Author Archives: Amber Smith

Can a pancreas transplant help someone with severe diabetes?

BY AMBER SMITH Upstate doctors are now offering a pancreas transplant option for some patients with diabetes mellitus, the most common cause of kidney failure. “Rather than waiting until the kidney fails, you may want to be proactive and go … Continue reading

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It’s complicated: Gender reassignment operations sometimes require repairs

BY AMBER SMITH A surgeon skilled in reconstructive urology for men and women has developed a specialization in caring for transgender patients at Upstate. Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD, does not perform initial gender reassignment surgeries. Rather, he handles occasional complications that … Continue reading

Posted in health care, HealthLink on Air, patient story, sexuality, surgery, urology

The short answer to why Frank Middleton doesn’t eat bacon: cancer prevention

BY AMBER SMITH The backstory: Today Frank Middleton is an associate professor at Upstate with appointments in three departments and extensive research related to neurological and psychiatric diseases. A few decades ago, he was a doctoral student at Upstate Medical … Continue reading

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She just goes: Ultramarathons have her running 100 miles at a stretch

BY AMBER SMITH Mondays and Fridays are rest days for Kristen Hyer, except during softball season, when she has games. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are her short runs, when she logs from four to 15 miles each day. Saturdays she … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, community, fitness, health care, surgery

How a man from Upstate New York, and a feral cat, helped scientists identify a new poxvirus

By AMBER SMITH Every doctor has that patient he or she can’t forget. Jerrold Abraham, MD, and Donald Blair, MD, took care of a man with a mysterious infection 15 years ago, but only recently was their diagnostic quandary solved, … Continue reading

Posted in health care, illness, infectious disease, kidney/renal/nephrology, organ donation/transplant, pathology, patient story, research, technology

Thousands need care: Scientist responds in earthquake aftermath

By AMBER SMITH When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16, Anna Stewart Ibarra, PhD, transformed herself from scientist into leader of a relief team. Stewart Ibarra is an infectious disease expert from Upstate working in Ecuador to … Continue reading

Posted in community, fundraising, health care, HealthLink on Air, infectious disease, international health care, public health, research, volunteers

Run, hide, fight: What to do if you are caught in an ‘active shooter’ situation

BY AMBER SMITH News coverage of mass shootings shows that such unpredictable violence can happen anywhere. How can you be prepared? Knowing what to expect and having a plan can help improve your odds of survival, says Chief Paul Waltz … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, emergency medicine/trauma, health care, prevention/preventive medicine, public health, safety

‘It’s treatable’: Lung cancer responds to gamma knife, chemotherapy

BY AMBER SMITH Cynthia Springstead of Auburn gathered her brother and three sisters soon after she received her cancer diagnosis. It was time to let the rest of the family know what her husband and two grown sons already knew. … Continue reading

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Cancer’s accomplice: Targeting a protein to treat kidney cancer

BY AMBER SMITH A protein called Hsp90 chaperones cancer cells, allowing them to grow and thrive. Scientists around the world have been working with measured enthusiasm on how to disrupt Hsp90. This involves figuring out the mechanics of Hsp90, how … Continue reading

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Should you see an oncologist? If you have a cancer diagnosis, the answer is probably yes

BY AMBER SMITH In modern American health care, it’s your primary care doctor who oversees your medical care. He or she keeps track of your health, fielding your questions and concerns, referring you to specialists when appropriate. Your primary care … Continue reading

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