Category Archives: brain/neurology

Fighting back: How a martial artist recovered from stroke

BY AMBER SMITH In the first days of physical therapy, when the therapist would say “great job,” it didn’t feel that way to William Bouchard. The message he heard was: “not good enough.” Recovering from stroke can feel like starting … Continue reading

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Stroke team extends clot-busting ability to 24 hours

Time is a critical element in the treatment of stroke, and now the stroke team at Upstate’s Comprehensive Stroke Center is able to offer more of it to some patients. The clot-busting, tissue plasminogen activator medication called tPA is most … Continue reading

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Strokes are affecting more young people

BY AMBER SMITH A growing number of young people are at risk for stroke today because so many people age 20 to 55 have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or obesity. These diseases increase any person’s risk for stroke, … Continue reading

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A remarkable and rapid recovery: Family called 911, got him to Upstate stroke team quickly

BY AMBER SMITH Rajeev Saini, MD, typically leaves for work in the morning and doesn’t come home until evening. He came home at lunchtime on May 18 to check on his 16-year-old daughter, who was home sick. Saini is a … 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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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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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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2 questions to ask if you’re told you have multiple sclerosis

Among patients treated for multiple sclerosis, up to 10 percent have been mistakenly diagnosed and treated for the disorder. “In many cases they are treated for 10 years or longer, causing for them financial, emotional and physical hardship,” says Upstate … Continue reading

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Brains against brain tumors

Experts from several scientific fields join forces to accelerate fight against brain cancer BY JIM HOWE To better meet the challenges of treating brain cancer, Upstate’s Precision Neuro-Oncology Program pools the expertise of the best minds in a variety of … Continue reading

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Healthy humility: In caring for patients, doctors better themselves

BY AMBER SMITH Some of the most profound pieces of medical education have little to do with medicine. They are lessons that come from the experience of caring for patients. A neurologist, an emergency physician and a pediatrician from Upstate … Continue reading

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