Research

woman getting heart checked

Holding breath may protect heart during radiation therapy

February 8, 2016

A technique using a new form of surface imaging available at only one site in South Texas—the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC)—is expected to reduce women’s risk of long-term cardiac side effects from radiation therapy when treating left-sided breast cancer.




Mesh-like scaffold is disordered in Alzheimer’s-affected cells

February 4, 2016

Brain cell death in Alzheimer’s disease is linked to disruption of a skeleton that surrounds the nucleus of the cells, a researcher in the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center found.



family cooking

Report touts ways to fight obesity in Latino kids

January 26, 2016

More Latino kids are obese by ages 2-5 than white kids, due to maternal obesity, less exclusive breastfeeding, and workplace and childcare issues that affect nutrition and physical activity levels, according to a new package of research from Salud America!



Pox

Scientists learn how poxviruses defeat the body’s host defense

January 25, 2016

Smallpox virus, which killed millions of humans through the ages, ranks among the world’s most feared bioterrorism agents. Human monkeypox continues to occur sporadically in remote African villages. In a new report, virologists from the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center and their collaborators at Oklahoma State University demonstrate how poxviruses such as smallpox defeat […]



man with clinical depression

Team focuses on Special K’s antidepressant effect

January 25, 2016

At its best, the drug ketamine relieves depression within two hours and its beneficial effect on patients may last a week. At its worst, ketamine, the party drug “Special K,” is addictive and may send recreational users into hallucinations and delusions. Some have experienced disorientation that they call the “K-hole.” Because of the potential for […]



baby teeth

Researchers need baby teeth for autism study

January 12, 2016

Researchers from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio are asking Rio Grande Valley families to submit their children’s baby teeth after they fall out for an autism study.