University of Rochester http://wrvo.org en Stem cell discovery sets science community abuzz http://wrvo.org/post/stem-cell-discovery-sets-science-community-abuzz <p></p><p>The science community was buzzing this week with news of a breakthrough in stem cell research. Stem cells have the potential to transform into any tissue in the body, and are being explored as treatment options for trauma and degenerative diseases.</p><p>When we’re born, our cells are programmed to carry out a specific role. They automatically become muscle cells, skin cells, nerve cells, and that role can’t be changed.</p><p>But stem cells can be manipulated to become any kind of cell, offering the potential for regeneration in the body.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:25:47 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51199 at http://wrvo.org Stem cell discovery sets science community abuzz Researcher hopes "chemo brain" study can help cancer patients http://wrvo.org/post/researcher-hopes-chemo-brain-study-can-help-cancer-patients <p>Chemotherapy is one of the best known forms of cancer treatment, and while often effective, it can leave behind a number of side effects, like hair loss and nausea. Some who have undergone chemotherapy also have claimed to have felt foggy, forgetful and not as sharp as they were before the treatment. Largely ignored by the medical community in the past, this symptom, which is referred to as &ldquo;<a href="http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/physicalsideeffects/chemotherapyeffects/chemo-brain">chemo brain</a>,&rdquo; is finally starting to come to the forefront in medical research.</p><p>This week on <em>Take Care</em>, <a href="http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/people/23452695-michelle-c-janelsins-benton">Dr. Michelle Janelsins</a> talks about the research she and others are now conducting on chemo brain. Janelsins is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, Cancer Control at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where she got her PhD.</p><p>Click &#39;Read More&#39; to hear our interview with Dr. Janelsins.</p><p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Take Care 44757 at http://wrvo.org Researcher hopes "chemo brain" study can help cancer patients New study hopes to unlock the secret to "chemo brain" http://wrvo.org/post/new-study-hopes-unlock-secret-chemo-brain <p></p><p>Chemotherapy can cause many side effects like hair loss and nausea. But for years, many cancer patients have said it causes something else, forgetfulness and memory loss, or what cancer survivors call &quot;chemo brain.&quot; Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO&#39;s health and wellness show Take Care, recently spoke with Michelle Janelsins of the University of Rochester, who is leading a research study into chemotherapy&#39;s effects on cognitive function.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:31:33 +0000 WRVO News 44755 at http://wrvo.org New study links excessive copper intake to Alzheimer's http://wrvo.org/post/new-study-links-excessive-copper-intake-alzheimers <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Copper is an important aspect of proper nutrition, and vital for us to maintain a healthy body. But a group of upstate New York researchers have concluded too <em>much</em> copper in our diet could be a contributing factor in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.</p> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 12:34:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 44476 at http://wrvo.org Super computing could help manage enormous amounts of medical information http://wrvo.org/post/super-computing-could-help-manage-enormous-amounts-medical-information <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Watson, the IBM supercomputer, is best known for its historic win on the television game show, Jeopardy. But, the same components that made the system a quiz show winner could be redirected toward lowering the cost of health care in upstate New York.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:02:05 +0000 Kate O'Connell 40735 at http://wrvo.org Super computing could help manage enormous amounts of medical information Secret to possible cancer resistance discovered by upstate researchers http://wrvo.org/post/secret-possible-cancer-resistance-discovered-upstate-researchers <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Researchers in upstate New York have identified the chemical that leads to cancer resistance in laboratory animals:&nbsp;<a href="http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/naked-mole-rat/" target="_blank">naked mole rats.</a></p><p>The discovery could eventually lead to new cancer treatments and even the ability for cancer resistance in humans according to the authors.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:35:01 +0000 Kate O'Connell 39840 at http://wrvo.org Secret to possible cancer resistance discovered by upstate researchers Images of the brain could unlock learning difficulties http://wrvo.org/post/images-brain-could-unlock-learning-difficulties <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Researchers in western New York have been using brain scans to add to our understanding of how humans comprehend numbers. The new data could have implications in diagnosing learning disabilities earlier on, and aid in our understanding of why some kids struggle at school. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 19:38:19 +0000 Kate O'Connell 35703 at http://wrvo.org Images of the brain could unlock learning difficulties Reasearchers working on dyalisis machine small enough to hold in your hand http://wrvo.org/post/reasearchers-working-dyalisis-machine-small-enough-hold-your-hand <p>Imagine a dialysis machine small enough that a patient could wear it. A super-thin filtering material may allow researchers at the University of Rochester to revolutionize dialysis for patients with kidney disease. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:21:23 +0000 Kate O'Connell 31145 at http://wrvo.org Smart phones of the future may be able to identify human emotions http://wrvo.org/post/smart-phones-future-may-be-able-identify-human-emotions <p>Remember the mood ring? Well the smart phone of the future may be able to identify your mood based on the sound of your voice. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:18:47 +0000 Kate O'Connell 31144 at http://wrvo.org New stem cell facility to be available to scientists statewide http://wrvo.org/post/new-stem-cell-facility-be-available-scientists-statewide <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A new facility in upstate New York is being touted as the ‘bridge’ from research to <a href="http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/basics1.asp" target="_blank">stem cell</a> therapies that could potentially cure conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and spinal damage. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:55:15 +0000 Kate O'Connell 30458 at http://wrvo.org New stem cell facility to be available to scientists statewide