Author Archives: Amber Smith

Setting an example: Pediatric gastroenterologist/amateur cook eats lots of vegetables, grains

  BY AMBER SMITH As a child growing up in Kashmir, India, Prateek Wali ate mostly locally grown vegetables and farm-raised animals. In the snowy winters, his family dined on kidney beans, turnips, hearty grains and other foods that stored … Continue reading

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Healthy humility: In caring for patients, doctors better themselves

BY AMBER SMITH Some of the most profound pieces of medical education have little to do with medicine. They are lessons that come from the experience of caring for patients. A neurologist, an emergency physician and a pediatrician from Upstate … Continue reading

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Young brothers battle cystic fibrosis together

  BY AMBER SMITH The day after Trevor Delaney turned 6, his mother took him for an appointment with his pulmonologist, Zafer Soultan, MD. The division chief of pediatric pulmonary medicine at Upstate was eager for Trevor to start taking … Continue reading

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Jackson’s birthday gift: Donation of blood from newborn’s umbilical cord could save a life, treat a disorder, aid medical research

  BY AMBER SMITH Mark and Nicole Moore’s first act as new parents, as a family, was to give back. After dad cut Jackson Hunter Moore’s umbilical cord and while mom cuddled the newborn in her arms, one of the … Continue reading

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Removing a hidden cancer: Surgeon avoided nerves when he removed prostate; patient – and wife – are thankful

BY AMBER SMITH Prostate cancer usually grows slowly. Unfortunately, Patrick Young’s cancer was aggressive, and furtive. It hid itself around the top side of his prostate, in the back, where a biopsy needle would be unlikely to reach. Fortunately, Patrick … Continue reading

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Cancer patient as a child, now a cancer nurse

  BY AMBER SMITH Nellie Diez remembers being startled by her mother, whose first name she shares, as a 12-year-old in treatment for cancer. For four weeks, mother and daughter had been at a children’s hospital two hours from their home … Continue reading

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Syracuse University student died at a Carrier Dome basketball game – and lived to tell about it

February 4 was “pretty much a typical morning” for Alex McMillan, 20, an economics major at Syracuse University. An alto sax player, McMillan would be at the noon basketball game against Virginia as part of the Sour Sitrus Society. He … Continue reading

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Revealing research: Kidney tumor analysis helps decipher proteins’ role in cancer development

BY AMBER SMITH Some of the tumors Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, removes from patients’ kidneys are no bigger than olives. Some are the size of watermelons. Since July 2014, many have ended up in the laboratory of Bratslavsky’s research partner, Mehdi … Continue reading

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Growing up, despite cancer

BY AMBER SMITH The Hysicks of Baldwinsville got a puppy in November 2012, and their son Parker played with her constantly. So when Parker developed bruises, his mom and dad thought they were from roughhousing. When Parker began having nosebleeds, … Continue reading

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Rethinking breast cancer treatment options: Should chemotherapy or surgery come first?

BY AMBER SMITH Many people with a breast cancer diagnosis will face surgery and chemotherapy as part of their treatment. A question more doctors and patients must answer is: In which order? Chemotherapy is increasingly prescribed to help shrink breast … Continue reading

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