Author Archives: Jim Howe

Baseball-loving former patient, family pitch in to comfort kids with cancer

BY JIM HOWE In a baseball movie, Jack and Jordan Sheridan’s story might sound something like this: Pitcher goes on injured list, recovers and, together with energetic manager and support staff, helps and inspires his teammates. The pitcher is Jack, … Continue reading

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Clot-busting medicine saved her from stroke: Retired physician assistant knew something wasn’t right

BY JIM HOWE Eileen Rosecrants became alarmed during a phone call. “I couldn’t speak clearly,” she recalls of that evening last fall. It wasn’t that her speech was slurred. She couldn’t figure out what to say, so she abruptly hung up, … Continue reading

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Damage control: Surgeons rely on Navy strategy in operating on severely injured trauma patients

BY JIM HOWE Peter Corigliano is a living example of what “damage control surgery” can accomplish. The Rome resident, now 62, was injured in a horrific industrial accident in 2012. He was working at Rome Strip Steel when a giant electromagnet … Continue reading

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Scientist walks political tightrope: He deals with Taliban to help his native land rebuild

BY JIM HOWE An Upstate faculty member who lost his mother as a baby and grew up in a refugee camp hopes he can help his war-scarred homeland, Afghanistan. To do this, he has secured the permission of the local … Continue reading

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A remarkable recovery: His stroke care included fast-moving, coordinated efforts by his wife, ambulance crew and specialists at Upstate

BY JIM HOWE Dave Cartner has a remarkable story to share. The patient The 50-year-old Marcellus resident had finished breakfast on Feb. 13 and was about to leave for his job as a meat supervisor for a local food chain. … Continue reading

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Off-duty nurse spots stroke in progress, springs into action at restaurant

BY JIM HOWE If an Upstate nurse had not decided to take a photo after dining out with a friend, another restaurant patron’s stroke could have turned out much worse. Cassandra “Sandi” Bradford, a diabetes nurse educator, was dining with … Continue reading

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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