Category Archives: research

How a tumor is diagnosed

As serious as it is, cancer is usually not an emergency, urologic oncologist Srinivas Vourganti, MD, told visitors to the Upstate Cancer Center this spring. A cancer diagnosis is a step-by-step process that has to be complete before exploring treatment options. … 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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He collected $5,000 one nickel at a time

The average person might not look forward to returning bottles and cans for the nickel deposit. But Laurence Segal, of DeWitt, has made that task part of a personal crusade to fight breast cancer. Aided at various times by his … 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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Newly approved drug boosts pediatric cancer survival rates

When Jessica Brickman of Camillus put her baby, Jack, to sleep that Friday last fall, the 9-month-old was just as jolly and happy as always. The little guy awoke with black circles around his eyes, clearly not feeling well, and … Continue reading

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Surgical services featured in July Physicians Practice

The July issue of Physicians Practice magazine gives a glimpse of the services available at Upstate. It’s written for physicians who work throughout the Central New York region, but much of the information is of interest to the community at large. … Continue reading

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Their work to solve kidney disease may also answer cancer questions

These green ovals (in the image below) are fission yeast, organisms that scientists Vladimir Sirotkin, PhD, and Robert Carroll, a PhD candidate, in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology use for their study of endocytosis, the process by which … Continue reading

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Back to sleep policy sets good example

For 20 years, parents have been advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics to put babies to sleep on their backs, to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It’s especially important for a baby born prematurely, whose … Continue reading

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Regenerative medicine teaches the body to repair itself

Imagine your grandfather develops trouble with his vision. Straight lines appear distorted. The center of whatever he looks at turns blurry and dark. His color perception diminishes. You bring him to a doctor, in hopes that he doesn’t go blind. … Continue reading

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