Category Archives: health care

What you need to know about second opinions

A variety of doctors at Upstate care for patients who are diagnosed with cancer. We tapped some of them to share insights on second opinions. Here’s what they had to say: 1. You don’t need my permission to get a … Continue reading

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6 things to check before swallowing that pill

What do you do when your doctor recommends an expensive medication? Pharmacist Andrew Burgdorf from the Upstate Cancer Center offers this advice: Find out how much of the bill your health insurer will pay, so you know how much you … Continue reading

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What to expect at your first visit

The first appointment at the Upstate Cancer Center is usually a consultation that lasts at least 1½ hours and involves the oncologist and other members of the treatment team who will discuss options and recommendations with the patient. Oncologists will have … Continue reading

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How to choose the right sunscreen

You can buy sunscreens with SPFs higher than 30, but you don’t need a higher sun protection factor to protect your skin from the sun and ultraviolet radiation, according to Ramsay Farah, MD, the division chief of dermatology at Upstate. … Continue reading

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5 things to do to treat a sunburn

Obviously it’s best to avoid getting a sunburn in the first place, said Ramsay Farah, MD. But if your skin ends up reddened after a day in the sun, here’s what Upstate’s division chief of dermatology advises: 1. Gauge the … Continue reading

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Your health care proxy is a gift to your loved ones

BY TIMOTHY CREAMER, MD  I sat with my father on a cool early summer afternoon. I forget what we were chatting about specifically, though probably it was something financial. That was his expertise. The conversation drifted, and we sat silently … Continue reading

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Finding the virtue in medical practice

You may have heard of the seven deadly sins – pride, anger, envy, lust, greed, gluttony and sloth. Well, there are also seven so-called “primary” virtues, which derive from ancient sources — four cardinal virtues come from Plato, and three … Continue reading

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A custom approach: Hormone replacement can include bioidenticals

She entered her late 50s, and suddenly Roxanne Eyler’s cholesterol and triglyceride levels started to creep up. A trainer at Ultimate Goal in Marcellus, she ate well and was physically fit but found she was gaining weight and awakening in … Continue reading

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Spring issue of Upstate Health magazine available now

Elizabeth Reddy, MD, is on the cover of the Spring 2015 Upstate Health magazine, related to a story about preventing the spread of HIV with a pill. This is something of which researchers were just beginning to dream in the … Continue reading

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Presenting the winter issue of Upstate Health

This issue of Upstate Health magazine features on its cover neurosurgeon Lawrence Chin, MD, and a patient who agreed to share his story about recovering from a broken neck. You will also find stories about a new operating suite that allows for … Continue reading

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