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Exome Sequencing Found To Accelerate The Diagnostic Process Of Several Diseases

Exome Sequencing Found To Accelerate The Diagnostic Process Of Several Diseases

Exome sequencing may soon change the future of pediatrics and medicine, and could become the primary tool used by physicians when conducting a differential diagnosis, according to researchers from Baylor College of Medicine‘s departments of molecular and human genetics and pediatrics and the Baylor Human Genome Sequencing Center, as well as the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Nearly a ...

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Surveyed Houston and Washington Facilities Use Outdated HIV Testing

Surveyed Houston and Washington Facilities Use Outdated HIV Testing

One of the most problematic barriers in health care is the time and effort it takes to translate the latest research into real-life clinical applications, ensuring all health institutions’ uniform compliance with newly-set standards. Seeing clinical updates through to completion and application is especially crucial in contagious diseases, such as HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are responsible ...

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BCM Sends Health Care Team to Nigeria for Training on Ebola

BCM Sends Health Care Team to Nigeria for Training on Ebola

Baylor College of Medicine recently engaged in the training of healthcare professionals, as well as non-medical personnel, about the basics on Ebola and on dealing with patients suffering from the disease in Africa. Almost 1,500 practitioners were sent to two Nigerian cities, in which they were trained for four days, in mid-September. The training was supported by the oil and gas company ...

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BCM Experts Publish Policy Special Journal on Integration of Genetic Sequencing

BCM Experts Publish Policy Special Journal on Integration of Genetic Sequencing

At a time when genetic sequencing technologies are becoming more common within clinical care and research, it is crucial to outline appropriate policies and regulations for the next generation medical and research technologies used. This is according to experts from the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, who recently published a special policy issue of ...

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Texas Children’s Hospital Announces Study to Treat Food Allergies

Texas Children’s Hospital Announces Study to Treat Food Allergies

Food allergies in pediatric patients are common in Western countries, and are purportedly on the rise in the United States. While some allergies are transient in children, as their immune system is still maturing, some food allergies grow with the child until it becomes a lifelong problem and even a threat to one’s life. A new immunotherapy study from the ...

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BCM, MD Anderson Study Highlights Genetic Alterations Found In An Aggressive Breast Cancer Subtype

BCM, MD Anderson Study Highlights Genetic Alterations Found In An Aggressive Breast Cancer Subtype

Researchers from the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have identified genetic alterations thought to contribute to the development of more aggressive forms of breast cancer. The study, entitled “Recurrent ​ESR1–​CCDC170 rearrangements in an aggressive subset of ​estrogen receptor-positive breast cancers,” was published in the acclaimed journal Nature Communications and led by ...

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BCM Researchers Identify Protein That Plays Important Role In Muscle Formation

BCM Researchers Identify Protein That Plays Important Role In Muscle Formation

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine identified the Rbfox2 RNA binding protein, which regulates a significant part of the alternative splicing (the process that generates multiple proteins from a single gene, playing an important role during periods of physiological change) during myogenesis (the process by which muscle cells fuse to become fibers). The BCM team, who published its findings in ...

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Infection Fighting T-Cells Developed at BCM

Infection Fighting T-Cells Developed at BCM

Engineering T-cells against specific viruses is becoming more efficient and feasible thanks to a research effort led by Dr. Ann Leen, associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Together with postdoctoral fellow Dr. Anastasia Papadopoulou and colleagues within the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor and from Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Leen published the ...

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BCM Researchers Reveal Changes in Gene Methylation Can Trigger Cancer

BCM Researchers Reveal Changes in Gene Methylation Can Trigger Cancer

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas have found that changes in gene methylation are sufficient to trigger cancer. The team designed a developmentally regulated genomic targeting of DNA methylation specifically silencing the p16 promoter, a tumor suppressor gene that controls cell division, and whose inactivation is among the most common and earliest epigenetic events in human cancer. Using ...

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National School of Tropical Medicine Redirects NTD Angle to Pediatric Early Prevention

National School of Tropical Medicine Redirects NTD Angle to Pediatric Early Prevention

More than one billion people in the world are currently afflicted by one of the seventeen diseases classified as Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), 500 million of which are children. In Texas alone, more than one million families with children are affected by NTDs. The Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development is the first center in the world dedicated primarily ...

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Houston VA Medical Center and BCM Associate Statin Use With Lower Risk For Barrett’s Esophagus

Houston VA Medical Center and BCM Associate Statin Use With Lower Risk For Barrett’s Esophagus

A large case-control study conducted by researchers from the Houston VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine suggests that statins can be used to reduce the risk for developing Barrett’s esophagus. This new use of statins, which are commonly used for lowering cholesterol, was described in an article online ahead of print in the journal Gastroenterology by senior study ...

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BCM Cell and Gene Expert Malcolm Brenner Granted Pioneer Award by Human Gene Therapy Journal

BCM Cell and Gene Expert Malcolm Brenner Granted Pioneer Award by Human Gene Therapy Journal

The peer-reviewed journal Human Gene Therapy has granted its Pioneer Award to renowned cell and gene therapy researcher Malcolm K. Brenner, MD, PhD, from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston for his scientific achievements and leadership in the field of genetically modified T cells that can effectively target tumors. The journal is commemorating its 25th anniversary by granting 12 awards to researchers that study cell and gene ...

