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Electronic algorithms help “find” patients lost in the system
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Electronic algorithms help “find” patients lost in the system

By Julia Parsons In an era when increasing pressures to increase clinical productivity can create data overload and when time is limited, sometimes the critical issue of telling patients about  an abnormal test can fall through the cracks. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s Center for Innovations in Quality, … Continue reading

Autophagy: Protector against lung inflammation and fibrosis
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Autophagy: Protector against lung inflammation and fibrosis

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. When bacteria or viruses invade the body, a process called autophagy, or “self-eating,” springs into action to take the invaders to organelles called the lysosomes where they are degraded and discarded. In the lungs, the process is critical in fighting off infections. A new study from Baylor College of Medicine suggests that … Continue reading

Study links tumor recurrence to growth factor commonly used in high-risk neuroblastoma treatment
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Study links tumor recurrence to growth factor commonly used in high-risk neuroblastoma treatment

By Dana Benson A human growth factor that expands white blood cells in response to infection could be driving growth of neuroblastoma cancer stem cells that are thought responsible for disease relapse – a finding that could bring about changes in cancer treatment protocols, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a new study … Continue reading

Image of the Month:  Tunneling NanoTubes and macrophage communication.
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Image of the Month: Tunneling NanoTubes and macrophage communication.

Macrophages, gatekeepers of tissue integrity,  are able to communicate at a distance through cellular connections coined Tunneling NanoTubes, membrane channels that contain actin and microtubules and function to transfer material between cells, including cellular organelles such as mitochondria and endosomes.  Shown here are electron micrographs illustrating the transfer of silica nanoparticles between cells at three magnification … Continue reading