Clinical trial gives women with gene mutation power over disease

September 8, 2023

    When Juana Padron, a 40-year-old mother of four, chose to have a genetic test, going against her friends and family’s advice was the last thing on her mind. Padron’s aunt died from breast cancer, and she watched her sister endure two surgeries and chemotherapy as she successfully fought off ovarian cancer. Her primary […]

The risk and reward of being an older mom

June 28, 2023

Looking back on her pregnancy with her youngest child, Elaina Sconiers realizes now she should have heeded her doctor’s advice. She was 37, her blood pressure was well under control and she felt good despite being diagnosed with preeclampsia. “I ended up coming off the medication because my blood pressure would bottom out when I […]

Brain stimulation gives Parkinson’s patient new lease on life

June 22, 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 […]

Black and white side view of brain with electrodes and wires.

UT Health San Antonio, statewide program provides free child mental health services

June 2, 2023

    In a recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, pediatric visits nationwide to the emergency room for mental health reasons have doubled. Of those visits, the proportion of visits for suicide-related symptoms increased five-fold. Steven Pliszka, MD, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of […]

Did a stroke of luck save Belinda’s life?

June 1, 2023

    March 22, 2021, is a day Belinda Trevino Scholz will never forget. “I was outside doing yard work and came inside,” she said. “Suddenly, I got this massive headache on my right side that went from my head to my toes.” She called a nurse friend who told her to rush to the […]

Diabetes, obesity drug studied for effect on Alzheimer’s

May 25, 2023

From social media to ads featuring an earworm jingle, it’s hard to escape hearing about Ozempic. Hailed for its game-changing effect on diabetes and obesity, semaglutide, the generic medication sold under the brand name Ozempic, is now being studied for its effectiveness on another deadly disease — Alzheimer’s. The Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and […]