Category Archives: health care

Science Is Art: A close-up look at an enzyme

The V-ATPases enzyme (above) is present in every cell of the body, and also in plants and yeast. It has a connection to many diseases, including cancer and Parkinson’s. Upstate biochemist Patricia Kane, PhD, focuses her research on yeast cells. Kane, … Continue reading

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 A historical look at 5 popular heart medications: Are you taking any of them?

BY AMBER SMITH Some of the newer cardiac drugs were chemically designed in laboratories before going through years of expensive clinical trials and eventually gaining approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Some of the older drugs, which are still … Continue reading

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Adventures with Phred: Stem cell transplant resets body’s immune system

BY AMBER SMITH Doug Reicher, 65, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last summer. His treatment at Upstate University Hospital began with intravenous chemotherapy, which meant he would need to be connected to a device on an IV pole that would … Continue reading

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Airlifted to Upstate, North Country man undergoes lifesaving heart surgery and beats the odds

BY EMILY KULKUS Chris Diaz is no stranger to fear or pain. Diaz, 35, spent four years in the Army, including nearly a year in Iraq from 2009 to 2010. When you’re in the Army, if something hurts, you drink … Continue reading

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 How the Upstate pharmacy saved him $20,537.14

BY AMBER SMITH He went through a series of imaging tests, looking for an explanation for the pains in his stomach. After all the scans were complete, doctors delivered the news to Reginald Sanford of Syracuse. He had cancer in … Continue reading

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A nonsurgical way to treat knee osteoarthritis

BY AMBER SMITH People with chronic knee pain may seek relief from physical therapy. They may try over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription painkillers or steroid injections. A doctor at Upstate now offers another choice for people who are unwilling or unable … Continue reading

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Back on the pitch – after back surgery

BY AMBER SMITH For weeks, Kendall Discenza didn’t know what was wrong. The pain in her lower back became crippling, and she was left sobbing.  Surgery brought relief. Discenza underwent a microdiscectomy at Upstate University Hospital. Lawrence Chin, MD, who leads the … Continue reading

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 Addiction treatment program partners Upstate with St. Camillus

Through a $2.1 million grant, Upstate University Hospital has partnered with The Centers at St. Camillus and others to create a new treatment program for those suffering from illness and addiction that is helping people recover and freeing up hundreds … Continue reading

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Making the most of her rehabilitation: After a stroke, she’s motivated to live a healthier life

BY AMBER SMITH Melissa Meloling can walk, if she keeps an eye on her feet, so she doesn’t trip. She learned how to tell time again. She’s relearning how to fix her hair, although assembling a ponytail is still tricky. … Continue reading

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 Caring for someone who is sick? Here’s how to keep your home clean

BY JIM HOWE Experts who oversee cleaning operations at Upstate University Hospital — Environmental Services Director Susan V. Murphy and Assistant Director John Kolh — provide this advice for caring for a sick loved one at home: In general Hand washing: Clean hands … Continue reading

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