Monthly Archives: June 2014

Science is Art is Science: A glimpse of research history

More than 175 years ago, the medical school faculty was conducting research to understand disease and search for cures. two years ago, Elinor Spring-Mills, PhD, was part of a group charged with studying and compiling Upstate’s long history of research … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, research

Artwork at Upstate: Important 50 years ago, important today

Anyone who walks in the first-floor lobby of Upstate’s downtown hospital can see a piece of artwork that dates back to the opening of the building. It’s a bronze plaque created by artist Dorothy Riester in 1964 to commemorate the … Continue reading

Posted in community

Why Stacey Karasinski loves floor hockey

Stacey Karasinski, an employee in payroll services at Upstate, competed in the state Special Olympics Winter Games with her floor hockey team. The 11-player roster includes a goalkeeper and two “lines” of five players that the coach swaps out throughout … Continue reading

Posted in community

Upstate Answers: How soon will stem cells treat orthopedic injuries?

Q (from reader, Sally White of Syracuse) Studies are underway in other countries, and a couple in the United States using a product that helps with regenerating one’s injured knee. The procedure uses both your own stem cells and umbilical stem … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, community, organ donation/transplant, surgery

Reducing stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation

If you have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, new guidelines to reduce your risk of stroke include talking to your healthcare provider about taking an oral anticoagulant. Upstate neurologist Antonio Culebras, MD, is the lead author of the new guideline … Continue reading

Posted in brain/neurology, community, heart/cardiovascular, research, stroke

How to keep your cool: the secrets of one manager’s success

Dan Malay is one of the people who for more than two years has orchestrated the meticulous and monumental conversion of Upstate University Hospital’s medical records into a new electronic medical records system called Epic. His title is manager of … Continue reading

Posted in community

Christine LaFave battles breast cancer with strength

Christine LaFave became a breast cancer warrior on Jan. 28, 2013. That’s when she discovered that the lump she felt in her breast was cancerous. After an ultrasound, biopsy and complete body scan, LaFave was left with the diagnosis of … Continue reading

Posted in cancer

A ship, a fort and the medical school meeting

Many Thursdays in 2014, we’ve posted a story about the opening of the hospitals 50 years ago. This week, however, we’re going back 70 years in honor of a Viennese chemist and his pivotal encounter with medical school professors. How … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, entertainment, health care, history

Tony winner played the role of a patient at Upstate

Before she won a Tony for her role in “Beautiful: the Carole King Musical,” Jessie Mueller performed as a patient for medical students at Upstate. She was a standardized patient, like many of the drama students at Syracuse University. Amber … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, history

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

Posted in maternity/obstetrics, research, women's health/gynecology