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UR Medicine partners receive $21.8M in state health care transformation grants

UR Medicine partners receive $21.8M in state health care transformation grants

July 19, 2017

Four regional hospitals—Strong Memorial, Jones Memorial, Noyes Memorial, and St. James Mercy Hospital—will receive a total of $21.8 million in state grants to improve services and facilities for patients, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced.

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Can the sunshine vitamin help lymphoma patients?

Can the sunshine vitamin help lymphoma patients?

July 19, 2017

A new $3 million grant to the Wilmot Cancer Institute allows oncologists to evaluate whether adding vitamin D to standard therapy will help cancer patients live longer.

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LaRon Nelson selected as AAN fellow

LaRon Nelson selected as AAN fellow

July 11, 2017

Nelson, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, has been selected for induction as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. He is among a group that will be honored in Washington, DC, this October.

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Hidden herpes virus may play key role in MS, other brain disorders

Hidden herpes virus may play key role in MS, other brain disorders

July 10, 2017

A new study may help explain the differences in severity in symptoms that many people with multiple sclerosis experience.

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Significant racial disparities persist in hospital readmissions

Significant racial disparities persist in hospital readmissions

June 26, 2017

A new Medical Center study shows that black patients enrolled with Medicare Advantage are far more likely to be readmitted to the hospital after a surgery than those enrolled on traditional Medicare.

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Eastman musicians hit Jazz Fest stages

Eastman musicians hit Jazz Fest stages

June 23, 2017

Current students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Eastman School of Music will be appearing throughout this week’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

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Michael Stefiuk appointed director of music activities at Eastman

Michael Stefiuk appointed director of music activities at Eastman

June 23, 2017

An experienced leader in the orchestral field, Stefiuk will provide artistic and programming direction for Eastman concerts series and manage operations of the school’s performance venues.

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Depressed patients more likely to be prescribed opioids

Depressed patients more likely to be prescribed opioids

June 20, 2017

In a new study that helps sheds light on the current opioid epidemic, Medical Center research shows patients with low back pain who were depressed were more likely to be prescribed opioids and receive higher doses.

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#ILookLikeASurgeon: All-female class of surgical residents reflects

#ILookLikeASurgeon: All-female class of surgical residents reflects

June 20, 2017

In 2010, the nationwide computer program that matches medical students with residency positions filled every spot in the Medical Center surgery program with a woman—the first time this had occurred. As they leave residency, the doctors reflect on their experiences.

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Infants born preterm may lack key lung cells later in life

Infants born preterm may lack key lung cells later in life

June 9, 2017

When newborn mice are exposed to extra oxygen at birth — which causes their lungs to respond and develop similarly to those of preterm infants — they end up with far fewer of these cells once they reach adulthood and respond worse to the flu once fully grown.

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