Category Archives: community

Yoga for all: Physical therapist adapts exercise for those with developmental disabilities

From its origins in India more than 3,000 years ago, yoga in America today has a reputation for improving flexibility, balance and muscle strength. Rebecca Alexander, who graduated from Upstate with her doctor of physical therapy degree this spring, extols … Continue reading

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Scientist walks political tightrope: He deals with Taliban to help his native land rebuild

BY JIM HOWE An Upstate faculty member who lost his mother as a baby and grew up in a refugee camp hopes he can help his war-scarred homeland, Afghanistan. To do this, he has secured the permission of the local … Continue reading

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A chance to look at occupational and physical therapy careers

By Amani Mike, Synergy intern I have dreamed of working in health care since I was 6 years old. Today, as a 20-year-old college student preparing for a career, I asked to spend a day shadowing occupational and physical therapists … Continue reading

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Syracuse college students get taste of workaday world through Synergy internships at Upstate, other employers

By AMANI MIKE, Synergy Intern “I’m putting together a list of books that will increase the diversity of offerings at the Family Resource Center,” explains Muno Nuur, a summer intern at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Nuur is one of … Continue reading

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Offering job training for young adults with disabilities

“I loved wearing hospital scrubs and working with my supervisor,” explained Marquale Johnson, a Project Search student at Upstate Medical University. “Without this program, I’d be a couch potato.” Johnson’s comments get at the heart of Project Search’s purpose. It’s … Continue reading

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20-plus years of helping kids and their families fight cancer

Runners and their supporters at Paige’s Butterfly Run have raised more than $2 million over the last 20 years to support pediatric cancer research and cancer care at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The 2018 run will be held this … Continue reading

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Connecting, helping pediatric cancer families

The Upstate Cancer Center and the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital provide a connection group for pediatric cancer families. It’s called H.O.P.E., Helping Oncology Patients and Parents Engage. Kaushal Nanavati, MD, medical director of integrative therapy, led the first group session, discussing … Continue reading

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A new home, a difficult diagnosis

BY SUSAN KEETER Fahima Farah was 2 when her mother, Khadra Warsame, brought her to Upstate’s emergency department for stomach pain. A CT scan of her belly showed a mass. Six years earlier, her family — who are Somali — … Continue reading

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10 days in Ghana: Upstate volunteers help build community in Africa

BY SUSAN KEETER Near the end of an 11-hour flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, we finally see Ghana out the plane’s windows: saffron-colored earth and lush green foliage dotted with bright blue and pastel pink buildings. … Continue reading

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Rural care: How a small-town PA found a niche career

BY JIM HOWE “Physician extenders” — such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners — have proved their worth to health care, especially in small towns and rural areas, where doctors are often scarce. “Doctors have found out that there is … Continue reading

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