Author Archives: Jim Howe

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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Preserving future fatherhood This service helps boys and men with cancer maintain their ability to father children.

BY JIM HOWE Some cancers, and some cancer treatments, can cause male reproductive damage. But a variety of techniques available through Upstate’s Male Fertility Preservation Program can help men with a cancer diagnosis or temporary or permanent infertility issue. “Survival … Continue reading

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Useful information about cancer is a click away

Where can you find reliable, up-to-date information about cancer online? Upstate Health Sciences Library The staff at the Upstate Health Sciences library strives to connect the community with health information on cancer and many other medical topics. Visit the library … Continue reading

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Hunting for cancer: Doctors ‘stage’ cancer to create prognosis, treatment regimen; that means finding where it has spread

BY JIM HOWE Before a patient starts treatment at the Upstate Cancer Center, a medical team evaluates the cancer in a process called staging. Staging determines the extent of cancer in the body, based on the tumor’s size and depth … Continue reading

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Amazon ecolodge becomes enduring hobby for father and son eye doctors

BY JIM HOWE What started with a vacation trip in the 1990s has blossomed into something of a second career in Amazon ecology and tourism for an Upstate ophthalmologist. Charles A. Mango, MD, 72, of Solvay, who has a private … Continue reading

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His world is on stage: Medical technician performs his life story

In this scene from his long-running one-man show, “From Cuba to ‘Cuse,” JoséMiguel Hernández recalls how he ended up in Syracuse in November. BY JIM HOWE For years, JoséMiguel Hernández would make people laugh and cry with his stories about … Continue reading

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Where cancer patients can find advice for eating right

Upstate registered dietitian nutritionist Maria Erdman recommends these resources for help eating well during and after cancer treatment. She also sees patients who are referred by physicians. Reach her at 315-464-3607. — The National Cancer Institute makes the booklet “Eating Hints: … Continue reading

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Upstate med student had a hand in PBS cancer documentary

BY JIM HOWE When Raghib Siddiqui was in his junior year of studying neurosciences and English at SUNY Stony Brook University on Long Island, he looked for work that would nurture his twin interests of science and writing. He came … Continue reading

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