Monthly Archives: February 2018

Talent and imagination: Teen artist spends chemotherapy time drawing original characters

BY SUSAN KEETER A new sketchbook was the perfect gift for Julia Nguyen on Sept. 13, the day she was diagnosed with primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma. Over the summer, around her 16th birthday, Nguyen developed swelling in her face and felt … Continue reading

Posted in adolescents, cancer, health care, patient story, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Three trailblazers: A look at some of Upstate’s modern medical pioneers

BY AMBER SMITH They’re friends who have mentored one another. All three have been faculty members at Upstate for decades. They’ve all earned “distinguished service professor” honors. And they’re all women. Sharon Brangman, MD, Patricia Numann, MD, and Ruth Weinstock, MD, … Continue reading

Posted in health care, health careers, history, medical education

8-story institute, laughing gas, model village, concussion marker: news about Upstate you may have missed:

The Nappi Longevity Institute at Upstate Medical University — an eight-floor, 360,000-square-foot health and wellness complex — will be built at East Adams and Almond streets, across from the Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse.   It will house services related … Continue reading

Posted in aging/geriatrics, cancer, community, drugs/medications/pharmacy, fundraising, health care, maternity/obstetrics, prevention/preventive medicine, research, sustainability/environment

Understanding microRNA: Tiny keys could unlock treasure trove of medical knowledge

BY JIM HOWE Researchers at Upstate are looking at tiny bits of genetic material that could open up new ways of understanding diseases and how the mind and body work. The material is called microRNA and is present in saliva, … Continue reading

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Surgical solution: Ear specialist helps her hearing, balance problems

BY AMBER SMITH They weren’t life-threatening, but the symptoms that plagued Jolie Bower were so debilitating she had to stop working. She had a spinning sensation of vertigo and nausea that would come on without warning. Her head would feel … Continue reading

Posted in ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology, health care, HealthLink on Air, patient story, surgery | Tagged

Event on ice raises money for kids’ fund

BY AMBER SMITH A dozen curling teams, comprised of 48 novice curlers, competed in an Upstate charity invitational in November at the Utica Curling Club in Whitesboro. Upstate employees and friends created teams with names such as “Curl Power,” “The … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, fundraising, health care, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

A huge mission: Upstate scientist explores how stem cell therapy may repair brain damage from stroke or Alzheimer’s

BY AMBER SMITH Li-Ru Zhao’s father, Jintian Zhao, was in his mid-60s in 1973 when a blood clot clogged a vessel in his brain and he suffered a stroke. Doctors in China, where he lives, suggested acupuncture or physical therapy … Continue reading

Posted in Alzheimer's/dementia, brain/neurology, health care, research, stroke

Overcoming a painful disease: Battling juvenile arthritis is a long-term proposition for this fourth-grader

BY JIM HOWE Nora Powers started feeling pain in her feet when she was 2 years old. That led to trips to her pediatrician, then a podiatrist, then an orthopedist. When she was 5, a pediatric rheumatologist diagnosed what caused … Continue reading

Posted in arthritis, health care, patient story, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Medically fragile, mentally strong: Preschooler thrives, despite cardiac and neurological problems

BY AMBER SMITH In 2013, friends of Kristy and John Cornell told the couple about a woman who gave birth to a baby girl in the Buffalo area. The baby was to be adopted, and she had health problems. The Cornells … Continue reading

Posted in allergies/asthma, cancer, health care, heart/cardiovascular, lung/pulmonary, patient story, surgery

Sweet dreams: Grieving continues even when you sleep

  BY AMBER SMITH The disclosure invariably begins with, “This may sound crazy.” That’s how psychologist Jeffrey Schweitzer, PhD, can tell a bereaved person is about to relay the story of a dream featuring his or her deceased loved one. … Continue reading

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