Monthly Archives: November 2013

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

Posted in community, genetics, maternity/obstetrics, women's health/gynecology

Lessons from Upstate: Party drugs can have lasting consequences

A 20-year-old woman was dropped off semi-conscious at Upstate University Hospital’s emergency room. She did not respond to doctors. She was not feverish. Her heart beat normally. She had wet herself and vomited. Blood tests revealed no alcohol in her … Continue reading

Posted in community, emergency medicine/trauma, poison center/toxicology, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

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

Posted in community, diet/nutrition, maternity/obstetrics, women's health/gynecology

Recipe: Lemon Semolina Pound Cake with Macerated Strawberries

Even healthy eaters sometimes break for sweet treats. Here’s a fresh alternative to store-bought strawberry shortcake, from Morrison Healthcare, which provides food services to Upstate. Ingredients For the strawberries: 1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced 2 tablespoons fresh spearmint, thinly sliced … Continue reading

Posted in diet/nutrition, recipe

The Humorist: Ribs, shirt, ego suffer the brunt of bicycle ‘Emergency’

By Jeff Kramer Everyone hears horror stories of long waits in ERs, but as an experienced patron of these facilities I’ve learned how to avoid lines: Go by ambulance. So it was on a recent Friday when I ended up … Continue reading

Posted in community, emergency medicine/trauma, entertainment | 1 Comment

A surgeon reveals 5 reasons he loves soccer

By Jiri Bem, MD 1. Soccer colored my childhood. “When you grow up with soccer (known outside of the United States as futbol), you get to understand the game better, and you appreciate the finesse of it much better than … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, fitness, surgery

Exploring how to predict PTSD in military men, women

Marines during an exercise in Novo Selo, Bulgaria in November 2013. Photo by 2nd Lt. Danielle Dixon. Stephen Glatt, PhD lead a study to determine whether we can detect which individual Marines are likely to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. … Continue reading

Posted in community, psychology/psychiatry

Onondaga Historical Association focuses on pioneering women doctors

Drs. Elizabeth  Blackwell (1821-1910), Mary Walker (1832-1919) and Sarah Loguen Fraser (1850-1933) – all medical pioneers with ties to Upstate and Syracuse – will be the topic of discussion at the Onondaga Historical Association’s book club meeting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. … Continue reading

Posted in alumni, community, entertainment, history

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

Posted in cancer, community, women's health/gynecology

Why is fiber so important to our diets?

1. Fiber aids in digestion. “And the better your digestive system is, the better nutrient absorption you have,” says Upstate registered dietitian Terry Podolak. 2. Fiber can help you feel full, which can help reduce overeating and help improve weight … Continue reading

Posted in community, diet/nutrition, weight loss