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We Can Stop the Spread: COVID-19 makes it even more vital to get your flu shot

September 11, 2020

If a virus threatened our state and we had a vaccine to protect us, most of us would get the shot, right? Not if the 2018-2019 flu season is any indication. Last fall/winter, only 47.9% of the Texas population received a flu shot and the U.S. vaccination rate was 49.2%. The COVID-19 pandemic should be […]




HiccAway! UT Health San Antonio physician develops device to relieve hiccups

September 11, 2020

A neuro-intensive care physician at UT Health San Antonio has invented a science-based way to stop hiccups. While he was working as an anesthesiologist 20 years ago, Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, FNCS, saw many surgery patients in the recovery room who developed hiccups. The annoying spasming of the diaphragm is even more of a nuisance […]



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Barshop Institute gains NIA award renewals totaling $11 million; funds support translating research discoveries into healthier aging

September 10, 2020

UT Health San Antonio announced today (Sept. 10) that its Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies gained renewal of two highly competitive center grants awarded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The Pepper and Shock grants, which total $11 million over the next five years, support basic research of the […]




Fifth annual San Antonio Combat PTSD Conference goes virtual, opens registration

September 8, 2020

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 8, 2020) – Registration is now open for the fifth annual San Antonio Combat PTSD Conference, slated for Oct. 22-23, 2020. The conference will feature leaders in the field reporting advances in the assessment and treatment of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder and co-occurring conditions. Pre-conference continuing education and clinical training opportunities are […]



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Oral pill slows rate of decline in ALS patients

September 8, 2020

Although it’s not a cure for ALS, an oral drug slowed patients’ rate of functional decline in a clinical trial that included five patients at UT Health San Antonio. If the finding is repeated in larger trials, the drug could give families more time with their loved ones who have ALS. The New England Journal […]



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Post-COVID syndrome severely damages children’s hearts; ‘immense inflammation’ causing cardiac blood vessel dilation

September 4, 2020

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), believed to be linked to COVID-19, damages the heart to such an extent that some children will need lifelong monitoring and interventions, said the senior author of a medical literature review published Sept. 4 in EClinicalMedicine, a journal of The Lancet. Case studies also show MIS-C can strike seemingly […]