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E-cigarette vapors, flavorings, trigger lung cell stress

E-cigarette vapors, flavorings, trigger lung cell stress

February 10, 2015

Emissions from e-cigarette aerosols and flavorings damage lung cells by creating harmful free radicals and inflammation in lung tissue, according to a new URMC study.

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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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Cancer researcher awarded $18M to study cancer-related side effects

Cancer researcher awarded $18M to study cancer-related side effects

September 18, 2014

The National Cancer Institute grant, award to Principal Investigator Gary R. Morrow, funds a leadership role in a nationwide clinical research network to investigate cancer-related side effects.

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Baby aspirin? Many doctors don’t recommend, despite guidelines

Baby aspirin? Many doctors don’t recommend, despite guidelines

August 5, 2014

In a nationwide student, School of Medicine and Dentistry researchers found that a majority of middle-aged men and women eligible to take aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke do not recall their doctors ever telling them to do so.

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UR Medicine launches Wilmot Cancer Institute, campaign for cancer research

UR Medicine launches Wilmot Cancer Institute, campaign for cancer research

May 8, 2014

The new organizational structure applies to all of clinical and research programs in cancer, including its growing network of satellite locations. In addition, it announced a $30 million campaign to support cancer research.

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Physicians gives $750K to Orthopaedics

Physicians gives $750K to Orthopaedics

April 7, 2014

Eva Pressman and Seth Zeidman are committed to supporting the pioneering work being done by the Center for Musculoskeletal Research

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Blood transfusions linked to infections

Blood transfusions linked to infections

April 1, 2014

Blood transfusions are among the most common treatments for hospitalized patients nationwide, but doing them less often reduces infection rates by nearly 20 percent, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Researchers clinch cancer diagnosis via genomics

Researchers clinch cancer diagnosis via genomics

March 4, 2014

Scientists are uniquely applying specialized tests to suspected cases of myelodysplastic syndrome, also known as pre-leukemia.

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Distinguished alumnus Alejandro Zaffaroni dies

Distinguished alumnus Alejandro Zaffaroni dies

March 4, 2014

Dr. Zaffaroni was a visionary known for turning “impossible ideas” into products that still impact millions of people today.

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What does compassion sound like?

What does compassion sound like?

December 26, 2013

Researchers believe they are the first to systematically quantify compassionate words and actions in doctor-patient interactions.

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