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Houston Researcher Estimates Diagnostic Errors Occur in 1 in 20 American Adults

A scientist from Houston, Texas’ Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center headed a study that reveals a disturbing prevalence of diagnostic errors in the United States. The research defines diagnostic errors as “missed opportunities to make a timely or correct diagnosis based on available evidence,” and according to its findings, these errors happen to approximately ...

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Avon Foundation Grant to Improve Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment at BCM

Avon Foundation Grant to Improve Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment at BCM

The Avon Foundation for Women has donated a $150,000 grant to the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine, which will offer funding and support for providing breast cancer treatment and prevention, as well as to assist patients in managing their disease care at Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital and Smith Clinic. The funds from the Avon ...

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Dr. David Spiegel To Receive 2014 Joan and Stanford Alexander Award At Baylor College of Medicine On April 30th

Dr. David Spiegel To Receive 2014 Joan and Stanford Alexander Award At Baylor College of Medicine On April 30th

Dr. David Spiegel of Stanford University is this year’s winner of the BCM-sponsored Joan and Stanford Alexander Award. Spiegel, who serves as a Wilson professor and as an associate chair of Psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford, will accept the honor at the Baylor College of Medicine campus on April 30th in recognition of his research into stress and health. In ...

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BCM Study Highlights How Rice Improves Health Markers & Reduces Body Weight

BCM Study Highlights How Rice Improves Health Markers & Reduces Body Weight

Recent studies conducted by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, led by Dr. Theresa Nicklas, has led to new findings that people who include rice as a part of their daily diet are more likely to meet required nutritional demands and have an upper hand in health issues as compared to others who do not. This study was conducted as ...

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NeuroPace’s RNS System Treatment For Epilepsy Debuts At St. Luke’s Medical Center

NeuroPace’s RNS System Treatment For Epilepsy Debuts At St. Luke’s Medical Center

CHI St. Luke’s Medical Center has introduced a new RNS treatment system developed by NeuroPace for adults with partial onset seizures diagnosed with epilepsy. The treatment can be applied in patients who are 18 or older, have constant, disabling seizures, and that have not been controlled by two or more medications for the disease. “This is an incredibly important technological development ...

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National Space Biomedical Research Institute Funds Eye Tracking Technology And Software-Enabled Therapeutics For Brain Health

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Funds Eye Tracking Technology And Software-Enabled Therapeutics For Brain Health

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) has announced funding for the EyeBoxCNS, a diagnostic device developed to assess brain health through tracking eye movement, and for eFormulations, software enabled therapeutics which combine prescription medicines with customized software apps for brain-related conditions. EyeBoxCNS, developed by Oculogica Inc. of New York City, and eFormulations, a therapeutic platform by Pear Therapeutics, Inc. ...

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Baylor’s Dr. Thomas Caskey, Genetics Leader, Reflects on 50th Anniversary of Discovery of Genetic Code

Baylor’s Dr. Thomas Caskey, Genetics Leader, Reflects on 50th Anniversary of Discovery of Genetic Code

In 1959, postdoctoral associate Dr. Thomas Caskey participated in Dr. Marshall Nirenberg’s work, that helped unravel the genetic code of life. It was not just a “one-trick pony,” Caskey reflected.  Less than a decade later, in 1968, Nirenberg’s interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis earned him the Nobel Prize. For Caskey, senior National Institutes of ...

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Dr. Huda Zoghbi wins 2014 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology For Groundbreaking Research Into Rett Syndrome

Dr. Huda Zoghbi wins 2014 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology For Groundbreaking Research Into Rett Syndrome

Baylor College of Medicine professor Dr. Huda Zoghbi will be honored with the 2014 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, for her pioneering work on Rett syndrome. The award is usually given to investigators which have helped to develop the science that underlies the comprehension of birth defects. This year’s ceremony will happen on May 5, in Vancouver. A professor of ...

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Baylor’s St. Luke’s Medical Center Sponsors Annual Transplant Games of America

Baylor’s St. Luke’s Medical Center Sponsors Annual Transplant Games of America

As stated recently by Donate Life America, there are over 120,000 men, women and children in need of and still awaiting an organ donation that could save their life. For every 10 minutes that pass, yet another name is included in the long national organ transplant waiting list. Unfortunately, approximately 18 people die every day from a shortage of available ...

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BCM Monthly “Evenings with Genetics” Seminar To Focus On Genetics And Body Weight

BCM Monthly “Evenings with Genetics” Seminar To Focus On Genetics And Body Weight

The issue of obesity remains a hot-button topic both in the medical community and throughout society. As researchers become increasingly aware of the impact genetics have on the onset of diseases and conditions, the focus on obesity has begun to shift from being entirely about eating habits, diet, and exercise to include a better genetic understanding of how some people ...

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Chevron, Baylor and Texas Children’s Team Up to Improve Health Disparities in Colombia

Chevron, Baylor and Texas Children’s Team Up to Improve Health Disparities in Colombia

Chevron, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine have teamed up to improve health outcomes in La Guajira, Colombia, one of the country’s most impoverished states, with a large indigenous community and high child and maternal mortality rates. The initiative is part of a public-private partnership between Chevron, the central and departmental governments of Colombia, the state of La ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Inspiring Young Minds at the National School of Tropical Medicine

EXCLUSIVE: Inspiring Young Minds at the National School of Tropical Medicine

The National School of Tropical Medicine was founded by Dr. Peter Hotez in 2011 as part of Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, TX.  The goals of the school are to promote and provide education, healthcare, research and public policy for diseases that affect over one billion people worldwide. These diseases are collectively referred to as neglected tropical diseases, ...

