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Gut Bacteria: It can be Good, and Bad, for Health

Gut Bacteria: It can be Good, and Bad, for Health

A new study found that impairing a rare group of cells in the small intestine transforms gut bacteria from helpful to harmful. The finding has implications for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, which is characterized by chronic inflammation in the digestive track.

The Art of Science: Grad Student Finds Inspiration in Images of the Brain

The Art of Science: Grad Student Finds Inspiration in Images of the Brain

The complex biology, networks, and symphony of signals that underlie human cognition are a font of endless mystery and wonder to those who study it.  For Rianne Stowell, a graduate student in the lab of URMC neuroscientist Ania Majewska, Ph.D., these questions are also a source of artistic inspiration which has led to the creation of striking paintings of the brain’s inner workings. 

Q&A: A Fishy Formula for Measuring Mercury

Q&A: A Fishy Formula for Measuring Mercury

Fish are loaded with nutrients important for brain development and overall health, but they can also carry a toxic form of mercury that can harm the developing brain. Environmental Medicine researcher Matthew D. Rand, Ph.D., answers our questions about mercury toxicity as well as his new method of measuring mercury and how it could improve fish consumption guidelines from the FDA and EPA.

The Ways We Pay: Orthopaedics Researchers to Study Impact of Medicare Reform on Patient Care

The Ways We Pay: Orthopaedics Researchers to Study Impact of Medicare Reform on Patient Care

URMC researchers will delve into national Medicare data to understand whether a recent reform that bundles health care payments has deepened racial and socioeconomic disparities in joint replacement care. A new grant from the National Institutes of Health makes this research possible.  

Congenital heart disease genes found in children with autism and other conditions

Congenital heart disease genes found in children with autism and other conditions

Mutated genes present in many patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) are also often found in patients with autism and certain respiratory disorders, according to an extensive analysis of genes from 2,871 congenital heart disease patients and their families.