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2012-02-10 10:27:26

A neuropeptide called Substance P is the cause of seizures in patients with brains infected by the pork tapeworm (Taenia solium), said Baylor College of Medicine researchers in a report that appears online in the open access journal PLoS Pathogens. "Neurocysticercosis or the tapeworm parasitic infection in the brain, is the major cause of acquired seizures," said Dr. Prema Robinson, assistant professor of medicine — infectious diseases, and corresponding author of the report. "It is...

2012-02-09 23:40:11

How long does it take a fruit fly to emerge from a cold-induced coma? How resistant is a fruit fly to starvation? How quickly can a fruit fly settle down after it is startled? The answer to these complex traits rests with genes, many of them that interact in complicated ways to produce an end result that is a phenotype or outward sign, said an international group of scientists, led by those from North Carolina State University, the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center...

2012-02-09 18:31:37

How long does it take a fruit fly to emerge from a cold-induced coma? How resistant is a fruit fly to starvation? How quickly can a fruit fly settle down after it is startled? The answer to these complex traits rests with genes, many of them that interact in complicated ways to produce an end result that is a phenotype or outward sign, said an international group of scientists, led by those from North Carolina State University, the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center...

2012-02-09 18:29:47

Fish oil is known to lower triglycerides, but can it prevent a heart attack? Doctors from Baylor College of Medicine involved in a multi-institutional study are testing a highly purified form of fish oil to see if it can reduce the risk of heart attack for those who are also on a statin, a cholesterol-reducing drug. Triglycerides and cholesterol are different types of lipids, or fat, found in the blood stream. The body needs these lipids to function properly, but too much can raise the...

2012-02-09 18:28:10

Some doctors might see a patient with Marfan syndrome once or twice a year. But Dr. Joseph Coselli, professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of adult cardiac surgery at the Texas Heart Institute, sees on average one or more a week. While Marfan syndrome is a disease of the connective tissue and can affect many areas on the body, it can become deadly when it affects the heart or aorta. What is Marfan syndrome? Marfan syndrome is caused by a defect in a gene that...

2012-02-09 18:27:00

Statins, the cholesterol lowering medications, have been known as the go-to treatment for heart disease for the past 25 years. While statins may reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, there is still a risk. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine are now looking for additional or alternative treatment options. "We know statins work in preventing heart attacks, but some people still go on to have cardiac events," said Dr. Christie Ballantyne, professor of medicine and section chief...

2012-02-09 18:25:48

A protein kinase known as ROCK1 can exacerbate an important process called fission in the mitochondria, the power plants of cells, leading to diabetic kidney disease, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears online today in the journal Cell Metabolism. (ROCK1 stands for (Rho-associated coiled-coil containing protein kinase 1.) "We have shown the connection between ROCK1 and the progression to kidney disease through the effect of ROCK1 on the mitochondria,"...

2012-02-09 14:57:08

Aging takes its toll on sex appeal and now an international team of researchers led by Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Michigan find that in fruit flies, at least, it even diminishes the come-hither effect of the chemicals of love — pheromones. "This is new because we have direct evidence that the pheromones produced at these different ages affect sexual attractiveness differently," said Tsung-Han Kuo, a graduate student in the department of molecular and human...

2012-02-08 07:45:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Montblanc announced today a new and unique charitable partnership with Texas Children's Hospital. Montblanc and Texas Children's Cancer Center have joined together to support excellence in patient care, research and education to enhance the health and well being of our nation's children. To show personal commitment to this cause, Montblanc has created a collection of woven leather bracelets with portions of proceeds to be donated to Texas...

2012-02-06 07:00:00

Philanthropists Lester and Sue Smith stage star-studded event, match every donation HOUSTON, Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --A Texas-sized disco dance party was the backdrop Saturday night for a benefit that raised $32.26 million for pediatric cancer research at Texas Children's Cancer Center, the #1 pediatric cancer center in Texas as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. A record-breaking fundraiser for the hospital, Dr. David Poplack, director of Texas Children's Cancer...