Monthly Archives: April 2020

All together for tai chi (this time, online)

In February, Upstate Oasis and 100 Black Men of Syracuse Inc. teamed up to offer Tai Chi for Arthritis, exercise classes that feature slow, joint-safe movements and breathing to improve strength, mobility, balance and concentration. A month into classes, COVID-19 … Continue reading

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Raising spirits during a trying time, in photos

Throughout Upstate Medical University and Central New York, people have found ways to support those who work on the front lines in the battle against the coronavirus, as shown in these photos: This article is from the spring 2020 Upstate Health magazine, a … Continue reading

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Stepping up: Upstate students volunteer to help during pandemic

BY CHARLES McCHESNEY Upstate Medical University students have pitched in to help, using what they have learned, to assist in the battle against COVID-19. The magnitude of the challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic had barely registered when students began … Continue reading

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High-demand career: Becoming a respiratory therapist

BY CHARLES McCHESNEY Their place on the front lines caring for those with COVID-19 has brought a greater public awareness of respiratory therapists. With specialized training in caring for those whoe have issues with their hearts and lungs, respiratory therapists … Continue reading

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Handwashing: Answers to some key questions

BY AMBER SMITH A conversation about how best to wash your hands to stop the spread of the coronavirus with Jarrod Bagatell, MD, a doctor of family medicine and the medical director for employee health at Upstate. Does it matter … Continue reading

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Ideas for eating right when you’re staying in: Tips and easy recipes

BY JIM HOWE These are trying times. Even though you may be stuck at home, however, you can still prepare nutritious meals, often with just a few, simple ingredients. Juliann Mellen, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Upstate, advises that as … Continue reading

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Exercise in isolation: Keeping fit while confined to home

BY JIM HOWE Exercise is even more important during a pandemic, says Carol Sames, PhD, an exercise physiologist and director of the Vitality Fitness Programs at Upstate. She says people can keep moving and keep fit while stuck at home. … Continue reading

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The 1918 pandemic in Syracuse

The coronavirus pandemic echoes the influenza pandemic of 1918. The first cases in Syracuse of what was called the Spanish flu were diagnosed among the military, including the thousands of soldiers living at the New York State Fairgrounds in Camp Syracuse, … Continue reading

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 The benefits of deep breathing

BY AMBER SMITH If you’re feeling anxious because of the pandemic — and who isn’t? — Upstate’s director of integrative medicine, Kaushal Nanavati, MD, recommends taking a moment to breathe deeply. “Take a nice, deep inhaling breath, the longest inhale possible,” he coaches, … Continue reading

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A marathon, not a sprint: 4 tips from a psychiatrist on dealing with stress

We are all familiar with acute stressful events. Making a presentation in front of a bunch of people. Attending a funeral. The event happens, and the stress passes. “This is a different kind of stress,” psychiatrist Thomas Schwartz, MD, interim chair … Continue reading

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