Category Archives: research

Rethinking Kaposi sarcoma: Viral immunologist sees patient improve after treatment for inflammatory response

Editor’s note: This is one of three articles on Upstate’s “renegade researchers” — scientists who are providing new ways of looking at long-standing medical problems, including Kaposi sarcoma (detailed below), hydrocephalus and schizophrenia. BY AMBER SMITH Christine King, PhD, studied … Continue reading

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Up Close: Studying bone density to help cancer survivors

Timothy Damron, MD, and Kenneth Mann, PhD, are studying bone fracture risk in cancer patients after radiation treatment. While radiation therapy is an important and effective treatment for many cancers, bone exposed to radiation becomes brittle and has an increased risk … Continue reading

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Ask her for help: Cancer Center librarian enjoys finding answers for patients, the public

Some people have questions about a diagnosis or treatment. Others are researching drug interactions. And others seek healthy recipes. Librarian Sarah Lawler strives to help everyone through the “Librarian on Call” service. She is stationed in the Family Resource Center … Continue reading

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Mysterious ‘door’ guards cancer secrets: Researchers work to halt a strange, deadly process in the spread of breast cancer

BY JIM HOWE Double agents, secret doorways, infiltration … it sounds like a spy thriller, but it’s how some breast cancers can spread, and eventually kill, a prominent researcher says. Scientists hope that this medical drama, which plays out at a microscopic level, … Continue reading

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Science Is Art: A close-up look at an enzyme

The V-ATPases enzyme (above) is present in every cell of the body, and also in plants and yeast. It has a connection to many diseases, including cancer and Parkinson’s. Upstate biochemist Patricia Kane, PhD, focuses her research on yeast cells. Kane, … Continue reading

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 A historical look at 5 popular heart medications: Are you taking any of them?

BY AMBER SMITH Some of the newer cardiac drugs were chemically designed in laboratories before going through years of expensive clinical trials and eventually gaining approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Some of the older drugs, which are still … Continue reading

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Treatment for canine cancer serves as model for humans  

BY JIM HOWE Treating cancer in dogs aims for a twofold benefit, says a Cornell University scientist: Help the sick animal and possibly find new ways to treat cancer in people. And no, she doesn’t have a secret lab where she implants … Continue reading

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Should weight loss be part of breast cancer treatment?

BY AMBER SMITH An obese woman with breast cancer is at increased risk for recurrence, compared with healthy-weight patients. Researchers want to know whether she can reduce her risk of recurrence by losing weight. Central New Yorkers can help find … Continue reading

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‘Can Man’ closes in on cancer fundraising goal

BY JIM HOWE A local fundraising effort is close to reaching its goal of cashing in a million returnable bottles and cans to fight cancer in Central New York. With participating redemption centers offering 6 cents per container for the … Continue reading

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Science Is Art: Black lung disease under the microscope

Upstate pathology professor Jerrold Abraham, MD, left, and assistant professor Soma Sanyal, MD, are examining lung tissue from coal miners with black lung disease as a part of a large study into the reasons for a recent increase in the … Continue reading

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