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Should ads featuring athletes promoting unproven stem cell treatments at for-profit clinics be subject to oversight?

In an editorial that appears on the website of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy — Baylor College of Medicine Joint Program in Health Policy Research, two Baker Institute researchers Drs. Kirstin R.W. Matthews  and Maude Cuchiara, warn that anecdotes are not proof and that treatments should be subjected to scientific scrutiny and validation … Continue reading

Researchers seek to make mini-guts that mimic life
Gastrointestinal diseases / Public Health

Researchers seek to make mini-guts that mimic life

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. A five-year, $5.1 million National Institutes of Health grant will help researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center engineer better “mini-guts” that are physiologically active. This grant will also allow engineering of the these cultures to mimic the stretch and pull … Continue reading

Many paths to degeneration for neurons
Articles / Genetics / Genome

Many paths to degeneration for neurons

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. Adult neurons are touchy. Too much protein can throw them off course, resulting in neurodegeneration. After showing how mutant ATAXIN1 (the protein associated with the neurodegenerative disorder spinocerebellar ataxia 1) cannot fold and be discarded properly, resulting in malfunctioning neurons, Dr. Huda Zoghbi, professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor … Continue reading

Coactivator forges pathway for survival of metastatic prostate cancer
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Coactivator forges pathway for survival of metastatic prostate cancer

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. A steroid receptor coactivator (SRC-2) drives the metabolic mechanism that allows prostate cancer not only to grow but also to spread or metastasize, opening the door to drug development said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. “This finding helps … Continue reading

Articles / Heart Disease / Public Health

Appropriate use of aspirin for heart health evaluated

Best viewed in Chrome, Firefox or Safari By Graciela Gutierrez Many people have taken to heart the advice to take an aspirin a day to help prevent heart attacks – maybe too much so. When researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center reviewed a nationwide sample of … Continue reading