BY: RALPHPOORE PUBLISHED 7:52 AM / JUNE 6, 2013
Research by Boise State biological sciences professor Troy Rohn is focusing on how a certain inherited gene increases the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
Rohn, a leading expert in Alzheimer’s disease, has been awarded a three-year, $284,462 grant from the National Institutes of Health for research into the disease.
“I feel extremely fortunate to receive critical funding to carry forth my research on a disease that I care deeply about,” Rohn said.
The grant will allow Rohn to focus on the role of a gene called apolipoprotein E4 (apoE4) in greatly increasing the risk of a person to develop late-onset Alzheimer’s. About 15 percent of the population carries the gene.
Although apoE4 clearly increases the risk for Alzheimer’s, the way it contributes to Alzheimer’s is not certain.
Human apoE also comes in two other forms: apoE2, carried by about 8 percent of the population and apoE3, carried by about 77 percent of people.
Individuals can be genetically tested to see what combination of genes they have inherited. Harboring the apoE3 gene is believed to neither increase nor decrease a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s, while having the E2 form may actually decrease a person’s risk.
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
Every pregnant woman needs special care, but the increasing number of pregnant women who are also obese, a condition called maternal obesity, is of great concern to physicians like Dr. Clarence Blea, a specialist at St. Luke’s Maternal Fetal Medicine. This is because obese women’s pregnancies often come with a lot of complications.
The issue is growing – today, nearly half of Dr. Blea’s patients are obese. And the problems go well beyond the womb. Research has shown that obesity contributes to a number of health conditions in mom, from high blood pressure to diabetes to early delivery of the baby. This can mean time away from home and family due to doctor visits or hospitalization, added health care costs, and even birth defects.
Dr. Blea explains some of the complications in the video below.
Working Together for Healthier Moms and Babies
Along with the possibility of birth defects, babies born to obese moms can have other complications. That’s why Dr. Blea and his partners work with the specialists at St. Luke’s Neonatology and the staff at St. Luke’s...
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BY: KATHLEEN TUCK PUBLISHED 8:43 AM / JUNE 4, 2013
Flight suits? Check. Experiment loaded? Check. Cell plates prepped? Check.
Boise State’s 2013 Microgravity University team is ready to fly their bone cell signaling experiment today and tomorrow aboard a Zero-G aircraft at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The plane produces periods of weightlessness for up to 25 seconds at a time by executing a series of approximately 30 roller coaster-like parabolas over the Gulf of Mexico. During the free falls, students gather data in the unique environment that mimics space.
The interdisciplinary research team represents several departments in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Engineering. They will study how gravitational forces affect calcium molecules in bone cells. This can provide insight that will help astronauts who endure long periods of weightlessness, as well as bed-ridden patients and people afflicted with osteoporosis here on Earth.
This is the fifth consecutive year Boise State teams have participated in Microgravity University or its sister program SEED (Systems Engineering Educational Discovery), and the sixth Boise State team to go to NASA to fly a reduced-gravity experiment on the zero-G aircraft. The team was selected based on scientific merit and educational outreach potential from more than 30 proposals.
Team members are Nic Baughmann (...
April 22, 2013
- Alternative therapies such as aerobic exercise, resistance or strength training and isometric hand grip exercises could help people reduce blood pressure.
- Biofeedback and device-guided slow breathing reduced blood pressure a small amount.
- Due to their modest effects, alternative therapies can be used with — not as a replacement for — standard treatment.
EMBARGOED UNTIL 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET, Monday, April 22, 2013 ...
Date: May 28th, 2013
Location: The Riverside Hotel
Speaker: Mark Crowell
Executive Director, U.Va. Innovation, Associate Vice President for Research, University of Virginia
Published: May 1,2013
Beginning in 2014, the ACA will require individuals and families to obtain health insurance coverage, or face ACA-mandated penalties. As initially passed by Congress, the ACA was intended to provide access to health insurance for low-income individuals and families by requiring the states to expand Medicaid coverage to those individuals and families who make less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($31,810 for a family of four). States that failed to expand Medicaid faced the penalty of losing all federal Medicaid funding (approximately 70 percent of all Medicaid funding). However, the ACA’s mandatory expansion of Medicaid was short-lived. In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that the federal government could not penalize states for not expanding Medicaid programs. As a result, expanding Medicaid is now optional for states.Each year at...
May 1, 2013
It was a real treat last week when Princess, the tiny Chihuahua puppy came back in for her final check up.
This 3-pound little ball of energy is definitely a fighter. A few weeks ago, she was treated for a brain cyst and hydrocephalus. Due to her tiny size, WestVet surgeons had to use a shunt designed to care for pediatrics cases. Special thanks for St. Lukes in Boise for helping us locate the necessary equipment so quickly—without this surgery, Princess would not have survived. You can read the previous story HERE.
You may have seen Princess on KTVB. They reported on her amazing story and speedy recovery right after surgery. Her owner tells us that as she has Princess out and about sporting her WestVet neckerchief, many people in the Treasure Valley will comment that they recognize this famous furry face and they often share good wishes and some petting and attention for Princess.
We are delighted to report that Princess got an “A” on her final check up. She will continue receiving regular veterinary care now with her family veterinarian.
Princess enjoyed the sunny spring day, tiptoeing through the grass on the WestVet lawn. She was quick to run to her owner and jump into her arms when called. She has been...
Posted May 10, 2013
Take advantage of the extra opportunities at Idaho State University.
That's the advice from Danson Hall who will walk at ISU's 2013 Commencement to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Hall, 27, who graduated from Blackfoot High School, followed her own advice earning both her doctoral and undergraduate degrees from ISU.
Danson and Zach Hall at the amphitheater at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Va., which they visited while Danson was completing her NIH externship in Washington, D.C.
Hall, whose maiden name is Stark and is married to 2009 ISU English graduate Zach Hall, just returned from a 16-week externship at the National Institutes of Health inBethesda, Md., in the Washington, D.C., metro area. The externship was both a clinical and research internship that Hall wouldn't have been aware of if she hadn't asked faculty and students what previous students in her discipline had done.
Both professionally and personally, the NIH...