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Science Is Art Is Science: A crystal-clear view of a proton pump

A proton pump called vacuolar ATPase plays an essential role in several biological processes. Malfunctions in this pump lead to a wide spectrum of human diseases, including bone and kidney diseases, diabetes and cancer. Biochemistry and molecular biology scientists in … Continue reading

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What’s Up at Upstate: A look at educational, health care, research and community endeavors

Organ lessons and clinical exposure A renewed curriculum for the first two years of medical school at Upstate introduces students to the body, organ by organ, and provides them with clinical exposure earlier in their academic careers. Their study begins … Continue reading

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Syracuse’s poorest workers: Health problems, low wages

          BY JIM HOWE An ongoing study of the Syracuse area’s lowest-paid workers finds they often face aching backs, constant stress and a lack of respect as well as a skimpy paycheck. These workers, often in … Continue reading

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To avoid withdrawal, she nearly died: Former addict warns of the dangers of antidiarrheal drug

BY JIM HOWE Katharine “Kate” Rayland never intended to become addicted to – and nearly die from – an over-the-counter drug designed to prevent diarrhea. She developed a potentially fatal heart problem and landed in the intensive care unit at … Continue reading

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Concussion concerns: Make sure you know how to react

When concussions are properly managed, patients usually have no lasting effects. The key is to recognize the injury when it happens. An injured athlete needs to be removed from play until he or she is properly evaluated. Symptoms vary but … Continue reading

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Once fatal, now curable: Story of infective endocarditis ‘a miracle of medical progress’

Upstate cardiologist Harold Smulyan, MD, and infectious disease expert Donald Blair, MD, tell the tale of infective endocarditis in the August 2015 issue of the American Journal of the Medical Sciences. They call the nearly complete conquest of the disease … Continue reading

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Meth lab dangers: Exposure can cause lasting effects

BY AMBER SMITH Rescuers whose jobs take them to clandestine methamphetamine labs risk exposure to chemicals that can cause what appears to be permanent damage to their memory-making ability. Specialists in anesthesiology and neurology at Upstate Medical University tell about … Continue reading

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Grateful patient loses his voice … creates Voice of PALS

BY BETHANN KISTNER Cliff Maus woke up one morning with slurred speech. He and his wife knew something was wrong, but neither imagined he would be diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. After several … Continue reading

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Why a kidney biopsy may be unnecessary

BY AMBER SMITH For decades, kidney experts believed that biopsies of the organ were not helpful in determining how to treat a small kidney tumor. Today, more doctors believe a biopsy helps guide treatment. It can – sometimes, says Gennady … Continue reading

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Instead of a biopsy: Scientists seek better, noninvasive diagnostic tool to detect liver cancer early

BY AMBER SMITH One of the reasons liver cancer is so deadly is that people rarely discover the disease at an early stage, when it’s treatable. What might help would be a screening test, similar to the one that exists … Continue reading

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