Caris Life Sciences Adds 500 Jobs and Space With Corporate Park in Irving

Caris Life Sciences is expanding in Irving, adding 115,000 square feet of research and development and office space while creating 500 new job opportunities. Caris Life Sciences Park will allow the company to expand beyond their work in blood-based diagnostics and molecular profiling. The new facility’s first phase should be complete in early 2020, and will include future laboratories and corporate office space. The last two phases will include additional lab space for the molecular science innovators. “Our new facilities in Irving, Texas will allow us to add to our team of experts, and enhance our ability to deliver more… Full Story

The Keto Diet is Successfully Fighting Cancer at UT Dallas

The keto diet might be a way to fight against certain cancers, according to biologists at The University of Texas at Dallas. Avoiding glucose has long been known to help fight diabetes, but restricting glucose levels in blood might also be a bulwark against cancer cells as well. The study cut glucose levels for mice with lung cancer by feeding them a ketogenic diet, pairing reduced sugar with a diabetes drug. Many cancers are suspected to be dependent on glucose as an energy source, but the research showed that squamous cell carcinoma is even more dependent than other cancers. “Both the… Full Story

UTSW Researchers Find Broader Use for Cancer Drugs

UT Southwestern researchers may have found a wider application for cancer drugs that are normally reserved for a small slice of patients. Treatment normally used for less than 10 percent of breast cancer patients may be effective in treating all cancers. The study found a biomarker that indicates when the drugs can be used to fight the broad array of cancers. “These findings could increase the patient population benefiting from these drugs by two, three, or four-fold. Up to 70 percent of breast cancer patients could now be good candidates,” said Dr. W. Lee Kraus, Director of the Green Center for… Full Story

SMU Research is Fighting Cervical Cancer with Video Games

Gaming technology could be the key to saving women from cervical cancer in Africa. Although cervical cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, it is the killer of more women in Zambia than any other disease. In fact, one in five cervical cancer deaths worldwide occurs in sub-Saharan Africa. This is mostly due to a critical shortage of trained surgeons, which means that women who have been diagnosed often wait months to receive hysterectomies while their tumors grow and progress. But with the introduction of relatively simple video game technology, this may change. The game has the… Full Story

UT Southwestern’s Gene Therapy Center Could be a Game Changer

The UT Southwestern gene therapy center should be up and running by the end of this year, and it may be an answer for the family of a young boy with a rare genetic neurological disorder who is running out of time. D CEO contributor Jason Heid shares the story in Texas Monthly.  When Joseph Hann was three, he began to lose his balance and vision, and after he experienced a grand mal seizure was diagnosed with a rare form Batten disease, which is almost always fatal in childhood. The disease attacks the nervous system, taking away a person’s ability to see,… Full Story

UTA Researchers Searching for More Precise Heart Failure Treatment

Three researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are part of an $11 million project study to make heart failure treatment more precise for patients, nearly half of whom don’t receive effective treatment. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health to look at heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, also known as HFpEF, which is when the heart pumps normally but is too stiff to fill properly. Faculty members in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Mark Haykowsky, Michael Nelson, and Paul Fadel will be studying the process behind HFpEF patients’ difficulty, or sometimes inability,… Full Story

Study: Detecting Depression Rarely Requires Psych Visit

A UT Southwestern study shows that seeing a psychiatrist is not necessarily the most practical solution to diagnosing and treating depression. The research looked at 25,000 patients and concluded that primary care doctors can successfully detect and treat depression without additional help from mental health personnel, and arrives with guidelines asking for expanded depression screenings. “It’s difficult to do proper screening for depression in a busy clinical practice,” says founding Director of UT Southwestern’s Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, per release. “This study shows that primary care physicians can do this, and do it well,… Full Story

Texas Health Dallas Helps Improve Treatment for Cardiogenic Shock

Texas Health Dallas is one of only 60 hospitals in the US, and the only one in Texas, to participate in a study which hopes to improve the survival rates for patients suffering lethal complications after heart attacks. The initial findings of the study show that 72 percent of patients survive using the new protocols, whereas the typical survival rate from this complication, called cardiogenic shock, has historically hovered around 50 percent. Cardiogenic shock is when the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood into the body and is typically caused by damage to cardiac muscle from a heart attack. In… Full Story

Headington Companies and Aging Mind Foundation Team Up Against Alzheimer’s

With a huge boost from Headington Companies, the Aging Mind Foundation has raised over $2.5 million in the last five years for Alzheimer’s research. While the physical and emotional costs are invaluable, the financial burden of the disease is also growing. This year, 16 million Americans will provide 18.5 billion hours of unpaid care for those with Alzheimers and other dementias, valued at $234 billion. Over the next 40 years, the overall financial impact of the disease is expected to top $20 trillion. Six million Americans currently battling Alzheimer’s disease, almost two-thirds of whom are women. While deaths from heart… Full Story

Expansion of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery in North Texas

As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services considers expanding transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a minimally invasive heart surgery, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine authored by the Baylor Scott and White Plano Heart Hospital’s Dr. Michael Mack shows that results improve as TAVR centers increase surgery volume. TAVR involves inserting a collapsed valve through an artery near the hip and expanding it once it is in place in the aorta, and is becoming more common because of its reduced recovery time and risk compared to open heart surgery. The surgery was first used for older, more fragile… Full Story