Category Archives: brain/neurology

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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How to stifle a sneeze

This is most effective when you first feel that tickle of a sneeze starting to form. Find the center space below your nose and just above where the pigment of your upper lip stops. Take your index finger and press … Continue reading

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Sharing expertise: Doctors learn stroke care from experts at Upstate

Like neurology residents throughout the United States, the doctors training in neurology at Upstate learn the National Institutes of Health “stroke scale.” This is a tool that helps health care providers measure a patient’s impairment from a stroke. In addition, … Continue reading

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Upstate news you may have missed

Researcher seeks drug to fight painful condition An Upstate researcher is testing drugs to treat shingles, a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus. Jennifer Moffat, PhD, is working with a Connecticut company called NanoViricides to find an … 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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Science Is Art: Motion capture and posture

A common complaint after a concussion injury is a feeling of unsteadiness or impaired balance. Monitoring balance deficits and recovery of balance may help to better understand concussion injury and recovery. Scientists at Upstate Medical University use infrared motion-capture technology … Continue reading

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Ailing med student Alex Paley: ‘A brilliant mind, a true friend’

Mckinzie Neggers, a third-year medical student, left Binghamton at 5 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 to join Upstate classmates in Syracuse for the “I’m with Alex” fundraising run at Fleet Feet Sports. Neggers and classmates organized the run in honor of … Continue reading

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Hospital’s new PET scanner another tool to detect cancer, other diseases

A new positron emission tomography machine at Upstate University Hospital can reveal the onset of a disease process before anatomical changes would show up on other types of imaging scans. PET scans rely on a radiotracer — a radioactive atom … Continue reading

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To avoid withdrawal, she nearly died: Former addict warns of the dangers of antidiarrheal drug

BY JIM HOWE Katharine “Kate” Rayland never intended to become addicted to – and nearly die from – an over-the-counter drug designed to prevent diarrhea. She developed a potentially fatal heart problem and landed in the intensive care unit at … Continue reading

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6 answers about heroin

Who uses heroin? Experts from the Upstate New York Poison Center say that some users turn to heroin because it is cheaper than prescription pain medicine. They may inject it, inhale it by snorting or sniffing, or smoke it. About … Continue reading

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