Do hurricanes cause early labor? And if so, is barometric pressure to blame?
“We know there is a connection between hurricanes and premature labor, miscarriages, and abnormal conditions for the baby after birth,” explains Hector Chapa, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Texas A&M University College of Medicine.
“However, there is some debate about whether it is the barometric pressure from the hurricane system or the stress of living through a natural disaster that causes the correlation.”
A drop in barometric pressure is correlated with premature labor and ruptured membranes. However, as Chapa explains, a correlation between a drop in barometric pressure and premature labor does not mean one causes the other.Read the full article at Futurity
Five Texas A&M University research teams recently received grants totaling more than $6 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
The largest of the grants was for $4.69 million, followed by an award of $721,306 and three additional grants worth $200,000 each. A&M recipients include faculty-researchers in the College of Medicine, College of Science, AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M Health Science Center. In total, the CPRIT awarded 71 grants worth $136 million to researchers across the state.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Global Institute for Hispanic Health announced Thursday that they would be working with Texas A&M University in College Station to get more Coastal Bend residents involved when it comes to testing out new ways to fight diseases.
According to Dr. Jaime Fergie, the Institute is a joint venture that is an investment in the future health of South Texas residents.Read the full article at KIII-TV
Nanotechnology is increasingly being explored to deliver drugs. Efficient transfer of drugs to desired sites in the body, however, would require nano-based drugs to be able to penetrate biological barriers such as intestine barrier, blood-brain barrier and blood-retinal barrier.
Now an international group of scientists has found that nano-based drugs could be effectively delivered by hitchhiking on the same transport mechanism that is used to carry iron in the body, without disrupting the natural process.Read the full article at The Hindu Businessline
“It’s designed to help catalyze innovative approaches to establishing effective pipelines for training and preparing physicians to enter productive academic research careers,” said David P. Huston, M.D., professor, associate dean and director of the Clinical Science and Translational Research Institute of the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Huston will be the principle investigator for the grant and director of the Academy of Physician Scientists.