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Gender gap in medical journal first authorship

If someone had asked me a year ago what my thoughts on the representation of women among lead authors of research studies published in high-impact medical journals were, I probably wouldn’t have had any thought at all. If pressed, I might have been able to muster some comments about the fact that roughly equal numbers …

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How saliva could detect oral cancer before symptoms arrive

New research explores whether a person’s saliva contains biomarkers that flag oral cancer. Investigators with Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Baylor College of Dentistry have jointly launched a new study to determine whether some metabolites in saliva can be used to detect oral cancer in early stages. Funded by …

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Engagement rings carry dangerous bacteria, nurse researchers find

Nurse researchers are encouraging healthcare workers not to wear jeweled rings to work after research from The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano finds that jeweled rings have a high risk of carrying harmful bacteria — from MRSA to VRE. 20 percent of jeweled rings carried a high amount of harmful bacteria. In a recent study on …

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Lupus study may unlock mystery of autoimmune diseases

I’ve been fascinated with unlocking the mysteries of lupus, a disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues, since I started a fellowship in pediatric rheumatology more than 20 years ago. No two lupus patients are exactly alike: some might suffer from skin rashes and fatigue, others have joint stiffness and …

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Our fight against cancer gets personal

Personalized health is the future of medicine and a focus of Baylor Scott & White Health’s mission. For several years, we have been exploring opportunities in what is known as precision medicine with the goal of developing personalized treatments tailored to a patient’s individual gene sequence. Baylor Scott & White’s progress in this area is …

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precision medicine collaboration between Baylor Scott & White Health and TGen

Precision medicine collaboration a promising opportunity for advancing cancer research

The announcement of an agreement to accelerate cancer-treatment research between Baylor Research Institute (BRI) at Dallas and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is promising for cancer patients in North Texas and beyond. The hope is that aligning the best science of both institutions will lead to one-of-a-kind clinical trials and give patients greater access to liquid …

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Respiratory Rate: The Neglected Vital Sign

During or after a patient undergoes surgery, the way they breathe can be one of the most important indicators of their medical status. Physicians closely monitor the rate which air passes through the lungs. Good breath flow is a good sign compared to irregular or noisy breathing that raises serious red flags. An increasing respirator rate …

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