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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.

New Concussion Data: Two Biomarkers Better Than One

Scientists are scrambling to gather data for the FDA to support the need for a blood test to diagnose brain injury in the United States. The University of Rochester Medical Center just added significant evidence by reporting in the Journal of Neurotrauma that it might be clinically useful to measure two brain biomarkers instead of one.

10/15/2013 | 0 comments

Testicular Cancer: A Good News/Bad News Story

First, the good news: The survival rate for testicular cancer is 95 percent at 10 years, due to the invention of cisplatin-based chemotherapy in the 1970s. Despite this success, however, survivors have an increasing risk of second malignancies -- and the risk remains elevated for 35 years.

10/9/2013 | 0 comments

Stomach Flu Vaccine Looks Good in Early Trial

A new vaccine for norovirus – the microbe behind most cases of what people commonly call stomach flu – protected patients against severe vomiting and diarrhea. URMC was one of five study sites that enrolled patients and tested the experimental vaccine. 

10/8/2013 | 0 comments

Secret to Longevity: Naked Mole Rats?

Those fascinating creatures are in the news again. In a study published in June researchers found a key to their cancer resistance. This week, University of Rochester biologists showed that the rodent’s longevity – they live a healthy 30 years, which is very long in rat years – is due to better-constructed proteins.

10/1/2013 | 0 comments

Lighting Up Brings Patients Down in Colorectal Surgery

A study in the Annals of Surgery found that smoking boosts the risk of complications like infection and pneumonia after some of the most common colorectal procedures. Author Fergal Fleming, M.D., breaks down the risks in this video.  

9/24/2013 | 1 comment