Did you see local TV cameras in the lobby of the Wilmot Cancer Center yesterday? The Pancreatic Cancer Association of Western New York (PCAWNY) presented a check for $75,176 for research at Wilmot, and three stations came out to film the check-passing event. The group raised the money at the 4th annual Step It Up to Cure Pancreatic Cancer 5K Walk last November.
Current efforts to grade the quality of care hospitals provide stroke patients have a big flaw according to a new study in the journal Stroke. Measures of mortality – whether or not a stroke patient dies shortly after being admitted to a hospital – do not take into account whether these deaths occurred because of poor care or because physicians were carrying out the wishes of the patient and their family to withhold care.
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.
At the end of each year, the editors of Science magazine sift through the previous 12 months of research and select ten “breakthroughs” that signify seminal scientific achievements. This year’s list includes a study by URMC neuroscientists that reveals that the brain cleans itself while we sleep.
More and more people with HIV are reaching their 50s and beyond thanks to advances in anti-retroviral therapies. That is good news. However, one of the long term impacts of living with the disease is a heightened risk of cognitive problems, such as dementia and functional decline.
When James Parkinson published an essay in 1817 describing the condition that would eventually bear his name, his findings were formulated – in great part – by watching people walk the streets and parks near his home in London. Flash forward some 200 years and this basic principal of observation could enable neurologists to provide care directly to Parkinson’s patients who are sitting in their own living rooms thousands of miles away.
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