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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...

2013-09-10 14:24:24

Treatment for sickle cell disease has largely focused on managing pain and acute complications, but current research, including several projects at Texas Children’s Hematology Center, is now aimed at developing more efficient and progressive forms of treatment that could potentially benefit patients around the world. "Traditionally, treatment for sickle cell disease has been palliative, and there have not been a lot of options to prevent long term complications," said Dr. Alex George,...

2013-09-03 10:26:41

In the perceptual condition known as synesthesia, unrelated sensory experiences such as color are triggered by ordinal stimuli such as numbers, letters and months of the year. Exactly how and why this happens is unknown. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital took a closer look at these connections and found a special relationship between the color and graphemes regions of the brain...

2013-09-03 10:13:25

The mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell, converting energy into usable forms. When a child is born with a gene defect that results in dysfunctional mitochondria, the results can be devastating, causing physical and cognitive disability and often death. Using genome-wide sequencing along with personalized functional genomics, researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine have identified mutations in a gene called FBXL4 revealing it as a novel cause of primary mitochondrial...

2013-08-28 12:40:58

Giving children simple chores can help them learn responsibility and independence from an early age and ease the transition to adulthood, said a developmental pediatrician from Baylor College of Medicine. "We have some evidence that shows that when children are given simple chores at an early age, it teaches them independent living skills that will help them adapt to adulthood," said Dr. Adiaha Franklin, assistant professor of pediatrics - developmental at BCM and a physician in the Meyer...


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