Author Archives: Amber Smith

Upstate stroke neurologists care for patients in remote areas

BY AMBER SMITH This is a story about two women, living in different parts of rural Central New York. Each suffered a stroke. Each had a loved one who summoned help. Each saw a stroke neurologist from Upstate University Hospital … Continue reading

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Open wide and say ‘aha!’: Urologist looks to patient’s mouths for help repairing urethral strictures

BY AMBER SMITH Only an innovative scientist with expertise in reconstructive urology would look at the inside lining of the cheek and wonder how those cells would behave if transplanted into the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the … Continue reading

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Sleep trouble leads to depression, which leads to medication, which leads to sleep trouble

BY AMBER SMITH When patients begin taking antidepressants, their health care providers typically warn that the medication may reduce sexual desire and performance and may increase appetite and weight gain. Often missing is a discussion about how the medication may … Continue reading

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This common medical device dates back centuries

This article appears in the summer 2017 issue of Upstate Health magazine.

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Have you seen the new ‘Upstate Health’ magazine?

As a mother, I cannot select one child as my favorite. As an editor, I don’t have one favorite magazine issue. I love them all. That said, this summer issue of Upstate Health is a particularly good one, for a … Continue reading

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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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