Category Archives: entertainment

Memoir focuses on race and medicine

BY SUSAN KEETER In “Black Man in a White Coat,” Damon Tweedy, MD, uses memoir to grapple with the evidence that, in his words, “being black is bad for your health,” shorthand for the fact that many diseases are more … Continue reading

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Paddleboarding balances fun and exercise

BY JIM HOWE Kevin O’Keefe was intrigued when he saw a man and a woman standing on boards on Skaneateles Lake. Soon afterward he read about a paddleboard shop that gave lessons. “My wife and I had a lesson and … Continue reading

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Strings of support at a tough time

  Beads of Courage supports children and families who are coping with serious illness, including cancer. The beads, which are collected on chains or necklaces, are meant to inspire resilience, each representing bravery and a milestone along the child’s treatment … Continue reading

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17 years later, a grateful patient gives back

As a 13-year old boy, Colin LaReaux enjoyed sports, video games and movies. However, after feeling tired and finding a lump that did not respond to antibiotics, testing determined that LaReaux had Hodgkin disease. His parents researched the best health … Continue reading

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A sculptor shares her life history

BY JOEL POTASH, MD On the back wall of Upstate University Hospital’s lobby is a bronze plaque memorializing the Syracuse Dispensary. It was created in 1964 by the artist Dorothy Riester. As she neared her 99th birthday last fall, Riester … Continue reading

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‘Smallest acts of kindness can mean the world to an autistic student,’ speaker says

The Syracuse skyline featured a blue building Saturday night, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day and the start of Autism Awareness Month. Onondaga Tower on East Jefferson Street was the site of the “Blue Lights for Autism” celebration, which … Continue reading

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‘Concussion’ conversation: Movie spotlights chronic traumatic encephalopathy

BY AMBER SMITH Experts from Upstate who saw the Will Smith film “Concussion” praised its accuracy, from the behavior of the characters to the under-the-microscope images of brain tissue. Smith portrays Bennet Omalu, MD, who finds himself at dangerous odds … Continue reading

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Want to support Paige’s fund for kids with cancer but reluctant to run a race?

Alan Pack remembers the spring day in 2010 when Chris Arnold visited his running group to talk about his daughter, Paige, and the children’s cancer fund that was created in her memory. Pack’s running group — the 10-week No Boundaries  program … Continue reading

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Performer keeps a song in her heart as she copes with rare cancer, its many tests, treatment decisions

BY AMBER SMITH What began as a tiny bump under Donna Colton’s scalp has led the 56-year-old woman from Manlius on an ongoing medical odyssey. Colton has undergone surgery and radiation. Now she and her doctors are considering whether she … Continue reading

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‘Black Man in a White Coat’ author speaks on race and medicine

As a first year medical student, Damon Tweedy, MD, noticed a theme echoing through his lessons on various conditions and ailments, from the common to the most complex and rare. Many conditions are described as more common in the black … Continue reading

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