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2011-11-16 22:52:28

Many men discontinue treatment, increasing their chances for recurrence About half of male breast cancer patients who take the drug tamoxifen to prevent their disease from returning report side effects such as weight gain and sexual dysfunction, which prompts more than 20 percent of them to discontinue treatment, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The study, which is the largest to date of how the estrogen-blocking drug is tolerated in men...

2011-11-11 01:16:10

When given alongside radiation therapy for head and neck cancer, acupuncture has shown for the first time to reduce the debilitating side effect of xerostomia, according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center. The study, published in the journal Cancer, reported findings from the first randomized controlled trial of acupuncture for the prevention of xerostomia. Xerostomia, or severe dry mouth, is characterized...

New Experimental Drug Helps Monkeys Lose 11 Percent of Body Fat
2011-11-10 12:35:40

A research team led by scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center said that obese rhesus monkeys lost 11 percent of their body weight after four weeks of treatment with an experimental drug that destroys the blood supply of fat tissue. The researchers have designed the new drug to bind to a protein on the surface of fat-supporting blood vessels and a synthetic peptide that triggers cell death. "Obesity is a major risk factor for developing cancer, roughly the...

2011-11-07 19:51:44

Implications seen for fastest growing segment of cancer population The survival rates for older women with breast cancer lag behind younger women diagnosed with the disease, indicating that the elder population may be missing out on improvements in treatment and detection, according to new research from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, is one of the first to identify whether the improvements made in breast...

2011-11-07 13:03:26

Findings point to possible personalized brain tumor therapy with Src inhibitors The embryonic enzyme pyruvate kinase M2 (PKM2) has a well-established role in metabolism and is highly expressed in human cancers. Now, a team led by researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reports in advance online publication of the journal Nature that PKM2 has important non-metabolic functions in cancer formation. "Our research shows that although PKM2 plays an important role in...

2011-11-02 07:00:00

Texas-based GLASS RECYCLED has donated kitchen and bathroom countertop materials to the University of Texas-Tyler TxAire project. GLASS RECYCLED is one of a number of environmentally-friendly materials and building practices that will be compared and monitored against traditional building options as part of the Texas Allergy, Indoor Environment and Energy Instituteâs (TxAire) - initiative. Plano, Texas (PRWEB) November 02, 2011 Texas-based GLASS RECYCLED has donated kitchen and...

2011-10-24 23:09:24

Targeting specific addresses could help fight cancer, obesity and other diseases A research team led by scientists from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered four new "ZIP codes" in their quest to map the vast blood vessel network of the human body. The study, published online the week of Oct. 24 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, brings science one step closer to the goal of using the vascular system to personalize cancer therapy, as...


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2010-11-18 18:05:49

Michael Baker is an engineer and a retired United States Navy captain and NASA astronaut. He was born Michael Allen Baker on October 27, 1953 in Memphis, Tennessee, though he considers Lemoore, California to be his hometown. As a child he was active in the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated from Lemoore Union High School in 1971 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas in 1975. After his graduation, Baker completed flight training and...

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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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