Category Archives: adolescents

Resident physician sees increasing awareness of a common mental disorder

BY JIM HOWE Upstate graduate Nicole Cifra, MD, trained with a mentor who told her of his early years as a doctor, some 35 years prior. When he heard a patient had anorexia, he had no idea what that was … Continue reading

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Creative coping: Pediatric art therapist brings art to the bedside

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The therapy Maria Fazzini provides may involve paints, crayons or other art supplies. She’s the art therapist at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. “I really enjoy the little smile that starts to form on a patient’s face, and on the … Continue reading

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How much exercise do kids need?

  Upstate’s weekly radio show/podcast, “HealthLink on Air,” spoke recently with pediatrician Travis Hobart, MD, about exercise for kids. He says government guidelines prescribe an hour a day of moderate to vigorous activity for most kids from age 6 into … Continue reading

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Oneida High School student learns to live with brain cancer

  BY JIM HOWE A run of severe headaches over a couple of weeks in 2015 led to an Oneida teen’s diagnosis of brain cancer. “I would throw up a lot and couldn’t eat. It hurt really bad,” describes Breonna … Continue reading

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Preserving future fatherhood This service helps boys and men with cancer maintain their ability to father children.

BY JIM HOWE Some cancers, and some cancer treatments, can cause male reproductive damage. But a variety of techniques available through Upstate’s Male Fertility Preservation Program can help men with a cancer diagnosis or temporary or permanent infertility issue. “Survival … Continue reading

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E-cigarette dangers go beyond cancer

  The use of electronic cigarettes is higher among high school students than adults, a trend that alarms U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD. E-cigarettes contain a concentrated and more potent dose of nicotine than tobacco cigarettes, which is particularly … 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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Art from adversity: Students transform radiation masks into artistic décor

BY LILY GRENIS “Everything will be OK. I’ll be in a better place. I love you.” Amina Gingold’s mother spoke these words to her while dying of colon cancer. Gingold paid tribute to her mother by embellishing these phrases with … Continue reading

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A moonshot: Pediatric cancer chief tells how effort could help young patients

BY JIM HOWE Overall, one could say the U.S. is doing well in battling childhood cancers. Since the 1960s, pediatric cancer deaths have fallen steadily. Today’s average five-year survival rate is 84 percent, compared to about 50 percent in 1975. … Continue reading

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Emergency care for kids expands

 A $3 million expansion doubles the size of Upstate University Hospital’s pediatric emergency department and separates the children from the adults seeking emergency care. Children and their families still use the main emergency entrance on East Adams Street, then take … Continue reading

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