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2012-05-01 20:52:54

A transcription factor activated by too much sugar in the blood is a driver of an implacable cycle of too little insulin resulting in too much sugar in the blood that, in turn, causes failure of beta cells to make enough insulin which results in even higher blood sugar and type 2 diabetes, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in an online report in the journal Diabetologia. That transcription factor — carbohydrate response element binding protein or ChREBP — offers...

2012-04-26 22:26:38

In the spring of 2010, Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Brendan Lee received a desperate email from the mother of one of his patients. The teen — who had been Lee's patient for most of his life — was in hypertensive crisis and none of the usual treatments could bring his blood pressure down to normal. His heart was enlarged and not pumping well — a problem called cardiomyopathy that was the result of more than a decade of difficult-to-control high blood pressure....

2012-04-24 12:47:04

The first McNair Symposium, featuring the work of McNair Medical Institute Scholars in the Texas Medical Center, will be held at Baylor College of Medicine Wednesday, April 25. The symposium will become an annual event and is in keeping with the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation's focus on collaboration and the sharing of research among those who have been named McNair Medical Institute Scholars. The five MMI Scholars at BCM will present research, as will a MMI Scholar at MD Anderson...

2012-04-24 12:43:45

The Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine has received a $250,000, one-year award from the Avon Foundation for Women for support of BCM's efforts to provide breast cancer care at the Harris County Hospital District's Ben Taub General Hospital. The grant was awarded in a special dedication ceremony Sunday, April 22, at the closing of the Fifth Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Houston. Dr. Mothaffar Rimawi, medical director of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast...

2012-04-18 21:19:37

Dr. José Esparza, senior adviser for vaccines at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will present the inaugural Distinguished Lecture of the Center for Globalization at Baylor College of Medicine. His talk, “Harnessing Science to Solve Public Health Problems,” will be followed by a panel discussion led by Dr. Bobby Kapur, director of the Center for Globalization. The presentation begins at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in Cullen Auditorium. "As an innovative...

2012-04-18 21:18:23

Stem cell and regenerative medicine expert Dr. Malgorzata Borowiak has been named Baylor College of Medicine's fifth McNair Scholar. She will focus on diabetes. Using stem cell technology, Borowiak's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of type 1 diabetes to identify new, cellular treatments for the disease. The McNair Scholar program at BCM, supported by the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation and managed by the McNair Medical Institute, identifies outstanding scientists...

2012-04-11 22:16:57

A vast majority of cells in the brain are glial, yet our understanding of how they are generated, a process called gliogenesis, has remained enigmatic. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have identified a novel transcripitonal cascade that controls these formative stages of gliogenesis and answered the longstanding question of how glial cells are generated from neural stem cells. "Most people are familiar with neurons, cells that process and transmit information in the brain. Glial...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
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