Author Archives: Amber Smith

One pint of blood can help three people; donate Thursday or Friday downtown

Make a blood donation — Thursday or Friday at Upstate University Hospital — and you can potentially save the lives of three individuals. That’s because four types of transfusable products can be derived from blood: red cells, platelets, plasma and … Continue reading

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Time Warner Cable News broadcasts ‘Dying with Dignity’ series

  Nurse practitioner Pat Knox, a clinical assistant professor at Upstate, was interviewed about Upstate’s No One Dies Alone program for a Time Warner Cable News series. “Dying with Dignity” airs this week of April 21. Knox specializes in palliative care. … Continue reading

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Upstate’s Zipcars are frequently zipping

If you want to see Upstate’s Zipcars, you’ll have to come to the Think Green Fair Thursday, May 22. The two Zipcars are often missing from their designated parking spaces at Geneva Tower because they’re being driven by Upstate students, medical … Continue reading

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‘Changing Sports Changing Lives’ symposium includes Upstate pediatrician

An adapted sports documentary that premieres at Syracuse University April 28 includes footage from a unified wheelchair basketball event involving Upstate caregivers. Admission is free to the “Changing Sports Changing Lives” symposium at 4 p.m. April 28 at SU’s Watson … Continue reading

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Chaplain interns graduate noon Thursday

Interns from Upstate’s Clinical Pastoral Education program will graduate at noon, Thursday, April 10 in the Interfaith Chapel of the downtown hospital. The ceremony is open to the public. Upstate is one of 350 nationally accredited training centers by the Association … Continue reading

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50 years ago, air conditioning was a draw for new recruits

The “entirely new” 300-bed Community Hospital of Greater Syracuse is “completely air conditioned” and “designed for maximum satisfaction of patient and nurse,” says a recruiting advertisement from 1964. It offers nursing salaries ranging from $4,400 to $5,400. Of course pay … Continue reading

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Centering on diabetes in pregnancy

Pregnant women, some with their partners, gather in a circle with their obstetrician, midwife, a nurse and nutritionist. A chime sounds. The Centering Pregnancy group begins.  Centering Pregnancy is a program offered in a variety of medical practices throughout the … Continue reading

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Listen to lectures on public health topics all week for National Public Health Week

Celebrate National Public Health Week this week by participating in these activities and events that are open to the public. The lectures on Tuesday through Thursday will be available on line. * Monday, April 7  from noon to 12:30 p.m. … Continue reading

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Drugs you rub into your skin can be dangerous, too

When a previously healthy 18-month-old child developed a diaper rash, the toddler’s mother reached for some pain-relieving cream. What she grabbed was a prescription her husband used for neck pain. She rubbed a small amount onto her son’s rash and … Continue reading

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Urge to smoke begins in utero

Babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy are four times more likely to begin smoking in adolescence. Scientists at Upstate recently showed that nicotine, the most addictive of more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco, modifies part of the brain … Continue reading

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