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2011-09-07 13:56:34

Weekend Binge Hurts, Daily Moderate Helps Clogged Arteries in Mice For the first time, new research shows that patterns of alcohol consumption — a drink or two every night, or several cocktails on Friday and Saturday nights only — may be more important in determining alcohol´s influence on heart health than the total amount consumed. In the journal Atherosclerosis, scientists found that daily moderate drinking — the equivalent of two drinks per day, seven days a...

2011-08-30 18:44:51

More and more, patients show up to appointments with hypertension expert John Bisognano, M.D., Ph.D. carrying bags full of “natural” products that they hope will help lower their blood pressure. And like most physicians, Bisognano doesn´t always know if these products will do any good, or if they will cause any harm. “Right now we´re seeing a cultural shift where an increasing number of people want to avoid standard pharmaceuticals,” said Bisognano,...

2011-08-11 21:36:23

The work of molecular biologist Joseph M. Miano, Ph.D., and clinician Craig Benson, M.D., seems worlds apart: Miano helps head the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute and Benson is chief resident of the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Though the chance of their professional paths crossing was highly unlikely, shared enthusiasm, intense curiosity and a little detective work led to a unique collaboration and important new...

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2011-07-25 13:46:59

Type 2 diabetes and obesity in pregnancy is a daunting duo, according to new research published this month in The Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. The study shows that both conditions independently contribute to higher risks, opening the door to a wide range of pregnancy, delivery and newborn complications. Study authors say the findings are important because obesity and type 2 diabetes are skyrocketing in women of childbearing age. A study in The Journal of the American...

2011-07-20 17:23:02

Melanoma is devastating on many fronts: rates are rising dramatically among young people, it is deadly if not caught early, and from a biological standpoint, the disease tends to adapt to even the most modern therapies, known as VEGF inhibitors. University of Rochester researchers, however, made an important discovery about proteins that underlie and stimulate the disease, opening the door for a more targeted treatment in the future. This month in the journal Cancer Research, Lei Xu, Ph.D.,...

2011-06-27 21:18:15

Scientists have discovered the tool that bacteria normally found in our mouths use to invade heart tissue, causing a dangerous and sometimes lethal infection of the heart known as endocarditis. The work raises the possibility of creating a screening tool "“ perhaps a swab of the cheek, or a spit test "“ to gauge a dental patient's vulnerability to the condition. The identification of the protein that allows Streptococcus mutans to gain a foothold in heart tissue is reported in the...

2011-06-23 00:00:29

Codevax, Inc. a U.S. vaccine development company focused on preventing hospital acquired infections including MRSA and Acinetobactor baumannii is expanding. Stephen D. Chubb has been appointed to the Codevax Board of Directors. Rochester, NY (PRWEB) June 22, 2011 Codevax, Inc. a U.S. privately held emerging vaccine company announced today the election of Stephen D. Chubb to its Board of Directors. Codevax, a technology transfer partner with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)...

2011-05-26 20:48:26

A drug that has been on the market for decades to treat leukemia and skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis may be a possible therapy for vascular diseases, including atherosclerosis and hypertension, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Previously, researchers discovered that retinoids "“ commonly used natural or man-made drugs related to vitamin A "“ blunted experimental vascular disease by spurring into action a very particular segment of a gene known for its ability to...

2011-05-16 13:11:58

Studies include complementary medicine use, medication use, risk for lead toxicity and nutrition Much about autism is unknown, but researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) are working to learn more about the neurodevelopmental disorder and its most effective treatments. A team of researchers from URMC joins researchers from across the world in San Diego this week for the 10th annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). Rochester researchers are...

2011-05-02 19:09:23

Exposed children with flu also stay in the hospital longer Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to need intensive care and intubation when hospitalized with influenza, according to new research by the University of Rochester Medical Center presented today at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting in Denver. The children also had longer hospital stays. "We know secondhand smoke contributes to chronic illnesses like asthma, but we haven't quantified the extent of what it...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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