Monthly Archives: March 2020

Spotting a volunteer just got easier at Upstate

BY EMILY KULKUS Hundreds of dedicated and valuable volunteers at Upstate University Hospital are now a little easier to spot. With more than 800 people volunteering annually through Upstate’s Office of Volunteer Programs, volunteer services are critical to helping patients … Continue reading

Posted in health care, volunteers

Recipe: Ginger Turmeric Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients 1 large butternut squash, cooked (see notes) 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped 1 onion, diced 1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil or butter 2 cups chicken stock or broth, or vegetable broth 15 ounces coconut milk Kosher … Continue reading

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New medical school course emphasizes nutrition, its impact on health care

A new elective at Upstate Medical University teaches medical students about how food affects health. Fourth-year medical student Natalie Antosh worked with faculty members — Beth Nelsen, MD, Barbara Feuerstein, MD, and Susan Levinsohn, MD, all from Upstate, plus Kay … Continue reading

Posted in diet/nutrition, health care, medical education, medical student

Eating better: Rural medical students learn about culinary medicine

BY CHARLES McCHESNEY Many patients know they need to eat better. They don’t know how. That’s why “I don’t ask them what they eat. I ask them who cooks,” Joseph F. Wetterhahn, MD, told 14 first-year students in Upstate Medical … Continue reading

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In case you missed it: multiple sclerosis rates, a major hospital donation, ‘quiet kits,’ early med school admission

Why are MS rates so high in Syracuse? Experts are trying to understand why the rate of multiple sclerosis in the Syracuse area is nearly double the national average, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield. The report … Continue reading

Posted in brain/neurology, health care, infectious disease, medical education, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Chaplain donates a kidney to a dying refugee

  BY JIM HOWE It was a note in a church bulletin that led an Upstate chaplain to donate one of her kidneys to a Bhutanese refugee. The Rev. Susan Joy Huizenga, the palliative care chaplain at Upstate since August … Continue reading

Posted in health care, international health care, kidney/renal/nephrology, organ donation/transplant, patient story, spiritual care, surgery

Firefighters share an extra bond: Kidney donor was glad to help his longtime friend

BY JIM HOWE It’s a dramatic story of sickness, friendship, sacrifice and the wonders of modern medicine. A retired firefighter with failing kidneys does not want to live on dialysis, so he goes on the waiting list for a kidney … Continue reading

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