Category Archives: research

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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Revealing research: Kidney tumor analysis helps decipher proteins’ role in cancer development

BY AMBER SMITH Some of the tumors Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, removes from patients’ kidneys are no bigger than olives. Some are the size of watermelons. Since July 2014, many have ended up in the laboratory of Bratslavsky’s research partner, Mehdi … Continue reading

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E-cigarette dangers go beyond cancer

  The use of electronic cigarettes is higher among high school students than adults, a trend that alarms U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD. E-cigarettes contain a concentrated and more potent dose of nicotine than tobacco cigarettes, which is particularly … Continue reading

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Did you know? The scientist who discovered genetically inherited breast cancer visited Upstate

In 1990, her laboratory zeroed in on chromosome 17q21 to prove that breast cancer is genetically inherited in some families. The scientists working with Mary-Claire King, PhD, called this particular genetic mutation BRCA1. Soon after, another mutation, called BRCA2, was … Continue reading

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Useful information about cancer is a click away

Where can you find reliable, up-to-date information about cancer online? Upstate Health Sciences Library The staff at the Upstate Health Sciences library strives to connect the community with health information on cancer and many other medical topics. Visit the library … Continue reading

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Looking at eye development

BY AMBER SMITH A discovery by a research team at Upstate reveals the minimal recipe for the creation of the retinal cells that make vision possible. This new knowledge offers a hopeful glimpse that scientists might be able to prompt … Continue reading

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Science Is Art: Motion capture and posture

A common complaint after a concussion injury is a feeling of unsteadiness or impaired balance. Monitoring balance deficits and recovery of balance may help to better understand concussion injury and recovery. Scientists at Upstate Medical University use infrared motion-capture technology … Continue reading

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How much do existing medical problems impact lung cancer?

  BY AMBER SMITH When people are diagnosed with lung cancer, they usually ask about survival odds. Doctors have used calculation methods that take into account the patient’s other diseases, known as comorbidities. A cancer expert at Upstate suggests those calculations … Continue reading

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Where cancer patients can find advice for eating right

Upstate registered dietitian nutritionist Maria Erdman recommends these resources for help eating well during and after cancer treatment. She also sees patients who are referred by physicians. Reach her at 315-464-3607. — The National Cancer Institute makes the booklet “Eating Hints: … Continue reading

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What might $50,000 help discover?

  BY AMBER SMITH Scientists think big, and long term. They measure progress incrementally, knowing that solutions are often years, decades, centuries in the making. Such dedication can bring society closer to finding cures for cancer, ways to prevent the … Continue reading

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