Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Texas Children's Cancer Center opened Fayez Sarofim Lymphoma Center, the first and only center in the world dedicated specifically to the research, care and treatment of children with lymphoma.
This research center was made possible by a generous gift of $10 million to Texas Children's Hospital. For more information about pediatric lymphomas please visit www.txch.org.
Cancer remains the leading cause of non-accidental death in children and lymphomas are the third most common malignancy in childhood. Modern therapies to treat children with lymphomas primarily involve chemotherapy which is occasionally supplemented with radiation treatment.
Although the outlook for children with lymphoma has generally improved in recent years, substantial challenges still exist. First, not all lymphoma patients respond to initial treatment and a significant portion of those patients who do respond initially will eventually relapse – usually the result of the development of drug resistance. Additionally, current treatments can be associated with both short-term and long-term adverse effects that may negatively impact a lymphoma survivor's quality of life.
The Fayez Sarofim Lymphoma Center at Texas Children's Cancer Center will conduct research on the biology of lymphomas, use the information gained from laboratory and basic research to develop new diagnostic approaches and identify therapeutic targets and new approaches to therapy.
“Our researchers have already developed effective cell-based therapies that have demonstrated extremely exciting clinical results and we are also evaluating new chemotherapeutic agents with significant clinical promise,” said Catherine Bollard, director of the Fayez Sarofim Lymphoma Center, in a prepared statement. “The formation of this new research center will allow the physician scientists and researchers at Texas Children's Cancer Center to expand on this progress in exponential ways.”
Advances made at the center will be shared with pediatric oncologists around the world.
“The breakthrough discoveries that take place in the laboratories of the Fayez Sarofim Lymphoma Center will represent the future of lymphoma treatment and the best hope for children with this disease,” said David Poplack, director of Texas Children's Cancer Center and professor of pediatric oncology at Baylor College of Medicine. “This generous gift ensures our physicians and researchers are able to continue developing the most advanced therapies in our search for a cure for pediatric lymphoma.”
Texas Children's Cancer Center conducts more new agent studies for childhood cancer than any center in the world.
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