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Scott & White Medical Center Kidney Pancreas Transplant Program Sets Record

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140 patients received a life-saving kidney or combined kidney-pancreas transplant in a year

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Melanoma, MD Anderson Cancer Center, clinical trial, Surgery, Targeted Therapy, BRAF, MEK

Presurgical Targeted Therapy Delays Relapse of High-Risk Stage 3 Melanoma

A pair of targeted therapies given before and after surgery for melanoma produced at least a six-fold increase in time to progression compared to standard-of-care surgery for patients with stage 3 disease, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report in Lancet Oncology. Patients who had no sign of disease at surgery after combination treatment did not progress to metastasis.

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Opioid, Opioids, Telemedicine, Medical Marijuana, Medicine, Regulation, medical board, state medical boards, Physician

FSMB Survey: Opioid Prescribing, Telemedicine among Most Important Regulatory Topics for State Medical Boards

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) announced that resources related to opioid prescribing and telemedicine are currently the most important regulatory issues to state medical boards. The announcement comes after analyzing responses from 51 state medical boards as part of the FSMB’s 2017 annual survey to its member boards.

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Immunotherapy, Cancer, MD Anderson Cancer Center

National Academy of Sciences Awards Kovalenko Medal to Immunotherapy Pioneer Allison

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Cancer immunotherapy innovator Jim Allison, Ph.D., chair of Immunology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will receive the 2018 Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal for outstanding research in medical sciences, the National Academy of Sciences announced today.

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Opioid, opioid alternatives, pain, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, RNA binding, mRNA

Researchers Devise Decoy Molecule to Block Pain Where It Starts

Dr. Zachary Campbell, who researches pain on the molecular level at the University of Texas at Dallas, recently published a study that describes a new method of reducing pain-associated behaviors with RNA-based medicine, creating a new class of decoy molecules that prevent the onset of pain.

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Hugelkultur, Composting, Compost, gardenin, Vegetable, AgriLife, joe masabni, masabni

Hügelkultur: The Mound Method for Home Gardeners

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A bedding system new to Texas – hügelkultur – is trending among home gardeners looking for low-maintenance ways to grow flowers, fruits and vegetables, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist Dr. Joe Masabni.

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frequent Internet use, Religion, conflicting religions, millennials and religion, Baby boomers and religion, Gaullup Organization, Baylor Religion Survey, Pew Forum Internet Project

Using the Internet May Prompt Religious ‘Tinkering’ Rather Than Belief in Only One Religion

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Internet use may decrease the likelihood of a person affiliating with a religious tradition or believing that only one religion is true, according to a Baylor University study. The research is published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

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Researchers Demonstrate RAS Dimers Are Essential for Cancer

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Researchers at UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center have shown that RAS molecules act in pairs, known as dimers, to cause cancer, findings that could help guide them to a treatment.

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Polysomnography, falling asleep, to-do lists, Insomnia, sleep and worry, National Institutes of Health, Sleep Research Society Foundation, Michael Scullin, sleep research, University Students, Baylor University

Can Writing Your ‘To-Do’s’ Help You to Doze? Baylor Study Suggests Jotting Down Pending Tasks Can Speed the Trip to Dreamland

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Writing a “to-do” list at bedtime may aid in falling asleep, according to a Baylor University study. Research compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down upcoming duties versus participants who chronicled completed activities.

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Glioblastoma, Cancer Treatment, Circadian Rhythm, Biological Clock

Texas A&M Research Shows Biological Clocks Could Improve Brain Cancer Treatment

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Biological clocks throughout the body play a major role in human health and performance. Now, Texas A&M University researchers found that circadian rhythms could hold the key to novel therapies for glioblastoma, the most prevalent type of brain cancer in adults—and one with a grim prognosis.







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