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Can Deep Brain Stimulation Effectively Treat Depression?

About 33% of people with depressive symptoms experience treatment-resistant depression, meaning they don’t receive significant relief from common therapies like medication or counseling. Doctors have used deep brain stimulation to treat movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, and seizure...

Neurology
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HIPEC: A 3-in-1 Approach to Treating Cancer

If you’ve ever dropped a glass on the floor, you may have responded by sweeping up the largest shards and then vacuuming to get the tiny pieces that remained. This is the general idea behind combining cytoreductive surgery and the HIPEC procedure for patients with abdominal cancers. This innovative...

Oncology
Lung Cancer
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From Mythology to Reality: Restoring Sight in the Blind

Can a device really restore sight to the blind? That’s what physicians at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine are testing with the Orion cortical visual prosthesis from Second Sight Medical Products. With a name derived from the myth of Orion who went blind and regained...

Neurology
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Silent Seizures: A Surprising Phenomenon in Alzheimer's Disease

People often associate seizures with convulsions and a complete loss of bodily control. However, there’s another type of seizure that happens deep within the brain and might be difficult to notice. Symptoms of silent seizures include a momentary loss of responsiveness, a blank stare, or fluttering...

Neurology
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Understanding the Link Between Obesity and Liver Cancer

Between determining how certain cancers originate, analyzing the unique characteristics of different types of this disease, and discovering new treatments, cancer research is an active and varied field. The team at the Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program at the Dan L Duncan...

Liver Care
Oncology
Pink Genome Sequencing Report

Is the Answer to Breast Cancer in Our DNA?

Solving a riddle is always easiest when you have all of the background information. The same concept applies to breast cancer. When doctors can determine what is causing breast cells to multiply rapidly, they can prescribe the medication most likely to remove the stimulus. However, the sources of...

Breast Cancer
Oncology
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Reducing Chemotherapy's Role in Breast Cancer Treatment

Ask just about anyone how doctors treat cancer, and their response will most likely include the word “chemotherapy.” But the team at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Cancer Center at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center is working to change that perception. Chemotherapy can be expensive and...

Oncology
Breast Cancer
Women's Health
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CAR-T Therapy: The Future of Lymphoma & Leukemia Treatment?

At the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, patients have the opportunity to participate in leading-edge research through clinical trials. These studies often focus on experimental treatments for specific cancers, and two types of cancer, lymphoma and leukemia, are some of the main focuses of...

Oncology
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The Scarless Approach to Thyroid Surgery

As research continues to lead to groundbreaking medical advancements, surgeries become less invasive and recovery times decrease. Such is true for thyroidectomies and parathyroidectomies, surgeries to remove part or all of the thyroid or parathyroid glands, respectively. The transoral vestibular...

Thyroid
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Is Medication the Only Treatment Option for Epilepsy?

When doctors consider treatment for epilepsy, they review the patient’s health history and needs to find the right medication. However, some prescriptions can result in undesirable side effects or be less effective than expected. In the past, traditional surgery was one of the only alternative...

Neurology