Author Archives: Amber Smith

Quests to outsmart cancer: 5 research projects underway at Upstate

  BY AMBER SMITH Of the 268,600 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in America this year, 90 percent will live for at least another five years. Breast cancer is survivable, especially when it’s caught early, but it … Continue reading

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Help for eating with a sore mouth, plus a recipe

BY AMBER SMITH Cancer treatment can harm the fast-growing cells in the lining of your mouth and lips. You may develop little cuts or ulcers in your mouth, or tender gums, which will most likely feel better once treatment ends. Here are some … Continue reading

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A difficult diagnosis: Psychiatrist with cancer shares his coping strategies

BY AMBER SMITH First of all, being a psychiatrist himself hasn’t been that helpful with his diagnosis. “I’m a human being first, and I experience emotions after a life-altering diagnosis just like anybody else,” Adam Stern, MD, explains. “Often, I know what I … Continue reading

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Shining a blue light on bladder cancer

BY AMBER SMITH Bladder cancers typically appear in multiple spots in the bladder, and they tend to recur. So, patients undergo repeated cystoscopies, procedures in which doctors peer into their bladders with cameras in search of cancerous cells. A new tool, available … Continue reading

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A 9-letter word starting with C: After ‘Jeopardy!’ appearance, here’s a clue to her new hobby

BY AMBER SMITH Rachel Fabi, PhD, starts her day with a cup of coffee and The New York Times crossword puzzle. “It gets my brain working,” she says. In the evenings, she likes to attend trivia games, watch “Jeopardy!” or create … Continue reading

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Scientists come to Upstate for in-depth opportunity to study ticks

BY AMBER SMITH Saravanan Thangamani, PhD, moved from Galveston, Texas, to Central New York for the ticks. So did five members of his lab, which is devoted to research on tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases. Recently they collected 115 ticks to … Continue reading

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Rethinking hydrocephalus: Neurosurgeon asks: Would a medication work better than surgery?

Editor’s note: This is one of three articles on Upstate’s “renegade researchers” — scientists who are providing new ways of looking at long-standing medical problems, including hydrocephalus (detailed below), Kaposi sarcoma and schizophrenia. BY AMBER SMITH Brain surgery to install … Continue reading

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TURNING TEN: New leader takes helm at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

BY AMBER SMITH When he completed his medical school applications, Greg Conners didn’t just say he wanted to become a doctor. He was one of four students in his class of 100 who knew the exact specialty for which they … Continue reading

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Rethinking Kaposi sarcoma: Viral immunologist sees patient improve after treatment for inflammatory response

Editor’s note: This is one of three articles on Upstate’s “renegade researchers” — scientists who are providing new ways of looking at long-standing medical problems, including Kaposi sarcoma (detailed below), hydrocephalus and schizophrenia. BY AMBER SMITH Christine King, PhD, studied … Continue reading

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How does your story end? 6 considerations toward the end of life

BY AMBER SMITH Gregory Eastwood, MD, is a physician and ethicist who served for many years as president of Upstate Medical University. In his new book, “Finishing Our Story: Preparing for the End of Life,” he discusses the dying process, how the … Continue reading

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