Monthly Archives: March 2016

Heart of a warrior: She cherishes each moment after surviving a medical emergency

BY JIM HOWE A woman who did her best to stay fit nearly died. That experience taught her never to take her health for granted. Debra Becker of Liverpool was a runner. She practiced yoga and worked out regularly, including … Continue reading

Posted in health care, heart/cardiovascular, illness, patient story, physical therapy/rehabilitation, surgery, women's health/gynecology

‘Concussion’ conversation: Movie spotlights chronic traumatic encephalopathy

BY AMBER SMITH Experts from Upstate who saw the Will Smith film “Concussion” praised its accuracy, from the behavior of the characters to the under-the-microscope images of brain tissue. Smith portrays Bennet Omalu, MD, who finds himself at dangerous odds … Continue reading

Posted in Alzheimer's/dementia, brain/neurology, death/dying, depression, entertainment, health care, illness, mental health/emotional health, pathology, physical therapy/rehabilitation, public health, research, safety

Popular baby names at Upstate

Mom 365, the company that photographs new arrivals for Upstate’s online nursery, reports these as the most popular baby names at Upstate University Hospital’s community campus . Girls Scarlett Emma Zoe Willow Penelope Sophia Mia Madison Abigail Grace Boys Alexander … Continue reading

Posted in community, maternity/obstetrics

How to train doctors who will care for the underserved

An analysis of the mission statements for every American medical school reveals a recipe for producing doctors who will provide primary care to communities in need. Many students begin medical school idealistically, with a desire to become primary care doctors … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, health care, medical education, medical student, public health, research

Can you feel the compassion of your caregiver?

A hallmark of good nursing care is that hospitalized patients sense the innate compassion of their caregivers. In this era of electronic medical records, it’s not as simple as tracking the amount of time a doctor spends with a patient, … Continue reading

Posted in community, health care, nursing

Want to support Paige’s fund for kids with cancer but reluctant to run a race?

Alan Pack remembers the spring day in 2010 when Chris Arnold visited his running group to talk about his daughter, Paige, and the children’s cancer fund that was created in her memory. Pack’s running group — the 10-week No Boundaries  program … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, entertainment, fitness, fundraising, research, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Grateful patient and orthopedic surgeon ride Erie Canal, side by side

Several years ago, at age 68, Patricia Martin organized the Erie Canal Ride and challenged her doctor, orthopedic surgeon Richard Tallarico, MD, to ride the two-day, 68-mile ride alongside her. They rode those miles and, over five years, raised more … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, community, fundraising, health care, illness, patient story, surgery

Restoring peace: Why salvaging the adrenal gland makes sense

BY AMBER SMITH On top of each kidney sits an adrenal gland, which produces hormones a person cannot live without. A variety of different tumors can develop in an adrenal gland. The tumor’s location, size and function influences how it … Continue reading

Posted in health care, HealthLink on Air, illness, podcast, surgery, urology

Better air = better brains: Study shows cognitive function improves when indoor ventilation improves

Reducing carbon dioxide and other pollutants in the air can have a profound impact on decision-making, according to a research team from Upstate, Harvard and Syracuse universities. The team’s study shows that people working in “green” offices, with good ventilation … Continue reading

Posted in brain/neurology, health care, mental health/emotional health, psychology/psychiatry, public health, research, sustainability/environment

Surgery — pause — more surgery: a new way to treat abdominal trauma

BY AMBER SMITH In the past, patients who arrived at Upstate University Hospital with major abdominal trauma would go straight to the operating room, where surgeons would work for hours to repair their injuries. Already weak from blood loss and … Continue reading

Posted in emergency medicine/trauma, health care, HealthLink on Air, surgery