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2013-03-21 16:09:34

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine are seeking boys aged 9 months to 30 months who might be showing signs of autism or boys of the same age who have an older brother with the disorder to take part in a study to determine if a supplement called carnitine can prevent a form of autism. The study led Dr. Arthur Beaudet, chair of molecular and human genetics at BCM, seeks to determine if autism can result when neurons or nerve cell lack adequate supplies of carnitine, which plays a...

2013-03-21 16:08:10

Warmer weather coaxes snakes out of hiding, and it´s important to know what to do after a snake bite, according to a medical toxicologist at Baylor College of Medicine. "Many people don´t realize how much of an issue snake bites are in this area of the country," said Dr. Spencer Greene, director of medical toxicology and assistant professor of medicine - emergency medicine at BCM. "In fact, our regional poison center reported 235 snake bites - including 148 from known venomous...

2013-03-21 16:06:15

The message is the same each year, but the significance has not faltered. Regular screenings for colon cancer can catch the deadly disease before it even begins. Doctors at Baylor College of Medicine say by scheduling an appointment, you could be saving your life! "Getting screened regularly is one of the most effective ways to prevent colon cancer," said Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor of medicine and chief of endoscopy at BCM. "Colon cancer is known as the silent killer because symptoms are...

2013-03-13 17:48:37

For the third year in a row Baylor College of Medicine has improved in the rankings in U.S. News & World Report, moving up to No. 18 among all research-intensive U.S. medical schools. "These numbers show the growing strength of the Baylor College of Medicine community as a whole, making us the highest ranked medical school in Texas as well as in the southwest region," said BCM President and CEO Dr. Paul Klotman. "We will continue to move forward as we focus on our missions of...

2013-03-13 17:47:27

On the football field, the neophyte fan focuses on the receiver, whose daring catch and dash for the goal line captures the attention. However, focusing on that one player means the fan misses the contributions of the quarterback, the blockers and the other players who make that run happen. The same is true in the cell, where too often a single finding about one protein, enzyme or receptor seems to solve a problem. In an online report in the journal Nucleic Acids Research, Dr. Michael...

2013-03-05 10:39:34

Introductions at a party seemingly go in one ear and out the other. However, if you meet someone two or three times during the party, you are more likely to remember his or her name. Your brain has taken a short-term memory - the introduction - and converted it into a long-term one. The molecular key to this activity is mTORC2 (mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2), according to researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in an article that appeared online in the journal Nature Neuroscience....

2013-03-05 10:37:42

The Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic will host its fifth annual technology conference April 2-3 focusing on the use of social media and other forms of electronic communication to advance public health initiatives. "At the Teen Health Clinic, we have made it a priority to integrate the use of today´s technology into our patient care efforts," said Dr. Peggy Smith, director of the clinic and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at BCM. "Our goal through the conference is...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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