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Iron Deficiency May Raise Stroke Risk
Study found lack of key mineral can make blood 'stickier' and more likely to clot

Age plays important role in determining urgency of doctor visit
When you're not feeling well, at what point is it time to visit a doctor? It all depends on age, according to a Baylor College of Medicine expert.

"Whether or not to see a doctor when you're not feeling well varies by age, because in older adults, symptoms that pop up may more commonly be signs of something serious," according to Dr. Jeffrey Steinbauer, professor of family and community medicine at Baylor.

Research finds elevated levels of DDT metabolite in Alzheimer's patients
Exposure to DDT may increase the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life, a study with researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center suggests. While previous studies have linked chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes to DDT, this is the first clinical study to link the U.S.-banned pesticide to Alzheimer's disease.

FDA Approves New Drug to Treat COPD
Medication combines two bronchodilators, experts say

Drug offers promising approach to improve outcome for children with high-risk leukemia
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital leads study showing that a drug withdrawn from the market in 2010 may enhance the effectiveness of bone marrow transplants for select pediatric leukemia patients.

Baby Pics Can Diagnose Deadly Cancer
Like most parents, Bryan Shaw snapped unending pictures of his new son Noah. But when the baby was just a few months old, Shaw's wife Elizabeth started to notice something odd about the pictures: in them, one of Noah's eyes appeared milky-white instead of red.
When his wife approached him with the concern, Shaw, who was then a chemistry post-doctoral student at Harvard, chalked it up to first-time-parent worries. "I told her it was nothing," he says. "I took a bunch more pictures and the milkiness went away at some angles."

Fatty fish may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis
Numerous medical studies have shown that fatty fish is healthy for the heart. Now researchers say it may also help prevent a debilitating type of arthritis.

Gene network illuminates stress, mutation and adaptation responses
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.

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