Author Archives: Amber Smith

What a patient with Ebola experiences

A patient who survives Ebola suffers through some nasty symptoms, and then his or her body regroups to muster a fight against the virus. “One of the big problems with this disease is it impairs adaptive immunity. You don’t develop … Continue reading

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Brain expertise featured in Physicians Practice publication

The stroke care and brain expertise available at Upstate is showcased in the November issue of Physicians Practice magazine, distributed to doctors throughout Central New York. Also included is an article about new breast reconstruction options, the importance of occupational … Continue reading

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Blood in urine is never normal

Blood in the urine does not necessarily indicate bladder cancer, but it does warrant a visit to a urologist, says Srinivas Vourganti, MD, an assistant professor of urology at Upstate. Bladder cancer occurs mostly in older people, and smokers are … Continue reading

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Are you at risk for on-the-job cancers?

Asbestos was strong, durable and heat resistant, “so it was used in lots of products,” says mesothelioma lawyer Joseph Belluck. “Every year we learn about more and more products that asbestos was used in.” Belluck was among the speakers at … Continue reading

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How to avoid constipation during cancer treatment

Since everyone is different, the side effects to cancer treatment vary from person to person. One common problem is constipation. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maria Erdman provides these possible solutions: * Choose foods that are high in fiber for your meals … Continue reading

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Breast cancer research at Upstate: Which drug will work best in each patient?

Advances in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer begin in laboratories. Here’s a peek into one lab at Upstate that received grants this year from the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund: Which drug will work best … Continue reading

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Options for women to rebuild breasts after cancer are more plentiful

A woman who faces mastectomy also has to consider whether and how to reconstruct the breast that will be removed, and her options have improved in recent years. “Immediate reconstruction, in which the reconstruction is done when the breast is … Continue reading

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Bicycle will blend smoothies in cafeteria today

Stop into the cafeteria at Upstate University Hospital’s downtown campus from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today to sample smoothies blended from fresh fruits and vegetables. Morrison Food Services is hosting a smoothie bike, designed to blend smoothies as a … Continue reading

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Breast cancer research at Upstate: What will stop the spread of breast cancer?

Advances in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer begin in laboratories. Here’s a peek into one of the labs at Upstate that received grants this year from the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund: What will stop … Continue reading

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How one workplace supported a co-worker with cancer

To know the real value of a pink cotton t-shirt, you would have had to see the tears streaming down Stacy Wilson’s face. It was soon after her diagnosis with breast cancer in 2013. She returned to work from a … Continue reading

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