HOUSTON -- (December 6, 2012) -- For much of her professional life, Dr. Susan Rosenberg has studied the puzzling response of bacteria to stress and the mutations that result. In the current issue of the journal Science, she puts together the pieces of that puzzle, describing most of the members of an elaborate gene network that functions in causing mutations during repair of double-stranded breaks in the DNA of stressed cells.
Breath Test May Detect Colon Cancer
Dec. 5, 2012 -- A breath test similar to the one used to determine when a driver has had too much to drink shows promise as a screening tool for cancer.
In a new study from Italy, researchers were able to identify patients with colorectal cancer with an accuracy of over 75% by analyzing samples of their breath.
MECP2 duplication affects immune system as well as brain development
HOUSTON -- (December 5, 2012) -- In 1999, Dr. Huda Zoghbi and colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine identified the genetic cause of Rett syndrome (a neurological disorder that begins after birth)--MECP2 mutation. Too little of the MeCP2 protein associated with the gene causes the girls whom it affects to regress, gradually losing their speech, the use of their hands and many cognitive functions.
Baylor researchers find hypnosis helpful in reducing postmenopausal hot flashes
A new study from Baylor researchers holds promise for women suffering through postmenopausal hot flashes.
Redefining Medicine With Apps and iPads
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dr. Alvin Rajkomar was doing rounds with his team at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center when he came upon a puzzling case: a frail, elderly patient with a dangerously low sodium level.
Alum's lifetime of medical service includes helping save David Petraeus' life
Four-star General David Petraeus became widely known for leading American forces in Iraq and later Afghanistan over the past decade, and he now serves as director of the CIA. But he might never have been able to serve his country in such ways were it not for the work of a Baylor Bear.
Washington State Makes It Harder to Opt Out of Immunizations
Washington State is home to Bill and Melinda Gates, champions of childhood vaccines across the globe. Its university boasts cutting-edge vaccine research. But when it comes to getting children immunized, until recently, the state was dead last.
Meniscal tears: know the facts
Weekend warriors and serious athletes alike might find themselves sidelined by a common sports injury--a torn meniscus, according to an orthopedic surgeon at Baylor College of Medicine.
This injury is especially common in soccer, basketball and football, said Dr. Theodore Shybut, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at BCM. Treatment depends on the type and pattern of the tear.
Minutes matter in treating sepsis infection
Early detection and immediate treatment is the key to improving chances of survival for those suffering from sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection, say doctors at Baylor College of Medicine and Ben Taub General Hospital.
New Research Suggests Bacteria Are Social Microorganisms
New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reveals that some unlikely subjects--bacteria--can have social structures similar to plants and animals.
West Nile virus: Focus on prevention
Preventing the West Nile virus is the best defense, and doctors at Baylor College of Medicine offer well-known but often forgotten prevention tips.
Career Spotlight: Medical and Health Services Managers
Medical and health services managers are also referred to as healthcare administrators or healthcare executives. There are numerous subcategories within this profession. Medical and health services managers focus on the business and regulatory aspects of healthcare, including the maintenance and analysis of patient information, managing budgets, overseeing projects, and ensuring that an organization meets applicable legal standards. Work settings could include hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and outpatient facilities.
Alum, professor come together to fight mental illness in Central Texas and abroad
Helping those with mental health challenges is a passion of Baylor alums Joe Padilla, BA '95, and Dr. Matt Stanford, BS '88, MA '90, PhD '92, founders of Mental Health Grace Alliance. Working in tandem, the two have turned this passion into a mission-minded non-profit organization dedicated to helping others.
FDA Approves New Inhaler for COPD
The FDA has approved a new inhaled drug for the treatment of the lung disease COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
The drug, called Tudorza Pressair (aclidinium bromide), is a dry powder inhaler. It improves airflow by relaxing the muscles around the large airways of the lungs. Patients use it twice a day.
Vaccine May Block the Effect of Nicotine
Scientists say they've developed a vaccine that may one day protect people against the addictive effects of nicotine -- but for now they have to settle for some success in mice.
STUDENT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR: Medical Service Organization
The Student Organization of the Year award is determined through an organizational commitment to their purpose, partnership within the Baylor and Waco communities, as well as a demonstrated effort of service acts and programs. This year, the Medical Student Organization was honored as the Student Organization of the Year due to their ongoing activity in each of these areas. MSO works to provide its members with opportunities to serve in and learn about the medical field through professional, academic, social, and service oriented activities.
Baylor We Are: World-Class Facilities
It hasn't been all that long since I was a student at Baylor, but when I walk the campus these days, I marvel at how many of the facilities students benefit from today have gone up since I graduated.
The one that stands out the most is the Baylor Sciences Building
Baylor Health Care System CEO (and BU alum) recognized by Texas Association of Business
From one health care leader to another... Just got word that Joel Allison, BA '70, president and CEO of Baylor Health Care System, will receive the Texas Association of Business Dallas Chapter's 2012 Distinguished Business Leader Award at a luncheon in April.
Baylor-Army program graduate honored for healthcare industry leadership
Major General David Rubenstein, MHA '89, has seen and done it all in his 35 years in the military, from leading a medical platoon in Germany to serving as Deputy Surgeon General of the U.S. Army -- essentially the COO of an $11 billion healthcare operation. In June, he'll retire from the Army to focus on developing healthcare leaders through seminars and other talks.
Fish Exposed to SSRIs Exhibit Abnormal Behavior, Baylor Study Finds
Fish exhibit abnormal behavior and lower levels of anxiety when exposed to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI), which are common drugs used to treat depression, among other disorders. The study, by Baylor University researchers and online in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, also found that human data for drug activity can be used to predict surface water concentrations of these substances that negatively impact fish behavior.
Multiple top-25 programs making Baylor a leader in healthcare administration
Senior finance and economics double-major Grant Magness (pictured) was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of 15. The time he spent at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas sparked Grant's interest in a healthcare career -- which, in turn, helped lead him to Baylor.
A sneak peek at the Class of 2015
Freshmen begin moving into their residence halls one week from today. We've already profiled a couple of members of Baylor's Class of 2015 this summer (see links below), but here are a few more.
Researchers Find 3 Genes Linked to Esophagus Disorders
Mutations in three genes have been found to be more common among people with disorders of the esophagus, including esophageal cancer and Barrett esophagus (a complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease), a new study shows.