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2012-02-13 11:14:20

Length of residence increases risk The longer a Hispanic woman lives in the United States, the higher her risk of preterm birth (PTB), with nearly half of PTBs among Hispanic women occurring in those who were born in the U.S. This is the main finding of a study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston who sought to shed light on possible environmental factors in PTB. It is one of several studies from UTMB presented this week at the Society for...

2012-02-03 09:18:50

Researchers tease out toxic role of tau oligomers One of the most distinctive signs of the development of Alzheimer's disease is a change in the behavior of a protein that neuroscientists call tau. In normal brains, tau is present in individual units essential to neuron health. In the cells of Alzheimer's brains, by contrast, tau proteins aggregate into twisted structures known as "neurofibrillary tangles." These tangles are considered a hallmark of the disease, but their precise role in...

2012-01-12 21:10:20

For years, researchers seeking new therapies for traumatic brain injury have been tantalized by the results of animal experiments with stem cells. In numerous studies, stem cell implantation has substantially improved brain function in experimental animals with brain trauma. But just how these improvements occur has remained a mystery. Now, an important part of this puzzle has been pieced together by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In experiments with...

2012-01-11 11:24:32

Race/ethnicity, contraceptive use linked to accurate self-perception, with black women and DMPA users more likely to correctly perceive gain Despite popular belief about women's weight concerns, young women commonly fail to recognize recent gain of as many as 11 pounds — putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease and other obesity-related conditions. Self-perception of weight gain also appears to be significantly influenced by race, ethnicity and contraceptive methods. In a...

Researchers Identify Causes And Risk Factors For Stillbirth
2011-12-14 10:45:06

According to a recent study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the most common causes of stillbirth differ depending on a number of factors, including race, ethnicity, previous pregnancy outcomes, and range of health -- and typically all identifiable before or at the start of pregnancy. “Stillbirth, defined as fetal death at 20 weeks´ gestation or later, is one of the most common adverse pregnancy outcomes in the United States and affects...

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...


Word of the Day
conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin