Author Archives: Jim Howe

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

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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

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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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Overcoming a painful disease: Battling juvenile arthritis is a long-term proposition for this fourth-grader

BY JIM HOWE Nora Powers started feeling pain in her feet when she was 2 years old. That led to trips to her pediatrician, then a podiatrist, then an orthopedist. When she was 5, a pediatric rheumatologist diagnosed what caused … Continue reading

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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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