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2012-06-07 08:51:21

Even when brain injury is so subtle that it can only be detected by an ultra-sensitive imaging test, the injury might predispose soldiers in combat to post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study. The research is important for physicians who are caring for troops in the years following deployment, as they try to untangle the symptom overlap between PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury (mild TBI) and provide the appropriate treatment. Until...

2012-06-04 17:33:00

About 75 percent of children with leukemia who take chemotherapy face life-threatening heart problems as they age, but an international study led by a University of Rochester Medical Center investigator shows that giving a cardio-protective drug during cancer treatment may prevent the damage. Researchers and physicians will debate how to make young cancer patients and their families aware of the risks of heart damage, and the best ways to manage the risks, in a special session today at the...

2012-05-16 23:35:32

A well-known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer´s disease triggers a cascade of signaling that ultimately results in leaky blood vessels in the brain, allowing toxic substances to pour into brain tissue in large amounts, scientists report May 16 in the journal Nature. The results come from a team of scientists investigating why a gene called ApoE4 makes people more prone to developing Alzheimer´s. People who carry two copies of the gene have roughly eight to 10 times the risk of...

2012-05-02 15:13:46

The mantra in stroke care is “time is brain.” With each passing minute more brain cells are irretrievably lost and, because of this, timely diagnosis and treatment is essential to increase the chances for recovery. While significant strides have been made to improve the response time of caregivers, a new study shows that a critical step in the process — imaging of the brain to determine the nature of the stroke — is still occurring too slowly at too many hospitals....

2012-04-26 02:29:31

TUCSON, Ariz., April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SynCardia Systems, Inc. (www.syncardia.com), manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart, announced today that retired professional hockey player and two-time Olympian, Gaetano "Gates" Orlando, has become the first person in upstate New York to receive the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. The 49-year-old, who played for the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester...

2012-04-24 22:41:19

For many people with gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, acid reflux drugs are the answer to their woes, curbing the chronic heartburn and regurgitation of food or sour liquid characteristic of the disorder. But when it comes to Barrett´s esophagus, a condition commonly found in people with GERD, acid control may be less important than beating back another bodily fluid — bile. A new study published in the Annals of Surgery shows that bile — a digestive fluid that...

2012-04-12 09:23:28

Today´s anti-depressant medications can ease depression in Parkinson´s patients without worsening other symptoms of the disease, according to a study published online in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Depression is the number-one factor negatively affecting the quality of life for people with Parkinson´s disease,” said Irene Hegeman Richard, M.D., who led the study. “It causes a great deal of suffering among...

2012-03-29 22:24:42

A type of cell plentiful in the brain, long considered mainly the stuff that holds the brain together and oft-overlooked by scientists more interested in flashier cells known as neurons, wields more power in the brain than has been realized, according to new research published today in Science Signaling. Neuroscientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center report that astrocytes are crucial for creating the proper environment for our brains to work. The team found that the cells...

2012-03-14 21:09:53

The difficulties that many women describe as memory problems when menopause approaches are real, according to a study published today in the journal Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society. The findings won´t come as a surprise to the millions of women who have had bouts of forgetfulness or who describe struggles with “brain fog” in their late 40s and 50s. But the results of the study, by scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center and...

2012-03-07 10:57:18

The number of cancer survivors in the United States has tripled since 1971 and yet gains in survival have come at the price of second malignancies and cardiovascular disease, according to a long-awaited report by a national scientific committee chaired by Lois B. Travis, M.D., Sc.D., of the University of Rochester Medical Center. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute is publishing a detailed summary online March 6, 2012, and will publish the summary in hard copy on March 13. The...