Category Archives: women’s health

Answers to questions about living with cancer

Q: “I’m not depressed but I just want to be left alone, so what can I do about friends who keep trying to include me in their social plans?” A: “The first thing would be to tell them,” advises Aliya Hafeez, MD, … Continue reading

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Struggling to conceive? Consider lubrication

Ask a question at an academic medical center, and you just may inspire research to get the answer. That is how andrology lab director Kazim Chohan, PhD, lit up the Internet recently with news that sexual lubricants may impede a … Continue reading

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Information, inspiration in Upstate Health spring issue

In this issue of Upstate Health: * Read about the expansion of Upstate’s sleep center, the only one in this region with services that accommodate children as young as infants. * Meet a former trauma patient who shares his ordeal, … 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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Modern birth control options for women

Q&A with Karen Teelin, MD Q Why are the rates of sexual activity among American teens the same as in other developed countries, but our rates of teen pregnancy and abortion are higher? A “That’s partially because of the use … Continue reading

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Strong Women, Strong Hearts is Saturday

Upstate University Hospital’s cardiac nursing team hosts its third annual Strong Women, Strong Hearts event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at the HealthLink OASIS Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298 in East Syracuse.  The free event will include … 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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The story behind the Women’s Health Network advertisements

You’ve seen them, haven’t you? Ads for Upstate’s new Women’s Health Network. The ads are in magazines, on billboards, websites and more — all with the goal of encouraging women to join the network and take charge of their health. The … Continue reading

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Upstate Answers: Why doesn’t amniocentesis test for genetic conditions other than Downs?

There are so many genetic conditions. Why does amniocentesis only test for Downs Syndrome? – Seth Tucker, Syracuse “Amniocentesis is a procedure that provides a diagnosis of fetal defects.  It is usually done in the early second trimester.  In the 1970’s, … Continue reading

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