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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...

2013-07-24 11:16:36

The story begins with a problem - a virulent strain of a drug-resistant bacteria that was imported with the wounded from Afghanistan and spread through the United States. In cancer wards and other places where people with impaired immune systems were treated, this infection caused by the gram-negative bacterium, Acinetobacter baumannii, was particularly dangerous and it evaded the wiles of most known antibiotics. Infections caused by such gram-negative pathogens (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella...

2013-07-16 10:34:16

Breaks in the double-strands of the DNA helix can spell trouble, destabilizing the genome and resulting in changes that drive cancer, antibiotic resistance and, on a more positive note, evolution. Scientists can generate these breaks by a variety of extraneous methods in the laboratory, but Baylor College of Medicine scientists Dr. Philip Hastings and Dr. Susan Rosenberg wondered how such breaks occur without outside help - and how they occur in resting cells not actively making new copies...

2013-07-15 10:27:05

Although the importance of magnesium for bone health is known, little is known about magnesium absorption and its relationship to bone mineral content and density ­ both factors that relate to bone strength. In a new study, researchers at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital found that the magnesium content of a diet is significantly related to these two factors. Their...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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