Category Archives: disability

Adventurer sees what’s possible

Tim Conners of Fulton is a blind adventurer who set out to — and did — summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. He set out in late May, after graduating from Ithaca College, and reached the summit in early June. … Continue reading

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Back pain? Spine practitioner aims to get patients best possible treatment

BY AMBER SMITH Denise Karsten is someone you might not expect to find in the office of a neurosurgical practice, but she’s an important part of the Upstate Brain and Spine Center team. Karsten, a chiropractor and registered nurse, is … Continue reading

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A digestive disorder: Gastroparesis a life changer for Liverpool woman

BY JIM HOWE Most people can eat a snack or a meal without thinking about it beforehand or feeling sick afterward. Not Rhonda Ferry, for whom eating usually means a liquid dietary supplement or a quarter cup of a low-fiber, … Continue reading

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Dementia insights: Advice for caring for someone in mental decline

  The Alzheimer’s Association estimates 5.4 million American are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a number that is expected to escalate rapidly as the baby-boom generation reaches retirement age. The number of people caring for someone with dementia is substantial, and … Continue reading

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Concussion concerns: Make sure you know how to react

When concussions are properly managed, patients usually have no lasting effects. The key is to recognize the injury when it happens. An injured athlete needs to be removed from play until he or she is properly evaluated. Symptoms vary but … Continue reading

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Meth lab dangers: Exposure can cause lasting effects

BY AMBER SMITH Rescuers whose jobs take them to clandestine methamphetamine labs risk exposure to chemicals that can cause what appears to be permanent damage to their memory-making ability. Specialists in anesthesiology and neurology at Upstate Medical University tell about … Continue reading

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Grateful patient loses his voice … creates Voice of PALS

BY BETHANN KISTNER Cliff Maus woke up one morning with slurred speech. He and his wife knew something was wrong, but neither imagined he would be diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. After several … Continue reading

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Julia’s dream: prosthetics for a better world

BY SUSAN KEETER Julia Rogers’ dream is to design prosthetics for amputees. As a high school student in Lagos, Nigeria, Rogers saw people who faced tremendous obstacles trying to meet their basic needs. “Dad would be driving me home from … Continue reading

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A different stroke: Hers happened after a neck adjustment

BY AMBER SMITH In seeking relief for tension headaches, Carmella Carroll sought treatment that – she later learned – increased her risk for a stroke. The Manlius woman was 33 in October 2009 when she went to a chiropractor for … Continue reading

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Going the distance: Good news, good vibes help runner regain footing after stroke

BY JIM HOWE Months after dragging himself across a hotel room floor to phone for help, Kyle Reger, 41, has diligently worked his way toward recovery from a stroke. That meant weeks in a hospital bed, months of rehabilitation and … Continue reading

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