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2013-10-07 13:08:01

Feeling an ache or a pain may have you reaching for the nearest over-the-counter pain medication, but it is important to know the basics when it comes to medicating, say doctors at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. John Rogers, professor of family and community medicine at BCM, said the three most common over-the-counter pain relievers are acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen. Read direction labels “The best advice is to read the direction labels and warnings and follow those...

2013-10-07 12:46:33

New concerns and warnings regarding over-the-counter cough and cold medications in kids coupled with overdoses and even death are confusing some parents over the best – and safest way – to manage their child’s cold. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration now recommends against the use of over-the-counter cough and cold medications in children younger than 6,” said Dr. Julieana Nichols, assistant professor of pediatrics – academic general medicine at Baylor College of Medicine...

2013-10-04 13:13:15

How do the millions of genetic variants - ranging in size from a change in a single nucleotide (the As,Ts,Cs and Gs that define the genetic alphabet) to huge rearrangements of chromosomes that can affect many different genes - found in each human chromosome affect the health, longevity and lives of people? In a major report in the journal Science, an international consortium of groups that includes the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center describe an analytical approach...

2013-09-30 10:17:55

As so many genome studies do, this study published online in the journal Nature Genetics began with a single patient and his parents who were in search of a diagnosis. The parents of this first patient sought genetic testing for Prader-Willi syndrome when he was only a year old, but the test, which was still in its infancy, came back negative. For the next 12 years, his parents were left in limbo. He had many features of the disease – including lack of muscle tone, feeding difficulties...

2013-09-26 13:13:17

As gene sequencing technologies rapidly advance and new genomic data becomes available, so does the need for a better understanding and consensus on which gene changes are relevant to diagnosis and treatment. With a $8.4 million, four-year grant announced today from the National Human Genome Research Institute, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and The Stanford University School of Medicine hope to address this need by creating a central resource. "The Stanford/Baylor effort...

2013-09-26 13:11:00

Sometimes, when the DNA in a cell is copied during cell division, there is a mistake. A large portion of the genetic material could be duplicated or deleted. In each instance, there is often a greatly enhanced potential for serious genetic disease. Such changes are known as copy number variation (CNV) referring to the numbers of copies of a gene. Instead of ‘letters of the DNA alphabet’ being changed or missing, whole sentences, entire paragraphs or even pages/volumes of the encyclopedia...

2013-09-23 10:17:57

A team of investigators has developed an innovative blood test that may provide a faster, simpler way for emergency room doctors and others to diagnose and monitor potentially deadly aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections (a tear in the wall of the aorta) for which early diagnosis is critical for survival. The aorta is the large artery that carries blood away from the heart. Aortic aneurysms and dissections, which often have symptoms similar to a heart attack, cause more than 10,000 deaths...

2013-09-19 23:38:35

Texas Children’s Hospital is excited to announce that on December 5, 2013, Dr. Huda Zoghbi, a geneticist at Baylor College of Medicine and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute will be honored with the 2013 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize. Houston, TX (PRWEB) September 18, 2013 Dr. Huda Zoghbi, a ground-breaking geneticist at Baylor College of Medicine (http://www.bcm.edu) and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (http://www.nri.texaschildrens.org) at...

2013-09-19 15:45:00

Last spring a deadly new avian influenza ("bird flu") strain called H7N9 hit China. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, along with seven other Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units (VTEUs), will take part in studies to test vaccines to protect against the possibility of a bird flu pandemic. "It is difficult to predict whether the H7N9 virus will cause a pandemic, but there is great concern that the H7N9 virus may gain the ability to transmit easily from person-to-person. If that...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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