Monthly Archives: December 2013

Lung cancer screening now recommended for heavy smokers and ex-smokers

Upstate offers the lung cancer screening that is now recommended annually for adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. The new recommendation comes from … Continue reading

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This cystic fibrosis fundraiser will have you hiking Whiteface Mountain

Raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and participate in the climb of a lifetime by joining this year’s “Xtreme Hike.” The hike takes place Sept. 5 to 7 in Lake Placid, but it’s time to start making plans and … Continue reading

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Upstate unveils new way to pinpoint prostate cancer

Imagine having a blood test to measure the proteins produced by your prostate gland.  The level suggests prostate cancer. Yet, when you have some cells removed in a biopsy,  the results show no cancer. This is what happened to Jeffery … Continue reading

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Parents, leave this designation form with babysitter

Upstate pediatrician Steven Blatt, MD spoke with CNYCentral about the paperwork parents need to leave with caregivers and babysitters when they are away. This is called a “Consent for Medical Decisions for a Child by Designation.“ Blatt is the director … Continue reading

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Nurses create “One Cup of Sharing” cookbook

Recipes from nurses at Upstate University Hospital fill the pages of “One Cup of Sharing,” a cookbook that sells for $12.50. Money raised helps support nursing recognition and celebrations. Look for the cookbooks for sale Monday, Dec. 23 outside of … Continue reading

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Toy drive helps fill Santa’s sleigh

The Upstate elves worked hard this year to help Santa fill his sleigh with Christmas presents for the children of Central New York. All the gifts were delivered to the College of Health Professions under the direction of toy drive … Continue reading

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Psychiatrist/breast cancer survivor cares for cancer patients

One of the first things psychiatrist Aliya Hafeez, MD tells her patients is that she began specializing in psychiatry services for people with cancer because she is a breast cancer survivor, herself. “I feel like it’s an additional degree that … Continue reading

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Surgical implant helps patients achieve bowel control

When the trauma of delivery damages the anal sphincter muscle in new mothers, Margaret Plocek, MD routinely makes surgical repairs. Her older patients presented more of a challenge. They would come seeking help to her office at Colon Rectal Associates … Continue reading

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Quiz rewards readers of Upstate Health magazine

Have you noticed the “Careful Reader Quiz” tab on the main page of this blog? The quiz consists of  12 questions that are fairly straightforward. Read the articles in the fall issue of Upstate Health magazine, answer the questions, and … Continue reading

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Making an impact: Prompt recognition, treatment speeds concussion recovery

Blurry vision. Dizziness. Ringing in the ears. Headaches. Trouble with balance. Concussion can produce frightening symptoms.   Brian Rieger, PhD, an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation who leads Upstate’s Concussion Center, regularly speaks to school, athletic and community … Continue reading

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