Category Archives: health care

Science Is Art: Black lung disease under the microscope

Upstate pathology professor Jerrold Abraham, MD, left, and assistant professor Soma Sanyal, MD, are examining lung tissue from coal miners with black lung disease as a part of a large study into the reasons for a recent increase in the … Continue reading

Posted in health care, lung/pulmonary, pathology, research

Consider checking newly diagnosed diabetics for pancreatic cancer

BY AMBER SMITH One of the reasons pancreatic cancer is so deadly is because early symptoms are so vague. “The majority of cases are diagnosed at an advanced, incurable stage,” a team of Upstate doctors writes in the American Journal … Continue reading

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Facing a crisis: Meet the Upstate experts working  to solve the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is fueled both by the abuse of street drugs such as heroin and the addiction to prescription painkillers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says prescription opioids contribute to 40 percent of all opioid overdose deaths in the United … Continue reading

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Nurse prescribes soccer — which he plays professionally — for fitness and fun

  BY JIM HOWE To Isaac Kissi, soccer means many things. Kissi works as a nurse at Upstate while studying in Rochester to become a nurse practitioner, where he lives. A native of Ghana, he first came to the United … Continue reading

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Different types of aneurysms call for different types of repairs

BY AMBER SMITH When a blood vessel weakens, a balloonlike dilation called an aneurysm sometimes develops. This happens most often in the abdominal section of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body. If an abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptures, … Continue reading

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Want to go to medical school – as a ‘patient’?

BY AMBER SMITH One way future doctors and other health care providers learn is by practicing on people who pretend to be patients. Upstate Medical University has a corps of paid “standardized patients” who are trained to portray certain medical … Continue reading

Posted in health care, medical education

What’s Up at Upstate: In case you missed it …

CANCER CENTER EXPANDS When the Upstate Cancer Center opened in July 2014, only the first three floors of the five-story building were completed and occupied. The fourth and fifth floors were constructed but left empty, anticipating future Upstate needs. The … Continue reading

Posted in aging/geriatrics, brain/neurology, cancer, health care, nursing, pathology, technology, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Questions on the body’s water needs; immunotherapy drugs; suicide prevention; back pain — answered by Upstate’s experts

Q: How can I help someone who may be suicidal? A: “There are things you can look for. What you see leading up to suicide is, usually people will withdraw socially. They may start losing their ability to function, either … Continue reading

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Things to think about before you buy a home genetic test kit

    BY AMBER SMITH If you’re intrigued by offers of direct-to-consumer medical genetic testing, Robert Roger Lebel, MD, director of medical genetics at Upstate, offers something to consider. Let’s say you come from a family with many members who have had … Continue reading

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In her own words: Stroke survivor JoAnn Wickman recalls the morning of Feb. 9, 2018

“I woke up at 5:20 in the morning. I woke up and thought, ‘What the heck is going on? Something’s not right,’” recalls JoAnn Wickman of Cortland. “I had this weird sensation. It felt like the tip of my tongue … Continue reading

Posted in emergency medicine/trauma, health care, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, stroke