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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.

U.S. Health Care: Are We Getting the Best Bang for Our Buck?

A new study out today in the journal JAMA revisits the topic of whether or not the U.S. health care system – which now accounts for almost one-fifth of the nation’s economy – is delivering the best value in terms of health outcomes.  The paper also overturns several widely held beliefs about the factors responsible for growth in health care spending.

11/12/2013 | 2 comments

Bird Flu is Back in China: URMC Testing Vaccine Candidate

Two new cases of H7N9 bird flu were reported in China in October. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, the University’s Vaccine Research Unit is testing a new vaccine candidate in case H7N9 makes its way to the U.S. 

10/31/2013 | 1 comment

URMC Docs Chime in on Hit Show “Homeland”

Cardiologists Arthur Moss and Spencer Rosero talked to The New York Times about the reality of a scene from the show "Homeland" in which a terrorist atttacks the vice president's computerized implanted defibrillator and kills him. Is this fact or fiction? 

10/29/2013 | 0 comments

Postcards from Health Care

After a memorable day in the lab or at the hospital, try writing a 55-word story to capture your inner most thoughts and experiences. This month in the journal Family Medicine, Colleen T. Fogarty, M.D., presents a collection of these cathartic writings. Like haiku (or twitter), the low word count forces the writer to connect with what’s important, and to explicitly share challenges, regrets, empathy.

10/24/2013 | 0 comments

A Good Night’s Sleep Really Does ‘Clear the Mind’

Why do we sleep?  It is a question that has long puzzled scientists and philosophers alike.  While the ancient Greeks saw sleep as a doorway to the divine, scientists and biologists see it as an invitation to be devoured by nocturnal predators.  A new study – appearing today in the journal Science – may provide the answer: when we sleep our brain ‘takes out the trash.’

10/17/2013 | 6 comments