Monthly Archives: November 2017

Nurses share 9 ways to help when someone is hospitalized

BY AMBER SMITH A friend or relative is hospitalized. Maybe for a few days, maybe a few weeks. You want to help. What’s the best way? We tapped the corps of nurses who care for patients throughout Upstate University Hospital … Continue reading

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Their team of doctors offered expertise — and hope

BY AMBER SMITH Orlando Barrera worked his whole life in construction. He was strong and relatively healthy – until May 2015, when stomach pains forced him to seek medical care. The Syracuse man underwent emergency surgery to remove his gallbladder. … Continue reading

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A musician gives thanks: Violist’s hands were saved after life-threatening burns

BY SUSAN KEETER Classical violist George Myers was taking photographs of construction on his family’s property in Trumansburg, near Ithaca, in October 2014 when a propane tank tipped and fell on him. The 250-pound cylindrical tank pinned him in a … Continue reading

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Lessons from Upstate: Stroke risks, medication reactions, ADHD and teen parenthood

New medications can cause reactions Umair Masood, MD, and colleagues from Upstate’s  department of internal medicine shared the story of a 57-year-old man with a history of alcoholism in the Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy. The man came to the … Continue reading

Posted in adolescents, arthritis, drugs/medications/pharmacy, emergency medicine/trauma, health care, heart/cardiovascular, liver/ gallbladder/ pancreas, research, sexuality

Quick and easy recipe: Blueberry Ginger Kale Smoothie

Ingredients 3 cups frozen blueberries 3 cups coconut milk 1 cup kale, or more if desired ½ cup plain Greek yogurt 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup 2 teaspoons grated ginger water, if necessary, for consistency Preparation Add all ingredients to … Continue reading

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How to raise a reader: Pediatrician shares her love of books and the almost-magical benefit of reading

BY AMBER SMITH Once upon a time, there was a family with three little boys. Ari was 8, and he liked making chalk villages and playing the drums. Eli was 4, and he liked Legos and cooking. Jacob was just … Continue reading

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Rolling iPads and sign language are part of her job

  BY JIM HOWE A desire to communicate with a deaf acquaintance led Sue Freeman from her old job in the insurance business to a new career. Now, as manager of interpreting services at Upstate, she not only communicates with … Continue reading

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12 things you might not know about the United States military

Upstate’s division chief of trauma, critical care and burns is Army veteran William Marx, DO. He recently gave a presentation about the military to medical colleagues that included these dozen pieces of information: * Of the five branches of the … Continue reading

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What you can do about the public health crises of gun violence and drug addiction

The number of Americans dying from gun violence or drug overdoses now surpasses the number of motor vehicle fatalities in the United States. The public health crises of gun violence and drug addiction are also felt in Central New York. … Continue reading

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Could a spit test identify autism in children? Researchers seek early diagnosis

BY JIM HOWE A research study at Upstate is employing a novel method as it seeks to develop a quick, painless tool to help diagnose autism in children. Using a simple swab — like a one-headed Q-tip with a spongy … Continue reading

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