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New study probes link between HIV drugs, vascular disease

New study probes link between HIV drugs, vascular disease

January 5, 2015

A new $3.8 million grant will bring together clinical and bench researchers to better understand why individuals who receive anti-retroviral treatment for HIV are at greater risk for heart disease and stroke.

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Researchers show neutrinos can deliver not only full-on hits but also ‘glancing blows’

Researchers show neutrinos can deliver not only full-on hits but also ‘glancing blows’

December 30, 2014

In what they call a “weird little corner” of the already weird world of neutrinos, physicists have found evidence that these tiny particles might be involved in a surprising reaction. In an experiment conducted with the international MINERvA collaboration at Fermilab, physics professor Kevin McFarland and his students and colleagues provide evidence that neutrinos can sometimes interact with a nucleus but leave it basically untouched, resulting in a new particle being created out of a vacuum.

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Researchers explain how our minds make sense through order

Researchers explain how our minds make sense through order

December 15, 2014

Rochester scientists say they have an alternative to the standard explanation for why order matters when the human mind processes information. Ting Qian and Richard Aslin explain that our tendency to detect patterns is built into our cognitive processes, even when it’s at the risk of overestimating the importance of such patterns. (photo by Flickr user redwoodphotography made available under CC BY-ND 2.0)

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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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