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University Of Texas At El Paso, cSETR, United Launch Alliance, Space, CubeCorps, Cubesat

UTEP and Local High School Students Win United Launch Alliance CubeSat Competition

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Students from the NASA MIRO Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research, or cSETR, at The University of Texas at El Paso have been selected as first place winners of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) CubeSat launch competition, known as CubeCorps. Their project, Orbital Factory II (OF2), will be launched on board the Atlas V rocket and placed into an elliptical orbit approximately 26,000 miles above Earth’s center. ULA President and CEO Tory Bruno traveled to El Paso and made the announcement Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 on the UTEP campus.

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economic cost

Variability in Local Costs of Substance Abuse Across California

The average news consumer might be surprised to learn that the economic costs of alcohol abuse far exceed those related to illegal drug use. In California, alcohol abuse cost $129 billion in 2010, $3,450 per California resident. That was almost three times the $44 billion bill for illicit drug use. The largest cost contributors were mortality, impaired driving, and violence. The costs varied greatly from city to city and county to county.

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PARP, Enzyme, DNA, Ut Southwestern

New Studies Unravel Mysteries of How PARP Enzymes Work

A component of an enzyme family linked to DNA repair, stress responses, and cancer also plays a role in enhancing or inhibiting major cellular activities under physiological conditions, new research shows.

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Ut Southwestern, Kidney Disease, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Disease, Adpkd

UT Southwestern Researchers Develop Potential Treatment for Fatal, Incurable Kidney Disease

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Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center, working with a California biotech firm, have developed a potential drug to treat polycystic kidney disease – an incurable genetic disease that often leads to end-stage kidney failure

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Cardiology, Heart Attack, Cardiovascular, STEMI, Clogged Arteries, heart blockage, Myocardial, defibrilator, Pacemaker, Anesthesia

Preparation, Attention to Detail Translates to Excellence in Cardiac Care

Jaromir Bobek of Harris Health System's Ben Taub Hospital prides himself on his cardiology team's preparation and attention to detail. The service line routinely receives national recognition for its expertise and quick treatment of some of the most severe heart attack cases.

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Breast Cancer, 21 gene assay, 21-gene expression, early-stage breast cancer, MD Anderson Cancer Center

More Patients with Early-Stage Breast Cancer May Be Able to Avoid Chemotherapy in the Future

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Women with early-stage breast cancer who had an intermediate risk recurrence score (RS) from a 21-gene expression assay had similar outcomes, regardless of whether they received chemotherapy, a new study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer finds.

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Cardiology, Ut Southwestern

Moderation Key to Days of Wine and Chocolate

If wine and chocolate are on the menu for Valentine’s Day, you might be doing your heart a tiny little favor, but moderation remains key, says Dr. Joseph Hill, Chief of Cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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Colon Cancer, Microbes, Cancer Research

Dallas Researchers Identify How Common Gut Bacteria May Cause Colon Cancer

A new study conducted by researchers at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas identified a key interaction between Fusobacterium nucleatum, a bacteria commonly linked to gum disease, and a specific microRNA gene regulator in the gut that led to tumor growth in the colon.

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Reseach, colon & rectal surgery, Colon Cancer

Dallas Colorectal Surgeon's Research Named in 2016 Top Clinical Cancer Advances

One of last year's major achievements in clinical cancer research and care was a study comparing open and laparoscopic surgery led by James Fleshman, MD, colorectal surgeon on the medical staff and chief of surgery at Baylor University Medical Center.

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Bacteria, Protein, Antibiotic, Bioactive

New Protein Discovery May Lead to New, Natural Antibiotics

Scientists have discovered a new protein that likely will advance the search for new natural antibiotics, according to a study by Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

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Smoking, Cessation, e-cigarettes, Depression, Depressive Symptoms

Depression Linked to E-Cigarette Use Among College Students

The emergence of e-cigarettes as a nicotine product has left scientists with many questions about their impact on health, including how the product interacts with depression. A new study by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), published today in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, found a connection between depression and initiation of e-cigarette use among college students.

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Kelli Hollinger, Valentines Day, Retail, Economy, Consumer spending

How Much Will We Spend on Valentine’s Day This Year?

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Despite the explosion of red and pink merchandise currently promoted in stores, the National Retail Federation reports U.S. consumer spending will be down 10 percent this year compared to Valentine’s Day 2016.

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Valentine's Day, Civil War, Romance, love letters, Baylor University, The Texas Collection

Love and War: Digitized Letters Preserve the Tale of a Texas Girl, Her Confederate Sweetheart and Their Secret Engagement

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Feb. 14 was coming up quickly, and the two young lovers’ emotions were heating up the hundreds of miles between them. Their Civil War letters tell of their secret engagement during a tumultuous time in history.

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Doctoral Students’ Study Alters the Way Those Who Take and Share Selfies Are Viewed

The research reveals three categories of selfie takers and dispels the notion that they are inherently narcissistic.

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MD Anderson Designated First Project ECHO Superhub for Oncology

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Recognizing a critical need to address disparities in cancer care, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has been designated as an ECHO superhub for oncology by the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico Health Science Center (UNMHSC). MD Anderson is one of just nine ECHO superhub sites in the world and the first focused on oncology.

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Constant Challenge for Discovery Propels Harvinder Gill

The Texas Tech researcher has shown how vaccines can be administered more effectively through the use of creative methods of drug delivery.

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Zombies, undead, Walking Dead, Pop Culture

Prof Digs Up Truths About Zombies

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Just like the flesh-eating creatures themselves, the zombie phenomenon is showing no signs of dying anytime soon. We asked Professor of Anthropology Vaughn Bryant, who has studied the real-life origins of zombies, to drop some knowledge on the “undead.”

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Pancreatic Cancer, MD Anderson Cancer Center, personalized medicine

Scientists Identify Aggressive Pancreatic Cancer Cells and Their Vulnerability

A team from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center describes this week in the journal Nature a series of preclinical experiments using patient-derived tumor xenografts (PDXs) and mouse models that point to potential treatments for patients with a rapidly-progressing and resistant subgroup of tumor cells.

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Romance, Valentine's Day, Couples and affection, Couples and communication , Baylor University, Psychology

Romance and Wrangling as Valentine’s Day Nears: Here’s How to Handle Feuds with Your Partner

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Fighting with your sweetie as Valentine’s Day approaches? Consider this as Cupid aims his bow and arrow yet again. “The most common thing that couples want from each other during a conflict is not an apology, but a willingness to give up power,” says Baylor University psychologist Keith Sanford, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience.

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Political Scientist and Author Of "Presidential Transitions" Available for Interviews

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