• Who has the softer heart?

    February 9, 2014, 7:00 PM|What 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl learned while reporting on the surprising medical differences between males and females Watch 60 Minutes Overtime Recommend on FacebookTell a friend

  • Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking

    Led by Stephen Hawking, this special delves into the subject of stem cells to explore what these mechanisms are capable of. Topics such as regenerating body parts, the fountain of youth, and stem cells harvested from our own bodies are investigated. Recommend on FacebookTell a friend

  • Stem Cells & Power of Hope: Bernard Siegel at TEDx

    Bernie was a courtroom attorney, and a cancer and Hurricane Andrew survivor. For fun, he owned a minor league basketball team and became commissioner of a pro-wrestling federation. A decade ago, he ignited a media firestorm when seeking a guardian for the alleged clone, “Baby Eve.” 18 months later, he found himself at the United Nations addressing the promise of stem cell research as a global leader of the advocacy community. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group….

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    Estrogen promotes blood-forming stem cell function

    Scientists have known for years that stem cells in male and female sexual organs are regulated differently by their respective hormones. In a surprising discovery, researchers at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) and Baylor College of Medicine have found that stem cells in the blood-forming system — which is similar in both sexes — also are regulated differently by hormones, with estrogen proving to be an especially prolific promoter of stem cell self-renewal. The research, published in Nature, raises several intriguing possibilities for further investigation that might lead to improved treatments for blood cancers and increased safety and effectiveness of chemotherapy. Before the finding, blood-forming stem cells were thought to…

  • “A Marriage” Milestone in the Texas Medical Center

    Bold New Alliance Among Houston’s Leading Health Care Providers to Transform Care Delivery in the Region Clinical Services, Research and Education Greatly Enhanced by New Collaborations for CHI, St. Luke’s, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute HOUSTON (Jan. 7, 2014) Three of the region’s leading medical institutions – Baylor College of Medicine, CHI St. Luke’s Health and the Texas Heart® Institute – have significantly expanded and enhanced their long-standing educational, clinical and research affiliations in conjunction with Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, which sponsors and operates the newly named CHI St. Luke’s Health. Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest health systems, announced today that CHI St. Luke’s has partnered with Baylor…

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Who has the softer heart?

February 9, 2014, 7:00 PM|What 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl learned while reporting on the surprising medical differences between males and females Watch 60 Minutes Overtime Recommend on FacebookTell a friend

Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking

Led by Stephen Hawking, this special delves into the subject of stem cells to explore what these mechanisms are capable of. Topics such as regenerating body parts, the fountain of youth, and stem cells harvested from our own bodies are investigated. Recommend on FacebookTell a friend

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Estrogen promotes blood-forming stem cell function

Scientists have known for years that stem cells in male and female sexual organs are regulated differently by their respective hormones. In a surprising discovery, researchers at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) and Baylor College of Medicine have found that stem cells in the blood-forming system — which is similar in both sexes — also are regulated differently by hormones, with estrogen proving to be an especially prolific promoter of stem cell self-renewal. The research, published in Nature, raises several intriguing possibilities for further investigation that might lead to improved treatments for blood cancers and increased safety and effectiveness of chemotherapy. Before the finding, blood-forming stem cells were thought to…

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Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

Thanksgiving feasters take heart. Contrary to popular belief, turkey’s tryptophan dose doesn’t cause drowsiness. In fact, the substance could possibly aid in the treatment of depression and multiple sclerosis. Purified tryptophan is a mild sleep-inducing agent. That probably spawned the idea that turkey and other foods heavy in tryptophan cause drowsiness. But tryptophan can’t get to the human brain in large amounts when ingested as part of a massive Thanksgiving feast—it needs an empty stomach. “Tryptophan is taken to the brain by an active transport system shared by a number of other amino acids [the chief components of proteins], and there’s competition among them—like a crowd of people trying to get through a revolving door,”…

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City of San Antonio invests in stem-cell tech startup

The city of San Antonio will invest $200,000 in a biotech startup founded to develop new advances in stem-cell technology. City Council voted Thursday to invest in StemBioSys, Inc. through a grant to the San Antonio Economic Development Corporation. The money will be used for stem-cell research, development and manufacturing. StemBioSys, founded in 2010, holds two patents and has three others pending. The company has four employees and will hire at least two more in the next year. The company was formed by Dr. Xiao-Dong Chen, a professor at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and Dr. Steven Davis, a San Antonio dermatologist, using licensed stem-cell technology Chen created at the university….

