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Open-access database is launched to help in fight against cancer

The Genomic Data Commons, a part of the National Cancer Institute, will initially contain the raw genomic and clinical data for 12,000 patients, with more records to come as researchers contribute to it, officials said. Besides detailed analyses of the molecular makeup of cancers, the database will include which treatments were used and how the patients responded.

‘Liquid’ cancer test offers hope for alternative to painful biopsies

‘Liquid’ cancer test offers hope for alternative to painful biopsies

The blood tests, known as liquid biopsies, represent one of the hottest trends in oncology.

Parsons making inroads with mental crisis team for adults

CAPITAL REGION

Parsons making inroads with mental crisis team for adults

Parsons Child and Family Center is taking the approach they've had with their child and adolescent mental health crisis team since 2007 and expanding it to a select group of adults.

Inventor of Heimlich maneuver, 96, saves choking victim at retirement home

Though she didn't know it at the time, sitting beside her was Henry Heimlich, inventor of the first-aid procedure designed to dislodge an obstruction from a choking person's airway with a wraparound bear hug from behind and some abdomen squeezing, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Study linking tumors in rats to cellphones raises a host of questions

The release, by the National Toxicology Program, an federal interagency group, found that male rats exposed to the type of radiation that cellphones emit had a somewhat higher risk of developing brain and heart tumors. The authors of the report concluded that lesions in the rats were “likely the result” of exposure to the radiation.

Doctors fire back at bad Yelp reviews - and reveal patient info online

Burned by negative reviews, some health providers are casting their patients' privacy aside and sharing intimate details online as they try to rebut criticism.

Passengers behaving badly: The real reason we freak out on planes

Passengers behaving badly: The real reason we freak out on planes

Planes: They're where we get drunk. Where we brawl. Where we disable the restroom smoke detectors and light cigarettes. Where we glare at crying children. Where we jam our knees into the backs of the fellow travelers who dare recline their seats. Where we allow our racial paranoia to imagine terrorist threats in the seats around us - a man taking a nap before takeoff, a college student speaking Arabic on the phone, an Ivy League economist scribbling some differential equations on a notepad.

More than 500 take part in Bike to Work Day Challenge

CAPITAL REGION

More than 500 take part in Bike to Work Day Challenge

More than 500 people pedaled more than 5,000 miles Friday as part of the Bike to Work Day Workplace Challenge, the Capital District Transportation Committee announced Wednesday.

St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam surpasses fundraising goal

AMSTERDAM

St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam surpasses fundraising goal

When St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam conducted a study in 2013 on their fundraising potential for a future capital campaign, estimates ranged from $4.2 million to $5.6 million.

BROADALBIN

Memorial Day bike ride in Broadalbin to raise money for vets

A Memorial Day bike ride in Broadalbin is being organized to benefit veterans in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

It’s a family affair at sixth annual Walk-n-Roll for spina bifida

SCHENECTADY

It’s a family affair at sixth annual Walk-n-Roll for spina bifida

Eight-year-old NyAisha Linen brought her whole family to the sixth annual Walk-n-Roll for spina bifida in Schenectady’s Central Park on Saturday, organized by the Spina Bifida Association of Northeastern New York (SBANENY).

Nearly 8 in 10 public pools in CDC study failed routine safety inspections

Nearly 8 in 10 public pools in CDC study failed routine safety inspections

Summer's right around the corner, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is here to remind you that there's nothing like a dip in a public pool - a place where you might encounter tiny bits of fecal matter, parasites like Cryptosporidium and volatile chemicals that can irritate your eyes or respiratory tract.

AMSTERDAM

Elevated lead levels detected in water at Amsterdam schools

Water tests at three elementary schools showed elevated levels of lead, the Greater Amsterdam School District said on Tuesday.

State task force on opioids holds session in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY

State task force on opioids holds session in Schenectady

Individuals suffering from heroin addiction need quicker access to care, better access to the medications that will help them succeed and better support when they run into trouble, speakers at a stateside heroin task force meeting in Schenectady said Tuesday.

Stop hyping stem cell science, scientists in the field say

Stop hyping stem cell science, scientists in the field say

For decades, scientists and quacks alike have been touting the promise of stem cells-nascent cells that can be manipulated to grow into many different types of tissue, potentially to treat disease. Now a group of stem cell researchers wants to tone it down.

House GOP wins ruling on Obama's health law

House GOP wins ruling on Obama's health law

A federal judge struck down a portion of President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act health law Thursday, ruling that Obama exceeded his authority in unilaterally funding a provision that sent billions of dollars in subsidies to health insurers.

EPA begins Hudson River dredging review

SARATOGA SPRINGS

EPA begins Hudson River dredging review

If people eat fish caught from the Hudson River, do they have less chance of developing cancer than they did a decade ago?

Schenectady school district to test water sources

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady school district to test water sources

The Schenectady City School District hopes to test for lead contamination at every water source in all of its schools this summer, Superintendent Larry Spring said this week.

FDA issues long-awaited e-cigarette regulations

Washington

FDA issues long-awaited e-cigarette regulations

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued long-awaited regulations that for the first time place e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other new tobacco products under federal oversight.

Steinmetz bust to be unveiled at site of scientist's home

SCHENECTADY

Steinmetz bust to be unveiled at site of scientist's home

Charles Proteus Steinmetz was every bit the electrical genius of Thomas Edison or Nicolas Tesla, but without the ego. That’s the opinion of Joe Hayden, the adopted great-grandson of the man often called the Wizard of Schenectady

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