In case you missed it: Blueberries, brain scans and an exciting anniversary

Whether you’re enjoying a long weekend or just starting yours, welcome back to BCM Momentum. This week we’re gearing up for a big celebration. So take a minute to catch up on research, announcements and any news you may have missed.

In Case You Missed It

Celebrating 70 years of victories

Next Friday, Baylor College of Medicine will celebrate our 70th anniversary in Houston. Leading up to the celebration we’ve been looking back over our past accomplishments and victories. Join us for a look back at:

Our arrival in Houston.

A new era of independence for BCM.

Decades of accolades and accomplishments.

Our recent growth in research and facilities.

Building toward the future.

Be sure to stop by each day next week and join us in celebrating 70 years of victories with special photos and highlights.

Benefits of blueberries

More than a great summer snack, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine find blueberries potentially decrease cardiovascular risk factors, enhances insulin sensivity and improves cognition. Researchers measured the nutritional value of frozen blueberries, as well as their values after being cooked.

“What we can say from this study is that cooking and heating, especially longer microwaving, does decrease the amount of beneficial compounds in the berries,” Dr. Michael Grusak, professor of pediatrics at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital said in a press release. “Minimal cooking would be ideal, but there are still measurable levels of health-beneficial components in blueberries, even after a variety of preparations.”

Read more about the study.

Looking for a cool snack? BCM Dietitian Kristi King offers healthy alternatives to beat the summer heat.

Brains after concussions, Alzheimer’s

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have found that brain scans of Alzheimer’s patients were similar to those who had mild traumatic brain injury. The study also showed that those with concussions and Alzheimer’s suffer similar symptoms like memory lapses and being distracted by white noise.

Time magazine’s Healthland blog breaks down the recently published study.

College’s development office recognized

A huge thank you goes out to our alumni, donors and Board of Trustees for their efforts, as the College’s Office of Development and Alumni Affairs has been recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as one of the top fundraising programs in higher education. BCM’s Office of Development raises funds to support the College’s strategic growth initiatives in healthcare, research and education.

“This CASE Award honors the hard work and dedication of our Board of Trustees and volunteers as we conclude our campaign and near our goal for opening the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center at the McNair Campus,” Kristi Cooper, vice president of development at BCM, said.

Read more about the award.

-By Audrey M. Marks

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