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2012-06-04 17:21:14

Some neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy are associated with the inability to repair the chronic destruction of myelin sheaths that surround the core of a nerve fiber and function to speed transmission of nerve impulses. To better understand the failure to remyelinate these nerves in disorders involving loss of these sheaths, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine examined how myelin forms during development. They found that a transcription factor known...

2012-06-04 14:45:19

Dr. Alan J. Garber, professor of medicine and endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine, was elected president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists at its 21st Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress in Philadelphia, on Saturday, May 27. "As president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, I will ensure the continued success of the organization toward the development and implementation of both innovative and established strategies for successful...

2012-05-31 01:44:31

Federal statistics indicate that four of five African-American women are overweight or obese, yet researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University have identified a large number of African American women who have lost clinically significant amounts of weight and kept it off for longer than a year. Descriptive results of the large survey study are presented online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and will be available in print later this year. Little information...

2012-05-31 01:42:18

Research on aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding found within the membrane layers surrounding the brain) needs more well-designed and large-scale clinical trials to move forward in discovering lifesaving treatment options, said Baylor College of Medicine neurocritical physicians and researchers. Dr. Jose I. Suarez, professor of neurology, and Dr. Chethan P. Venkatasubba Rao, assistant professor of neurology, both with the division of vascular neurology and neurocritical care at...

2012-05-31 01:40:25

A molecule responsible for the proper formation and function of neurons finds its way to the right place not because it is actively recruited, but because it can't go anywhere else. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have identified a distal axonal cytoskeleton that functions as a boundary to ensure a key scaffolding protein, called ankyrinG, stays at the start of the axon near the cell body where it performs its functions of clustering sodium and potassium ion channels and...

2012-05-31 01:36:33

In this time of radical innovation in medicine, it is all the more important to "treat the patient," Dr. Eric Topol, a leader in the field of advancing health care through technology, advised the graduating class of Baylor College of Medicine Tuesday. "Even though we have this exciting time in medicine — radical innovation — we need doctors with compassion, with empathy and bedside manner who are great communicators, who have healing touch," he told the graduates. "And those...

2012-05-31 01:33:21

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine will receive up to $6.2 million over five years from the National Institute Of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to develop a vaccine for severe acute respiratory syndrome, commonly called SARS. "This will be our first major effort to develop a vaccine for a potential public health emergency threat in the United States. It gets us into a new area of biodefense while in the past we've been focusing on...

2012-05-24 21:13:07

A molecule responsible for the proper formation of a key portion of the nervous system finds its way to the proper place not because it is actively recruited, but instead because it can't go anywhere else. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have identified a distal axonal cytoskeleton as the boundary that makes sure AnkyrinG clusters where it needs to so it can perform properly. "It has been known that AnkyrinG is needed for the axon initial segment to form. Without the axon...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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