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.
A new study out today in the journal JAMA revisits the topic of whether or not the U.S. health care system – which now accounts for almost one-fifth of the nation’s economy – is delivering the best value in terms of health outcomes. The paper also overturns several widely held beliefs about the factors responsible for growth in health care spending.
11/12/2013 | 2 comments
Two new cases of H7N9 bird flu were reported in China in October. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, the University’s Vaccine Research Unit is testing a new vaccine candidate in case H7N9 makes its way to the U.S.
10/31/2013 | 1 comment
Cardiologists Arthur Moss and Spencer Rosero talked to The New York Times about the reality of a scene from the show "Homeland" in which a terrorist atttacks the vice president's computerized implanted defibrillator and kills him. Is this fact or fiction?
10/29/2013 | 0 comments
After a memorable day in the lab or at the hospital, try writing a 55-word story to capture your inner most thoughts and experiences. This month in the journal Family Medicine, Colleen T. Fogarty, M.D., presents a collection of these cathartic writings. Like haiku (or twitter), the low word count forces the writer to connect with what’s important, and to explicitly share challenges, regrets, empathy.
10/24/2013 | 0 comments
Why do we sleep? It is a question that has long puzzled scientists and philosophers alike. While the ancient Greeks saw sleep as a doorway to the divine, scientists and biologists see it as an invitation to be devoured by nocturnal predators. A new study – appearing today in the journal Science – may provide the answer: when we sleep our brain ‘takes out the trash.’
10/17/2013 | 6 comments