Author Archives: Amber Smith

Daughter, then mother, survive lung cancer

BY AMBER SMITH Both mother and daughter were diagnosed with lung nodules that turned out to be cancerous, almost by accident. They underwent the same types of tests, and then the same type of surgery followed by chemotherapy. Darlene Barbato … Continue reading

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Browse the new Upstate Health magazine

Our Upstate Health Fall 2017 cover features a man who survived severe frostbite burns, George Myers, who shares his story of recovery. This issue also features two different stories about men who recovered from stroke, and another about a man … Continue reading

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Care that evolves: Youngster with leukemia graduates to monthly checkups

BY AMBER SMITH During the entire time from when their toddler was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, to his stay at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, and through his nine months of chemotherapy, Christina and Thomas Trottier never used the … Continue reading

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Tandem treatment: Polymer ‘truck’ penetrates tumor, kills ovarian cancer cells

BY AMBER SMITH  The ovarian cancer drug doxorubicin can be toxic to the heart. Giving a woman enough of the drug to be effective against her cancer may be too much to be safe for her heart. Scientists at Upstate … Continue reading

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Limiting Lyme disease: How you can protect yourself and your family

Sixteen of every 100,000 New Yorkers were infected with Lyme disease in 2015, the latest year for which statistics are available. In 2015, 95 percent of Lyme diagnoses came from 14 states, including New York. Lyme disease is caused by … Continue reading

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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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