Female patient and nurse

New research: Why some women get breast cancer and others don’t

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October, the world is awash with pink as we celebrate the survivors and mourn the 40,290 women who die from the disease every year, according to the American Cancer Society. There are still so many unknowns about the disease, including how to prevent it and how best to treat it; and researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center are actively working to answer these questions.

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Bottles of pills

Finding new uses for old drugs: Fighting pain with “club drug” ketamine

Many scientists across the nation have begun rethinking the approach to pharmaceutical creation. Rather than starting from a blank slate, it has become much more efficient—in both time and money—to repurpose drugs that have already been approved by the FDA, using them in novel ways to fight disease. And it’s one of the reasons researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center are using ketamine, a drug that already exists as an anesthetic, to treat pain.

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Brain scans

Unlocking the brain’s secrets: New insights into PTSD

Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center are hopeful that studying the connection between brain anatomy and genetics will help unlock the secrets of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Baby receiving a vaccination

Study demonstrates vaccines’ safety, lack of link to autism

New research finds no evidence that thimerosal-containing vaccines cause negative behaviors or result in neuropathology in infant primates, according to a study published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Emergency room

Interventions in South Texas work to reduce asthma-related hospitalizations

Many parents are unaware of how to control and manage asthma in their children. An estimated 617,000 children in Texas, or 9.1 percent, had asthma in 2013. Those in South Texas may be especially vulnerable, due to high levels of pollen in the air, high use of agricultural pesticides and a high poverty rate.

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Doctors looking at brain x-ray

Does obesity impact brain health in seniors? A new Texas A&M study aims to find out

As we age, the effects of obesity on cardiovascular disease and diabetes are well documented, but little is known about the impact of obesity on brain health. Ranjana Mehta, Ph.D., M.S., assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, hopes to change this with new research aimed at better understanding how obesity in seniors impacts their brain function.

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Black eye

Professor aids domestic abuse victims along Texas-Mexico border

It is traumatic for any woman to leave her abusive partner and go to a shelter with her children. For many of the women Dr. Nora Montalvo-Liendo sees, the situation is even more complex.

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TAMBCD residents and faculty oversee First Dental Home visits on campus and at the Foremost Family Health Center – Martin Luther King Jr. location, one of the college’s community partners.

First Dental Home: Is the initiative working? 

Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry researchers have received a $100,000 grant from The National Institutes of Health - Gulf States Health Policy Center to evaluate the effectiveness of this state program, intended to improve the oral health of youngsters ages 6 months to 35 months.

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Uncovering the secrets of peroxisomes

Scientists at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology (IBT) in Houston have solved one of the great mysteries of cell biology: the regulation of peroxisomes.

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