Category Archives: aging/geriatrics

Screening recommendations change for prostate cancer — here’s why

BY JIM HOWE Whether to screen a man for prostate cancer should involve a discussion with his doctor and, possibly, a simple blood test, a federal advisory panel says. Draft guidelines released this spring from the influential U.S. Preventive Services … Continue reading

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When good drugs have bad effects: Seniors are susceptible to medication interactions

BY AMBER SMITH An 83-year-old woman arrived at the hospital emergency department with a loss of energy, low blood pressure and slowed heart rate. While a myriad of medical problems could cause such symptoms, ultimately hers came from an adverse … Continue reading

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How best to protect your bones

  BY JIM HOWE Our bodies are always breaking down old bone and rebuilding new. Changes in this process can cause problems in later adulthood, but an Upstate expert says there are ways to help keep bones healthy. “Bone is … Continue reading

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How much do existing medical problems impact lung cancer?

  BY AMBER SMITH When people are diagnosed with lung cancer, they usually ask about survival odds. Doctors have used calculation methods that take into account the patient’s other diseases, known as comorbidities. A cancer expert at Upstate suggests those calculations … Continue reading

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What’s Up at Upstate: A look at educational, health care, research and community endeavors

Organ lessons and clinical exposure A renewed curriculum for the first two years of medical school at Upstate introduces students to the body, organ by organ, and provides them with clinical exposure earlier in their academic careers. Their study begins … Continue reading

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Dementia insights: Advice for caring for someone in mental decline

  The Alzheimer’s Association estimates 5.4 million American are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a number that is expected to escalate rapidly as the baby-boom generation reaches retirement age. The number of people caring for someone with dementia is substantial, and … Continue reading

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13 things I learned from the fall issue of Upstate Health

The pages of the fall 2016 Upstate Health magazine are loaded with important information and a few surprises. If you’re not on our mailing list, you should be. Send an email with your name and mailing address to magazine@upstate.edu with “Upstate … Continue reading

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Once fatal, now curable: Story of infective endocarditis ‘a miracle of medical progress’

Upstate cardiologist Harold Smulyan, MD, and infectious disease expert Donald Blair, MD, tell the tale of infective endocarditis in the August 2015 issue of the American Journal of the Medical Sciences. They call the nearly complete conquest of the disease … Continue reading

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A way to help you communicate your pain to your doctor

Doctors rely on patients to accurately describe their pain in order to create an effective pain management plan. You can use a printout of the chart below to keep track of your pain, noting when it began, its intensity, what … Continue reading

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Breast cancer treatment affects bone mass, but you can protect your bone health

  BY AMBER SMITH No matter whether her breast cancer is treated with surgery, radiation or medications, a woman’s resulting loss of estrogen translates into bone loss – and an increased risk for fracture. Advances in cancer treatment have significantly … Continue reading

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