Category Archives: research

Searching for ways to inhibit cancer

A protein called Hsp90, short for “heat shock protein-90,” acts as a chaperone or guardian of cancer cells, helping them grow and survive. This image shows the carefully folded parts of the protein, and the resulting pockets, which are occupied … Continue reading

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Clinical trial spotlight: lung cancer

Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Which radiation therapy regimen is … Continue reading

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Which surgery provides best long-term outcome for kidney cancer?

Used to be, when surgery was recommended for kidney cancer, surgeons would remove an entire kidney. Now research shows patients fare better 10 years after surgery if the operation removes just the tumors. It makes for a trickier operation, but … Continue reading

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Science is Art is Science: A glimpse of research history

More than 175 years ago, the medical school faculty was conducting research to understand disease and search for cures. two years ago, Elinor Spring-Mills, PhD, was part of a group charged with studying and compiling Upstate’s long history of research … Continue reading

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Reducing stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation

If you have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, new guidelines to reduce your risk of stroke include talking to your healthcare provider about taking an oral anticoagulant. Upstate neurologist Antonio Culebras, MD, is the lead author of the new guideline … Continue reading

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Struggling to conceive? Consider lubrication

Ask a question at an academic medical center, and you just may inspire research to get the answer. That is how andrology lab director Kazim Chohan, PhD, lit up the Internet recently with news that sexual lubricants may impede a … Continue reading

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Assemblyman Roberts: Growing up down the street from Upstate

Assemblymember Sam Roberts’ brown leather Park-Brannock shoe may still be buried under Upstate University Hospital on East Adams Street in Syracuse. How did it get there? It was the early 1960s. Sam Roberts and his mother had walked from their … Continue reading

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Urge to smoke begins in utero

Babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy are four times more likely to begin smoking in adolescence. Scientists at Upstate recently showed that nicotine, the most addictive of more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco, modifies part of the brain … Continue reading

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What you need to know about medical marijuana

Lots of news coverage lately has been devoted to whether New York will legalize marijuana for medical use. Stepping away from the politics, here are some facts to consider: It can be used to: * reduce muscle spasms. “It will release … Continue reading

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Particle database featured in ‘Science is Art is Science’

Particles that we breathe leave fingerprints, of a sort, says Jerrold Abraham, MD, medical director of environmental and occupational pathology at Upstate. “Your lung retains some evidence of what you’ve inhaled over your life.” His lab has created an extensive … Continue reading

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