Author Archives: upstatenews

‘Pets’ for patients

Upstate has a dozen animatronic pet puppies and kittens available to help older patients who are hospitalized with dementia, loneliness or depression related to a prolonged hospitalization. Donations from the Upstate Foundation’s “Friend in Deed” fund made this program possible. … Continue reading

Posted in aging/geriatrics, Alzheimer's/dementia, health care

Nurses are raising the bar

More than 570 of the nurses working at Upstate University Hospital hold specialty certifications, awarded for acquiring additional skills, knowledge and expertise in a special area. Many hold multiple certifications. Experts say certified nurses raise the standard of practice in the profession and ultimately improve … Continue reading

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Emergency action: Off-duty Upstate doctors and nurses respond to people in distress

Doctors, nurses and others in caring professions spend their careers taking care of people. Sometimes their lifesaving efforts occur outside of their work hours. Though not legally obligated to help, many professional caregivers are programmed to respond in an emergency. Gridiron collapse … Continue reading

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Up Close: Studying bone density to help cancer survivors

Timothy Damron, MD, and Kenneth Mann, PhD, are studying bone fracture risk in cancer patients after radiation treatment. While radiation therapy is an important and effective treatment for many cancers, bone exposed to radiation becomes brittle and has an increased risk … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, cancer, health care, medical imaging/radiology, research

Recipe: Easy Summer Lasagna

FROM THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR CANCER RESEARCH This hearty summer lasagna packs roasted eggplant, zucchini and lycopene-rich tomatoes. Whole-wheat noodles pack cancer-fighting fiber and natural plant compounds called phytochemicals, which protect cells from the type of damage that may lead to cancer. … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, recipe

When your child has cancer: advice from a mom

Her daughter was 10 when she was diagnosed with leukemia — and Gwendolyn Webber-McLeod of Auburn began her education in parenting a child with cancer. Her daughter, Ashley McLeod, is 33 now, with a son of her own. She’s been … Continue reading

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6 surprising cancer risk factors

You know that cigarettes and radon and ultraviolet radiation can all cause cancer. Here are six things you may not have realized can increase your risk: Alcohol The American Society of Clinical Oncology cites evidence from 2017 that even light drinking can slightly raise … Continue reading

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Ask her for help: Cancer Center librarian enjoys finding answers for patients, the public

Some people have questions about a diagnosis or treatment. Others are researching drug interactions. And others seek healthy recipes. Librarian Sarah Lawler strives to help everyone through the “Librarian on Call” service. She is stationed in the Family Resource Center … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, research

Battling cancer: Through 3 surgeries and 6 weeks of radiation, this determined Marine vet keeps his chin up

BY DARRYL GEDDES Howard “Mac” Waterman, 73, of Boonville is a Vietnam War veteran who saw combat as a Marine, but his biggest fight has been a recent bout with medullary thyroid and neck cancer. He appears to be outmaneuvering … Continue reading

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Science Is Art: A close-up look at an enzyme

The V-ATPases enzyme (above) is present in every cell of the body, and also in plants and yeast. It has a connection to many diseases, including cancer and Parkinson’s. Upstate biochemist Patricia Kane, PhD, focuses her research on yeast cells. Kane, … Continue reading

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