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Study Sheds Light on How Heart Heals Itself

Research with mice may someday help people recovering from heart attacks, scientists say New insight into the heart’s ability to repair itself could help scientists develop ways to improve recovery after a heart attack, a new study of mice suggests. Researchers found that a signaling pathway — called the Hippo pathway — normally blocks heart repair in adult mice. When certain signals were removed, the animals’ hearts were able to regenerate after being damaged. This was because specialized heart cells called “cardiomyocytes” were able to multiply much better after the signals were removed, an ability that is normally lost in damaged hearts, according to the researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas…

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Recreating a beating human heart: Daria O Brian’s Science Club

Daria O Brian’s Science Club Adventures in Time Not currently available on BBC iPlayer Series 2 Episode 2 of 6 Dara O Briain and the team go on a journey through time to discover what it is and how to get more of it.   Watch Video       Recommend on FacebookTell a friend

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Gov. Perry Announces $3 Million Grant to Create Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology

HOUSTON – Gov. Rick Perry today announced a $3 million investment through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) to create the Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology in collaboration with the Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “This center represents another step toward making Texas the forefront of biotechnology for generations to come,” Gov. Perry said. “The investment is all a part of the culture of creation we’ve nurtured in Texas, built upon the concept that if you give bright and visionary people the freedom to innovate and pursue their dreams, good things will happen. I could not be prouder that this life-affirming research will be…

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Research Could Revolutionize Heart Attack Treatment

It’s a pioneering procedure. Doctors at Austin’s Heart Hospital are taking a patient’s own stem cells from bone marrow a few days after a heart attack and injecting those stem cells back into formerly blocked arteries. Dr. Roger Gammon is an Interventional Cardiologist who leads the research team at the hospital. He says, “We think those stem cells in particular are most able to recover heart muscle and grow new blood vessels in an area which could save that heart muscle.” This trial could be a critical next step in fighting the nation’s number one killer. Medication and surgery to open blocked arteries have dramatically improved survival rates for people with heart disease. But once…

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Who has the softer heart?

February 9, 2014, 7:00 PM|What 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl learned while reporting on the surprising medical differences between males and females Watch 60 Minutes Overtime Recommend on FacebookTell a friend

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Stem Cells & Power of Hope: Bernard Siegel at TEDx

Bernie was a courtroom attorney, and a cancer and Hurricane Andrew survivor. For fun, he owned a minor league basketball team and became commissioner of a pro-wrestling federation. A decade ago, he ignited a media firestorm when seeking a guardian for the alleged clone, “Baby Eve.” 18 months later, he found himself at the United Nations addressing the promise of stem cell research as a global leader of the advocacy community. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group….

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“A Marriage” Milestone in the Texas Medical Center

Bold New Alliance Among Houston’s Leading Health Care Providers to Transform Care Delivery in the Region Clinical Services, Research and Education Greatly Enhanced by New Collaborations for CHI, St. Luke’s, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute HOUSTON (Jan. 7, 2014) Three of the region’s leading medical institutions – Baylor College of Medicine, CHI St. Luke’s Health and the Texas Heart® Institute – have significantly expanded and enhanced their long-standing educational, clinical and research affiliations in conjunction with Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, which sponsors and operates the newly named CHI St. Luke’s Health. Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest health systems, announced today that CHI St. Luke’s has partnered with Baylor…

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Hospitals Seeing Success in Organ Creation

Texas Heart Institute One of Many Hospitals Seeing Success in Organ Creation On average, 18 people die each day awaiting an organ donation — one person is added to the waiting list for organ transplants every ten minutes.   Although nearly 80 people receive an organ transplant per day according to OrganDonor.gov, the gap between donations made and those awaiting organs is devastating for those on the waiting list. There is good news on the horizon for the 100,000-plus people awaiting a transplant, however. Researchers in Texas and across the globe are working on a way to create organs from the patient’s own body. While 3D printed versions of large organs such as kidneys are…

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Stem Cells from Fat vs Bone Marrow

Stem cells from fat outperform those from bone marrow Researchers discover that it took a smaller dose of adipose tissue-derived stem cells (AT-SCs) to achieve the same effect on the immune cells as compared to bone marrow-derived stem cells. Moreover, the amount of cytokines secreted by the AT-SCs also outperformed the bone marrow-derived cells. Singapore: Researchers at the Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands, have discovered that stem cells harvested from fat (adipose) are more potent than those collected from bone marrow in helping to modulate the body’s immune system. The research, which was led by led by Dr Helene Roelofs, has been published in in the current issue…