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Article ID: 708353

Study finds melanoma brain metastases are immunosuppressive with treatment-resistant metabolism

University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Melanoma tumors that have spread to the brain are equipped to thwart immunotherapies and targeted therapies that succeed against tumors growing in other sites. Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report in Cancer Discovery that the heavy reliance of these tumors on a specific metabolic pathway presents a potentially new therapeutic against these lethal tumors.

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20-Feb-2019 8:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 708341

Research Shows Human Trafficking Screening Tool Effective in Identifying Victims

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A screening tool designed specifically to assess for human trafficking was more likely to identify sexual and labor exploitation of youth, as well as the risk factors, than a commonly used psychosocial assessment, reported researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and Baylor College of Medicine.

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19-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 708268

UTHealth research highlights findings on thrombectomy, post-stroke anxiety, and caregiver burden

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Outcomes in patients treated with mechanical clot removal, results from the only mobile stroke unit in the country using rendezvous transfers, and data on predictors of post-stroke depression and anxiety were among the highlights of activity by investigators from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) at the International Stroke Conference 2019.

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18-Feb-2019 7:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 708259

Rate of Highchair Misuse Climbs

UT Southwestern Medical Center

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports a 25 percent leap in children injured using highchairs – the biggest jump in large-volume categories that included highchairs, strollers, cribs/mattresses, and infant carriers.

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18-Feb-2019 4:45 PM EST
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Article ID: 708257

Avoiding Selfie Elbow, Texting Thumb

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Specialists are seeing more and more repetitive stress injuries from overuse of smartphones and tablets ­– the main instigators of emerging conditions like texting thumb and selfie elbow.

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18-Feb-2019 4:30 PM EST
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Article ID: 708195

Women More Likely to Believe the Bible Is Literally True, But Study Finds this May Have More to Do with Intimacy than Gender

Baylor University

Women are more likely than men to believe the Bible is literally true, but a recent Baylor University study finds this may have more to do with how people relate to God than it does gender. Both men and women who report high levels of closeness to God take the Bible more literally – and this confidence grows stronger as they seek closeness to God through prayer and Bible study.

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18-Feb-2019 2:45 PM EST

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Article ID: 708242

Seizure-related injuries common: Head wounds and drowning risk top list of dangers

International League Against Epilepsy

Each year, 1 in every 10 people with epilepsy is injured during a seizure, according to a community-based study using registry data from Tasmania.

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18-Feb-2019 1:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 708238

Hormone therapy may increase cardiovascular risk during gender transition

American Heart Association (AHA)

Patients receiving hormone therapy as part of their gender-transition treatment had an elevated risk for cardiovascular events, including strokes, heart attacks and blood clots, according to a study published in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation.

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18-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 708139

Researchers find trigger that turns strep infections into flesh-eating disease

Houston Methodist

Houston Methodist scientists discovered a previously unknown trigger that turns run-of-the-mill strep infections into the flesh-eating disease childbed fever, which strikes postpartum moms and newborns, often leaving victims without limbs. Using an unprecedented approach, they looked at the interplay between the genome, transcriptome and virulence. This generated a massive data set, lending itself to artificial intelligence analysis. Through AI they unexpectedly discovered a new mechanism controlling virulence. The study appears Feb. 18 in Nature Genetics.

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14-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST
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    18-Feb-2019 12:05 AM EST

Article ID: 708182

Small cell lung cancer may respond to combination of immunotherapy and DNA damage repair inhibitors

University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered that a combination of immune checkpoint blockade and targeted therapies that block normal DNA damage repair (DDR) achieved significant tumor regression in mouse models of small cell lung cancer (SCLC), suggesting a promising new approach for treating patients with this aggressive cancer.

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17-Feb-2019 12:05 AM EST

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