disease

Gene therapy presents potential treatments to disease

Dec 12, 2014
Universtiy of Rochester Medical Center

Medical researchers are putting a lot of resources into understanding genes as both the causes and solution to many diseases.

University of Rochester Medical Center professor of pediatrics Dr. David Dean studies the best way to treat diseases through gene therapy.

His laboratory recently received a  four-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Dean explains one challenge facing researchers in his field.

This week: Ebola preparedness and more

Oct 24, 2014

“We are as ready as we can be,” Christopher Dunham, Upstate University Hospital’s emergency management director, says of the Ebola crisis. Upstate is one of eight hospitals in New York State that was designated to handle any patients in the state diagnosed with Ebola.

People who arrive at the hospital’s emergency department are asked about recent travel to West Africa and contact with anyone infected with the Ebola virus. Dunham says protocols are in place to swiftly isolate patients suspected of having Ebola.

This week: the respiratory virus affecting many children

Sep 20, 2014

Children with cold symptoms don’t need emergency medical care, says Dr. Jana Shaw, an associate professor of pediatrics specializing in infectious disease at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

She advises parents to keep careful watch of a sick child, especially if he or she has asthma, and seek care if the child develops trouble breathing.

Enterovirus D68 is the highly contagious respiratory infection that is making children sick across the United States and was detected in New York earlier this month. “It’s likely to spread and become an epidemic,” Shaw says.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature have agreed to a limited medical marijuana program for patients with cancer, AIDS, and childhood seizure disorders. It will not allow the drug to be smoked.

Cuomo, who had expressed reservations about allowing medical marijuana, says the bill will grant sick people access to the drug, while imposing limits that will prevent abuse of marijuana.

“It strikes the right balance,” Cuomo said.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / dana-farber.org

Last month, when actress Angelina Jolie announced that she decided to undergo surgery to have her breasts removed to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer, public attention has been focused on prophylactic mastectomies, a procedure which has increased in popularity in recent years.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview about prophylactic mastectomies.

How to stay healthy while traveling

Jun 2, 2013
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Be prepared: that’s the best way to stay well while you travel this summer. Whether that means bringing your prescription medications, looking online or checking with a doctor before you go, there are important steps to take in order to be safe and healthy when you take a vacation.

This week on “Take Care,” an interview with travel writer Nancy Parode on tips for how to stay healthy while traveling. She writes about senior travel for About.com and has written about domestic and international travel -- everything from cruises to road-trips with her grandkids.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Nancy Parode.

Prostate cancer: to treat or not to treat?

Apr 28, 2013
Hematology/Oncology Associates of Central New York / hoacny.com

This week on Take Care, Dr. Anthony Scalzo talks about the diagnosis of the most common cancer for men -- prostate cancer -- and its treatments. Dr. Scalzo is a medical oncologist at Hematology/Oncology Associates of Central New York, and medical advisor for the support group Man to Man, which helps men cope with prostate cancer and is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Anthony Scalzo, and for more information.

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New York state has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the country, at 20 percent. Donor boosters are trying to get the word out that donating an organ is something most everyone can do to save a life.

More and more people across the country are dying from Alzheimer's disease -- and central New York is not immune to the trend.

Kate O'Connell/Innovation Trail

A new facility in upstate New York is being touted as the ‘bridge’ from research to stem cell therapies that could potentially cure conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and spinal damage.