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2010-04-27 11:00:00

The body creates a fatty acid similar to capsaicin - the ingredient that makes chili peppers taste hot - at the site of pain, and blocking its production could lead to a new generation of painkillers, according to researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. "Nearly everyone will experience persistent pain at some point in their lifetime," Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves, the lead researcher and the chair of the Department of Endodontics in the Dental School at the UT...

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2010-04-05 14:55:00

Rice's nano-bio-chip effective in pilot study to detect premalignancies The gentle touch of a lesion on the tongue or cheek with a brush can help detect oral cancer with success rates comparable to more invasive techniques, according to preliminary studies by researchers at Rice University, the University of Texas Health Science Centers at Houston and San Antonio and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The test that uses Rice's diagnostic nano-bio-chip was found to be 97...

2010-04-02 09:18:04

Rapamycin proves mettle in second model of memory-robbing disease If research results continue to be repeated and are turned into clinical trials, a drug already approved for some uses could be marshaled "” sooner than we expect "” to prevent Alzheimer's disease in humans and improve health to the end of life. A few weeks after a report that rapamycin, a drug that extends lifespan in mice and that is currently used in transplant patients, curbed the effects of Alzheimer's disease...

2010-02-25 08:14:22

Study suggests potential new use for immunosuppressive drug Rapamycin, a drug that keeps the immune system from attacking transplanted organs, may have another exciting use: fighting Alzheimer's disease. Rapamycin rescued learning and memory deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer's, a team from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio reported Tuesday (Feb. 23). The study, in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, offers the first evidence that the drug is able to reverse...

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2010-02-10 15:26:03

When we put an idea on the back burner, it goes into a processing area of the brain called the default-mode network. This network enables us to hold the low-priority idea in abeyance until a time when we aren't busy with something else. "The default-mode network appears to be the brain's back burner for social decision making," said Peter T. Fox, M.D., director of the Research Imaging Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. "Usually these back-burner ideas...

2010-02-05 13:54:29

A novel finding, described today (Feb. 4) on the Science Express Web site by teams from the National Cancer Institute, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Toronto, offers a clue as to how genes can have what you might call multiple personalities. Genes are long strings of DNA letters, but they can be cut and spliced to make different proteins, something like the word "Saskatchewan" can have its middle cut out to leave the word "Swan," its front,...

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2009-11-29 08:30:00

A resilient rodent from the horn of Africa has begun charming scientists around the world.  Resistant to cancer and aging better than Sean Connery, the remarkable, if somewhat unattractive, naked mole rat is proving to be a biological wonder and a new source of scientific inquiry. "They really are from Mars, I think," Thomas Park, biological sciences professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told the Associated Press. Able to live up to 30 years, these 3 to 4 inch East African...

2009-10-21 08:08:49

Twenty years of screening for breast and prostate cancer "“ the most diagnosed cancer for women and men "“ have not brought the anticipated decline in deaths from these diseases, argue experts from the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in an opinion piece published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Instead, overall cancer rates are higher, many more patients are being treated, and the...

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2009-08-23 13:14:57

Mice lacking sensor have shorter survival A cellular molecule that not only can sense two common respiratory viruses but also can direct cells to mount a defense has been identified by microbiologists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The finding, published online Sunday, Aug. 23, by the journal Nature Immunology, could lead to new therapies for human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza A (commonly known as flu), both of which are serious threats to...

2009-08-13 09:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Two students from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School have received one-time scholarships of $2,500 per student from United Concordia Dental to help pay for tuition. Maritza Chavez, 23, of McAllen, Texas, and Winston Faltine, 25, of Houston, were chosen for their academic achievements and contributions to the community. "We are proud to provide these two outstanding students with scholarships," said Harlon L....


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.