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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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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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Joint, Joint Care, Joint Pain, joint pain management , Joint Replacement, Infection, Antibiotic, Microspheres, hip, Hip Ache, hip arthritis, Hip Pain, Hip Replacement, Hip Replacement Surgery, knee, Knee Ache, Knee Arthritis, Knee Pain, Knee Replacement, Knee Replacement Surgery, Joint Replacement Surgery

Tiny Antibiotic Beads Fight Infections After Joint Replacement

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More than 1 million people undergo total joint replacements each year, and nearly 10,000 will develop infections. To reduce this infection risk, a Houston Methodist orthopedic surgeon created small antibiotic beads that are implanted with the new joint to slowly release medicine for several weeks.

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McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health, Mental Illness, Psychiatry, UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center, Jair Soares, M.D., Steve G, Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D., Texas Legislature, Texas State Health and Human Services, Sarah Davis

Plan for UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health Announced with State’s Approval of Initial Funds

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With the first $6 million in state funds approved for the construction of a psychiatric hospital in Houston, UTHealth will oversee construction of a continuum of care campus for behavioral health that addresses a critical need in Texas.

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New Cancer Model Shows Genomic Link Between Early-Stage and Invasive Breast Cancer Types

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A new genetic-based model may explain how a common form of early-stage breast cancer known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) progresses to a more invasive form of cancer say researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Small-Cell Lung Cancer Patients Face Barriers to Receiving Standard-of-Care Treatment

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Despite decades of clinical research establishing chemotherapy with thoracic radiation as the standard-of-care for the initial management of non-metastatic small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), a large percentage of U.S. patients do not receive these treatments and in turn have lower overall survival, according to research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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anti-NMDAR encephalitis, Encephalitis, anti-N-methyl D-aspartate receptor encephalitis, Comatose, Respirator, Pulmonary, Psychiatric, Limbic

Brain Illness that Crippled Teen Isn’t Defining his Future

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Comatose and unable to talk for nearly a year and half, a 24-year-old is again living a normal life. Harris Health System's medical team identified his condition as anti-N-methyl D-aspartate receptor encephalitis (anti-NMDA), a rare, and sometimes, difficult disease to identify and properly treat.

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UTHealth Study Finds That Male Virgins Can Still Acquire HPV

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Men who have never engaged in sexual intercourse are still at risk for acquiring HPV, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Infectious Diseases by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health.

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Schizophrenia, bipolar, Bipolar Disorder, Bipolar Teens, Immune System, immune system disorder, anti-NMDAR encephalitis, Brain on Fire, immunotheraphy, NMDA, Nmda Receptor, hearing voices, paranoia, Schizophrenia research, Schizophrenia Treatment, bipolar disorders, bipolar research, Homeless, homeless adults, Homeless children

Treatable Condition Could Be Mistaken for Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder

Researchers at Houston Methodist believe that a significant number of people diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may actually have a treatable immune system condition. A new research study could have a significant impact on the millions diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, including many homeless.

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UTHealth Researchers Link Epigenetic Aging to Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder may involve accelerated epigenetic aging, which could explain why persons with the disorder are more likely to have – and die from – age-related diseases, according to researchers from McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.







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