Category Archives: health care

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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Lessons from Upstate: Sleep diaries, jungle races and ankle surgery

A roundup of news about people at Upstate Medical University: Studying how best to track sleep Wrist-worn devices are at least as accurate as paper diaries kept by people tracking their sleep habits, according to a study published in December … Continue reading

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Can a pancreas transplant help someone with severe diabetes?

BY AMBER SMITH Upstate doctors are now offering a pancreas transplant option for some patients with diabetes mellitus, the most common cause of kidney failure. “Rather than waiting until the kidney fails, you may want to be proactive and go … Continue reading

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Science is art: a glimpse into the mysteries of regeneration

These are the cellular components of a zebrafish pectoral fin. Green indicates the endoskeleton; red staining shows the epithelial cells; blue marks the nucleus of each cell. Unlike humans, zebrafish can fully regrow limbs (fins) that have been damaged or … Continue reading

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It’s complicated: Gender reassignment operations sometimes require repairs

BY AMBER SMITH A surgeon skilled in reconstructive urology for men and women has developed a specialization in caring for transgender patients at Upstate. Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD, does not perform initial gender reassignment surgeries. Rather, he handles occasional complications that … Continue reading

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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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The short answer to why Frank Middleton doesn’t eat bacon: cancer prevention

BY AMBER SMITH The backstory: Today Frank Middleton is an associate professor at Upstate with appointments in three departments and extensive research related to neurological and psychiatric diseases. A few decades ago, he was a doctoral student at Upstate Medical … Continue reading

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In this Upstate classroom, se habla español

BY JIM HOWE Si nadie entiende mi lengua en el hospital, ¿cómo van a entender mis problemas médicos? If you had trouble understanding that first sentence, you can probably sympathize with a Spanish speaker who might say it. It means, … Continue reading

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She just goes: Ultramarathons have her running 100 miles at a stretch

BY AMBER SMITH Mondays and Fridays are rest days for Kristen Hyer, except during softball season, when she has games. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are her short runs, when she logs from four to 15 miles each day. Saturdays she … Continue reading

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How a man from Upstate New York, and a feral cat, helped scientists identify a new poxvirus

By AMBER SMITH Every doctor has that patient he or she can’t forget. Jerrold Abraham, MD, and Donald Blair, MD, took care of a man with a mysterious infection 15 years ago, but only recently was their diagnostic quandary solved, … Continue reading

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