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Think Health Science: Advances In Pain Management

May 19, 2016

When the rock legend Prince died earlier this year, it was revealed that the performer suffered from opioid addiction. Injuries in the 1980s perhaps led to the prescription drug addiction that would end his life. But there are alternative ways to manage chronic pain, and at Think Health Science: Advances in Pain Management, TPR listeners learned about some of these treatment methods, and got a multifaceted look at the use of opiates to treat pain.

NASA

After 50 years of serving the Alamo City, San Antonio College’s planetarium was renovated and reopened in 2014 as the Scobee Education Center, named after Dick Scobee who died in NASA’s Challenger accident.

A group of researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have developed a way to deliver nanoparticle radiation directly to the brain tumor and keep it there. The method doses the tumor itself with much higher levels of radiation, twenty to thirty times the current dose of radiation therapy to patients, but spares a much greater area of brain tissue. 

Think Science: Prosthetics And Military Medicine

Nov 20, 2015
Eileen Pace / TPR

Imagine a thought-controlled leg or arm that moves and responds through brain signals sent to the prosthetic, behaving as a regular leg or arm. While prosthetic limbs controlled by thought are still in the trial phase and still years away from hitting the market, prosthetics have made remarkable improvements within the last decade. With Brooke Army Medical Center and the Center for the Intrepid, San Antonio is at the forefront of military medicine.

At long last, what if a drug could help us live longer, healthier lives? UT Health Science Center Barshop Institute researchers are moving the science of healthy aging from the idea stage to clinical trials in an effort to prove that aging interventions, such as Rapamycin, actually work in humans.

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