Author Archives: Jim Howe

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

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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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A more colorful life: Pathology specialist enjoys painting, drawing

BY JIM HOWE After a day working with an electron microscope in Upstate’s pathology department, Joyce Yue Qi might pick up an artist’s paintbrush or a pastel crayon and create a picture. Qi has won awards for her work each … Continue reading

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How best to protect your bones

  BY JIM HOWE Our bodies are always breaking down old bone and rebuilding new. Changes in this process can cause problems in later adulthood, but an Upstate expert says there are ways to help keep bones healthy. “Bone is … Continue reading

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Welcome to New York: Refugees arrive with unique health needs

New York state, and Central New York in particular, are big refugee resettlement areas, and those refugees can face a wide range of health problems, notes Ranit Mishori, MD, a Georgetown University professor who lectured recently on the topic at … Continue reading

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Oneida High School student learns to live with brain cancer

  BY JIM HOWE A run of severe headaches over a couple of weeks in 2015 led to an Oneida teen’s diagnosis of brain cancer. “I would throw up a lot and couldn’t eat. It hurt really bad,” describes Breonna … Continue reading

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