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Fishing for Answers: Does an Omega-3 Fatty Acid Improve Heart Health?

Fishing for Answers: Does an Omega-3 Fatty Acid Improve Heart Health?

Study results are mixed on whether omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon help prevent heart disease. Researchers are taking a fresh look at the influence of a specific omega-3 fatty acid called EPA.  

4/7/2017
Study Shed New Light on Brain’s Decision-making Process

Study Shed New Light on Brain’s Decision-making Process

New research reveals the complex circuits involved in regulating the neurotransmitter dopamine in our brains.  Traditionally thought to be limited to reward seeking, the new study shows that parts of the ‘emotional’ brain may also manipulate dopamine to help us pay attention and react to new information in the environment.

3/29/2017
Testicular Cancer Survivors Report Lasting Side Effects of Treatment

Testicular Cancer Survivors Report Lasting Side Effects of Treatment

Nearly 80 percent of a large group of young men who survived testicular cancer reported having at least one health problem later due to treatment toxicity, says a new Journal of Clinical Oncology study co-authored by Wilmot Cancer Institute scientists.

3/27/2017
Helping Doctors Diagnose and Treat Psoriatic Arthritis

Helping Doctors Diagnose and Treat Psoriatic Arthritis

Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., M.P.H., professor and chief of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology at URMC offers advice to help physicians recognize psoriatic arthritis in a recent review published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

3/13/2017
Protein Key to Nerve Health Hitches a Ride on Brain’s Garbage Truck

Protein Key to Nerve Health Hitches a Ride on Brain’s Garbage Truck

A new study shows that the brain’s waste removal system serves as both trash collector and delivery service, providing neurons with a protein important to maintaining cognitive function while simultaneously cleaning brain tissue.  The research may help explain why different genetic varieties of the protein, called apolipoprotein E (apoE), can indicate risk for Alzheimer’s disease or promote longevity.

3/8/2017