Category Archives: women’s health

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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Expectant moms and partners can register for breastfeeding classes

Upstate offers a two-hour “Breastfeeding: Planning for Success” class once a month for expectant moms and their partners who have decided to breastfeed their baby. Learn about: * how your body prepares for breastfeeding, * how your baby helps with … Continue reading

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Parenting when you have cancer – advice from a mom

Treatment for rectal cancer leaves Shelleen Soltys exhausted. The Camillus mother has four children from age 10 to 22, all able and willing, but she still makes the effort to do the laundry, help with homework and other chores around … Continue reading

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New Women’s Health Network emphasizes wellness

Central New York women of all ages can focus on taking care of themselves by joining the Upstate Women’s Health Network. (Listen to a HealthLink on Air radio interview about the network.) The network provides women with a connection to … Continue reading

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