UAMS Institute on Aging
|Updated: 6/04/2012 11:17 pm
||Published: 6/04/2012 11:01 pm
Three years of construction work at UAMS paid off Monday with an expanded “Institute on Aging.”
UAMS leaders celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony for four new floors that were added to the existing center. A $30 million gift from the Reynolds Foundation made the construction possible.
“It is a wonderful facility that is going to serve as a landmark both nationally and internationally for training of research and clinic care for older seniors,” said Dr. Jeanne Wei.
The new expansion adds more research laboratories, classrooms, and office space.
According to US News and World Report magazine, the UAMS department of geriatrics ranks as the #7 graduate program in the country.
A condition called “chemo brain” is described as the mental cloudiness experienced by cancer patients.
Now a new study is using an EEG to measure brain function in cancer patients. Researchers with the American Cancer Society found a link between the patient’s tiredness and a change in their brain activity.
Experts say using an EEG may eventually be a better way to measure alterations in a cancer patients brain function during chemotherapy.
E. coli in meat
Starting Monday, the USDA is expanding the search for dangerous bacteria in meat.
The agency is testing ground beef for different strains of E. coli. If the meat is contaminated, it will not be allowed to be sold. The testing is designed to prevent food borne illnesses by enforcing more testing and improving the way food is handled.
There are more than 700 different strains of E. coli, most of which are harmless.