Author Archives: Amber Smith

Settling in: Newcomers to CNY found jobs, a home – and a doctor

BY AMBER SMITH When she moved to Syracuse two summers ago, Andrea Scheibel, 32, had a rare form of anemia that required blood transfusions, sometimes as often as every week. She got sick in 2014 when her body stopped making … Continue reading

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From Elbridge to Ethiopia, with an Upstate nurse

BY AMBER SMITH Brooke Fraser, a 20-year veteran nurse from Elbridge who works in the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, saves her days off for mission trips to countries in need. Last summer she travelled to Ethiopia and spent two weeks … Continue reading

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Treatment you inhale: pure oxygen

BY AMBER SMITH One of the unfortunate side effects of radiation therapy for head and neck cancers can be damage to the soft tissue and bones of the jaw. No matter how precisely the radiation is directed, small blood vessels … Continue reading

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9 things to know about brain and spinal cord tumors in children

BY AMBER SMITH Cancers of the brain and spinal cord have surpassed leukemia as the largest cause of cancer death in children. It’s not because there are more brain and spinal cord tumors. Rather, progress has been made in treating … Continue reading

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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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