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Novavax vaccine is highly protective against COVID-19 in Phase 3 results

June 14, 2021

Contact: Will Sansom, 210-567-2579, Elizabeth Allen, 210-358-2344, SAN ANTONIO (June 14, 2021) — Researchers at UT Health San Antonio are buoyed by today’s news that the Novavax vaccine is strongly effective against the COVID-19 virus. Biotechnology company Novavax released Phase 3 clinical trial results from 119 sites in the U.S. and Mexico this […]

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Study will compare 2 treatment strategies for severe brain injury; public comment requested

June 10, 2021

Editor’s note: This story, originally posted on June 10, 2020, is being reposted to include a link to this anonymous survey: The public comment phase leading up to the study is nearly complete, and feedback is welcomed.   SAN ANTONIO (June 10, 2021) – A study of emergency care involving victims of severe brain […]

Alzheimer's patients

Media advisory: Experts from Glenn Biggs Institute at UT Health San Antonio available to discuss new Alzheimer’s drug

June 9, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday, June 7, approved the drug aducanumab for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 6.2 million Americans. Sudha Seshadri, MD, professor of neurology at UT Health San Antonio and director of the university’s Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, issued the following statement: “We are excited that a drug, aducanumab (Aduhelm, from Biogen), has been approved by the FDA for treatment of persons with early symptoms due to Alzheimer’s disease. This is the first new drug approved for Alzheimer’s in two decades.”

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Metal ions help COVID-19 virus to disguise itself

June 2, 2021

Positively charged atoms steady the machinery that the virus uses to trick the system. Contact: Will Sansom, (210) 567-2579, SAN ANTONIO (June 2, 2021) — Scientists from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have discovered a mechanism by which SARS-CoV-2 exploits changes in metal ion concentrations to disguise itself in […]

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Mouse pups’ cries give clues about autism spectrum disorder

May 27, 2021

Machine learning is being applied to gauge which vocalizations are predictive of ASD. Contact: Will Sansom, (210) 567-2579, SAN ANTONIO (May 27, 2021) — One-fifth of babies who inherit a genetic variant located on chromosome 16 will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 3. The variant is called 16p11.2 deletion. Noboru Hiroi, PhD, […]

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Pandemic intensified longstanding stresses for Hispanics

May 25, 2021

Focus groups of community health workers bring out fears, resilience.   Contact: Will Sansom, 210-567-2579, SAN ANTONIO (May 25, 2021) — The coronavirus pandemic amplified mental health stressors long experienced by vulnerable Hispanic populations but also fortified members’ coping strategies, according to focus groups of 43 community health workers (CHWs) embedded within these communities. […]