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New Breast Cancer Discovery at UH

Posted 6/1/2015 by UHBlog

Women with breast cancer are living longer these days – largely because of advances in treatment and therapy. One of these advances recently occurred at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, where researchers made a discovery about triple-negative breast cancer that may help predict how women with this type of cancer will respond to treatment. Triple-negative breast cancer occurs most commonly in younger women and African-American women, and it’s difficult to treat. “Tri...

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Mind Over Matter: An Unexpected Treatment for High Blood Pressure

Posted 9/4/2014 by UHBlog

Nearly 60 million adults in the U.S. have blood pressure that is higher than the normal range. Treatment for high blood pressure typically includes lifestyle changes like choosing a healthier diet, increasing exercise and losing excess weight. But a recent study by cardiovascular disease specialist Richard Josephson, MD, suggests that there is another approach that is successful in reducing blood pressure: a methodology known as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). The study, published i...

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Powerful New Antibiotics – from Alligator Blood?

Posted 8/14/2014 by UHBlog

Mother Nature is the source of many of our most powerful medications – but her latest gift to mankind may come in an especially terrifying form: the swamp-dwelling, crooked-mouthed, scaly-skinned American alligator. Found only in Florida and Louisiana, these creatures have extraordinarily strong immune systems and naturally fast wound-healing capabilities – characteristics that have captured the attention of researchers seeking to learn exactly what makes them so resilient. Their se...

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Study Suggests Caffeine Affects Boys and Girls Differently

Posted 7/17/2014 by UHBlog

Adults may get a regular fix of caffeine from their morning coffee or afternoon tea, but many children are also getting a daily dose from sources like soda, energy drinks and chocolate. A team of researchers from the University of Buffalo School of Public Health recently conducted a study designed to determine whether or not gender played a role in how caffeine affects children. The results suggest there was no difference in the way prepubescent boys and girls responded to caffeine, but there w...

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Improved Performance? High-Altitude Training and Transfusion Therapy

Posted 7/10/2014 by UHBlog

Oxygen is mankind’s hero, playing a crucial role in the function of every single organ in the body. But oxygen has a lesser-known sidekick that we also need to survive: nitric oxide, a naturally occurring molecule that helps the bloodstream to deliver oxygen to all the body’s tissues. “Nitric oxide dilates the blood vessels to increase blood flow,” says Jonathan Stamler, MD, President of the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Cente...

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Weekly Marijuana Use Linked to Brain Changes

Posted 4/21/2014 by UHBlog

Advocates of the most popular illegal drug in America often claim that marijuana is a natural plant and has no harmful effects on the body. Past research on heavy marijuana users has generally debunked this myth, but it is still commonly believed that casual smokers experience no problematic side effects. A new study by Northwestern University and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard and Medical School, however, challenges the idea that light marijuana usage has no negative consequences. Rese...

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New Study: High Stress Increases Frequency of Headaches

Posted 3/14/2014 by UHBlog

Throbbing temples, numbing pain, aching eyes – a headache can make it impossible to focus on even the simplest of tasks. Whether they creep up on you slowly or strike in an instant, headaches are a common and frustrating condition that can stop you in your tracks. A recent study confirms what many have long suspected: Stress levels can be directly related to headaches. Researchers asked participants to rate their stress levels and count their headaches over a two-year period. The more st...

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