Category Archives: public health

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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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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Shocking news in ’64: Smoking causes lung cancer

Fifty years ago, Upstate’s hospitals opened their doors and the US Surgeon General issued the first report on Smoking and Health, linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer and heart disease. That report — the first of 31 issued by the … Continue reading

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Are you still dragging from the time change?

We lost an hour when Daylight Savings Time took effect at 2 a.m. March 9, and some of us are still recovering. Not only is the time set forward (until Nov. 2) “but that is compounded by the fact that … Continue reading

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Heroin use, overdose and deaths increase

Heroin is cheap and easy to obtain, and youth in Central New York are not getting the message that the drug is dangerous. “They don’t really believe that it’s as dangerous as it is. They are not heeding the warnings, unfortunately,” … Continue reading

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Syracuse Free Dispensary, Then and Now

In the days before Medicare and Medicaid, sick and injured Syracusans who had no money for doctors’ bills could be seen at the Syracuse Free Dispensary, located at 610 East Fayette Street in Syracuse. Howard Weinberger MD was a medical … Continue reading

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Plan now for this disaster preparedness lecture on March 20

Christopher Ryan, MD, medical director for Broome County’s Health Department and a clinical associate professor of family medicine at Upstate, speaks March 20 about his experience during the massive floods that occurred in the Binghamton area in 2011. His talk … Continue reading

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It’s not too late to get a flu shot

Flu shots given now can still be effective this season, although the development of antibodies that will protect you against the flu takes about two weeks. Flu season can start as early as October and last into May. The number of … Continue reading

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Staying safe in extreme cold weather

With single digit temperatures predicted for Tuesday morning in Central New York, here are some reminders from the emergency experts at Upstate about staying safe in the frigid cold. Jeremy Joslin, MD cautions looking out for seniors and the elderly … Continue reading

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Distributing the gift of good health

Offering flu vaccinations when people came to the Salvation Army holiday gift program last year in Syracuse improved vaccination rates so much that authorities plan to make it an annual event. Upstate pediatricians and medical students decided to target families … Continue reading

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