Category Archives: aging/geriatrics

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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An aspirin a day: Can a pill protect you from colorectal cancer?

Aspirin has long been recommended to help prevent heart disease and reduce stroke risk in some patients. Now the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says evidence shows the anti-inflammatory pill can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. But before adding … Continue reading

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Every man’s at risk: Expert gives an overview of prostate cancer, ‘watchful waiting,’ ‘active surveillance’

Who is at risk? “If you’re a man and you live long enough, you will develop prostate cancer,” says Rakesh Khanna, MD, an assistant professor of urology at Upstate. It’s the most common cancer in American men, other than skin … Continue reading

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Visiting professors discuss aging, independence at home

Bruce Kinosian, MD, and nurse practitioner Jean Yudin, both of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Division of Geriatrics, will present The Willie Sutton Effect in Health Care: Independence at Home Targeting and Incentives from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, … Continue reading

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