Author Archives: Amber Smith

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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Looking at eye development

BY AMBER SMITH A discovery by a research team at Upstate reveals the minimal recipe for the creation of the retinal cells that make vision possible. This new knowledge offers a hopeful glimpse that scientists might be able to prompt … Continue reading

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Making music: Web designer’s secondary career is onstage singing, playing

BY AMBER SMITH Cathy Cadley is Upstate’s senior Web designer. Her hands spend much of her workday on a computer keyboard. On her favorite evenings, her fingers caress the strings of a guitar, and she sings of a land that … Continue reading

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What to do with your great idea

BY AMBER SMITH Sean Ammirati believes the world has lots of problems that need to be fixed. “Part of the key to fixing those problems is getting more and more people to think entrepreneurially,” he said at a conference at … Continue reading

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Warning: Liquid nicotine can be lethal

BY AMBER SMITH A Mohawk Valley toddler got ahold of an uncapped container of “Heartland Vapes,” a liquid nicotine product. He drank some. Within minutes, the 18-month-old boy was vomiting. Then the seizures started. His heart stopped beating by the time the … Continue reading

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