Exxon Mobil, the most traded international oil and gas company in the world, donates millions of dollars annually to community organizations that work with the sciences, health and education. The company, which has headquarters in both Irving and Houston, Texas, has a long history of helping out local Texas organizations. Keeping with its commitment to working in Texas, Exxon Mobil recently announced that it will donate $18 million to three research institutions located within the Texas Medical Center in Houston.Read More
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As the largest state in the continental U.S. and the second most populous state of all 50, it is no wonder that the Lone Star State is known for being BIG. Amongst the big things in Texas are three world-class research institutions: University of Texas Austin, Texas A&M University in College Station, and Texas Medical Center in Houston.Read More
There are thousands of genes in the human genome that all have different purposes. At least 3,000 of these genes are known to express proteins that can be altered by different medications, however, the FDA has only approved drugs that target around 10 percent of these genes. That means that there are still thousands of genes that have not been thoroughly studied that, with the help of the right medication, could be targeted to help improve human health. The National Institutes of Health Common Fund has awarded 8 U.S. institutions $5.8 million for a new collaborative three-year program called Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) that will study different genes and their potential to be modified by different medicines.Read More
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Researchers and fundraisers alike are passionate about finding innovative, new and more effective treatments for breast cancer in women. Breast cancer forms in the tissue of the breast, and the most common form is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the lining of the milk ducts. In 2014, 232,670 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, while the death rate for 2014 was 40,000 women.
After undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, many people experience a lapse in memory, known as chemo brain. Along with memory problems, chemo brain can also include having trouble concentrating, taking more time to finish simple tasks, and having trouble multi-tasking. The cause of chemo brain is currently unknown, but researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) have recently discovered a possible cause of chemo brain. (Image on right courtesy of Wikimedia).Read More
Tuberculosis (TB) affects people all over the world, although over 95 percent of the cases are in developing countries. TB is caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) that affects the lungs, which can stay in the body for many months before any symptoms are seen, leading to the transmission of the disease between people. Unlike many other universal diseases, though, tuberculosis is curable if caught in time and preventable. Even with known cures for TB, scientists are still studying the structure of the Mtb protein to find ways of using it to design future drugs.Read More
The National Institute of Health recently awarded the University of Texas Austin School of Nursing a $2.4 million grant to establish a new research center that will largely focus on treating individual, family, and community chronic health conditions. As one of two institutions in the U.S. to receive this award, UT Austin will be a national model to future research centers of this type.Read More
The Department of Defense has awarded the University of Texas Austin, along with 11 other U.S. institutions, a 5 year award of $17 million to develop successful treatments for these injuries.Read More
If you have ever had a severe headache, you may have noticed how pain takes a toll on your emotional state, especially if you have ever experienced a migraine. Taking pain medication can help with how a headache feels physically, but what effects does pain relief have on people emotionally? Believe it or not, a number of studies have been conducted on how pain medication like ibuprofen can ameliorate emotional pain. Research has proven that ibuprofen can indeed relieve emotional stress, but scientists at the University of Texas, Austin have recently discovered that it is much more effective on women than on men. Men who take the drug say that they experience harsher feelings of rejection, while women report feeling better.
It’s not an uncommon dream for cancer researchers and patients afflicted with cancer to find a way to make cancer cells self-destruct: Remarkably, cancer researchers at the University of Texas, Austin may have found a way to do just that. By ferrying sodium and chloride ions into the cancer cells, the cells are triggered to go through apoptosis, or a programmed cell death.