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Science & Technology
11:19 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Cure For Hepatitis C Could Eradicate Disease In 15 Years

Dr. Fred Poordad, lead author on a study that found a cure for Hepatitis C, works in his office at the Texas Liver Institute April 16, 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A San Antonio researcher has announced that he has found a cure for Hepatitis C.

In the first-of-its-kind study dedicated to patients with Hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver, Dr. Fred Poordad announced to the International Liver Congress in London over the weekend a new medicine that eradicated the Hepatitic C virus in more than 90 percent of patients studied. 

Poordad is a professor of medicine at the UT Health Science Center School of Medicine and vice president of the Texas Liver Institute and the lead author of the study. 

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Health Studies
12:07 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Changes In Prescription Labels Could Cut Down On Confusion, Save Lives

A new label concept introduced at the conference uses explicit text in the instructions window to make sure patients are clear on the dosage.
Dr. Sunil Kripalani

Medical practitioners came together with educators and community leaders last week to discuss ways to communicate more effectively with patients. The 7th Annual Community Service Learning Conference at the UT Health Science Center offered new tools practitioners can use on a daily basis.

An evolving global health care environment has challenged doctors, nurses and pharmacists to work differently to make sure patients understand even the most basic instructions.

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PTSD Research
4:33 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

San Antonio Researcher Honored By White House For PTSD Work With Military

San Antonio researcher Dr. Stacy Young-McCaughan is one of ten women honored at the White House today for her research into post traumatic stress disorder in soldiers.

Young-McCaughan is a retired Army colonel and now a professor at the UT Health Science Center School of Medicine in San Antonio. She serves as research director for the STRONG STAR Consortium, which seeks to understand, prevent and treat combat-related PTSD.

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Science & Technology
1:12 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Geeks & Depression: Highlighting Mental Health Issues In The Tech Community

Glass-enclosed ping-pong area at Geekdom offers opportunity for hackers to relax, brainstorm and unwind.
Eileen Pace TPR News

  At 6:30 p.m. at Geekdom, many of the rising stars in the tech world are still working past the end of the traditional workday. Some are tapping on laptops, writing their blog entries, or maybe checking Facebook or Reddit. And they’re playing ping-pong. It’s one way app and software designers relax, an opportunity to talk  to each other on a less formal basis, and maybe come up with some genius ideas.

Hackers, inventors, designers all spend long hours in front of a computer screen.

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Community
2:43 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Poverty Simulation Forces Students To Make Tough Decisions On Day-To-Day Things

64 students participated in the poverty simulator event at the UTHSC School of Nursing.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Each semester since last summer, the University of Texas Health Science Center has been giving students an extra dose of the real world. Rather than relying on books and tests to educate nursing and medical students, professors thought a “day in the life” of someone living in poverty might help them relate to patients better.

The exercise is what they call a "poverty simulator" and attempts to portray real situations of people on restricted incomes.

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The Source - January 22, 2014
11:07 am
Wed January 22, 2014

The Source: Emergency Care Waves 'Red Flags' | 30 Years With CIA

EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

In the first segment:

Texas is failing its patients in emergency services. In areas like access and injury prevention Texas scored failing marks in a new study that saw the state fall to 38th in the nation for emergency care.

What is San Antonio is doing to turn the trend around?

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The Source - January 16, 2014
10:48 am
Thu January 16, 2014

The Source: Brain Death - Science, Ethics & Emotion

EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

Marlise Munoz was a 33-year-old paramedic from Fort Worth who was 14 weeks pregnant when a pulmonary embolism left her brain dead in November of last year. Jahi McMath was a 13-year-old Oakland teenager when complications from a tonsillectomy left her brain dead in December. It is at this point that the similarities diverge.

McMath's family is battling the hospital to keep the girl on life support, with a respirator and being fed intravenously. Doctors have been vilified in the case as unfeeling as they try to convince the family there is no chance of recovery.

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Science & Technology
5:15 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Local Researcher Makes Breakthrough In Concussion & Brain Injury Treatment

*Neurons are visible in red, astrocytes (caretaker cells) in green. The specimen on the right was placed in a solution with 2-methylthio-ADP, one of a class of compounds called purinergic receptor ligands. The specimen on the left was untreated.
UT Health Science Center

Dr. James Lechleiter, professor of cellular and structural biology at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, has received a patent for a discovery that could be good news for injured soldiers, athletes and other trauma victims.

Lechleiter discovered that a class of compounds actually protects neurons in the brain after a traumatic brain injury.

The research on cell and animal models has shown that two compounds stimulate the brain’s caretaker cells, called astrocytes, to do their job.

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The Source - December 9, 2013
2:24 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

The Source: Landmark FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drug | Shortages In Breast Milk

Flickr user @doug88888 cc

In the first segment:

On Friday the FDA approved a new drug that, when taken in conjunction with other older remedies, cures 95 percent of Hepatitis C patients in a fraction of the time the old treatment regimen did. Hepatitis C, the liver degenerating disease, affects over three million U.S. citizens, and, surpassing HIV, last year killed over 15,000 people.

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Breast Cancer Research
1:57 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

New Therapies Expected To Be Revealed At World's Largest Breast Cancer Symposium This Week

The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the world’s largest breast cancer conference, gets underway on Tuesday, where more than 7,000 physicians and researchers from countries across the globe will witness groundbreaking presentations.

Breast cancer news coming out of this symposium is so rapid that organizers plan multiple press conferences for media around the world to get the stories. Often researchers will complete important research projects just before the meeting, so the findings can be presented here.

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