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2013-04-11 10:31:27

Some breast tumor circulating cells in the bloodstream are marked by a constellation of biomarkers that identify them as those destined to seed the brain with a deadly spread of cancer, said researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears online in the journal Science Translational Medicine. "What prompted us to initiate this study was our desire to understand the characteristics of these cells," said Dr. Dario Marchetti, professor of pathology at BCM,...

2013-04-09 11:44:13

Is the era of targeted therapy for breast cancer at hand? It could be, said experts at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine — at least for a certain population of women. In a report that appears online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the researchers have shown that a subset of breast cancer patients who have tumors overexpressing a protein called the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2 positive) may benefit from a combination of...

2013-04-02 12:32:57

Mutations in a protein called SPOP (speckle-type POZ protein) disarm it, allowing another protein called steroid receptor coactivator-3 (SRC-3) to encourage the proliferation and spread of prostate cancer cells, said researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Normally SPOP acts as a tumor suppressor gene by marking SRC-3 for destruction, said Dr. Nicholas Mitsiades, assistant professor of...

2013-04-02 12:26:44

In a study of HIV-infected patients at Harris Health System´s Thomas Street Health Center, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that undocumented Hispanic patients were likely to seek treatment at a more advanced stage of HIV than other patients. They also found that once these patients entered care, their outcomes were the same or even better than other patients. Their report appears in this week in PLOS ONE. "This...

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...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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