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2011-07-11 19:51:22

Combination therapy benefits more than a third of women in study Adding Afinitor® to Herceptin®, the main treatment for HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer, helps some women with disease that has been resistant to previous Herceptin-based therapies, according to a study led by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The Phase I/II study demonstrated that a combination of the...

2011-07-01 13:00:00

HOUSTON, July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas, and the University of Texas at Arlington recently hosted five undergraduate students from the Indian Institute of Science and Technology (IIST) in Thiravanathapuram, India. The students were accepted as part of the 2011 Universities Space Research Association (USRA) undergraduate student research program. Beginning April 1, this 13-week program provided the IIST students with the...

2011-06-30 17:15:05

Experts mobilize after national clinical trial shows CT scanning reduces deaths by 20 percent Current and former heavy smokers can now be screened more effectively for lung cancer. Results from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) revealed that detecting small lung cancers with computed tomography (CT) reduces lung cancer specific mortality by 20 percent. Prior to the trial, lung cancer, often diagnosed in the later stages of the disease, had shown no benefit from screening because...

2011-06-15 07:25:00

AUSTIN, Texas, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Professional Development Center (PDC), a component of Continuing and Innovative Education (CIE) at The University of Texas at Austin, announces the launch of a new Personal Trainer Certificate Program on the university campus. This 6-week program meets once a week and includes 15 hours of lecture and 15 hours of practical gym training. After the successful completion of the training program and final exam, students must complete a 30-hour...

2011-06-04 00:00:31

The Society for Translational Oncology (STO) is honored to award the 2011 Bob Pinedo Cancer Care Prize to Dr. Gabriel N. Hortobágyi, Nellie B. Connally Chair, Breast Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Hortobágyi is awarded the prize for his life-long dedication to cancer patients and his pioneering progress in bringing new hope to breast cancer patients. Durham, NC (PRWEB) June 02, 2011 The Society for Translational Oncology (STO) is...

2011-06-02 14:46:00

SAN DIEGO, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Data to be presented in a poster at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) taking place in Chicago, Illinois June 3-7 by researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Biocept, Inc. show that a laboratory test developed by Biocept, Inc. for the evaluation of HER2 status of Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) and Disseminated Tumor Cells (DTCs) can provide potentially valuable information to...

2011-06-02 14:31:03

First cancer vaccine to show improved response rate A vaccine for one of the most lethal cancers, advanced melanoma, has improved response rate and progression-free survival for patients when combined with the immunotherapy drug Interleukin-2, according to research led by scientists from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Indiana University Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care. The findings, published in the June 2 New England Journal of Medicine, mark the first vaccine...

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2011-05-19 14:40:00

Paleontologists have discovered that an improved sense of smell jumpstarted brain evolution in the ancestral cousins of present-day mammals.  The findings help explain why mammals evolved such large and complex brains, which in some cases ballooned 10 times larger than relative body size.  The researchers constructed fossils of two Early Jurassic Period mammals to provide evidence that the mammalian brain evolved in three major stages.  First by improvements in sense of smell...

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2011-05-19 14:00:00

According to a new study, breast cancer patients who practice yoga experience lower stress and improved quality of life compared to those who do stretching exercises. Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center studied 163 women with an average age of 52 who were undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer. The women were randomly assigned yoga, simple stretching, or no instruction in yoga or stretching. Those who were assigned to yoga or stretching practiced in...

2011-05-11 01:00:54

Tool may one day be used to guide patients' treatment with standard therapy alone, or personalized clinical trial upfront A new genomic test combining multiple signatures "“ a patient's estrogen receptor status, endocrine therapy response, chemotherapy resistance and sensitivity "“ shows promise as a predictor of chemotherapy response and survival benefit in women with invasive breast cancer, according to research led by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The...


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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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