Category Archives: health care

TURNING TEN: New leader takes helm at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

BY AMBER SMITH When he completed his medical school applications, Greg Conners didn’t just say he wanted to become a doctor. He was one of four students in his class of 100 who knew the exact specialty for which they … Continue reading

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Rethinking Kaposi sarcoma: Viral immunologist sees patient improve after treatment for inflammatory response

Editor’s note: This is one of three articles on Upstate’s “renegade researchers” — scientists who are providing new ways of looking at long-standing medical problems, including Kaposi sarcoma (detailed below), hydrocephalus and schizophrenia. BY AMBER SMITH Christine King, PhD, studied … Continue reading

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The future is now: Innovation comes from reimagining health care

BY JIM HOWE An animated cartoon that premiered in 1962 offered a whimsical glimpse of a future where science and technology made everyday tasks a breeze. Who could have predicted six decades ago that several of the advances imagined in the Jetsons’ world … Continue reading

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‘Pets’ for patients

Upstate has a dozen animatronic pet puppies and kittens available to help older patients who are hospitalized with dementia, loneliness or depression related to a prolonged hospitalization. Donations from the Upstate Foundation’s “Friend in Deed” fund made this program possible. … Continue reading

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How does your story end? 6 considerations toward the end of life

BY AMBER SMITH Gregory Eastwood, MD, is a physician and ethicist who served for many years as president of Upstate Medical University. In his new book, “Finishing Our Story: Preparing for the End of Life,” he discusses the dying process, how the … Continue reading

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Nurses are raising the bar

More than 570 of the nurses working at Upstate University Hospital hold specialty certifications, awarded for acquiring additional skills, knowledge and expertise in a special area. Many hold multiple certifications. Experts say certified nurses raise the standard of practice in the profession and ultimately improve … Continue reading

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Emergency action: Off-duty Upstate doctors and nurses respond to people in distress

Doctors, nurses and others in caring professions spend their careers taking care of people. Sometimes their lifesaving efforts occur outside of their work hours. Though not legally obligated to help, many professional caregivers are programmed to respond in an emergency. Gridiron collapse … Continue reading

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Breathing easier: Respiratory therapist speaks from experience

BY JIM HOWE When Amy Bradt reassures an anxious child not to be afraid of a breathing tube she is giving them, she speaks from experience. “I understand. I know what you’re going through,” she tells her patients. “I’ve been through … Continue reading

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Relief after reconstructive surgery: How one man had his urethral stricture repaired

BY AMBER SMITH Hemant Tandi knows other men suffer, as he did. He wants them to know how he was helped, because maybe they can be, too. For 30 years, Tandi, 58, of Endicott experienced slow, burning urination. It wasn’t until … Continue reading

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Up Close: Studying bone density to help cancer survivors

Timothy Damron, MD, and Kenneth Mann, PhD, are studying bone fracture risk in cancer patients after radiation treatment. While radiation therapy is an important and effective treatment for many cancers, bone exposed to radiation becomes brittle and has an increased risk … Continue reading

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