Author Archives: Jim Howe

Palliative care patients leave lasting memories in ‘Sharing Life’ videos

BY JIM HOWE After a person is gone, it can be comforting for his or her loved ones to hear their voice or see their face again. “It would be so awesome to capture that and to be able to … Continue reading

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Science is art: Preserving fatherhood

The andrology department at Upstate helps men preserve their ability to become fathers by offering: — sperm banking, where semen is collected and frozen in liquid nitrogen; — testicular sperm extraction, a surgical procedure for men with no sperm in … Continue reading

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Resident physician sees increasing awareness of a common mental disorder

BY JIM HOWE Upstate graduate Nicole Cifra, MD, trained with a mentor who told her of his early years as a doctor, some 35 years prior. When he heard a patient had anorexia, he had no idea what that was … Continue reading

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Sticking to it: Kali Club offers enjoyable route to self-defense skills

BY JIM HOWE About two dozen people battle each other with wooden sticks every week on the Upstate campus, displaying skills that look like a mix of a fencing class, a pirate raid and a street brawl. But no one … Continue reading

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Mystery at the lake: Researchers uncover deadly potential of obscure, long-buried chemicals

BY JIM HOWE Among the industrial wastes that have polluted Syracuse’s Onondaga Lake for decades are two “mystery compounds” related to – and apparently more toxic than – the banned pesticide DDT. Scientists from Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University and … Continue reading

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Are you age 52 to 72? Three health conditions to check

  BY JIM HOWE  Baby boomers can save their health, their lives and lots of money and trouble by getting themselves checked for three major but often neglected health problems, says New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD. The … Continue reading

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Disability is a matter of both perception and reality

BY JIM HOWE Defining who have disabilities and how to meet their health needs is tricky because there is no standard formula and because disabilities can take so many forms. Some researchers look at disability as a medical problem needing … Continue reading

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Brains against brain tumors

Experts from several scientific fields join forces to accelerate fight against brain cancer BY JIM HOWE To better meet the challenges of treating brain cancer, Upstate’s Precision Neuro-Oncology Program pools the expertise of the best minds in a variety of … Continue reading

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Pictures of cheer: Young photographers aim to brighten days of kids at Upstate Cancer Center

BY JIM HOWE A recent patient and his 8-year-old twin are using their love of animals to spread cheer to other youngsters being treated at the Upstate Cancer Center. Ashton Miller, a third-grader from Fayetteville, has received drug infusions at … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, entertainment, fundraising, health care, kidney/renal/nephrology, patient story, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Screening recommendations change for prostate cancer — here’s why

BY JIM HOWE Whether to screen a man for prostate cancer should involve a discussion with his doctor and, possibly, a simple blood test, a federal advisory panel says. Draft guidelines released this spring from the influential U.S. Preventive Services … Continue reading

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