Author Archives: Amber Smith

‘Concussion’ conversation: Movie spotlights chronic traumatic encephalopathy

BY AMBER SMITH Experts from Upstate who saw the Will Smith film “Concussion” praised its accuracy, from the behavior of the characters to the under-the-microscope images of brain tissue. Smith portrays Bennet Omalu, MD, who finds himself at dangerous odds … Continue reading

Posted in Alzheimer's/dementia, brain/neurology, death/dying, depression, entertainment, health care, illness, mental health/emotional health, pathology, physical therapy/rehabilitation, public health, research, safety

Restoring peace: Why salvaging the adrenal gland makes sense

BY AMBER SMITH On top of each kidney sits an adrenal gland, which produces hormones a person cannot live without. A variety of different tumors can develop in an adrenal gland. The tumor’s location, size and function influences how it … Continue reading

Posted in health care, HealthLink on Air, illness, podcast, surgery, urology

Surgery — pause — more surgery: a new way to treat abdominal trauma

BY AMBER SMITH In the past, patients who arrived at Upstate University Hospital with major abdominal trauma would go straight to the operating room, where surgeons would work for hours to repair their injuries. Already weak from blood loss and … Continue reading

Posted in emergency medicine/trauma, health care, HealthLink on Air, surgery

Upstate researchers decipher breast cancer clues in proteins

BY AMBER SMITH In the laboratories at Upstate Medical University, some breast cancer research focuses on proteins, the microscopic molecules that are present in all living organisms. “Proteins in cells are responsible for doing much of the work within cells, including … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, genetics, research

Performer keeps a song in her heart as she copes with rare cancer, its many tests, treatment decisions

BY AMBER SMITH What began as a tiny bump under Donna Colton’s scalp has led the 56-year-old woman from Manlius on an ongoing medical odyssey. Colton has undergone surgery and radiation. Now she and her doctors are considering whether she … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, entertainment, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, surgery

She never wanted to be a patient; she wanted to remain a person

What she feared most was pity. Veronica Muscolino didn’t like the idea of telling people about her diagnosis, and then facing pitiful looks. She dreaded the role of lung cancer patient almost more than the disease itself. She and her … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, drugs/medications/pharmacy, medical imaging/radiology, patient story

Haitian-born student shares similarities with Upstate president

Third-year medical student Kethia Eliezer introduced Upstate’s new president, Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, at a welcoming reception Thursday night. Both are natives of Haiti. “When it was first announced that Dr. Laraque Arena would be the new SUNY Upstate president last … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, medical student, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Read about Upstate expertise in Physicians Practice magazine

The February edition of Physicians Practice magazine showcases Upstate experts from gerontology, urology, otolaryngology, nursing and pharmacy, as well as a story about Danielle Laraque-Arena, Upstate’s new president. Physicians Practice is a publication that is distributed to physicians throughout the … Continue reading

Posted in Alzheimer's/dementia, community, drugs/medications/pharmacy, ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology, nursing, surgery, urology

Patients with broken jaws may also have concussions

Concussions caused by sports injuries and active-duty military combat have garnered lots of publicity lately. Specialists at Upstate are now calling attention to a concussion that can result from a forceful punch to the jaw. Patients with isolated mandible fractures … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, brain/neurology, community, ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology

Sudden weakness, numbness, trouble speaking or seeing? Quickly get to hospital for stroke evaluation

What would you be likely to do within the first three hours of experiencing weakness, numbness, difficulty speaking or difficulty seeing? Researchers from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center asked this question of more than a thousand people nationwide – and … Continue reading

Posted in brain/neurology, brain/spine/neurosurgery, community, emergency medicine/trauma, nursing, stroke, surgery