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BCM Researcher Part of Effort To Eradicate H. Pylori Bacteria in Effort To Reduce Gastric Cancer

BCM Researcher Part of Effort To Eradicate H. Pylori Bacteria in Effort To Reduce Gastric Cancer

One of the leading researchers in gastric cancer, David Graham, MD, professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said that this form of cancer could soon become eliminated through a program aimed at eliminating Helicobacter pylori. Gastric cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the world, killing approximately 738,000 people in 2008. In the United States ...

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Texas Researchers Part of Marmoset Genetic Sequencing Effort That Could Offer Insight Into Human Reproductive Science

Texas Researchers Part of Marmoset Genetic Sequencing Effort That Could Offer Insight Into Human Reproductive Science

A Baylor College of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis-led worldwide team of researchers has completed the genome sequence of the common marmoset, which is the first sequence of a New World Monkey. Recently published in the journal Nature Genetics, the study provides new information on the marmoset’s unique rapid reproductive system, physiology, and growth, and sheds new light ...

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Baylor Named Organizing Partner For 10th Annual World Stem Cell Summit

Baylor Named Organizing Partner For 10th Annual World Stem Cell Summit

Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has joined the organizing panel of the 10th annual World Stem Cell Summit (WSCS), set to be held between December 3rd and 5th, 2014 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. As an “Organizing Partner,” Baylor will join five other organizations that will develop the agenda of the WSCS, ten years after hosting ...

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David Sugarbaker Joins BCM as New Chief of General Thoracic Surgery

David Sugarbaker Joins BCM as New Chief of General Thoracic Surgery

World renowned surgeon in lung cancer, esophageal cancer and mesothelioma treatment, Dr. David Sugarbaker, has joined Baylor College of Medicine as professor of surgery and the inaugural chief of the new division of general thoracic surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. Sugarbaker, who started seeing patients July 15th at the Baylor Clinic and will conduct surgeries at Baylor ...

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BCM Experts Highlight Lack of Mental Health Screening, Treatment Resources in Diabetes

BCM Experts Highlight Lack of Mental Health Screening, Treatment Resources in Diabetes

Mental health and diabetes experts expressed their concern about the need for more mental health screening and treatment resources for patients with diabetes, in an opinion article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Senior author Dr. Barbara Anderson, a professor of pediatrics – psychology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, highlights the risk of depression, diabetes ...

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Mary Kay Foundation Names BCM As Part of $1.2 Million in Funding For New Cancer Research for Women

Mary Kay Foundation Names BCM As Part of $1.2 Million in Funding For New Cancer Research for Women

The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded a total of $1.2 million in grants to the 12 top institutions researching new treatments for cancer in the U.S. Major medical centers, which included Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, were awarded twelve grants of $100,000 each, after the research review committee reviewed more than 80 applications submitted to the Mary Kay Foundation. ...

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BCM Announces McNair Scholar Dr. Koen Venken

BCM Announces McNair Scholar Dr. Koen Venken

  Baylor College of Medicine recently announced through its webpage the nomination of Dr. Koen Venken, a scientist working on the development of pioneering technologies to identify cancer genes for new therapies, as the new McNair Scholar. The program, sponsored by the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, supports avant-garde scientists in the areas of breast and pancreatic cancer, juvenile diabetes, and ...

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BCM Oncology Medical Director Joins Actinium’s Scientific Advisory Board

BCM Oncology Medical Director Joins Actinium’s Scientific Advisory Board

The Medical Director for Hematologic Malignancy Clinical Research at the Texas Oncology-Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas, Dr. M. Yair Levy, was appointed as a new member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Actinium Pharmaceuticals‘ lead product, Iomab-B. The New York city-based biopharmaceutical company focuses on immunotherapeutics for the treatment of advanced cancers. “We are gratified to add Dr. Levy ...

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BCM Research Uncovers Cellular Process Involved in Making Vaccines Effective

BCM Research Uncovers Cellular Process Involved in Making Vaccines Effective

A research team from Baylor College of Medicine has shown that the process of regulating, synthesizing, and degradating cellular components, known as autophagy, plays a major role in the cellular processes that control our immune system’s “memory,” which has yet to be fully explained. Our immune system is able to maintain long-term memories against viruses, which explains why vaccinations have been ...

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Baylor Professor Invests $5 Million in NanoViricides

Baylor Professor Invests $5 Million in NanoViricides

  Anti-influenza drug developer NanoViricides received a $5 million dollar investment from one of its independent board members, Dr. Milton Boniuk, MD, a Caroline F. Elles chair professor of ocular oncology at Baylor College of Medicine. The investment was made with a debt instrument used by companies to borrow capital at a fixed rate of interest known as a convertible ...

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BCM Study Highlights Effective Treatment Options For Traumatic Brain Injuries

BCM Study Highlights Effective Treatment Options For Traumatic Brain Injuries

Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital recently published a study where different treatment techniques for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) during early hospitalization were used, allowing blood transfusions at lower hemoglobin levels, therefore diminishing the risks associated with this treatment. Patients suffering from neurological injury frequently develop anemia, a common cause of secondary injury, which ...

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Neuroscience Lab at BCM Uncovers Fundamental Mechanisms for Neural Plasticity

Neuroscience Lab at BCM Uncovers Fundamental Mechanisms for Neural Plasticity

Research recently published in Nature Neuroscience from the laboratory of Dr. Mauro Costa-Mattioli at Baylor College of Medicine could lead to the development of new treatments for cognitive disorders. The work involves synaptic connections between neurons and an understanding of how they can be strengthened (potentiated) or weakened (depressed). “We have generated a variety of tools and reagents so that we can ...

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