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Researchers link stress, loss of control to physical frailty in older adults

Researchers link stress, loss of control to physical frailty in older adults

September 28, 2016

In a new study, Warner School of Education researchers have shown that chronic stress and poverty, which are associated with physical frailty in old age, become problematic when these factors result in lower perceptions of control.

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Rare mutation weakens flu virus

Rare mutation weakens flu virus

September 28, 2016

Researchers at the Medical Center have identified a rare, naturally occurring influenza mutation that weakens the virus and could be used to develop new live flu vaccines.

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Nelson receives international honor for HIV disparities research

Nelson receives international honor for HIV disparities research

September 27, 2016

School of Nursing Assistant Professor LaRon Nelson was named the inaugural Ontario HIV Treatment Network Research Chair in HIV Program Science for Africa, Caribbean, and Black communities.

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Nuclear protein causes cancer to become more aggressive

Nuclear protein causes cancer to become more aggressive

September 27, 2016

Neuroblastoma is one of the most common and deadly of childhood cancers, and Medical Center researchers have discovered that aggressive forms of the cancer contain a specific protein in their cells’ nuclei not found in more benign cases.

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Take a bite out of Rochester

Take a bite out of Rochester

September 26, 2016

Student foodie Rebecca Block ’18 presents a guide to eating well — and on the cheap — in Rochester this fall. The paninis and cider flights at Muller’s Cider House (above) are a favorite, along with new College Town eateries and well-remembered classics like Nick Tahou’s and Jay’s Diner.

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Surgeons perform 200th heart transplant

Surgeons perform 200th heart transplant

September 20, 2016

Cardiac surgeons at Strong Memorial Hospital recently performed the team’s 200th heart transplant surgery, providing a 48-year-old father a second chance on life. This milestone was 15 years in the making, as the team performed its first transplant Feb. 7, 2001.

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Building a better tutor

Building a better tutor

September 1, 2016

Thomas Downey ’16 wanted to help his fellow college students become better tutors for kids in the Rochester City School District. So he used his KEY year to design a new two-credit course to do just that.

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As leukemia evolves, stem cells hold keys to newer therapies

As leukemia evolves, stem cells hold keys to newer therapies

August 29, 2016

A study from the Wilmot Cancer Institute is believed to be the first to examine how leukemia stem cells change over time, and the first to look for several known gene biomarkers simultaneously.

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Donald A. Henderson ’54M (MD), eradicator of smallpox, dies at 87

Donald A. Henderson ’54M (MD), eradicator of smallpox, dies at 87

August 23, 2016

Hard-driving, uncompromising, and ferociously devoted to every mission he tackled, the School of Medicine and Dentistry alumnus is credited with the global eradication of smallpox.

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