The winter 2013 issue of Upstate Health is here, featuring Olamide Ajagbe MD on the cover. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics who works some shifts at the Upstate Golisano After Hours Care on the Community Campus. A story about this service, which began in 2012, appears in this issue, along with stories about a new way of getting cancer drugs into tumors, the dangers of energy drinks, and what it takes to win a marathon (as one of our medical students did this fall.)
Also, with this issue we have begun marking many stories with radio microphones, signaling that you are able to listen to a complete interview on the subject at www.upstate.edu/healthlinkonair. Here are a couple of examples:
* Are you grappling with the feeding tube dilemma? Upstate’s chief of geriatrics, Dr. Sharon Brangman MD offers some new ways of thinking.
* Does whooping cough have you concerned? Joseph Domachowske MD, an expert in pediatric infectious diseases, explains the reasons for the recent rise in cases.
Other stories in this issue have to do with the Impella heart pump for some high-risk patients, the cause of death for “Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum, and volunteer work that has some of our students connecting with refugees in the Syracuse community. You’ll also meet Thomas Kiernan, University Hospital’s top chef, Mark Torres, a hospital systems engineer, and Sue Milliman, a human resources assistant who loves singing.
Much more is packed into Upstate Health, a 24-page dose of health and medical information for the Central New Yorker.