New Hope for MS Patients in Buffalo

By Annette Pinder Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). As a result, the protective myelin coating (sheath) on nerve cells which functions much like insulation on an electrical wire, becomes damaged,

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RIA Reaching Others With Energy Drink Research

Expert Advice from RIA Researchers ATHLETES: Energy drinks before or during games or practices? Probably not a good idea. Though often confused, energy drinks are not sports drinks. Where Gatorade or Powerade are designed to provide hydration and replace electrolytes, caffeine actually contributes to dehydration. Adults and

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RIA Reaching Others with Research on Drinking and Drugs in the Workplace/Workforce

A seminal study at UB’s Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) reported that during the course of the year “15% of the U.S. workforce has used or been under the influence of alcohol at work.” This prevalence study of workforce-workplace substance use included data obtained from interviews with

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Floortime – An Emerging Intervention for Children With Autism

By Annette Pinder Growing up in Brooklyn, there was a child on our street who was different. She didn’t talk, and seemed to be off in her own world, as our moms whispered, “She’s autistic.” I found a book at the local library on the topic and

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WNY Genome Project and What It Means to You

Imagine being able to examine your genetic makeup to determine if you are likely to develop a disease. Imagine being able to receive treatment and medication designed specifically for you in the most effective dose. One of the most important aspects of modern medicine is genetics, or

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When Is a Headache More Than Just a Headache?

What would cause a 34-year-old woman to waken with severe and throbbing head pain, nausea and dizziness?  A 9-year-old to have a headache lasting four months? Or an otherwise healthy 32-year-old woman to have severe headaches and seizures? These are just some of the difficult cases of

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Medical 411: Syringomyelia and Chiari

Syringomyelia (SM) is a disorder in which a cyst forms within the spinal cord, expands and elongates over time, and destroys the center of the cord, resulting in pain, weakness, and stiffness in the back, shoulders, arms or legs. Symptoms can include headaches, inability to distinguish heat

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