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January 2014

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

URMC Concussion Research Featured in Wall Street Journal

Research led by emergency medicine specialist Jeffrey Bazarian, M.D., M.P.H., was featured in the R&D section of last weekend’s Wall Street Journal

1/20/2014 | 0 comments

On-field Blood Test Can Diagnose Sports Concussions

A brain protein, S100B, which may soon be detected by a simple finger-stick blood test, accurately distinguishes a sports-related concussion from sports exertion, according to a study of college athletes in Rochester, N.Y., and Munich, Germany, and published in PLOS ONE by Jeffrey J. Bazarian, M.D, associate professor at the University of Rochester.

1/9/2014 | 1 comment
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