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Telomeres Might Predict Lung Cancer Recurrence

Telomeres are sections of DNA that tell an interesting story about lifespan. Shorter telomeres usually suggest a shorter life -- but new research by a Wilmot lung cancer expert shows that longer telomeres might be a promising biomarker for a recurrence of early stage lung cancer.

ED Enrollers Tap Emergency Room Visitors to Participate in Research

With more than 100,000 patients a year coming to the emergency room at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital, it’s a valuable piece of real estate for investigators seeking to enroll patients in their research studies.

2/4/2014 | 0 comments

Can Feeling “In Control” Lead to a Longer Life?

According to a new study in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Health Psychology, in some cases, the answer is yes.

2/3/2014 | 1 comment

Astrocytes Key to Potential Parkinson’s Therapy

Astrocytes – cells that until only recently have been dismissed as merely brain “glue” – are becoming increasingly important and flexible tools in confronting a range of neurological disorders.  New research shows that the right kind of astrocyte can restore order and rescue cells in brains ravaged by Parkinson’s disease.  

1/29/2014 | 2 comments

Prostate Cancer Danger Zone: More Likely for Older, Black Men

When prostate cancer is detected through a screening test and no symptoms are present, logic would say the disease is probably insignificant and the patient can avoid aggressive treatment. Yet statistics tell a different story: 1 in 6 of these men will have higher-risk disease, according to a University of Rochester study published in Frontiers in Oncology.

1/28/2014 | 0 comments

Platelets Do More than Help Blood Clot – Just Ask the Immune System

Platelets are known for their role in forming blood clots, but more and more research shows that platelets help control our immune system as well. A study in The Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests a new way in which platelets influence our immune response that could alter the treatment of arthritis, asthma and atherosclerosis.   

1/27/2014 | 0 comments