Institute for Healthy Aging

Happy, healthy and 100

By Jan Jarvis Though she’s 100 years old, a little arthritis doesn’t do much to slow down Mae Cora Peterson. She lives alone, starts her day with a round of crossword puzzles and goes to church on Sunday. Sometimes she needs to be reminded to use her cane as she rambles around the Fort Worth... Read more »

Aug 7, 2017

For prostate cancer patients, a potential treatment with fewer side effects

By Jan Jarvis   Prostate cancer patients who have lifesaving therapy to lower testosterone often survive the disease, only to face debilitating neurological symptoms of which hot flushes are the most common. Medications are available to address these hot flushes (also known as hot flashes), but they come with side effects that men often find... Read more »

Jul 17, 2017

Diane Hawley, PhD

New champions for elderly patients

By Jan Jarvis   As a pharmacist, Michelle Cefaretti dispenses medications to elderly patients every day. But when she wanted to do more to help her older patients and their caregivers, she didn’t know where to start. The Geriatric Practice Leadership Institute changed that. As part of the program, the JPS Magnolia Health Clinic pharmacist... Read more »

Jun 12, 2017

Dr Forster

A forum for sharing aging research

By Jan Jarvis   Research into how the normal and pathological brain ages will be presented by graduate fellows on May 10 during the 16th annual Neurobiology of Aging Trainee Symposium. Neurobiology of Aging Trainee Symposium Date: May 10, 2017 Time: 8:30 a.m. Location: CBH 220 Alcon Auditorium The symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. in the... Read more »

May 9, 2017

A virtual tour of dementia

By Jan Jarvis   After struggling to take her morning pill, Dr. Gillian Greer collapsed on the couch and sighed. “I feel like I can’t focus on anything,” she said. “I can’t remember what I am supposed to be doing.” For Greer, a physician and resident with JPS Health Network, experiencing what life is like... Read more »

Dec 6, 2016

Pest control

By Jeff Carlton and Jan Jarvis   At a glance The threat Mosquitos, ticks and other biting arthropods can transmit serious diseases to humans,    ranging from West Nile virus to Lyme disease. The response UNTHSC researchers are seeking better preventative agents and more effective monitoring systems to counter these nasty disease-carriers. The bottom line Because... Read more »

Dec 1, 2016

Sid O'Bryant

A precision medicine approach to Alzheimer’s disease

By Jan Jarvis   Can an anti-inflammatory drug commonly used for headaches possibly treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease? The answer might depend on who’s taking the drug, according to Sid O’Bryant, PhD, Professor in the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disease Research at UNT Health Science Center. There’s substantial evidence that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)... Read more »

Nov 16, 2016

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A potential ‘game changer’ for eye disease

By Jan Jarvis An eye drop that could prevent blindness caused by glaucoma is one step closer to becoming a reality. A novel pharmacological intervention to control retinal ganglion cell death caused by glaucoma is in preclinical development, said Katalin Prokai-Tatrai, PhD, Associate Professor in the Center for Neuroscience Discovery and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences... Read more »

Nov 8, 2016

Knebl patient

The multi-generational geriatrician

By Jan Jarvis   At a glance The trend Americans are living longer. The average life expectancy in the United States is now 78. The need By 2030, about 30,000 geriatricians will be needed to care for 21 million older Americans. It is projected that 30 percent of the 65-plus population will need to be... Read more »

Oct 7, 2016

Dr Forster

The science of aging

By Jan Jarvis Today there are more than 75,000 centenarians living in the United States, a number that is expected to grow to 600,000 by mid-century. Why some people reach that milestone while others are burdened with diseases is at the crux of the International Conference on Aging and Disease, beginning Friday at the Stanford... Read more »

Sep 26, 2016