Therapeutic target ID’d for deadly childhood muscle cancer

August 14, 2008

Curbing the activity of a substance called “platelet-derived growth factor receptor A” dramatically reduced aggressiveness of an often-untreatable childhood muscle cancer in mice and cells, a new study from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and partner institutions shows.

Video game helps cancer patients 13-29 adhere to treatment

August 4, 2008

Re-Mission™, a video game for cancer patients ages 13-29, is an effective way to improve adherence to oral chemotherapy regimens, antibiotic therapy and other survival-affecting behaviors in this young and at-risk population, according to a clinical research study described in today’s issue of Pediatrics.

Teachers sharpen health science teaching skills at summer institute

July 29, 2008

The Med Ed Teacher Institute: Building Educational Bridges into the Health Professions, a program replete with hands-on activities that can be effective for teaching, including a portable echocardiogram (ECG) machine to monitor the heart, tooth models and a dental cavity potential kit, the art of suturing on a suture practice arm, teaching how to administer shots on a simulator, DNA fingerprinting kits and a “Who Owns These Bones?” scientific investigation kit.