]