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UHS to attempt 5,000 flu vaccines in one day

UHS to attempt 5,000 flu vaccines in one day

September 19, 2014

On Thursday, Oct. 30, University Health Service (UHS) staff will attempt to vaccinate 5,000 students, faculty and staff against this year’s flu virus. The effort will doubly serve as a test of emergency preparedness to practice delivering mass quantities of vaccine or drug in response to an urgent public health concern. All River Campus-based students, faculty and staff are asked to consider participating in this clinic if they wish to receive the flu shot this year.

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Targeting cells’ protein-making machinery may stop harmful bacteria

Targeting cells’ protein-making machinery may stop harmful bacteria

September 7, 2014

For the first time, the middle-steps in the process that creates the protein-making machinery of bacterial cells—called the ribosomes—has been isolated. A new study by biologist Gloria Culver suggests that blocking these pathways may help kill off drug-resistant bacteria.

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Researchers receive $3.4 million to study experimental HIV drug combo

Researchers receive $3.4 million to study experimental HIV drug combo

August 28, 2014

Each of the experimental HIV drugs has been in development for several years, one at Rochester and the other at Nebraska. Earlier this year they were tested together, to determine whether one drug might interfere with the other. To the astonishment of the researchers, the opposite occurred: one drug boosted the effectiveness of the other.

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Connections: Healthy Friday – medical marijuana

Connections: Healthy Friday – medical marijuana

July 19, 2014

This hour of “Healthy Friday” is coincides with the public television health series “Second Opinion LIVE!”. We discuss the controversial topic of medical marijuana, which just became legal in New York State. With us is Dr. Timothy Quill from the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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In small trials, 2 drugs go far in soothing symptoms of eczema and psoriasis

In small trials, 2 drugs go far in soothing symptoms of eczema and psoriasis

July 10, 2014

In four small studies, an experimental drug being developed by Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals brought about a marked and rapid improvement in symptoms of eczema, including the telltale incessant itching, the researchers reported. “What is exciting is there is now the hope of a therapy that so far looks very efficacious and so far looks quite safe, very safe in fact,” said Dr. Lisa A. Beck, a professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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Hispanic seniors 35% less likely to have prescription drug coverage

Hispanic seniors 35% less likely to have prescription drug coverage

May 6, 2014

A Medical Center study shows that disparities in coverage between whites and Hispanics persists despite the existence of the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan – also known as Part D – and the availability of assistance to help pay insurance premiums.

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Antidepressant eases agitation in Alzheimer’s

Antidepressant eases agitation in Alzheimer’s

February 18, 2014

At the end of the study, 40 percent of patients who took citalopram had “considerable relief” from agitation symptoms, compared to 26 percent in the placebo group.

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Drug Shows Promise Treating Liver Failure-Related Seizures

Drug Shows Promise Treating Liver Failure-Related Seizures

November 17, 2013

Elevated levels of ammonia in the blood overwhelm the brain’s defenses. Bumetanide – a diuretic drug – can restore normal electrical activity in the brains of mice with the condition.

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Superbugs May Have a Soft Spot

Superbugs May Have a Soft Spot

February 28, 2013

Researchers have identified a weakness in at least one antibiotic-resistant superbug that scientists may be able to medically exploit.

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