Author Archives: Jim Howe

A long-term relationship: Cancer monitoring and checkups go on for a lifetime

BY JIM HOWE A diagnosis of cancer can focus the patient’s attention on short-term concerns, such as getting through a round of tests and treatment while coping with daily life. It isn’t until much later that patients enter into a long-term stage of … Continue reading

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Everyday hero: Childhood cancer survivor Dan Kosick climbs mountains, skis, runs obstacle courses

By JIM HOWE Dan Kosick leads an active life. The Endicott resident is a social worker at a local middle school, a longtime youth lacrosse coach and a fitness enthusiast who typically swims three days a week, runs three days a week and … Continue reading

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On a mission to help: Doctor’s intensive-care skills help poor children with heart trouble in Peru

BY JIM HOWE A career spent caring for very sick children, plus some mechanical ingenuity, helped I. Federico Fernández Nievas, MD, when he accompanied a medical charity team to Peru. He joined about two dozen other medical professionals from around … Continue reading

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The future is now: Innovation comes from reimagining health care

BY JIM HOWE An animated cartoon that premiered in 1962 offered a whimsical glimpse of a future where science and technology made everyday tasks a breeze. Who could have predicted six decades ago that several of the advances imagined in the Jetsons’ world … Continue reading

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Breathing easier: Respiratory therapist speaks from experience

BY JIM HOWE When Amy Bradt reassures an anxious child not to be afraid of a breathing tube she is giving them, she speaks from experience. “I understand. I know what you’re going through,” she tells her patients. “I’ve been through … Continue reading

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Guided by love: 4 whose careers were inspired by family members who fought cancer

BY JIM HOWE A mother who died of cancer inspired her daughter, now a nurse practitioner, to care for cancer patients. Other family members similarly influenced the career paths of a radiation therapist, a nurse and a medical student to work … Continue reading

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Mysterious ‘door’ guards cancer secrets: Researchers work to halt a strange, deadly process in the spread of breast cancer

BY JIM HOWE Double agents, secret doorways, infiltration … it sounds like a spy thriller, but it’s how some breast cancers can spread, and eventually kill, a prominent researcher says. Scientists hope that this medical drama, which plays out at a microscopic level, … Continue reading

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 Caring for someone who is sick? Here’s how to keep your home clean

BY JIM HOWE Experts who oversee cleaning operations at Upstate University Hospital — Environmental Services Director Susan V. Murphy and Assistant Director John Kolh — provide this advice for caring for a sick loved one at home: In general Hand washing: Clean hands … Continue reading

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 How civilians have benefited from battlefield medical care

BY JIM HOWE Many advances in medicine have come from the military, where medical teams seek new ways to help wounded warriors, from the battlefield to the operating room to the research laboratory. Wartime necessity spurred the expanded use of … Continue reading

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Remove the appendix – or not? Medicine’s understanding of the organ has changed

The appendix for centuries has been a misunderstood organ, hanging like a tail from the junction of the large and small intestines. When it became inflamed, surgeons were quick to remove it. Over the last decade, the number of appendectomies … Continue reading

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