New findings explain how UV rays trigger skin cancer

ITHACA, N.Y. – Melanoma, a cancer of skin pigment cells called melanocytes, will strike an estimated 87,110 people in the U.S. in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A fraction of those melanomas come from pre-existing moles, but the majority of them come from sources unknown – until now. Cornell researchers […]

Osteoarthritis finding sheds new light on HA injection controversy

ITHACA, N.Y. – A discovery by Cornell University bioengineers is shedding new light on the controversy surrounding a common treatment for osteoarthritis that has divided the medical community over its effectiveness. Injections of hyaluronic acid (HA) are a common treatment of pain in osteoarthritis of the knee – a condition that affects 27 million Americans […]

Cornell engineers develop “killer cells” to destroy cancer in lymph nodes

Media Note: Video clips describing the research as well as b-roll are available on YouTube. The full study, videos and still images can downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/King ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell biomedical engineers have developed specialized white blood cells – dubbed “super natural killer cells” – that seek out cancer cells in lymph nodes with only […]

The key to reducing pain in surgery may already be in your hand

Imagine a hand-held electronic device – accessible, portable and nearly universal – that could reduce pain and discomfort for patients, and allow doctors the freedom to use less powerful and potentially risky medications to complement anesthesia. Now reach in your pocket, because chances are you already own one. According to new research from a team […]

Credible and accurate information needed to fight vaccine confusion

Graham Dixon, communication Ph.D. student at Cornell University who studies science communication – specifically how news reporting of controversial science and health issues influence people’s beliefs and behavior – says the new University of Chicago study showing nearly half of Americans believe in medical conspiracy theories is alarming and suggests for developing tools to help […]