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Rochester in the News

“We’ve learned to fear cholesterol and yet cholesterol is very important for brain tissue, it’s very important for nerve tissue. That’s why human milk is a better nutrient to support brain growth.” —Ruth Lawrence, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology commenting in U.S. News & World Report about a study indicating that children who were breastfed exclusively for their first three months or longer scored up to six points higher on I.Q. tests at age six than did children who were not.


“What we found is the damage done short-term is much less than the damage that occurs long-term. After the drug is stopped, the cellular damage gets worse.”—Mark Noble, professor of genetics and director of the University’s Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute, describing findings of a study he led on links between a commonly used chemotherapy drug and memory problems.

Washington Post

“We learned that one in four local patients are accessing the pediatric emergency department for non-emergencies. This mismatch of needs and resources is inefficient, costly, and impersonal for everyone involved.”—Kenneth McConnochie, professor of pediatrics, discussing a communitywide study he conducted with colleagues suggesting that telemedicine is a cost-effective substitute for more than a quarter of pediatric emergency department visits.

Fortune Magazine

“All of us, to some degree, are wandering around the world, having had sapped from us the kind of interest, vitality, and excitement we are born with.”—Edward Deci, professor of clinical and social psychology, remarking on the appeal of motivational speakers.

New York Times

“We expected to find more oral disease in overweight children of all ages, given the similar causal factors that are generally associated with obesity and caries. Our findings raise more questions than answers.”—Dorota Kopycka-Kedzierawski, assistant professor of dentistry, talking about the unexpected findings of a study that showed overweight children have healthier teeth than do children of normal weight.

USA Today

“[Fleming mastered] the mingling of the barely credible and the utterly incredible.”—George Grella, associate professor of English, characterizing the technique of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, on the 100th anniversary of the novelist’s birth.