July 2013

Exploring New Treatments for Eczema

New York Times Personal Health columnist Jane Brody highlights research by Dermatology Professor Lisa Beck, M.D., and Instructor Anna De Benedetto, M.D., in an article on eczema, a cumbersome skin condition that affects up to 30 percent of children and 10 percent of adults. 

7/30/2013 | 0 comments

Clarifying Surgical Options for Kidney Cancer

The decided trend in recent years has been toward a partial kidney resection (removal of tumor only) in cases of small kidney cancers. But contrary to past studies, new URMC data shows that people who received a partial nephrectomy did not have improved survival, according to research published this month in European Urology.   

7/25/2013 | 0 comments

Driving Away Dry Mouth from Cancer Treatment

For the 14,400 head and neck cancer patients in the U.S., dry mouth is an unwelcome side effect of radiation therapy, causing difficulty with eating and speaking, and oral infections, among other things. Fortunately, researchers are exploring new ways to protect salivary glands during radiation treatment. 

7/24/2013 | 3 comments

Fish Tale: Autism and Mercury Link Debunked

Pregnant mothers in the Seychelles consume fish on average 12 times a week.  Yet despite concerns regarding the risk to brain development posed by mercury found in fish, children in the Seychelles show no sign of adverse neurological effects, including autism.

7/23/2013 | 0 comments

Unraveling the Origins of Congenital Heart Disease

In a first-of-its-kind study published in the journal Nature, scientists identified a group of gene mutations that may be behind up to 10 percent of complex congenital heart defects, the most frequent birth defect and a leading cause of infant death.

7/23/2013 | 0 comments
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