Category Archives: genetics

A defensive move: Removing the ovaries before cancer develops

BY SUSAN KEETER The day my mother spiked a fever, we had no idea it was a symptom of ovarian cancer and that we would lose her just seven weeks later. Looking back, the only other possible symptom had been … Continue reading

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Seeking families with young children for study on child mental health

A pair of mental health researchers at Upstate are studying new ways to classify mental health disorders in children and looking to change the way psychiatric disorders are understood and diagnosed in the future. Stephen Faraone, PhD, and Stephen Glatt, … Continue reading

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DNA details may reveal where cancer begins

Nearly everyone has spots along their chromosomes that are considered “fragile,” where gaps or constrictions leave the chromosome vulnerable to breaking. These areas are frequently affected in cancer, so they are of interest to cancer researchers including Wenyi Feng, PhD, … Continue reading

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Missing gene tied to lethal prostate cancer

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer who lack a particular gene called WAVE-1 may have better survival odds if they are treated early. That’s according to research from scientists at Upstate Medical and Harvard universities, who worked together to link the … Continue reading

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Finding the virtue in medical practice

You may have heard of the seven deadly sins – pride, anger, envy, lust, greed, gluttony and sloth. Well, there are also seven so-called “primary” virtues, which derive from ancient sources — four cardinal virtues come from Plato, and three … Continue reading

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Baldwin ‘Humanitarian Award’ goes to geneticist

Genetic counselor Bonnie R. Braddock will receive the Humanitarian Award  from the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY Saturday at the annual gala, held at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. Braddock has been at Upstate since … Continue reading

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Upstate Answers: Why doesn’t amniocentesis test for genetic conditions other than Downs?

There are so many genetic conditions. Why does amniocentesis only test for Downs Syndrome? – Seth Tucker, Syracuse “Amniocentesis is a procedure that provides a diagnosis of fetal defects.  It is usually done in the early second trimester.  In the 1970’s, … Continue reading

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Stepping forward, raising money and awareness for tuberous sclerosis complex

Every fall for the last five years, Bridgett Langstaff has helped organize a walk to raise awareness for tuberous sclerosis complex, a genetic disease that affects her son, Jude. The boy will turn 5 in November. He seemed like a … Continue reading

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What is tuberous sclerosis complex?

Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare disease caused by a genetic mutation and marked by noncancerous tumors that grow throughout the body. For many people with TSC, signs and symptoms are evident at birth. Others may not be diagnosed … Continue reading

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