Author Archives: Jim Howe

Helping families cope with a child’s grave illness

BY JIM HOWE Families with a seriously ill child face all sorts of needs and stresses. A local nonprofit group is working to provide those families with a measure of both material and emotional support. The Kara Fund was started in … Continue reading

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

How to keep your home clean to help guard against COVID-19, other illnesses

BY DARCY DiBIASE The COVID-19 pandemic is a good reminder to disinfect high-touch areas frequently to help keep everyone in your home healthy. Such cleaning can also protect against colds, flus and other diseases caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria. … Continue reading

Posted in COVID-19

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

Posted in coronavirus, COVID-19, diet/nutrition, medical student

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

Posted in coronavirus, COVID-19, fitness, health care

Helping kids cope: Child psychologist advises parents to be honest and open

BY JIM HOWE In a time of uncertainty, parents can help their children to cope by being open and honest about their feelings – first with themselves, then with their children. Children will pick up on and mirror the feelings … Continue reading

Posted in coronavirus, COVID-19, health care, mental health/emotional health, psychology/psychiatry

Advice for caring for someone who has COVID-19

BY AMBER SMITH With no specific treatment for COVID-19, people who are sick at home may be comforted with supportive care measures. That means get plenty of rest. Stay hydrated with plenty of fluids. Consider honey, vitamin C and a … Continue reading

Posted in coronavirus, COVID-19, health care, infectious disease, 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

Posted in cancer, health care, kidney/renal/nephrology, organ donation/transplant, patient story, surgery | Tagged

Pint-sized patient: Glimpses of a girl who fought cancer — and won

PHOTOS BY MARANIE STAAB/TEXT BY JIM HOWE Kaylee Marshfield of Lakeland received unforgettable news on Feb. 1, 2018. It was her sixth birthday: She had cancer. A strange lump led to tests that detected a Wilms tumor on her left … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, chemotherapy, health care, kidney/renal/nephrology, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, surgery, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics | Tagged , ,

Warmth, kindness and radiation, too

BY AMBER SMITH It had been a rough 2019 for Joan Gorton of Hamilton. Starting early in the year, the 83-year-old woman had a series of medical issues — a lingering cough, then a suspicious lump on her leg that … Continue reading

Posted in aging/geriatrics, cancer, health care, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, women's health/gynecology