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Back At Base
5:24 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Vet's Self-Cooling Prosthetic Could Help Amputees Beat The Heat

Gary Walters demonstrates his self-cooling prosthetic.
Leto Solutions via YouTube

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 2:58 pm

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base," and this is the second installment of the ongoing series.

It was 2005, and Gary Walters had served a year in Iraq. Then, one day, a bomb went off near him, and he suffered severe wounds.

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Back At Base
5:01 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

The Prosthetics Industry Gets A Human Touch

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab created an electronic prosthetic hand and arm that has the same dexterity as a human arm. Electronic prosthetics are the biggest area of growth in this industry.
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 2:57 pm

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the latest in the ongoing series.

"There's been more advancement in the field of prosthetics since 1945 than there has been in the entire automobile industry," says Mark Vukov, a clinical education manager at College Park Industries, a manufacturer of prosthetic feet.

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Science & Technology
7:01 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

UTHSCSA To Study Alternatives To Pain Medication For Returning Vets

Military personnel at Fort Sam Houston, 2013. Post-deployment veterans with chronic pain are eligible to participate in a pain management study at the UTHSC.
Credit Eileen Pace

 

The U-T Health Science Center at San Antonio has been selected to participate in a multi-level, national research program to explore non-medication options for chronic pain.

The $21 million dollar program seeks to demonstrate the efficacy of alternatives for pain management that can help combat the overuse of prescription opioids.

There’s plenty of evidence of the need for alternatives to pain meds.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine [CAM], which is funding the studies, calls it an “urgent public health imperative.”

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Medical Research
4:46 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

UTHSC Announces Hepatitis C Cure Using Drugs Already On The Market

Credit UT Health Science Center

Today, Monday, July 28, is World Hepatitis Day and a local researcher has published a paper about a cure for Hepatitis C that he says is different and more available than a previous cure announced earlier this year.

The World Hepatitis Day website has a fun little diddy with hand puppets singing about the very serious disease. The song says viral hepatitis kills 1.5 million people around the world each year, the same number that die from HIV and AIDS.

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Science & Technology
4:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UTHSC Scientists Seeking Patent For Method Of Killing Mouth Tumors

Credit UT Health Science Center

Scientists at the UT Health Science Center have discovered a way to kill malignant tumors in the mouth efficiently and without harming the nearby healthy tissue.

The discovery has led to a patent application for the method of directly injecting cancerous tumors with the drug capsazepine.

Oral cancer is the eighth most common cancer in the U.S. and 40,000 new cases are reported every year. Studies have shown it’s more painful than any other cancer.

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Science & Technology
1:59 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

CTRC Researchers Looking Into Spicy Foods For Cancer Prevention

Chef Iverson Brownell prepares foods for the cooking class using spices that researchers believe may reduce the risk of recurrence of breast cancer.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Scientists are testing the theory that controlling inflammation with foods can change the chances of a recurrence of breast cancer.

Chef Iverson Brownell is surrounded by bowls with pre-measured bits of herbs and spices, ready to add them to the recipes he will teach to the ladies in his cooking class.

"Today we're doing an oatmeal cookie with a little bit of rosemary in it," Brownell said. "You can only taste it a little bit, but you still get the benefits from it. For the other workshop later today, we're doing some candied nuts with some curry on it."

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Science & Technology
1:16 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

University Hospital Taking NICU Ophthalmology To Rural Areas

Ophthalmologist Dr. Clio Harper, M.D., examines the eyes of a premature infant at the University Hospital NICU. Dr. Harper comes to San Antonio from Austin each week to examine and treat infants with Retinopathy of Prematurity, or ROP
Credit Elizabeth Allen / UTHSC

University Hospital is participating in a study that doctors hope will save the eyesight of premature babies born in areas where ophthalmologists are in short supply.

The study looked at telemedicine exams used to diagnose retina problems associated with premature birth, or retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a disease that in the past caused blindness among most premature victims.

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Medical Research
12:03 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Study Shows Epilepsy Patients Benefit From Combining Drugs

A San Antonio-based study suggests a more effective outcome might be achieved for epilepsy patients through a change in prescription protocols.

The study showed that patients responded better to combinations of anti-epileptic drugs with different mechanisms than to combinations of drugs of that act in the same way.

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Medical Research
11:52 am
Mon June 2, 2014

International Conference Explores Aging, One Animal's Unique Heart Health

Could the naked mole rat reveal a path to healthier hearts for humans?
Credit Singapore Zoo

 

Scientists from around the world have come to San Antonio to share the latest research on aging.

The Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies in San Antonio is hosting the American Aging Association’s 43rd Annual meeting through Monday, with more than 150 scientists expected to attend. Researchers are reporting on topics from the effects of oxidative stress on aging to how fish oil supplements affect bone quality.

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Health Studies
10:25 am
Fri May 9, 2014

UTHSC Studies Childhood Obesity Among Latinos

As diabetes and obesity remain at epidemic levels for the Latino community, a study at the UT Health Science Center-San Antonio aims to keep Hispanic children from becoming another member of the statistic pool. 

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