Author Archives: upstatenews

How patients can improve blood draws

Nurses and phlebotomists — the people who draw blood and start intravenous lines — perform multiple “venipunctures” each day, inserting needles through skin and into veins to draw blood, or start intravenous lines. Patients typically feel a slight sting when … Continue reading

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What you need to know about hereditary cancers

Up to 10 percent of cancers result from a genetic mutation that is inherited from a parent. Since half of our genes come from our mother and half from our father, the cancer history from each side of our families … Continue reading

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You know smoking causes lung cancer; do you know what other diseases tobacco causes?

  If you or someone you love smokes, lung cancer us not your only health concern. Regular tobacco and electronic cigarette smokers increase their risk of heart and vascular diseases, including stroke, and lung diseases including emphysema — plus a … Continue reading

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Match game: Here’s what patients say about Upstate doctors

If you’ve ever been a patient in the hospital, you may have received a survey after your stay. Administrators take the feedback to heart because it provides a unique look at the hospital and its providers, from the patient’s point … Continue reading

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How to brighten your life

Kaushal B. Nanavati, MD, is a doctor of family and integrative medicine at Upstate who often advises patients to “brighten up your life by getting back to the basics.” What does he mean by that? Start by accepting yourself for … Continue reading

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News about Upstate you may have missed

Autism symposium “The message of our book,” said the co-author of a Pulitzer Prize finalist work about autism, “is that the larger community needs to change, needs to step up and not freak out over people who are different.” That’s … Continue reading

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She provided care in Ghana

  Brandy Baillargeon of Watertown, a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, traveled to Ghana through Upstate nurse Lauri Rupracht’s Americans Serving Abroad Project. She was touched by the gratitude of those she helped in several villages during the eight-day … Continue reading

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Geocaching booklet shows one way people with disabilities can enjoy nature

Real-life scavenger hunts using GPS assistance can involve people with developmental disabilities. A booklet called “Accessible Geocaching” explains how to find accessible nature areas and instructions for novice geocachers. It’s an effort to promote inclusion of young adults with developmental … Continue reading

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How to help your child during emergency care

Stay calm. Your child will look to you to see if they should be nervous, upset or scared. The calmer you can remain, the calmer your child will be. Be honest. Children do best when they are prepared for what … Continue reading

Posted in emergency medicine/trauma, family medicine, health care, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Why you may be awakened during your hospital stay

Keeping patients safe sometimes involves disturbing them in the middle of the night, explains pediatrics chief Thomas Welch, MD, the medical director of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Fluids or medications can leak from a patient’s intravenous line into surrounding … Continue reading

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