Is your daily aspirin protecting your heart? A urine test could tell

For many people with heart disease, a daily dose of aspirin helps prevent heart attacks and stroke. But some people need more protection than others. Tailoring the dosage and medication mix for each person has always been a challenge — until we started testing their urine. What we found gave us hope, and it centered … Continue reading Is your daily aspirin protecting your heart? A urine test could tell

Can transplant recipients be “weaned” off anti-rejection drugs?

Lifesaving it may be, organ transplantation carries a life sentence, so to speak — that is, anyone who receives a donor organ also gets a lifetime prescription for anti-rejection medication. It’s for good reason: These drugs suppress your immune system’s natural defenses so that your body doesn’t attack (or “reject”) the new organ. But in … Continue reading Can transplant recipients be “weaned” off anti-rejection drugs?

Mom and baby skin-to-skin care reduces NICU admissions for hypoglycemia

Parents and researchers alike often talk about the benefits of mother’s skin-to-skin contact with infants. It’s a practice performed soon after birth that carries sensations of security and comfort to which infants naturally respond. New research from experts at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney is now taking what’s known about skin-to-skin contact … Continue reading Mom and baby skin-to-skin care reduces NICU admissions for hypoglycemia

Groundbreaking research brings new hope in global TB crisis

Though tuberculosis (TB) is a centuries-old disease, researchers across the globe are still searching for new ways to treat what has become an urgent public health crisis. A groundbreaking discovery made by researchers at the Baylor Scott & White Health Research Institute could provide the key to putting a permanent end to the global TB … Continue reading Groundbreaking research brings new hope in global TB crisis

4 discoveries that are transforming heart failure care

Current estimates are that nearly 6.5 million Americans over the age of 20 have heart failure. Public perception is that heart failure occurs when one’s heart stops beating completely. It’s seen as a single point in time when the heart simply fails to operate. The truth is far more complicated. Heart failure is a chronic, … Continue reading 4 discoveries that are transforming heart failure care

New technology detects critical feeding problems in preemies

Many babies born prematurely have trouble eating because of swallowing difficulties, making new moms anxious during bottle feeding or breastfeeding. Whereas a full-term pregnancy is 39 to 40 weeks, infants born prematurely before 37 weeks may experience a feeding problem because they may have difficulty coordinating sucking, swallowing and breathing. If a feeding problem is … Continue reading New technology detects critical feeding problems in preemies

Why immunotherapy is the next frontier for treating disease

Normally, the immune system protects the body from diseases by recognizing foreign attackers and combatting them. But sometimes, the immune system doesn’t function properly, allowing conditions to worsen, and sometimes the immune system malfunctions and attack a person’s own body. In these cases, immunotherapy can help harness the power of your own immune system, acting as the armor, support and … Continue reading Why immunotherapy is the next frontier for treating disease

Pet robots could reduce anxiety and improve vitals, says new research

Meet Susie. She is a furry, five-pound, wide-eyed gal who looks, acts and sounds like a baby harp seal. Beneath her white fur, though, is a mix of metal and wires programmed for a very specific purpose. For the past several years, that purpose has been to help elderly patients with memory loss find comfort amid … Continue reading Pet robots could reduce anxiety and improve vitals, says new research

An aspirin a day: Clinical trial aims to find cheaper ways to research medicine

For four decades, people have been taking aspirin to ward off strokes and heart attacks. But is the commonly used “baby aspirin” dose of 81 milligrams better, or the regular dose of 325 milligrams? To help settle the issue, an unusual clinical trial is underway at Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center … Continue reading An aspirin a day: Clinical trial aims to find cheaper ways to research medicine

Dendritic cell vaccines could revolutionize care for pancreatic cancer

Cancer is a master of disguise. Normally, our immune systems can quickly destroy abnormal cells. But tumors are tricky — they are able to confuse the attacking immune cells, or hide altogether. “When the immune system recognizes a cancer cell, there is no doubt it will kill that cell,” said Carlos Becerra, MD, medical director … Continue reading Dendritic cell vaccines could revolutionize care for pancreatic cancer