Latest University of Texas Medical Branch Stories

2011-10-24 22:58:31

First-of-its-kind study identifies cancer-causing strains of HPV as possible cause of heart disease when no other risk factors are present Women with cancer-causing strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) may be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke even when no conventional risk factors for CVD are present. Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston are the first to investigate a potential connection between CVD and HPV, one of the...

Hendra-Infected Monkeys Respond to Human Antibody Treatment
2011-10-20 05:12:00

Monkeys infected with the deadly Hendra virus responded to a new treatment in which they were given human antibodies, which University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) researchers have called a "major step forward in combating the virus" in a press release announcing the findings. Scientists from the school's UTMB, along with representatives of Rocky Mountain Laboratories, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the...

2011-10-04 09:29:58

Confirming many elderly patients´ worst fears, a national study has shown that being hospitalized for an acute event, such as a stroke or hip fracture, can lead to long-term institutionalization in a nursing home. Equally alarming, researchers found that direct discharge to a skilled nursing facility – a common practice designed to reduce hospital stays – put patients at “extremely high risk” of needing long-term nursing home care. According to researchers at...

2011-09-15 20:27:25

Researchers have found that a protein linked to cell division and migration and tied to increased cell proliferation in ovarian tumors is also present at high levels in breast cancer specimens and cell lines. The protein, dubbed "UNC-45A," was also determined to be more active in breast cancer cells than in normal breast cells. University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston scientists describe these findings and others in a paper now online in the Journal of Molecular Biology. "As a...

2011-09-01 15:24:41

Researchers have found that a protein variation linked by some genetic studies to Alzheimer's disease is consistently present in the brains of people with Alzheimer's. In further biochemical and cell culture investigations, they have shown that this protein, known as ubiquilin-1, performs a critical Alzheimer's-related function: it "chaperones" the formation of amyloid precursor protein, a molecule whose malformation has been directly tied to Alzheimer's pathology. "What we saw here is...

2011-08-24 07:00:00

Texas' Electronic Medical Records (EMR) program saved Texas taxpayers nearly $1 billion over the last 10 years says the Gartner Group. Austin, TX (PRWEB) August 24, 2011 Despite the fact that Texas has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country and health care costs to inmates are rapidly increasing nationally, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) through the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) has teamed with Atlanta's Business Computer Applications, Inc. (BCA)...

2011-08-22 20:02:26

Novel approach may offer treatment for other bacterial diseases Researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have discovered a molecular process by which the body can defend against the effects of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), pointing the way to a promising new approach for treating an intestinal disease that has become more common, more severe and harder to cure in recent years. In the U.S., several million...

2011-08-22 15:09:17

Researchers may have discovered an impressive new weapon in the struggle against hospital-acquired bacterial infections, Reuters is reporting. Clostridium difficile is an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that can cause diarrhea, colitis, the inflammation of the colon. At its worst, it can be fatal and is often spread around hospitals and medical facilities. Tests of an experimental compound are mimicking the human defense mechanism, used by cells in the gut to neutralize harmful...

2011-08-12 12:35:06

NIH awards $3 million to prepare for clinical trials; developers hope vaccine will alleviate suffering caused by mosquito-borne virus in Asia and Africa and limit its spread Researchers have developed a new candidate vaccine to protect against chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne pathogen that produces an intensely painful and often chronic arthritic disease that has stricken millions of people in India, Southeast Asia and Africa. A single dose of the experimental vaccine protected lab mice...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.