News Releases

Riviello to chair emergency medicine

August 7, 2019

Ralph Riviello, M.D., M.S., FACEP, has been appointed chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine effective November 1. Dr. Riviello comes to UT Health San Antonio from the Crozer Keystone Health System, where he serves as a chairman of emergency medicine, and Drexel University, […]


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APOE variants’ effect on mortality studied in 38,000; rare mutation of gene is associated with prolonged survival

August 6, 2019

A new study of 38,537 persons of European ancestry suggests that a rare variation of a gene called APOE may be protective and prolong life, in sharp contrast to a more widely studied APOE variant that increases risk of death. The findings by the E2-CHARGE consortium of investigators, led by senior investigator Sudha Seshadri, M.D., […]




Altered liver enzymes associated with Alzheimer’s biomarkers

August 1, 2019

Xianlin Han, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Medicine and investigator with the Barshop and Biggs institutes, was among co-authors nationwide on a study of liver enzymes and Alzheimer’s disease released July 31 in JAMA NETWORK OPEN. The article is titled “Association of Altered Liver Enzymes with Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis, Cognition, Neuroimaging Measures and Cerebrospinal […]



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New treatment option shown for heart failure fluid overload

August 1, 2019

Higher doses of spironolactone, a diuretic (water pill), can prevent the need for dialysis in selected heart failure patients, a UT Health San Antonio study found. The aggressive approach relieved fluid overload safely and effectively in patients who were not responding to conventional diuretics. The findings are in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. UT […]



Gray Foundation grant expands studies of BRCA in breast, ovarian cancer

July 23, 2019

UT Health San Antonio leads consortium examining loss of DNA repair Women who inherit harmful mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene are at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. According to a recent large study, women who inherit BRCA mutations are about six times more likely to develop breast cancer during their […]



Superior HealthPlan, UT Health San Antonio join forces to provide care to children close to home

July 18, 2019

SAN ANTONIO (July 18, 2019) ― San Antonio parents will have another option for well-child health care appointments with a new partnership between Superior HealthPlan and the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing. Through the agreement Superior, which offers managed health care plans for children and adults throughout Texas, is covering the basic operating […]