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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.

Blood Test May Provide Early Warning of Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study appearing in Nature Medicine points to a simple blood test that can predict who is at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease before the symptoms of the disease appear.  With this new tool, scientists may be able to develop a new generation of therapies that can head off the disease.

3/10/2014 | 0 comments

JAMA Surgery Study Highlights New Way to Predict Costly Readmissions

A new study found that the presence of complications following surgery is a strong indicator of which patients are likely to be readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following their procedure. 

3/7/2014 | 0 comments

Using Cancer’s Fingerprint, UR Researchers Clinch a Diagnosis

Rochester scientists are using a gene test to diagnose a difficult-to-detect form of bone marrow cancer – an example of how academic medical centers are applying new technology in ways that play to their strengths to achieve better patient care.

3/5/2014 | 0 comments

Female Fertility: What’s Testosterone Got To Do With It?

The use of testosterone to improve outcomes in women undergoing in vitro fertilization is taking hold across the country, but data on its use is slim and mixed. A new study suggests that male hormones might actually be doing something good. 

3/5/2014 | 1 comment

A Tumble, Thunk: How Serious is the Child’s Injury?

When a child wipes out while snowboarding or falls down a flight of stairs, paramedics quickly make triage decisions on site, including where to send the child for treatment. A Rochester team is studying thousands of these scenarios to learn the best practices at the scene, and what circumstances predict the need for a trauma center.

2/27/2014 | 0 comments