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First chemo … then vacation, for this Upstate patient

BY SUSAN KEETER “I am so sorry you have to give me this bad news,” Margit Foti, 71,  remembers telling her urologist, Elizabeth Ferry, MD, on the day Foti learned that she had a rare bladder cancer with a poor prognosis. … Continue reading

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Match game: Here’s what patients say about Upstate doctors

If you’ve ever been a patient in the hospital, you may have received a survey after your stay. Administrators take the feedback to heart because it provides a unique look at the hospital and its providers, from the patient’s point … Continue reading

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How to brighten your life

Kaushal B. Nanavati, MD, is a doctor of family and integrative medicine at Upstate who often advises patients to “brighten up your life by getting back to the basics.” What does he mean by that? Start by accepting yourself for … Continue reading

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Tandem treatment: Polymer ‘truck’ penetrates tumor, kills ovarian cancer cells

BY AMBER SMITH  The ovarian cancer drug doxorubicin can be toxic to the heart. Giving a woman enough of the drug to be effective against her cancer may be too much to be safe for her heart. Scientists at Upstate … Continue reading

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No bread, no dairy, no meat: Living with PKU means eating lots of vegetables, fruits

BY SUSAN KEETER Ezekiel Sanford was 2 days old when his Binghamton pediatrician told his parents: “You have to take him to Upstate.” A routine blood test showed that Ezekiel had a rare inherited disorder called phenylketonuria, or PKU, which … Continue reading

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News about Upstate you may have missed

Autism symposium “The message of our book,” said the co-author of a Pulitzer Prize finalist work about autism, “is that the larger community needs to change, needs to step up and not freak out over people who are different.” That’s … Continue reading

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She provided care in Ghana

  Brandy Baillargeon of Watertown, a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, traveled to Ghana through Upstate nurse Lauri Rupracht’s Americans Serving Abroad Project. She was touched by the gratitude of those she helped in several villages during the eight-day … Continue reading

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Science is art: Preserving fatherhood

The andrology department at Upstate helps men preserve their ability to become fathers by offering: — sperm banking, where semen is collected and frozen in liquid nitrogen; — testicular sperm extraction, a surgical procedure for men with no sperm in … Continue reading

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Limiting Lyme disease: How you can protect yourself and your family

Sixteen of every 100,000 New Yorkers were infected with Lyme disease in 2015, the latest year for which statistics are available. In 2015, 95 percent of Lyme diagnoses came from 14 states, including New York. Lyme disease is caused by … Continue reading

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Resident physician sees increasing awareness of a common mental disorder

BY JIM HOWE Upstate graduate Nicole Cifra, MD, trained with a mentor who told her of his early years as a doctor, some 35 years prior. When he heard a patient had anorexia, he had no idea what that was … Continue reading

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