Category Archives: research

 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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Science is art: A rodent’s mammary gland, up close

This image is a miniaturized and simplified version of a mouse mammary gland grown in the laboratory — which may hold clues to how a normal breast develops. From the Upstate laboratory of cell and developmental biologist Christopher Turner, PhD, doctoral student Weiyi Xu studies a protein … 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

Posted in genetics, health care, maternity/obstetrics, research, technology

St. Baldrick’s money to boost clinical trials

Upstate is one of 39 institutions nationwide selected to share $2.2 million in grant money from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to advance patient access to clinical trials. Having access to clinical trials is vital to the treatment of childhood cancers. … Continue reading

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Many options: Caregiving team considers multiple factors in managing patients with lung cancer  

BY AMBER SMITH People diagnosed with lung cancer a century ago had few options. The earliest surgical techniques, in the 1930s, involved cutting open a patient’s chest and removing an entire lung. While that is sometimes still necessary today, surgeons are … Continue reading

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What’s on the horizon regarding breast cancer treatment?

Medical providers at academic medical centers regularly attend lectures by experts Preventing breast cancer recurrence and preserving the breast after surgery were topics addressed recently in two research lectures at Upstate sponsored by the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, research, women's health/gynecology

Science Is Art: Prostate cancer cells under the microscope

If doctors could tell which tumors would remain indolent and which would become invasive, they could better treat men with prostate cancer. About 3 percent of men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer have an aggressive type, shown in the … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, men's health, research

8-story institute, laughing gas, model village, concussion marker: news about Upstate you may have missed:

The Nappi Longevity Institute at Upstate Medical University — an eight-floor, 360,000-square-foot health and wellness complex — will be built at East Adams and Almond streets, across from the Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse.   It will house services related … Continue reading

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Understanding microRNA: Tiny keys could unlock treasure trove of medical knowledge

BY JIM HOWE Researchers at Upstate are looking at tiny bits of genetic material that could open up new ways of understanding diseases and how the mind and body work. The material is called microRNA and is present in saliva, … Continue reading

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A huge mission: Upstate scientist explores how stem cell therapy may repair brain damage from stroke or Alzheimer’s

BY AMBER SMITH Li-Ru Zhao’s father, Jintian Zhao, was in his mid-60s in 1973 when a blood clot clogged a vessel in his brain and he suffered a stroke. Doctors in China, where he lives, suggested acupuncture or physical therapy … Continue reading

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