Author Archives: Jim Howe

Kidney cancer survivor says: Don’t ignore possible symptoms

BY JIM HOWE Cancer survivor Alf Jacques has a message for people who notice unusual or troubling health symptoms. “Get tested.” The famed maker of traditional wooden lacrosse sticks noticed blood in his urine in June 2016 and quickly had … Continue reading

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Rolling iPads and sign language are part of her job

  BY JIM HOWE A desire to communicate with a deaf acquaintance led Sue Freeman from her old job in the insurance business to a new career. Now, as manager of interpreting services at Upstate, she not only communicates with … Continue reading

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Could a spit test identify autism in children? Researchers seek early diagnosis

BY JIM HOWE A research study at Upstate is employing a novel method as it seeks to develop a quick, painless tool to help diagnose autism in children. Using a simple swab — like a one-headed Q-tip with a spongy … Continue reading

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News you may have missed: medical inventions, lactation counselors, cardiac surgery chief

Program encourages medical innovators  A heat sleeve designed for limb amputees, an at-home glaucoma measurement test and a personal health and wellness messaging system are among seven medical devices and service proposals selected to participate in the Medical Device Innovation … Continue reading

Posted in community, health care, heart/cardiovascular, maternity/obstetrics, nursing, prevention/preventive medicine, public health, research, safety, surgery, technology, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Operating through the nose can lead to quicker recovery

Someone with an alternately stuffy and drippy nose, ears that feel full, headache, even nosebleeds, is most likely suffering from allergies or chronic sinusitis. But tumors deep in the nose or at the base of the skull can cause those … Continue reading

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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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