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Rupa Patel

Rupa Patel is the director of marketing and communications for Baylor Scott & White Research Institute. She has worked in the public relations arena for more than a decade helping organizations bring their unique narratives to life through storytelling.

Antibodies: What are they and how are they used in COVID-19 research and treatment?

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, the term “antibodies” was tucked into the various conversations about vaccines and treatment options that swirled through public and scientific communities alike. Could they help treat the sick? When could they be retrieved from recovered COVID-19 patients? How should they be administered? The conversations and possibilities often outpaced the …

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Clinical trials: Why they matter and how 12 sailors started it all

We often talk about clinical trials as the future of medicine — and rightly so — but let’s take a moment to appreciate their past. It might surprise you to learn that the first clinical trial ever recorded took place more than 270 years ago. In 1747, James Lind was a surgeon with Britain’s Royal …

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Bridging the mental health gap for veterans and first responders

Emergency responders and veterans are no strangers to providing help when help is needed most. From wars to life-threatening fires and other disasters, they face danger head-on, not for themselves but in the interest of protecting others. Far too often, however, these heroes must secretly fight their own battles. Their foes are less visible and …

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Can smartphones improve life for those with Alzheimer’s? New study explores

Early detection is critical in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why researchers at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute are working on a potentially life-changing screening to identify new genes that could trigger the condition. Discovering new triggers would no doubt have a profound impact on the future of Alzheimer’s care, but there’s also …

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Pioneering the past, present and future of research

Each year, Baylor Scott & White Health dedicates a week-long observance to celebrate our long-standing role as a leader in research and our ongoing efforts to continually improve patient care. This year, for the fifth annual Research Week at Baylor Scott & White, we’re honoring the Pioneers of the Past, Present and Future. From detecting …

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Could this new test change how we treat colorectal cancer?

We recently shared a look at how research at Baylor Scott & White is helping to crack the code to detect colon cancer earlier. Detection, however, isn’t the only variable to consider where colon cancer is concerned. Once diagnosed with the disease, attention turns to treatment options. For T1 colorectal cancer (CRC) patients, in particular, …

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Solving the mysteries of early-onset Alzheimer’s

A dangerous assumption many make when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease is that it only affects the elderly. In reality, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of the death in the United States and can be diagnosed as early as your 40s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, while deaths from chronic conditions like heart disease …

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An insulin shot-free future for Type 1 diabetics?

For the 1.25 million Americans living with Type 1 diabetes, insulin therapy is a daily necessity. But, researchers are now getting close to changing that. By many accounts, the first recorded mention of diabetes was more than 3,500 years ago in 1552 BC. Despite this centuries-long presence, it was not until 1922 that doctors first …

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Pancreatic cancer: New research opens door to groundbreaking early detection system

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute (BSWRI) unveiled its latest endeavor aimed at taking the fight against pancreatic cancer to a new level. BSWRI received a $5.13 million federal grant from the NIH to continue its work to develop an early detection system for pancreatic cancer, the nation’s third-leading cause of cancer-related death. As more …

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