Category Archives: community

Helping families cope with a child’s grave illness

BY JIM HOWE Families with a seriously ill child face all sorts of needs and stresses. A local nonprofit group is working to provide those families with a measure of both material and emotional support. The Kara Fund was started in … Continue reading

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Officer Rosie: Preschooler undergoes treatment for rare cancer

BY AMBER SMITH When Rosie Snowdon grows up, she want to be a police officer. The village of Baldwinsville — where Rosie’s parents, Jake Snowdon and Arianna Leonard, were both born and raised — coordinated with the police department and … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, health care, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

A quick guide to masks for COVID-19

BY DARCY DiBIASE The novel coronavirus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19, is transmitted by very small particles,  called droplets or aerosols, that can hang in the air. From a cough or a sneeze, these particles can travel up … Continue reading

Posted in community, coronavirus, COVID-19, health care, public health, safety

Becoming EMTs: Upstate partners with city school district to train students in emergency medical career

BY EMILY KULKUS Emergency medicine instructors from Upstate Medical University are helping dozens of Syracuse City School District students obtain emergency medical technician certification before they graduate high school. The program is part of the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, emergency medicine/trauma, health care

All together for tai chi (this time, online)

In February, Upstate Oasis and 100 Black Men of Syracuse Inc. teamed up to offer Tai Chi for Arthritis, exercise classes that feature slow, joint-safe movements and breathing to improve strength, mobility, balance and concentration. A month into classes, COVID-19 … Continue reading

Posted in community, coronavirus, COVID-19, fitness, health care, technology

Crisis control: A hospital responds to a pandemic

BY AMBER SMITH It felt like the world turned upside down. So many changes, so suddenly, so surreal. Medical classes moved online. Research laboratories shut down. Fever checks. Face masks. Toilet paper shortages. Rationing of pasta and butter and sugar. … Continue reading

Posted in community, coronavirus, COVID-19, health care, infectious disease, public health

TURNING TEN: New leader takes helm at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

BY AMBER SMITH When he completed his medical school applications, Greg Conners didn’t just say he wanted to become a doctor. He was one of four students in his class of 100 who knew the exact specialty for which they … Continue reading

Posted in community, health care, history, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

 How the Upstate pharmacy saved him $20,537.14

BY AMBER SMITH He went through a series of imaging tests, looking for an explanation for the pains in his stomach. After all the scans were complete, doctors delivered the news to Reginald Sanford of Syracuse. He had cancer in … Continue reading

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Working the streets: Upstate physician provides medical care to the homeless

BY AMBER SMITH David Lehmann, MD, was focused on how best to provide medical care to the homeless. He was aware of 60 “street medicine” programs around the world, most based at academic medical centers. He was intent on launching … Continue reading

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‘Can Man’ closes in on cancer fundraising goal

BY JIM HOWE A local fundraising effort is close to reaching its goal of cashing in a million returnable bottles and cans to fight cancer in Central New York. With participating redemption centers offering 6 cents per container for the … Continue reading

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