A matter of health: How 2015 Nobel Prize drug might rid Africa of ancient scourges

By Dr. Peter Hotez The announcement that the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to three scientists who developed antiparasitic disease drugs has important implications for sub-Saharan Africa. Two of the scientists – William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura – shared the prize for the discovery of the drug ivermectin. Ivermectin (trading as … Continue reading

Electronic algorithms help “find” patients lost in the system

Electronic algorithms help “find” patients lost in the system

By Julia Parsons In an era when increasing pressures to increase clinical productivity can create data overload and when time is limited, sometimes the critical issue of telling patients about  an abnormal test can fall through the cracks. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s Center for Innovations in Quality, … Continue reading

Baylor College of Medicine to develop Emergency Smart Pod

Baylor College of Medicine to develop Emergency Smart Pod

By Dipali Pathak Baylor College of Medicine’s Emergency Smart Pod was one of 12 ideas selected for President Barack Obama’s challenge to find innovative tools to help fight the Ebola crisis and other public health emergencies around the world. The selection was announced by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Emergency Smart … Continue reading

A bacterial signal activates the immune system against rotavirus

A bacterial signal activates the immune system against rotavirus

A bacterial signal activates the immune system against rotavirus By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. For three decades, Dr. Mary Estes, professor of molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine has studied the important rotavirus in her laboratory, seeking ways to fight the gastrointestinal disease that causes severe dehydration and roughly half a million deaths … Continue reading