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Genzyme/ACMG Foundation Medical Genetics Training Awardee To Conduct Research At BCM

Genzyme/ACMG Foundation Medical Genetics Training Awardee To Conduct Research At BCM

The ACMG 2014 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Nashville, TN has announced Paldeep S. Atwal, MD of Stanford University/ Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Jamie J. Barea, MD, of University of California, San Diego as the 2014-2015 recipients of the Genzyme/ACMG Foundation Medical Genetics Training Award in Clinical Biochemical Genetics. The Award grants $75,000 per year to each of the ...

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BCM Finds New Drug Target for Lymphangioleimyomatosis

BCM Finds New Drug Target for Lymphangioleimyomatosis

Baylor College of Medicine may have a new way to treat the rare lung disease lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), which affects only women. LAM is usually concurrent with another rare genetic disease known as tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), which causes tumors in the brain, kidneys, heart, eyes, lung, and skin. Since TSC impacts the central nervous symptom, patients have developmental delay, behavior ...

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Anti-Suicidal Properties of Ketamine Focus of Study, BCM Researchers Contribute

Anti-Suicidal Properties of Ketamine Focus of Study, BCM Researchers Contribute

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center have discovered that patients with therapy resistant depression who present with suicidal thoughts respond to a low dose of ketamine (an anesthetic). The experimental design involved a randomized, double-blind control trial with the control group receiving midazolam.  Midazolam is a short-acting anesthetic, generally used ...

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BCM Receives Accreditation For Pediatric Residency Program at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio

BCM Receives Accreditation For Pediatric Residency Program at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio

Baylor College of Medicine has announced that it has received approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to begin to offer a pediatric residency program at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. The decision comes after a successful year of BCM serving as the academic partner for the Hospital and contributing more than 100 pediatricians and pediatric specialists to the ...

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Award-winning Scientist Dr. Erez Aiden Recruited Into McNair Scholar Program at Baylor College of Medicine

Award-winning Scientist Dr. Erez Aiden Recruited Into McNair Scholar Program at Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Erez Aiden, the researcher who invented the the Hi-C method for three-dimensional genome sequencing, is the newest scientist recruited to the McNair Scholar program at the Baylor College of Medicine, as an assistant professor of genetics. Dr. Aiden’s research has already been awarded with the National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award, the Lemelson-MIT prize for best student inventor at MIT, and a ...

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BCM Researcher Leads Study Questioning Cognition Screening in Older Patients

BCM Researcher Leads Study Questioning Cognition Screening in Older Patients

According to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), routine screening of older individuals for cognitive loss is not supported by current guidelines. Researchers reviewed 55 studies that examined the accuracy of screening systems, as well as 130 studies of interventions aiming at slowing or stopping cognitive dysfunction in patients who tested positive for cognitive loss. So far, researchers ...

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Rare Genetic Mutation That Inhibits Tears While Crying Study, BCM Researcher Contributes

Rare Genetic Mutation That Inhibits Tears While Crying Study, BCM Researcher Contributes

Despite the constant evolution of medical science, an increasing number of medical mysteries have yet to be solved. What is more intriguing is that the key to these medical puzzles often lie in some of the daily routines of our lives. One such case was reported in a recent issue of the journal Genetics in Medicine, in a study led by ...

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Dr. David Sugarbaker To Lead Comprehensive Lung Center at BCM

Dr. David Sugarbaker To Lead Comprehensive Lung Center at BCM

Internationally recognized leader in thoracic surgery and mesothelioma Dr. David Sugarbaker will lead a new comprehensive lung disease center at Baylor College of Medicine. Sugarbaker comes to Baylor from Boston, where he served as professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and chief of thoracic surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He will join the Baylor faculty this July and ...

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Role of BRCA1 Breast Cancer Gene In Brain Growth Discussed by BCM Researcher

Role of BRCA1 Breast Cancer Gene In Brain Growth Discussed by BCM Researcher

BRCA1, the well known cancer gene that keeps tumors in the breast and ovaries at bay by making proteins that repair damaged DNA, may also regulate brain size. A study done on mice who carry a mutated copy of the gene have 10-fold fewer neurons along with other brain abnormalities. According to researchers, such dramatic effects on brain size and ...

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Correlation For Rare Blood Disorder Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis Uncovered By BCM, Texas Children’s Cancer Center

Correlation For Rare Blood Disorder Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis Uncovered By BCM, Texas Children’s Cancer Center

Baylor College of Medicine and the Histiocytosis Program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center are among a global collaboration working to understand the rare blood disorder Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH). The researchers’ work has the potential to advance diagnosis of and therapeutic strategies to treat the disease. Reporting in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, researchers conducted molecular studies of LCH lesion ...

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Innovative Advances for Childhood Sarcoma Cancer Diagnostics Being Tested At Texas Children’s Hospital

Innovative Advances for Childhood Sarcoma Cancer Diagnostics Being Tested At Texas Children’s Hospital

Every year, approximately 13,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States alone, of which 1,700 cases are sarcomas. These are tumors that usually localize in the extremities and the thorax of children, causing a significant medical complications due to the aggressiveness of the disease that mainly targets bones and tissues. However, exact diagnosis is extremely difficult to establish ...

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New Ewing sarcoma Research Center at Texas Children’s Hospital made possible by Virani family

New Ewing sarcoma Research Center at Texas Children’s Hospital made possible by Virani family

The Texas Children’s Cancer Center has opened a new space to develop more effective diagnostics and therapeutic approaches for Ewing Sarcoma in chldren. The goal of the new Faris D. Virani Ewing Sarcoma Center is to help find the cure to the rare childhood disease, in which cancer cells are found in bones or soft issues. Made possible by a $2 million gift from ...

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