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Commonly prescribed drug for lower back pain not effective

Commonly prescribed drug for lower back pain not effective

December 12, 2014

A new Medical Center study shows that pregabalin — marketed under the name Lyrica — is not effective in controlling the pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis, the most common type of chronic lower back pain in older adults.

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Decoding fat cells: Discovery may explain why we gain weight

Decoding fat cells: Discovery may explain why we gain weight

December 11, 2014

Medical Center researchers believe they’re on track to solve the mystery of weight gain – and it has nothing to do with holiday eggnog. They discovered that a protein, Thy1, has a fundamental role in controlling whether a primitive cell decides to become a fat cell, making Thy1 a possible therapeutic target in treating obesity.

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New imaging technique helps predict how vision recovers after brain tumor removal

New imaging technique helps predict how vision recovers after brain tumor removal

December 10, 2014

An interdisciplinary team of University neuroscientists and neurosurgeons has used a new imaging technique to show how the human brain heals itself in just a few weeks following surgical removal of a brain tumor.

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EVENT: Kids explore ‘technology in learning’ with LEGO robots

EVENT: Kids explore ‘technology in learning’ with LEGO robots

December 4, 2014

The University is again sponsoring the annual FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament, in which the top 36 regional teams of six- through 16-year-olds will compete to design and build robots that can turn doorknobs, shoot soccer balls, or complete an obstacle course.

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Researchers receive $1.4M to study gene therapy, DNA delivery

Researchers receive $1.4M to study gene therapy, DNA delivery

December 2, 2014

In order for gene therapy to be effective, doctors must discern how to deliver DNA to a cell’s nucleus. Medical Center researchers are embarking on a study to unravel this roadblock to new treatments for diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

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Blows to head damage brain’s ‘garbage truck,’ accelerate dementia

Blows to head damage brain’s ‘garbage truck,’ accelerate dementia

December 2, 2014

A new study out today in the Journal of Neuroscience shows that traumatic brain injury can disrupt the function of the brain’s waste removal system. When this occurs, toxic proteins may accumulate in the brain, setting the stage for the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

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When the ‘new normal’ is not enough

When the ‘new normal’ is not enough

November 24, 2014

Neurorestoration is an infant field, with life-changing potential for people like Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk. Now he’s on a quest to make Rochester an early leader in an effort to bring new treatments to patients with spinal cord injuries.

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Molecular clouds show off potential, beauty of data visualization

Molecular clouds show off potential, beauty of data visualization

November 21, 2014

“Simulated molecular clouds are beautiful, intricate, and ever-changing — properties that make them ideal candidates for high-powered visualization,” wrote PhD student Erica Kaminski about her award-winning images.

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Baseball players often struck out by concussions

Baseball players often struck out by concussions

November 19, 2014

A new analysis of Major League Baseball statistics by Medical Center researchers shows that concussed players may be returning to the batting lineup before they’re fully recovered.

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New tool allows researchers to target rare brain disease

New tool allows researchers to target rare brain disease

November 17, 2014

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy is a rare brain disease found in patients with compromised immune systems. Until now, it has been almost impossible to track the disease or test treatments. But a new model developed at the Medical Center allows researchers to study the disease in mouse brains that contain both animal neurons and human glia cells.

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