Category Archives: genetics

 Complete and complex: More cancer patients benefit from molecular diagnostics

BY AMBER SMITH We are used to differentiating cancers by where they were discovered: breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer. Cancer doctors and scientists today are starting to label cancers based on their genetic makeup — and that’s only the beginning … Continue reading

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Catching it early: Breast cancer high-risk program follows patients at increased risk  

BY AMBER SMITH Both her grandmother and mother had breast cancer, so Jordan Bruna of Skaneateles began breast cancer screening at the age of 30. She joined Upstate’s Breast Cancer High Risk Program and followed a schedule of mammograms, ultrasounds, … Continue reading

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Concept of ‘designer’ babies raises thorny questions, few answers

BY JIM HOWE If parents could create a “better” baby, should they? Would “better” mean a healthier child than the average baby? Cuter? Smarter? Taller? Should scientists and doctors help parents to genetically customize an embryo that would become that better … Continue reading

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Meet the cancer care team at Upstate

A team approach to cancer treatment means a patient has more than one doctor taking care of him or her, plus additional medical experts focusing on specialized aspects of care. Here are some of the typical team members at the … Continue reading

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Could a spit test identify autism in children? Researchers seek early diagnosis

BY JIM HOWE A research study at Upstate is employing a novel method as it seeks to develop a quick, painless tool to help diagnose autism in children. Using a simple swab — like a one-headed Q-tip with a spongy … Continue reading

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What you need to know about hereditary cancers

Up to 10 percent of cancers result from a genetic mutation that is inherited from a parent. Since half of our genes come from our mother and half from our father, the cancer history from each side of our families … Continue reading

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No bread, no dairy, no meat: Living with PKU means eating lots of vegetables, fruits

BY SUSAN KEETER Ezekiel Sanford was 2 days old when his Binghamton pediatrician told his parents: “You have to take him to Upstate.” A routine blood test showed that Ezekiel had a rare inherited disorder called phenylketonuria, or PKU, which … Continue reading

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Brains against brain tumors

Experts from several scientific fields join forces to accelerate fight against brain cancer BY JIM HOWE To better meet the challenges of treating brain cancer, Upstate’s Precision Neuro-Oncology Program pools the expertise of the best minds in a variety of … Continue reading

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Syracuse University student died at a Carrier Dome basketball game – and lived to tell about it

February 4 was “pretty much a typical morning” for Alex McMillan, 20, an economics major at Syracuse University. An alto sax player, McMillan would be at the noon basketball game against Virginia as part of the Sour Sitrus Society. He … Continue reading

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Scientists explore genetic roots of rare blood cancer

Scientists at Upstate have made progress in understanding the cause of a rare blood cancer called myelofibrosis, and they hope to learn how to block the disease’s progression. Professor of pharmacology Golam Mohi, PhD, has been studying the life-threatening disorder, … Continue reading

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