• An infectious disease specialist on what we do and don't know about COVID-19

    An infectious disease specialist on what we do and don't know about COVID-19

    Feb 27, 2020 06:55 PM EDT

    ... then one day there's going to be half the country infected. It's not going to work like that. If we're going to start seeing an uptick, we're going to hear about focal areas of transmission in a few selected cities. And, gradually, that will increase. So ...

  • Does the placenta carry germs? What parents should know before they eat one

    Does the placenta carry germs? What parents should know before they eat one

    Aug 16, 2019 06:32 PM EDT

    Metagenomics is thought to be a cutting-edge and highly sensitive way to spot bacteria because it can identify species using mere fragments of DNA. When the Baylor team ran the placentas through their metagenomic analysis, they found consistent -- though not very abundant -- signs of bacteria. Dozens of studies from ...

  • The odds are stacked against black, Latino students going to grad school. Here are some solutions

    The odds are stacked against black, Latino students going to grad school. Here are some solutions

    Aug 09, 2019 01:09 PM EDT

    ... North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and plans are in the works for the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Diego to start similar programs. (White students are also eligible for Meyerhoff scholarships, but most of the recipients are of other races.) James Alan Kendrick, assistant dean ...

  • How Glory Edim’s online book club provides community for ‘invisible’ black women

    How Glory Edim’s online book club provides community for ‘invisible’ black women

    Jan 08, 2019 06:15 PM EDT

    It was actually a gift from my partner, Opiyo. He made me the shirt that said "Well-Read Black Girl," and I found myself in conversation with so many different women. And it sparked the idea that I should actually start something with this. What does it mean to be ...

  • Problems for some babies with Zika continue long after birth

    Problems for some babies with Zika continue long after birth

    Dec 14, 2017 04:19 PM EDT

    ... spectrum that can be caused by Zika virus infections during pregnancy.” Dr. Peter Jay Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, has also studied the long-term effects of children born with the virus in Latin America. He says today ...

  • 5 important stories you may have missed

    5 important stories you may have missed

    Dec 05, 2017 10:35 AM EDT

    ... The woman, who is unnamed for privacy reasons, was born without a uterus, but received one via transplant as part of a clinical trial at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. The baby was born via scheduled Caesarean section, “healthy and screaming.” [TIME] Why it matters: This is only the ...

  • How a brain gets hooked on opioids

    How a brain gets hooked on opioids

    Oct 09, 2017 06:31 PM EDT

    ... pain. A person with opioid use disorder becomes preoccupied with the search for the drugs. Certain contexts become triggers for their cravings, and those triggers start overlapping in their minds. “The basic view is some people start with the pain trigger [the chronic back problem], but it gets partially substituted ...

  • Forget sharks: 7 things in the water swimmers should actually fear

    Forget sharks: 7 things in the water swimmers should actually fear

    Jul 22, 2017 03:52 PM EDT

    ... United States each year. Other symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, and the nagging feeling that you need to go to the bathroom. These symptoms usually start a couple days after swallowing a bit of contaminated water — usually at a lake or pond, but also at beaches. In most cases, rest ...

  • How one U.S. company is trying to surf the tides of foreign trade

    How one U.S. company is trying to surf the tides of foreign trade

    Sep 08, 2016 08:47 PM EDT

    ... coats the boards with fiberglass, told us back in 2013 that he was earning less, in real dollars, than he made 20 years before. Today, Naylor says he's doing better, but: DAVE NAYLOR: Only for the reason that, instead of just working one job, I got a little part ...

  • Zika virus a concern for poor urban areas along Gulf Coast

    Zika virus a concern for poor urban areas along Gulf Coast

    Jun 30, 2016 11:12 AM EDT

    ... Zika virus, and one example of the challenge facing public health officials. "I'm showing you Zika heaven," said Hotez, the tropical medicine dean at Baylor College of Medicine. Hotez and other tropical disease specialists are most concerned about impoverished urban areas along the Gulf Coast, where the numbers of ...

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