Welcome to Upstate Health, a magazine produced by Upstate Medical University to inspire healthy living. You will find stories about medical care and wellness, of course, but also a variety of articles that pertain to life in Central New York. Our experts share advice on caregiving, food and leisure activities in every issue.
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Olamide Ajagbe MD took a quick break from her shift at Upstate Golisano After Hours Care, at Upstate’s Community Campus, to be photographed for this issue of Upstate Health. You’ll find a story about this service that began in 2012, providing care for pediatric patients up to age 21.
Also in this issue you’ll notice several articles marked with radio microphones. For these subjects (and many others) you can listen to a complete interview on line at www.upstate.edu/healthlinkonair.
We’ve got stories about “Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum, the new Impella heart pump that helps high-risk patients, a teenager who is grateful for the stem cell transplant he underwent as a preschooler, and a respiratory therapy student who is into scuba diving. You’ll also get to meet Mark Torres, a hospital systems engineer, Juntao Luo PhD, a cancer researcher, and Thomas Kiernan, the top chef at University Hospital.
The issue includes an amazing story of stroke survival, five inspiring kidney donations and a look at the dangers of distracted driving. There is also a story that tells you everything you need to know about hepatitis C, and another that explains when (and when not) to have a medical scan.
Should research include people with developmental disabilities? That’s the question addressed in “The Upstate Ethicist” feature. Have you read Dr. Abraham Verghese’s “Cutting for Stone?” That’s the book recommended in the “Good Read” feature.
You’ll meet clinical toxicologist Alexander Garrard on page 16, respiratory therapist Kristina Sherman on page 19, eight Upstate triathletes on pages 20 and 21, and executive sous chef Bill Gokey on page 17 — along with his Strawberry, Chicken and Fennel Salad.
Our back page is a showcase for work from the lab f Jeffrey Amack PhD and graduate student Yongchang Ji. And don’t forget to check out the cover story, on page 15, about Joslin and the other Upstate physicians who respond to disasters throughout the community.
Psychologist Dr. Rich O’Neill PhD has the cover for Spring 2012. A bicycle enthusiast, he pedals to work, including to the Health Link on Air studio every week where he records “Check Up from the Neck Up.” Upstate’s talk radio show airs from 9 to 10 a.m. Sundays on WSYR.
This issue includes information about pediatric sleep disorders, a radioembolization procedure that targets liver tumors, and stroke care at Upstate University Hospital. You’ll read about a study of hand hygiene among Adirondack hikers, a do-it-yourself thyroid check and why removing polyps can reduce the number of cancer deaths.
Meet a carpenter who turned a black walnut tree into a commemorative table, an information technologist known as the “Restore King” of Upstate, three faculty members who are avid bicyclists, and a man who fishes four times a week, year round.
We also explain how (and why) to make an anatomical gift to the medical school and provide a look under the microscope of Peter Calvert PhD.
Father/son cancer specialists are featured on the Winter 2012 cover. That’s Michael Poiesz MD with his father, Bernie Poiesz MD and their Irish setters, Beacon and Finnegan. Read how they strike a work/life balance on page 14.
In this issue, look for stories about a construction engineer who has a loved one on his mind as he works on the new Upstate Cancer Center, a teenager treated for a rare brain tumor, and a new method of caring for severe frostbite. Kaushal Nanavati MD walks us through five strategies for treating headaches. Trauma coordinator Steve Adkisson provides a simple visualization to help prevent injuries. James Alexander MD explains what to do about heavy menstruation.
A speech language pathologist, clinical dietitian and speech therapist team up to provide advice on feeding someone with a swallowing difficulty. Two bariatric surgeons lay out the options for weight loss surgery. And a pediatrician tells how adolescents are like astronauts.
You’ll meet a man who runs ultramarathons, a woman who is a 3rd-degree black belt in karate, a contracts administrator who loves reading the classics and a man who skis all winter with his family. On the back page, you’ll get a peek into the laboratory of Mira Krendel PhD, an assistant professor of Cell and Developmental Biology.
The cover of the inaugural issue of Upstate Health features Zulma Tovar-Spinoza MD with one of her patients, Lily Craparo. Their story begins on page 4.
There are additional stories about narcissism (the official diagnosis of which is fading,) wound care (which is of great importance to those with diabetes) and how to bathe an elderly loved one. You’ll also get an up-close look at the da Vinci surgical robot, learn about a germ-free alternative to hand shakes and discover the musical gifts shared by many medical students.
Upstate’s Department of Pediatrics chairman shares three great hikes, and Christopher Turner PhD and Nicholas Deakin PhD share a view from their laboratory, where they study how cancer spreads.