Author Archives: Jim Howe

Helping a patient navigate through cancer’s challenges

Palliative care team helps Sandra Floyd reach the treatment goals she set for herself BY JIM HOWE “There are a lot of ups and downs when you’ve got cancer, a lot of wind in your sails, then the wind stops,” … Continue reading

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The halls are alive with the sound of music

BY JIM HOWE Some volunteers are bringing live music — and, they hope, a smile — to patients and staff at Upstate University Hospital. The Music at Upstate group includes strolling violinists and a guitar and vocal duo who play in the … Continue reading

Posted in entertainment, health care, medical student

Concept of ‘designer’ babies raises thorny questions, few answers

BY JIM HOWE If parents could create a “better” baby, should they? Would “better” mean a healthier child than the average baby? Cuter? Smarter? Taller? Should scientists and doctors help parents to genetically customize an embryo that would become that better … Continue reading

Posted in genetics, health care, maternity/obstetrics, research, technology

Rural care: How a small-town PA found a niche career

BY JIM HOWE “Physician extenders” — such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners — have proved their worth to health care, especially in small towns and rural areas, where doctors are often scarce. “Doctors have found out that there is … Continue reading

Posted in community, health care, health careers, volunteers

Recipe: Crunchy ‘Oven-Fried’ Chicken Nuggets

This recipe from “The Great American Eat-Right Cookbook” is a healthful rendition of chicken nuggets – and likely to appeal to kids and adults. The coating adds crunch, while keeping the meat tender and moist. Preparation takes less than a … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, recipe

Teens ‘Look Good’ and ‘Feel Better’

BY SUSAN KEETER “It was as if she was trying to disappear inside her clothes,” explains nurse Kristen Thomas, remembering hot summer days when a teenage cancer patient showed up for appointments hidden under a woolen ski cap and layers … Continue reading

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

Group offers helping hand to cancer patients in need

BY JIM HOWE Central New York cancer patients facing money problems can get some help from a foundation dedicated to a young Rome, N.Y., native who died of a rare and aggressive cancer. Everything from help with travel expenses to … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, fundraising, health care

What’s on the horizon regarding breast cancer treatment?

Medical providers at academic medical centers regularly attend lectures by experts Preventing breast cancer recurrence and preserving the breast after surgery were topics addressed recently in two research lectures at Upstate sponsored by the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, research, women's health/gynecology

Keeping care focused on family and kids

The Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital has a Family Advisory Council, which periodically seeks to add new members. This group meets monthly from September to June. It has recently assisted in creating a new visitation policy for the pediatric cancer clinic, given … Continue reading

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

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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