Should ads featuring athletes promoting unproven stem cell treatments at for-profit clinics be subject to oversight?

In an editorial that appears on the website of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy — Baylor College of Medicine Joint Program in Health Policy Research, two Baker Institute researchers Drs. Kirstin R.W. Matthews  and Maude Cuchiara, warn that anecdotes are not proof and that treatments should be subjected to scientific scrutiny and validation … Continue reading

Many paths to degeneration for neurons

Many paths to degeneration for neurons

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. Adult neurons are touchy. Too much protein can throw them off course, resulting in neurodegeneration. After showing how mutant ATAXIN1 (the protein associated with the neurodegenerative disorder spinocerebellar ataxia 1) cannot fold and be discarded properly, resulting in malfunctioning neurons, Dr. Huda Zoghbi, professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor … Continue reading

Coactivator forges pathway for survival of metastatic prostate cancer

Coactivator forges pathway for survival of metastatic prostate cancer

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. A steroid receptor coactivator (SRC-2) drives the metabolic mechanism that allows prostate cancer not only to grow but also to spread or metastasize, opening the door to drug development said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. “This finding helps … Continue reading