Author Archives: Amber Smith

Upstate Answers: Is colored cornstarch safe for the lungs?

The Q: The colored cornstarch used in promotional running events is supposedly safe for the skin, but what about the lungs? I awoke in a coughing fit the morning after the event. Providing the A: Robert Lenox, MD, professor of medicine … Continue reading

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How to guard against food-borne illnesses, especially during pregnancy

When pregnant, a woman’s ability to fight infection is lowered, and she becomes more susceptible to illness. Registered dietitian Juliann Mellen explains how to prevent three common foodborne illnesses: * Listeria is a harmful bacteria that grows in refrigerated ready-to-eat … Continue reading

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Book shares advice from hospital spiritual care volunteers

A book called “Open the Eyes of My Heart” showcases the volunteer spiritual care that takes place within Upstate University Hospital as part of professional chaplaincy provided by the Department of Spiritual Care. Spiritual care volunteer Walt Wasilewski crafted the book … Continue reading

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Sneak peek of fall 2014 ‘Upstate Health’

Coming soon to waiting rooms throughout the Upstate campus is the fall issue of Upstate Health magazine. The cover features living donor transplant coordinator Ellen Havens with a man who donated his healthy kidney to his father. Click on the … Continue reading

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Students gain education as volunteers, an ocean apart

Spring and summer breaks don’t necessarily mean sunny beaches for students who are training for careers in the health professions. Upstate students volunteer for additional medical experience and training at sites all over the world. “We are continually trying to build our … Continue reading

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Would you give a kidney to a stranger?

He was about to turn 30 and feeling blessed. He had a great family, a solid support system, and he had found a way to help someone. A woman at the man’s church had severe kidney disease and was on … Continue reading

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A life-saving gesture: Son donates kidney to father

Brandon Hudson acts like it was nothing. His father, Timothy Hudson sometimes has to pause. The 56-year-old Syracuse man is rendered speechless, overwhelmed by emotion, when he recalls how Brandon donated to him one of his healthy kidneys. “I was … Continue reading

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Are you getting too much calcium?

Getting enough calcium is important, to keep your bones healthy. But getting too much may increase your risk for developing kidney stones or calcium toxicity or mess up your body’s ability to absorb other minerals. Adults should ingest no more … Continue reading

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Facebook connection brings family to Upstate from Turkey for rare surgery

Many Facebook connections provide a quick diversion or fun way to stay in touch. Sometimes the social network makes a connection that does more — by improving someone’s life. A mother in Istanbul joined a Facebook group for parents of children … Continue reading

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Training for Iron Girl Triathlon helped them stay healthy

Six Upstate women got the chance to compete in the annual Iron Girl triathlon this year as representatives of Upstate’s Women’s Health Network. That means on Aug. 3 they swam 600 meters, biked 30K and ran 5K at Onedia Shores … Continue reading

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