3 Things: UTSW Study Could Help With Therapies for Rare Disease in Children

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UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers are learning more about ARC syndrome, Downtown Plano is working toward becoming known for art, and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas is partnering with tech companies to track patient wellness.


UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found more results from studies regarding a rare, genetic disease in children that could also have connections to tuberculosis.Doctors have found an innate immunity role for a gene associated with arthrogryposis-renal dysfunction-cholestasis syndrome, which causes dysfunction in organ systems and skin abnormalities. The findings could offer a better understanding of the illness. UT Southwestern has more about the research here

Downtown Plano wants to become a well-known art district. Organizers of a new festival, called Plano Artfest, hope the free event will help put the area on the cultural arts map. The Sept. 17 event at McCall Plaza in Downtown Plano will have art galleries, film screenings, and theatrical performances. Kids can also engage in arts and crafts, while parents can check out food trucks and grab a drink. Guide Live has more about the event here

Children’s Medical Center in Dallas is continuing to find ways to keep track of the progress of their patient’s health. In previous years, the hospital has partnered with academic institutions for research and finding cures to sicknesses and patient health. Now, the hospital is investing in tech startups to care for patients. The hospital is using things such as sensor-embedded pills and Mend, an Uber-like service for caregivers. KERA News has more about the partnerships here

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