Category Archives: health care

‘Hello, and welcome’ to Upstate’s new president

Upstate Medical University’s new president, Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, is a native of Haiti who immigrated to the United States in 1962 and who speaks multiple languages. When you meet her, surprise her by saying “hello, and welcome” in a language … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, health care, medical education

Toddler gets early boost to help battle difficult diagnosis

BY JIM HOWE Before he was born, Mason Campbell underwent spinal surgery. Now an energetic 2-year-old, Mason and his parents, Jesse and Chris, aided by a variety of medical specialists, have been working to overcome his complicated diagnosis. Mason has … Continue reading

Posted in brain/spine/neurosurgery, disability, health care, illness, patient story, physical therapy/rehabilitation, surgery, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Taking aim at germs: New UV machine is part of infection-fighting effort

Staff who clean patient rooms at Upstate University Hospital have a new method of preventing hospital-acquired infections: three towers that emit short-wavelength ultraviolet light that kills or inactivates microorganisms. The new Surfacide system is employed, after routine cleaning and disinfection, … Continue reading

Posted in health care, infectious disease, safety, technology

Kidney transplant numbers rise

The Hinton brothers represent one of the 10 living donor kidney transplants done at Upstate University Hospital in 2015. Daniel Hinton of Syracuse was a member of the U.S. Special Forces in the Iraqi War and works construction for the … Continue reading

Posted in health care, illness, kidney/renal/nephrology, organ donation/transplant, patient story, surgery

Are you at risk for kidney disease?

People with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease are at risk for developing kidney disease. If you’re at risk, ask your primary care doctor to screen you, advises Sriram Narsipur, MD, who leads the division … Continue reading

Posted in health care, illness, kidney/renal/nephrology

Heart of a warrior: She cherishes each moment after surviving a medical emergency

BY JIM HOWE A woman who did her best to stay fit nearly died. That experience taught her never to take her health for granted. Debra Becker of Liverpool was a runner. She practiced yoga and worked out regularly, including … Continue reading

Posted in health care, heart/cardiovascular, illness, patient story, physical therapy/rehabilitation, surgery, women's health/gynecology

‘Concussion’ conversation: Movie spotlights chronic traumatic encephalopathy

BY AMBER SMITH Experts from Upstate who saw the Will Smith film “Concussion” praised its accuracy, from the behavior of the characters to the under-the-microscope images of brain tissue. Smith portrays Bennet Omalu, MD, who finds himself at dangerous odds … Continue reading

Posted in Alzheimer's/dementia, brain/neurology, death/dying, depression, entertainment, health care, illness, mental health/emotional health, pathology, physical therapy/rehabilitation, public health, research, safety

How to train doctors who will care for the underserved

An analysis of the mission statements for every American medical school reveals a recipe for producing doctors who will provide primary care to communities in need. Many students begin medical school idealistically, with a desire to become primary care doctors … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, health care, medical education, medical student, public health, research

Can you feel the compassion of your caregiver?

A hallmark of good nursing care is that hospitalized patients sense the innate compassion of their caregivers. In this era of electronic medical records, it’s not as simple as tracking the amount of time a doctor spends with a patient, … Continue reading

Posted in community, health care, nursing

Grateful patient and orthopedic surgeon ride Erie Canal, side by side

Several years ago, at age 68, Patricia Martin organized the Erie Canal Ride and challenged her doctor, orthopedic surgeon Richard Tallarico, MD, to ride the two-day, 68-mile ride alongside her. They rode those miles and, over five years, raised more … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, community, fundraising, health care, illness, patient story, surgery