Category Archives: community

Welcome to New York: Refugees arrive with unique health needs

New York state, and Central New York in particular, are big refugee resettlement areas, and those refugees can face a wide range of health problems, notes Ranit Mishori, MD, a Georgetown University professor who lectured recently on the topic at … Continue reading

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Up Close images: Raising awareness about cancer

  Light-filled luminarias greeted visitors to the Upstate Cancer Center for the annual Lung Cancer Vigil on a crisp autumn evening in November. Indoors, the Rev. Terry Culbertson asked visitors to set their cellphones to flashlight mode as she read … Continue reading

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Useful information about cancer is a click away

Where can you find reliable, up-to-date information about cancer online? Upstate Health Sciences Library The staff at the Upstate Health Sciences library strives to connect the community with health information on cancer and many other medical topics. Visit the library … Continue reading

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Think you know how to wash your hands? Here’s how – and why – to do it the way the pros do

It’s simple, quick and one of the best ways to reduce the spread of disease. Hand washing is paramount in hospitals, but its importance may be overlooked at home. Even if you recognize the health benefits of keeping hands clean, … 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

Posted in brain/neurology, cancer, community, education, entertainment, family medicine, fundraising, health care, illness, medical education, medical student, patient story, physical therapy/rehabilitation, surgery

His world is on stage: Medical technician performs his life story

In this scene from his long-running one-man show, “From Cuba to ‘Cuse,” JoséMiguel Hernández recalls how he ended up in Syracuse in November. BY JIM HOWE For years, JoséMiguel Hernández would make people laugh and cry with his stories about … Continue reading

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Making music: Web designer’s secondary career is onstage singing, playing

BY AMBER SMITH Cathy Cadley is Upstate’s senior Web designer. Her hands spend much of her workday on a computer keyboard. On her favorite evenings, her fingers caress the strings of a guitar, and she sings of a land that … Continue reading

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Syracuse hospitals collaborate as well as compete

BY AMBER SMITH Advertisements for the various Syracuse hospitals may lead you to believe they’re locked in a competitive battle. But for the past two years, medical staffs and administrators have worked together on quality initiatives designed to keep patients … Continue reading

Posted in community, health care, infectious disease, prevention/preventive medicine

Got a couple hours to help save lives? Donate platelets

BY SUSAN KEETER “What if you could do one thing on Monday that might save a cancer patient’s life on Wednesday?” That’s the message from a Red Cross video encouraging platelet donation. I’ve donated blood since high school but learned about … Continue reading

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State health commissioner taps Upstate doctor for cancer panel

  Leslie Kohman, MD, director of outreach for the Upstate Cancer Center, has been appointed to the New York State Cancer Detection and Education Program Advisory Council. The council has 21 members appointed by state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, JD, who … Continue reading

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